Early Years

An exciting and stimulating journey of learning, through hands-on activities and play

The journey begins

Children are welcomed into Early Years at the age of 2½ where they follow an exciting play-based curriculum.

“We have nothing but praise for the Early Years teachers. They draw the best out of the children.”

 Mr & Mrs Brilus

We purposefully restrict class sizes to create a warm and welcoming environment, which caters for the individual needs of each child.

The children love learning and developing their knowledge through exciting activities and play, whether in the classroom, the gymnasium, the sandpit, the playground or on trips out of school.

As they move through the Early Years classes, the children make their first steps in learning to read, write and in developing number skills.

In Reception, the curriculum gradually becomes more structured with regular English and Mathematics lessons as well as stimulating topic-based work and child-initiated play in dedicated play areas.

Curriculum

The curriculum that is implemented across all of the Early Years classes offers a carefully integrated programme of learning that is based on a holistic enquiry and play-based approach. During these formative years, emphasis is put on every child’s personal, social and emotional development. As their understanding of the world increases, so does their self-confidence and natural curiosity, adding layers of knowledge which are actively reinforced through hands-on activities.

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Subjects

 

Our Early Years curriculum is based upon four learning strands, which cover the most essential skills that children need in order to be fully prepared for making the transition to Lower School:

  • Communicating
  • Enquiring
  • Healthy living and physical well-being
  • Independance and interdependance

Activities

Life is a discovery. A varied programme of visits such as to a garage, supermarket, train station, the zoo or even to a dentist help our youngest students take their first steps in finding out about the world around them. A whirlwind of events throughout the year, including visits by Sinterklaas and the Easter Bunny, Discos, Halloween and Carnival celebrations, Film Forums, Food Festivals, Christmas and Summer Shows all ensure that learning is always fun and play is always educational.

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da vinci eazrly years boy

Assessment

Each child’s progress is closely monitored across all areas of learning. At Da Vinci, we realise that young children achieve milestones at different stages of their development and no two children are alike. Our assessment is personalised to every child’s individual pace of development and provides parents with a clear view of where their children are on their learning journey. Parents are always kept up to date about their child’s progress through end of semester reports and parent-teacher meetings, but our teachers are also always available for a quick chat before or after school.