Our Pedagogical Approach
We take a holistic pedagogical approach that focuses on the child’s independent growth and their readiness for the future. Using elements of the Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches 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.
Our image of the child
The ICS Nursery child is independent, competent, confident and caring. We seek to nurture, integrate and respect children so they may become healthy and happy individuals.
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-lead 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 wellbeing and academic success.
Activities with the children
We offer an appropriate foundation in academic subjects including Maths, Science, Reading & Writing, Creative Thinking, Arts, Independent Wellbeing, Technology and Sports. Children at an ICS Nursery Level will be supported in all areas and will be monitored on their achievement by developmental milestones. Children will be building the foundations for the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum through play and relationship building.
We offer a German/English bilingual strand in the Nursery & Preschool Programme. There are German and English speaking staff to support the children's language acquisition. Both 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 mother tongue 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, 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.