Our pedagogical approach

ICS Nursery provides a learning environment that offers an exceptional opportunity to build foundational skills. We create independent, competent, confident, and caring young learners. 


Nursery is comprised of our youngest learners, ages 18 months to 3 years

We seek to nurture, integrate, and respect children so they may become healthy and happy individuals. Using elements of the Reggio Emilia approach and IB PYP curriculums, we develop a learning environment suitable to the child's needs and cognitive abilities. We respect every child's cultural and social background, encouraging multicultural integration and caring.

Using elements of the Reggio Emilia approach and IB PYP curriculums, we develop a learning environment suitable to the child's needs and cognitive abilities. We respect every child's cultural and social background encouraging multicultural integration and caring.

Development of young minds

We focus on nurturing the child's growth so that they become a healthy person who is able to take care of themselves, be empathetic, and think constructively. Teachers take a holistic pedagogical approach to enrich the child’s learning process, allowing for both child-led and teacher-structured activities to take place within the classroom. We encourage parent participation and community integration whenever possible.

Principles for pedagogical action

The ICS Nursery places emphasis on both emotional and intellectual areas of development. Every child has different circumstances that must include the process of collaborative support from both the family and teacher in order to achieve personal well-being and academic success.

Activities with the children

We offer an appropriate foundation in academic subjects including Maths, Science, Reading and Writing, Creative Thinking, Arts, Independent well-being, Technology, and Sports. Children at an ICS Nursery Level are supported in all areas and monitored on their achievement by developmental milestones. Children build the foundations for the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum through play and relationship building. 

English and German Languages

English and German languages are used throughout the day to support learning. Excursions into our local community provide children with opportunities to use the German language connected to their learning at school. We also help and encourage students to maintain and develop their mother tongue, as this is important for their cultural identity and cognitive development. We recognise that having home language skills also helps students in learning additional languages.

Structure of the Day

ICS is a safe and welcoming place where children can learn and grow within a caring and supportive environment. There is a balance of outdoor and indoor activities programmed for the children each day. 

Opening Hours

  • Full Day: 08:00 - 17:00
  • Mornings: 08:00 - 12:00

Drop-off and Pick-up Times

  • The ICS Nursery is open from Monday to Friday.
  • Drop-off is between 08:00 and 08:45 to prepare for the day. 
  • Teachers register students from 08:45 each school day during their morning circle.
  • Pick-up is done from 16:30 - 17:00 each school day.

Financial Regulations Nursery

Please see the Financial Regulations Nursery 2023-24.

Nursery Calendar

The Nursery follows the same calendar as the rest of the school.

Nursery Full Day Programme

Morning welcome, arrival activities and free play  08:00 - 08:45
Children's Morning Meeting  08:45 - 09:00
Snacks 09:00 - 09:15
Playground  09:15 - 10:00
Indoor or outdoor learning activities  10:15 - 11:15
Transition to lunch 11:15 - 11:30
Family Style Meal  11:30 - 12:00
Rest time followed by reading and quiet learning 12:00 - 13:00
Activity related with a book / rhyme  13:00 - 14:00
Snacks  14:00 - 14:15
Outside play   14:15 - 14:45
Indoor and outdoor learning activities  15:00 - 15:30
Free play / Relationship building / Reflections on the day  15:30 - 16:30
Pick-up time  16:30 - 17:00




ICS Co-curricular Programme

At ICS, we believe that learning happens both in and outside of the classroom. 

LEARN about our Co-Curricular Programme

English at ICS

We ensure all learners are able to access our world-class programme by supporting all ICS students.

DISCOVER our English as an Additional Language Programme