Preschool / Kindergarten
The Preschool and Kindergarten environment provides students in the early years with an exceptional opportunity to grow as inquisitive individuals. Our students become creators, collaborators and communicators with a passion for asking questions and finding solutions.
We promote the desire to learn through thoughtfully planned experiences where we encourage children to connect with and contribute to their world. Children learn best when they are happy in a nurturing environment.
Our Preschool/Kindergarten, known as our Early Years Programme, is designed for our youngest students, ages 3–6. Children in EY1 (age 3), EY2 (age 4) and Kindergarten (age 5) follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), which shares our ideals about children as learners.
My daughter goes to school happy and we have seen her become less shy and more independent.
Elena P, ICS Kindergarten Parent
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
A strong Early Years Programme develops and extends the powerful learning skills the young child brings into the classroom – that natural capacity to learn, combined with their curiosity and their openness to experience and understanding. The Early Years Programme at ICS harnesses these innate capacities and creates a firm foundation for the higher-order skills upon which your child's future learning will be built.
Underpinning the rigorous learning that takes place every day and everywhere in the EY classroom is a great deal of thought, research and design. The design of classroom experiences is guided by the PYP curriculum, which forms a tight framework of core skills and knowledge, such as literacy and numeracy, which young children need. In addition, as students pursue their inquiry projects, thinking, collaboration, research and social skills are developed. These skills are practiced, challenged and built upon throughout the Early Years Programme.
The Early Years Programme represents a transition, from home to school. It takes advantage of the natural curiosity and perseverance that children show in their play and directs this into their own inquiries. To look into an Early Years classroom is to see a highly thoughtful place. It is full of mini-projects being managed by individual students and by teams. Teachers challenge students by changing the environment, introducing new materials, asking questions and constantly assessing for understanding and for the new learning experiences each individual student needs in order to grow. A rigorous Early Years classroom sees inquiries happen everywhere and throughout the curriculum and subject areas.
The Early Years Programme at ICS provides the gateway to the future for your child. It provides a rigorous education that teaches core knowledge and nurtures inquiry, critical thinking and skills for life.
Parents are also encouraged to take full advantage of the social and community-building activities offered by the ICS Parents’ Association.
Early Years 1 and Nursery
Parents can choose a combination of mornings (8:15-12:15) and/or afternoons (12:15-15:15) for an individualized schedule. Attendance must amount to a minimum of four half-days or two full days per week. All children entering the Early Years Programme must be toilet trained.
Early Years 2 and Kindergarten
Early Years 2 is for children who are 4 years old by 1 September, and Kindergarten is for children who are 5 by that date. Both programmes offer full days (8:15–15:15) and attendance is for 5 days/week. Language instruction in German is part of the programme.