Testimonials


Our son, now 9, began attending Roots and Wings at age 2. For the past 7 years, we have joyfully watched our shy little guy blossom into a confident, engaged, emotionally intelligent superstar who adores his school!

Roots and Wings has been an unbelievable blessing to us. Soraya and her staff have created a magical environment that combines practical education with a strong focus on creativity, nature and emotional awareness. An absolute gem in Brussels! 

Jenn Thomlinson



Our daughter started at the preschool of Roots and Wings four years ago. This immediately brought a huge relief for our family as our daughter came from a local school where she could not adapt. The transition into the Roots and Wings was seamless, without any hardship, tears or stress, as we were able to stay with her at school for as long as she needed. Ever since then, she loves every day spent at school. Apart from advancing academically, she is developing into a creative, emphatic and kind person with excellent communication and teamwork skills. Constantly being in nature and having lots of free play moments resulted in her being physically and mentally strong and stable. We could not imagine a better place for the development of our child."

Agne Glodenyte and Nuno Santos


For me, Roots and Wings has been a gift from heaven. When I leave my children there in the morning, I know I can fully trust in their professionalism and experience, and I´m sure that is the absolute best place for them to be.

They always welcome them with a smile, and offer them cuddles, for them to feel safe.

When they feel loved, safe, protected and happy, they play and learn.

The premises are amazing, really cute. They are really blessed to be able to grow in such a green environment. I love it when I pick them up, and they are outside playing, enjoying nature, looking for bugs, climbing trees or running.

All the teachers are amazing. My children love them, Ashley, Dominique, and Soraya, who are the teacher with whom they spend most of the time.

Besides the other activities: the clown, music, art, cooking, time with Olivier, Eric, and music with Noemi on Friday!  It's really fun for them and they learn a lot. Mainly, what I am most grateful for is how they grow emotionally; in an environment where all their feelings and emotions are honored. 

Soraya has a gift, and for me, she has opened the door to a wonderful world of consciousness that I will always be grateful.

Tatiana Varela




 


My husband and I scoured Brussels for a multi-lingual kindergarten for our four year old son. Discovering Roots and Wings was a revelation.  It is run by Soraya Yavari, not only a passionate and committed educationalist but an incredibly warm and caring person. The small class sizes mean that each child is able to develop and learn at their own pace in an imaginative and stimulating environment. . The individual attention and care that our son has received has been absolutely outstanding. Art and nature are integral to the daily routine as are story telling, yoga, music and plenty of play and exploration. Soraya with her team have created a magical space in the heart of beautiful Parc Parmentier. It is a place of love and laughter where the curiosity and wonder of the child can bloom. I cannot recommend this kindergarten highly enough.
Elise McCredie

We feel very fortunate that the Roots and Wings preschool opened its doors when it did. Our son had difficulty adjusting to the local communal school, but within the first week of attending Roots and Wings, he was hopping out of the car without glancing back to say good-bye in the mornings and asking to go to school on Saturdays. We noticed that he was happier, calmer and more articulate and believe this is the result of the smaller class size, the extra attention he received from the teachers, the child-led play and and much time spent outdoors in the school's sylvan setting.
Gudrun Trescher

I wanted to pass along my strong recommendation for the preschool my daughter has been attending during our stay here in Belgium.  It is called Roots and Wings and is in Woluwe St. Pierre.  Our daughter has flourished there and the founder, Soraya, has been amazingly kind and flexible given our unique situation.  It has a very high student to teacher ratio and each day they have unique and educational activities for the children, ranging from yoga to nature walks.
Again, I can’t say enough about how much we have enjoyed our encounter with the school.
Sarah Knudsen

Roots and Wings feels like home to me. I knew from the first visit that our son belonged here. It ticked all the boxes for us. One thing I like mostly is that all the teachers have the same positive energy and you’ll always find one or two children being hugged by their teacher. Never have I heard them raise their voice. I love what Soraya once said “here it is a no- judgement zone”. And I feel no judgement coming from any of the staff. Roots and Wings is not only for our kids, it is also for us parents. It feels like a village.

It feels safe, welcoming and joyous. Teaching there doesn’t only happen indoors, because at first you’ll wonder “how are they going to cope with kids in a small indoor space? ”, “ will my child be able to nap?”. Trust me, when they want to nap, they will. Probably tired from all the outdoor activities they do, and will sleep even better at night. So we couldn’t have chosen a better school for our son. 

Buyani Hognas



Je voudrais témoigner en tant que parents de la réelle cohérence qu'il y a entre ta vision, ton discours, les valeurs que tu souhaites mettre en place et la réalité de terrain. Chaque enfant est vraiment accueilli avec une bienveillance extraordinaire. Il y a une profonde volonté de respecter l'enfant lui-même mais aussi son rythme, ses besoins, ses intérêts, ses talents...quoi de mieux pour un parent de savoir que son fils ou sa fille passe ses journées à évoluer dans la nature, dans la joie, avec un encadrement rassurant qui l'encourage à aller plus loin dans ses réflexions, plus loin dans ses apprentissages, qui trouve le moyen extraordinaire de lui permettre de se dépasser, de gagner par la même occasion de la confiance en lui et de l'estime personnelle, sans pour autant y mettre la moindre pression...

Quel enthousiasme de permettre à son enfant de devenir progressivement un adulte outillé pour le monde de demain qui aura appris à se connaître, à se comprendre mais aussi qui aura appris à comprendre les autres, à respecter les autres et le monde qui l'entoure et SURTOUT qui sera capable de s'adapter.

Quel bonheur de venir récupérer son enfant chaque jour dans un cadre de verdure exceptionnel au milieu des rires et sourires des enfants et de l'équipe pédagogique qui y travaille...

Quel épanouissement et quel chemin de notre fils Igor...

Renaud Festraets

"Our youngest son spent his first three years with Mom. We were looking for a preschool that would be respectful of his adaptation to a new reality. A preschool that was patient with its own times. A preschool in which we were completely sure that he was going to be unconditionally loved, as we love him. And we found this precious jewel where our little one is being accompanied, supported, loved and respected by an exceptional group of people under the leadership of Soraya, a unique person and professional. The ratio is unbeatable and the location in the middle of the forest together with an individualized approach means that we cannot recommend this preschool highly enough. "


"Our eldest daughter joined the Roots and Wings primary school after an extraordinary experience in a Montessori preschool. The beginning was difficult for her because her friends went to other schools, but the attention, dedication and support she received from the school's pedagogical team was exceptional. Now our daughter simply loves the school. It is a very solid educational project where Soraya has managed to find a perfect balance between emotional and academic development. SOLE pedagogy is combined with meditation, circus, art, singing, outdoor activities and an endless number of innovative pedagogical initiatives. All this, in small groups with a personalized approach and with highly qualified teachers. Without a doubt, it is difficult to find a similar school in Brussels and we highly recommend it."
Ivan and Rocio Vázquez Pérez