At IIL the school has created a purpose-built centre for early learning years called START – for children aged between 3 and 6 years.
“This is their first step of their educational journey and the beginning of a long journey. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to help to make this a positive experience for every child,” says Mr Walsh.
Teachers encourage independence to prepare your child for formal education Children are learning through play and the teaching is designed to encourage curiosity, creativity, empathy and to develop learning and fine motor skills.
Classrooms and outdoor areas are designed to be fun and engaging for young children with decorative interiors, wide corridors, comfortable dedicated play areas with soft furnishings. Everything has been adapted for young learners.
“We use play as a method to teach our youngest students the base skills that get them ready for school,” explains Ms LaDuche. “Recently, my class was exploring the theme of ’The People Who Help Us’. As part of this unit we used dress-up clothes to role play and pretend to be firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses and dentists. (In non-COVID times) We go on an outing to visit the local fire station and ask a real firefighter questions about what it is like to do their job. We make cards to distribute to the school nurse, the school gardener, the cantine helpers and cleaning staff to show our thanks for all they do. Music is also a medium we often use to help student’s expand their vocabulary and knowledge of the topics we explore. My students can be heard singing their favourite songs throughout the day and parents let me know this continues into the evenings at home.”
Also read our previous article on START.