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Early Years Programme

Nursery and Pre-school

At FISP we recognise that very young children are very special people with unique personalities and individual needs. We focus largely on the development of social skills, encourage curiosity for further learning and give the crucial skills for further educational experiences. Here the children learn to share, express themselves in a group situation, listen to teachers and their peers, and ask questions. This helps them become active and independent learners.

We know that children learn in various different ways. Pupils are engaged in their learning through an environment and curriculum that promotes excitement about learning, good behaviour and respect for all members of the school community.


Our early years section comprises of three classes: 

Pre-nursery class is for children aged 2 - 3 years 

Nursery class is for the 3 - 4 year olds 

Pre-school section is for 4 - 6 year olds. 


Children may attend for either half or full days, however we recommend a minimum of three half days to fully benefit from our programmes. For those who need a daytime sleep, there is a quiet room where they can slumber in peace.


Curriculum

The Early Years classes have bright rooms encompassing different learning areas, providing various opportunities for young children to explore, investigate and learn in a safe, stimulating environment. This approach promotes independent learning, social skills and personal development.

Maths and language teaching takes place in the mornings when the children are most receptive. They take part in activities both as a whole class, in small groups and on an individual basis. Work is very hands-on and practical, and children are only introduced to the idea of recording their work once they are ready.

Play and exploration is an essential part of children's learning and general development. Children are provided with opportunities throughout the day to engage in a range of creative and imaginative activities, sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of arts and craft, design, technology, music, movement, dance and role play activities.

We take into account the physical developmental needs of children at this age through the use of the neighbouring forest and orchards. These - along with the green house and the garden where the children can grow herbs, berries and vegetables - provide endless learning opportunities.


Languages

The main language in class and for all activities is English, however we provide daily French classes that are included in the curriculum. The children will spend 45 minutes per day learning French, and thanks to this intense programme they will rapidly acquire the skills to be confident in the language.

For more information on the language courses, please take a look at our Additional languages in the Co-curricular section. 

Example Timetable

Below is an example timetable of a typical week for the Willow class (2 year olds).

Morning Afternoon
Monday

9 - 9:30: Welcome & Child-initiated play

10: Circle time: Nursery Rhyme

10:15 Theme book

10:15 – 10:30 Clean-up & Snack time 

11: Explore outside

11:30 Clean up (potty)

11:45 Lunch                


12:45: Clean up (potty) + short story 

13: Nap time – 14:30 – potty

14:35 - 15: Puppet show 

15 - 15:10: Dancing party

15:25: Craft / Art

15:30: Snack

15:30 - 16: Clean-up & Outside play1


Tuesday

9 - 9:30: Welcome & Child-initiated play

9:30 - 10: Sensory play

10:00 Mini story: 5minute book + Nursery Rhyme

10:15: Craft/Art

10:30 Potty & Snack

11: Explore outside

11:45 Lunch


12:45: Potty & Short story

13:00 – 14:30: Nap

14:45 - 15: Creative play

15 – 15:15: Gross motor 

15 mins: Adult-led play

15:30: Snack 

15:30 – 16: Clean-up & Outside play

Wednesday

9 - 9:30: Welcome & Child-initiated play

10: Circle time: Nursery Rhyme & Theme book

10:15: Craft/Art & Potty

10:30 Snack 

11: Explore outside

11:30 - 12:15: Clean-up & Lunch  


13: Clean-up & story time 14:20: Nap

14:45 Potty

15: Free play / Puppet show

15:15: Dancing party

15:25: Sensory play

15:30: Potty & Snack

15:30 - 16: Clean-up & Outside play


Thursday

9 - 9:30: Welcome & Child-initiated play

9:30 - 10: Sensory play

10:00 Mini story: 5minute book + Nursery Rhyme

10:15: Craft/Art

10:30 Potty & Snack

11: Explore outside

11:45 Lunch


12:45: Potty & Short story

13:00 – 14:30: Nap

14:45 - 15: Creative play

15 – 15:15: Gross motor 

15 mins: Adult-led play

15:30: Snack 

15:30 – 16: Clean-up & Outside play

Friday

9 - 9:30: Welcome & Child-initiated play 

10: Circle time: Nursery Rhyme & Theme book

10:15: Craft/Art

10:30 Potty & Snack 

11: Explore outside

11:30 - 12:15: Clean-up & Lunch   


12:45 Potty + Short story

13 – 14:30: Nap

15min: Clean-up & wake up

14:45 – 15: Imaginative play 

15-15:15 Gross motor 

15 mins: Free play

15:30: Snack 

15:30 – 16: Clean-up & Outside play

The Standard Classification of Education

For grade equivalences from school systems across the world, please take a look at the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). The link will open a PDF file.

Do you have questions about the Early Years Programme ?

Drop us a line and we will reply within a working day's time.