Our Early Years Programme

In our Early Years Programme  children begin to explore the process of learning.  The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at ICS applies to all students in the Nursery and Reception classes. At ICS students are admitted to Nursery following their third birthday. Teaching and learning within the EYFS takes place within an IB PYP framework. This means that we use the areas of learning and development from the EYFS to frame learning within an inquiry - based programme.

At ICS we recognise the importance of early childhood in laying the foundations for the rest of each child’s life.

Students in our Nursery and Reception class enter a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment. The class is attentive to the social, physical and cognitive development of students and encourages independence and responsibility in our learners. Nursery students start at ICS on a half day programme until the teacher and the parents feel that a full day is an appropriate match for the child’s well being.  

Learning is natural and fluid, often taught through carefully designed play-based activities with plenty of physical activity and frequent changes from task to task. During this phase of development, students learn how to communicate their needs and learn self-management skills. Students are provided with hands on experiences such as using  maths materials or painting. They work with paper and pencil activities for short periods of time. Students listen to stories, enjoy a language rich environment and are frequently encouraged to communicate their thinking.

The curriculum framework consists of four units of inquiry in Nursery and Reception. These units provide meaningful contexts through which students can be challenged in their learning. This enables students to make deeper connections to their learning and explore big ideas that have relevance for them. Students explore these ideas through different subjects and learn how to think and work within those subject disciplines.


A typical day in nursery

08:45 - 09.00 Arrival
09:00 - 10:30 Exploration time*
10:30 - 10:50 Outside break
10:50 - 12:00 Exploration time
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and outside break
1:00 - 3:25 Exploration time

* Exploration time includes structured literacy, maths, art, music, physical education and additional language learning as well as science exploration

Nursery only: We offer a half day option for our Nursery students. Students choosing the half day option will have lunch before their dismissal at 12:30.

  • Half day: 8:45 - 12:30
  • Full day: 8:45 - 3:25 Monday to Thursday and Friday 8:45 - 2:10