Our Early Years Programme

Students can join our nursery following their third birthday. Students start on a half day programme until the teacher and the parents feel that a full day is appropriate. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at ICS applies to all students in the nursery and reception classes.

At ICS, the EYFS takes place within an IB PYP framework. We use the areas of learning and development from the EYFS and frame it in an inquiry-based programme. In this way, children begin to explore the process of learning as well as to learn important skills.

Students in our nursery and reception class enter a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment. The class is attentive to the social, physical and cognitive development of students. We encourage independence and responsibility in our learners.

Learning is natural and fluid, often taught through carefully designed play-based activities. There are plenty of physical activities and frequent changes from task to task. Students learn how to communicate their needs and learn self-management skills.

Students engage their hands with maths manipulatives or in painting. They also work with paper and pencil. Students listen to stories and enjoy a language rich environment. They are frequently encouraged to communicate their thinking in different ways.

The curriculum framework consists of four units of inquiry in nursery and reception. These provide meaningful contexts to challenge students. This enables students to make deep connections and explore big ideas about the world around them.

A typical day in nursery

08:45 - 09.00 Arrival
09:00 - 10:30 Exploration time*
10:30 - 10:50 Outside break
10:50 - 12:00 Exploration time*
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and outside break
1:00 - 3:25 Exploration time*

* Exploration time includes literacy, maths, art, music, physical education and additional language and science.

Following successful transition, students will attend as follows:

  • Full day: 8:45 - 3:25 Monday to Thursday and Friday 8:45 - 2:10

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