Early years

Children aged 3 to 5 participate in a learning program based on
international Early Years Standards and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.

Curriculum

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy that is focused on the child’s individual needs, skills, interests and awareness of others.

The belief that each child possesses solid potential to develop and grow in relationships with others is central to this approach.

Respect and responsibility, to others and to ourselves, are the underpinnings of this philosophy.

Exploration and discovery are crucial.

And throughout it all, children are watched and listened to as they express their understanding in what Reggio Emilia calls the 100 languages of our children.

Early Year Parents Handbook
Classroom Supply Lists
Healthy Eating in the Learning Tree House
Birthdays at the Learning Tree House

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Early Years Students Movie

There are no better voices to explain our school than those of our students

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Early Years Teachers Movie

Our teachers are very proud of the students what they can accomplish in the Reggio program.

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Early Years Parents Movie

Happy children lead to happy parents ...

Learning in centres through inquiry

Our classroom is set up for learning in different centers. A center is an area of the classroom where a variety of hands-on materials and meaningful activities are available for children to choose.

The centers provide opportunities for children to be actively involved in learning and making choices. Children have many opportunities to make choices, come up with ideas, experiment, and take responsibility for their work. Here’s what you’ll see when you visit:

Distinct interest centers – blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, discovery science , library, sand and water, music and movement, cooking, computers, reading/writing, listening and different play spaces outdoors – help children know what choices are available and make decisions.

Having the opportunity to learn alongside students from different cultures helps them develop as world citizens from the earliest age, growing to understand and accept our differences and embrace our similarities as they make friends from around the world.

More information:

We want your child to feel secure and independent, to move from one activity to another as easily and confidently as possible. And we want to provide a variety of learning experiences for a well-rounded education. So we plan a daily schedule with these goals in mind. We follow this same schedule day after day, making small adjustments to accommodate special activities. It helps children feel secure because they know what comes next. This schedule works well for us. After a few months, children are amazingly independent. They tell us what they are supposed to do next
Activities in our classroom are designed with the developmental level and natural curiosity of early years children in mind. They will learn through music and movement, interact with their classmates and follow teacher led instruction. They will also learn through activity centers, directed play, and create their own products as they explore new ideas. They will have field trips and walks in the forest. And they will have the opportunity to play during supervised, self directed recess times.
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Frequently Asked Questions

About ISK’s early Years Program

Do you have questions?



  • chevron_rightHow do I know that my child is
ready for the Early Years Program?

    Children are best ready to join the Early Years Program when they are toilet trained (not wearing diapers/nappies), have had the experience of playing with other children, are able to communicate by speaking and can separate from parents when left with another family member or babysitter.

  • chevron_rightHow can I help my child prepare to be ready for a full-day program?

    Parents can help prepare their children for the separation that happens at school in a number of ways. Explaining to your child what will happen during the day and reminding him/her that you will see each other after school is important. Showing enthusiasm for your child (and putting on a happy face, even if you are a bit sad to leave your child for the day) is always helpful. Reading books to your child about the fun that happens at school can help your child become more familiar about what to expect at school. If your child has not yet spent any time away from you, it is best to ease into the transition of leaving him/her at school for the whole day by arranging short play dates with other children where you leave and come back later.

  • chevron_rightI’m concerned that my child will cry when I will leave him at school. How can I help prevent this?

    It is normal for children to cry during the first week or so of school. Please talk with your child about the fun he/she will have when playing with friends. Make sure to remind your child that you will always see each other after school. Being punctual when picking up your child at the end of the day is crucial in building the trust between you and your child that you will see each other again at the end of the day.

  • chevron_rightWhy does the school have sleepy time / quiet time?

    A child who gets enough rest is ready to learn and best prepared to control his or her own behavior. Even if your child does not fall asleep, the quiet time is calming and a necessary part of a very full day at school.

  • chevron_rightCan my child bring toys to school?

    Yes! We highly encourage bringing one soft toy or personal object to help your child feel comfortable for quiet time. Any valuable toy or object should be kept at home where it will be safe.

  • chevron_rightWhat type of food should I be sending with my child to school?

    Nutritious, fresh foods with water are the best choice. Researchers found that when kids eat better, they learn and behave better. Hearty soups, salads, fruits and sandwiches with whole grains can all be packed in insulated containers to stay hot or cold. Please avoid sending sweets for snack or lunch. Sweets make kids tired, hungry and less attentive shortly after eating.
    Lunch Ideas:

    Sandwich or wrap with cold cuts, cheese, lettuce, tomato or other vegetables
    Soup in a thermos with dinner roll or croutons
    Meat roll-ups with bread sticks
    Peanut butter sandwich
    Pasta with vegetables
    Snack Ideas:

    Oatmeal based cookies
    Granola or oatmeal based bars
    Cheese & crackers
    Yogurt
    Veggies with dip
    Fruits
    To drink: juice or water. No soda please!

  • chevron_rightMy child still needs help with eating, washing and dressing herself. Will someone be helping her when she is at school?

    We encourage the children to learn independence, however at first the child can count on our help. We urge parents to allow enough time for their child time at home to try and practice eating, washing and dressing independently.

  • chevron_rightHow should my child dress for school?

    Clothes which the child can put on and take off independently are best, for example: shoes with Velcro, mittens rather than gloves, etc. Your child will get dirty, so clothes that are easily washed are recommended. Layers of clothes are more versatile than one warm piece of clothing. Accidents do happen, so a spare set of clothes (including socks and underwear) is needed.

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