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Pre-School Programme

The pre-school programme at ICS - for our youngest students, aged from 3-5 - is a nurturing and dynamic community. We promote the desire to learn through thoughtfully-planned experiences where we encourage children to connect with, and contribute to their world.

Children in EY1 (aged 3), EY2 (aged 4) and Kindergarten (aged 5) follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), which shares our ideals about children as learners.

In the pre-school programme, children are placed at the centre of the curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on child-initiated inquiries as we believe that children learn best when their interests are acknowledged as worthy of investigation. We also recognise the value of inquiry as a powerful vehicle for learning.


Parents receive two written reports which provide detailed information about their child’s progress in the pre-school programme (EY1 to Kindergarten) twice a year as well as a portfolio of learning. Early Pre-school children create a Learning Portfolio to share with their parents.

Pre-School Learning Spaces

We value learning through inquiry in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Carefully considered learning environments provide the opportunity for children to build theories, be active in seeking answers to their questions and engage in academic learning through play opportunities that are engaging, relevant, challenging and significant to them as learners. Each learning space is intentionally planned to support and extend learning, emphasis on spaces that are calming, comfortable and where children have a sense of home and belonging.

Outdoor learning plays a significant role in the Early Years Centre . Together we spend one morning a week in the forest exploring the natural environment throughout the seasons. The special nature of the outdoors in Switzerland offers children opportunities to move on a large scale, to use all their senses, to be active and to express feelings and ideas. Children have access to two courtyards just outside of the classrooms as well as a mud kitchen, vegetable patch and pond all on campus, as well as a large wood chipped playground.

For information about the curriculum, please see the Primary Curriculum Guide here.

During the year, students inquire into globally significant issues through their units of inquiry. You can see the programme of inquiry for Early Years here:

Early Years 1 & 2


You can also see here:

our Language (Reading & Writing) Scope & Sequence Document,

our Maths Strands Scope & Sequence Document

our Maths Pattern & Function Scope & Sequence Document

our Arts (Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts) Scope & Sequence Document and

our PSPE (Personal, Social and Physical Education Scope & Sequence Document

Extended Care Programme

ICS offers an extended care programme before and after school. Please see here for details.

ICS Inter-Community School Zurich
Strubenacher 3 | Postfach | 8126 Zumikon | Switzerland
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