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 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. 


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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. 


English and German languages are used throughout the day to support learning. There are English and German speaking staff to support the children's language acquisition. 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.

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


The gateway to your child's future is open. Step through it together.

Admissions Plan a Visit


Opening Hours

Full Day: 08:00 - 17:00

Mornings: 08:00 - 12:00

ICS Nursery Programme

ICS Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum Road Maps

Before and After School Care

Before and After School Care at ICS

ICS offers a Before and After school Care Programme. Please see here for details.

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