Early Childhood and Kindergarten

We believe the primary purpose of education is to develop and fulfil the unique potential in every child in a supportive, engaging and stimulating learning environment, and to inspire a lifelong love of learning. Our role as educators is to nurture and educate the whole child, and promote the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, character and aesthetic development of the children in our care. 

Our Early Childhood and Kindergarten programmes are guided by the same beliefs and practices as our Primary School.

Early Childhood (3-5 years old)

Our Early Childhood programme provides a secure, caring and happy learning environment in which young children are encouraged to explore the world around them. Young children learn through play, gaining an understanding of their world through hands-on experiences, investigation and self-discovery. A rich and developmentally appropriate learning environment is designed to encourage their inquiry, creativity, curiosity and imagination, and develop the full range of skills including language, mathematics, communication and social skills. Children interact with a wide range of materials through a variety of learning experiences. These include books, a writing table, craft and painting, music and movement, imaginative play, a home corner, construction, water play, and a range of maths and science manipulatives.

Our Early Childhood programme is both student- and teacher-initiated. It is inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emiglia and children’s project work grows out of their interests and curiosity. Children also explore themes and topics through teacher-initiated guided inquiry that are of particular interest to this age group such as myself and my family, colour and light, the five senses, living things, and celebrations. Children learn how to work cooperatively, and build positive relationships with other children and adults.

There is a full-time mother-tongue Italian teacher and a full time mother-tongue English teacher who deliver the curriculum in both languages.

Kindergarten (5-6 years old)

Our Kindergarten programme continues to build on the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes children develop in the Early Childhood years.

Kindergarten is a transition year bridging Early Childhood and Grade 1. While play remains an important part of the programme the children at this age begin more structured academic learning in a more formal way.

Children learn through guided inquiry and interdisciplinary topics or themes to develop greater knowledge, understanding and skills in all areas of the curriculum including language, mathematics, science, history and geography. They continue to develop their communication and social skills, and learn to work and play cooperatively.