Early Years

Early Years


 

     “Our Early Childhood community is a language-rich and kind environment where active participation and meaningful learning go hand-in-hand with fun and friendship”

Developing a Love for Learning

     Our Early Years Programme is designed to meet the needs of young learners aged 2.6 years to 5.5 years. In a safe and caring environment, our dedicated educators ensure that our youngest become happy and confident learners who succeed in gradually entering the realm of letters and numbers.

At Manchester International School, the early year’s curriculum is a mix of the Montessori approach and the IB pedagogy. The Montessori curriculum is designed for preschool and kindergarten students focusing on Play Based Learning and cognitive development. This is the time when children use their bodies, senses, and emerging problem-solving skills to learn about and make sense of their world in the ways most meaningful and effective for them. Dr. Maria Montessori was one of the first educators to recognize that the first few years of a child’s life are critical to the development of personality and intellect. Through scientific observations, she determined children learn best at their own pace and given the choice of activities. On the other hand, the focus of IB is on the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment. The IB curriculum is Integrated, Differentiated and Trans-disciplinary and accentuates the interconnected learning that occurs when children are exposed to real-life situations in the classroom, home, school, and their community. It caters to each and every individuals’ special learning abilities targeting their multiple intelligence.

     Toddlers actively seek out information learn quickly and easily, and are especially interested in demonstrating independence. We allow them the freedom to learn as much as they can, as quickly as possible. Our educators give toddlers responsive, individualized attention to help build skills in:

  • Sensory and Perception
  • Self-help
  • Language
  • Physical and Motor Skills
  • Social and Emotional Growth

     The early years programme is housed in a separate block. The teachers are assisted by helpers and this low pupil/staff ratio ensures that all children acquire the key skills in Literacy and Numeracy. There are plenty of opportunities provided to develop creative skills not only in Music but also in Art, Craft, Drama and Dance. Outings and educational trips are arranged in conjunction with the topic taught. The working day runs from Monday to Friday. We want our children to be confident, successful and have a sense of self and of their importance. We recognize the importance of play; it is the child’s way of learning and developing life skills. We believe that each child is an individual being with unique interests, abilities and needs that distinguish that child from other children.

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