Early Years and Early Years 1
In the Early Years at ISH, we provide an outstanding, high quality early years education within a well-resourced indoor and outdoor environment.
We recognise that children are naturally curious and wish to experiment, explore and make sense of the world around them. Our programme is inspired by the Reggio Emilia and Montessori approach, which is student-centered, constructivist and utilises self-directed, experiential learning in a relationship-driven environment. We emphasise the growth of children's inquiry, creativity, curiosity and imagination, while the development of basic skills is carefully nurtured. Our child-centered approach to learning recognises that children learn at their own pace. We aim to develop the children’s unique and individual potential as inquisitive and active learners.
Throughout the Early Years, we track the children's learning against the development statements and learning goals from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) through documentation in their Learning Journey. This is shared with parents and carers regularly and informs our planning, enabling us to create individual next steps for each child. We place great importance on the whole child and seek to work very closely with families to empower all individuals to fulfil their potential; socially, emotionally and academically.
Our setting provides a happy and secure environment where children can grow in confidence and develop their learning through meaningful, open ended play experiences. All children have regular opportunities to participate in visits to our ‘Green Space’, as well as regular walks and visits to the ‘Pluk’ farm in the neighbourhood and also for walks in the community and to the local shops.
Specialist teachers offer sessions in Physical Education, Music and Dutch through sessions both within the setting and in the outdoors.