Full Day.Half Day.3 Day Option
We nurture our students here at I.S.T. from the age of 2, and are delighted to offer our I.S.T. families a state-of-the-art early childhood department for our youngest learners. This exceptional, 21st-century learning environment encourages and promotes children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. Our newly renovated early childhood is fully equipped with age-appropriate, play-based equipment, custom collaborative furniture, promoting a love for learning, collaborative interactions and fun!
We place great emphasis on the pastoral care of all of our children, but none more so than with our youngest learners; social and emotional development is a hugely important focus in our early childhood unit. Throughout our day, we lovingly guide the children to collaborate with each other; teaching and encouraging them to share, to use good manners and politeness and to speak and interact with others in a caring and respectful manner.
In our early childhood department, we offer our students a varied curriculum, nurturing them both socially and academically, to adequately prepare them for their ultimate transition into pre-k and beyond. The children engage in age-appropriate lessons in literacy, IT and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as the teaching of modern foreign languages (Spanish and Mandarin), four times a week. Activities are differentiated according to each child’s needs and we pride ourselves on our low-stress environment. The children will also use our brand new STEM and Inquiry lab, which opens in September, for innovative and practical lessons involving resources such as Lego engineering, Lego WeDo, Bee Bots, Makey Makey, Little Bits, robotics and Snap Circuits, to name a few. The purpose of our STEM and Inquiry Lab is to allow the children to invent, create and experiment at IST.
Our early childhood staff members are experts within their field and hold a clear passion for, and experience in, teaching early childhood. In addition, all of our early childhood staff members are bilingual. Though lessons are delivered in English, having bilingual staff members allows them to interact with the children in both English and Spanish, to promote fluency.
We offer 3-day, half and full day programs. 3-Day students attend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:20- 3:30. Half-day students are in attendance from 8.20-12.30, daily; whilst our full time friends remain in the early childhood class from 8.20-3.30. In addition, I.S.T. is catered for by ‘Whole Foods’ and we are proud to offer a nutritious, well-balanced and delicious menu for all our students and staff, all of which is included in tuition fees. All children are provided with a healthy morning snack and full lunch; and full day students will also have an afternoon snack.
We are exceptionally proud of our early childhood unit and believe it provides our students with best possible opportunity to begin a lifelong love of learning and a sense of international mindedness throughout I.S.T. and beyond.
Full Day.Half Day.3 Day Option