The early years are the most formative years in a child’s life. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential as children’s experiences in the early years have a major impact on their future life chances. Children explore the world around them, acquire skills for socialising, develop positive relationships and learn to communicate in a variety of situations. A safe, secure and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. In the Early Years Department at Isamilo International School we believe that children need and have a right to a solid foundation on which all future learning can be based. We provide an environment in which children will thrive.
The Early Years Department at Isamilo International caters for children from 2 ½ years to 7 years of age. The classes cover 5 academic year groups; Pre-School 1 and 2, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, as well as the Stay and Play Club for those under the age of 3. All of the classes within the Early Years Department, including the Stay and Play Club are situated on the Early Years site a five minute walk away from the Main School site.
The Early Years Department is situated in two large residential houses, the Foundation House for the Foundation Stage and Bishop Wiggins House at Key Stage 1. They are able to offer the numerous advantages of a small unit. The staff work together as a team, taking care of the children, providing a safe and stimulating environment that will enable children to develop personally and socially as well as academically.
Individualised learning, development and care, taking into account the children’s needs and interests, are provided to enhance the development of the children in our care and to give them the best possible start in life. Every child is supported individually to make progress at their own pace, including those who need extra support to fulfil their potential. We encourage all the children to have a sense of achievement in all that they do and to be proud of their work. We insist on good manners and high standards of behaviour.
We work closely together with parents/carers, realising that they are the children’s first educators. Families are central to a child’s well-being and this is recognised by the staff in the department. We work together with patents/carers, sharing information and offering support to learning in the home.
Through quality educational experiences we lay a solid foundation for future learning.