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z-bébé® Management Team
Natalia Kondratenko
z-bébé® Program Author and Founder,
Program Director, Brand and Product Owner

Kyiv, Ukraine
Natalia Kondratenko is an early physical development practitioner, certified by ChildCare Education Institute (USA), who has been involved in childcare in a variety of settings including practical childcare and education of trainers, instructors, parents for more than 15 years. Natalia has two higher educations and MBA grade, she is an author and founder of the internationally represented z-bébé® Early Physical Development Program since 2012. She serves as the z-bébé® Program Director and she oversees all instructor training curriculum and course presentations. In addition, Natalia is a member of a private philanthropic organization The Dana Foundation based in New York committed to advancing brain research and to educating the public in a responsible manner about research's potential. Her research interests include methods to improve early childcare outcomes and the physical educational process for children of early ages. Natalia has an authorship and ownership of a production of a line of special sports equipment for early physical development, presented internationally. Natalia brings her enthusiasm and passion for teaching about brain and gross motor development in early childhood to frequent conference presentations both nationally and internationally.
Olga Nikonchuk-Darras
z-bébé® Program Managing Director,
Chief Methodologist

Tbilisi, Georgia
Olga Nikonchuk-Darras is an early physical development practitioner, certified by ChildCare Education Institute (USA), founder of Z-bébé Family Center is Tbilisi and its main methodologist and trainer. Olga has joined z-bébé® Early Physical Development Program since 2018 by bringing its franchise to the Republic of Georgia.Olga has 3 higher educations and professional and personal experience over 8 different countries. Mother of 2 children, Olga experienced particular health and development issues with her son (birth trauma) in 2016, and since that moment discovered by her own family experience the crucial importance of early childhood development and of the particular role the parents play in that.
Thus Olga has become faithful follower of z-bébé® Early Physical Development Program and its developer in the aspects related to the after-birth childcare related issues. Z-bébé Family Center she founded in Tbilisi in 2019 is member of Integrated Learning Strategies Centers Network (USA) and of CoSe – Collectif Surexposition Ecrans (France). The thing which counts most for Olga in her pedagogical approach and Z-bébé Family Center activities is to empower more and more parents to feel themselves comfortable in their parenting so to make their kids become happier and healthier.
Program Compliance
The z-bébé® program is developed in accordance with the Basic Component of Preschool Education, defines the optimal set of developmental, educational, training functions and substantive guidelines for organizing early physical development within the age competence of children under 3 years old; provides for gradual complications of the content at each age stage.

It is compliant with with the modern requirements and international standards of preschool education:
  • Focus on the child's initiative, on creating the learning environment with stimulates kids' harmonious development through individual approach and free play principles;
  • Trustful cooperation between the families and the caregivers;
  • Development amplification: wide deployment and maximum enrichment of specific forms of children's activities.
It's is compliant with international standards and norms of child development and achievements.
Program Goals
The main goal of the z-bébé® Program is to provide comprehensive physical training for children aged 6 to 24 months and related knowledge and skills to their parents.

  • The ultimate goal is to stimulate the children to:
  • Explore their body and its capacities,
  • Enlarge and Enrich their motor and sensory experiences,
  • Coordinate and Control their movements,
  • Develop their physical abilities: speed, strength, flexibility, endurance and movements accuracy,
  • Observe and Analyse various situations, choosing the most effective way to implement motor behaviour in relation to specific conditions of interaction with others.
Specific tasks: correct posture formation, prevention of flat feet, special focus on vestibular system development and relaxation techniques/
    Program Principles
    • Individual approach: training tasks, exercise load standards and pedagogical methods vary and are selected for each concrete purpose for each student: we work in accordance with the individual characteristics of each child participating in a training.
    • Step-by-step learning: from easy to hard, from known to unknown, from simple to complex.
    • Regular meetings and program continuity: it is known that regular classes with their sequence respect give a much greater effect than episodic.
    • See and touch: we show how to do the movements and why doing them: parents appreciate our visual materials and live tutoring and kids enjoy following example of each other.
    Program Methods
    • WE SHOW IT. It is based on the formation in children of visual representations of exercises by showing physical exercises, imitations, the use of sound and visual guidelines, since infants and children under 2 years of age have a limited supply of motor skills.
    • WE NAME IT. We accompany motor actions with their verbal description, in particular the use of exercise names that reflect the nature of the movement: «Bridge», «Butterfly» ..
    • WE MOVE BY SMALL STEPS. A holistic motor behaviour needed for a concrete situation is trained by dividing a set of movements into relatively independent steps to practice them separately. Once all the steps become mastered by kids, they can be 'assembled' into a more complex sequence of movements.
    • WE PLAY. We distribute roles and imitate life situations to achieve a training goal: we may imitates animals or imagine there is a train, or just to play volleyball, - we learn and practice by playing.
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    Feel free to write and call us. We really love to communicate with our clients.
    zbebeprogram@gmail.com