Learning in the Early Years

Learning in the Early Years:

The curriculum in the Early Years follows the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum alongside the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The prime areas of learning are Personal and Social Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These are the foundations on which early education is built. The PYP programme provides great learning opportunities in the form of Units of Inquiry where children learn about who we are, how to express ourselves and living things. The foundations of Maths and Literacy are also firmly laid at this time, amply preparing your child for entry into Primary School.

Specialist Music Lessons

Children are taught Music in Early Years by a specialist Music Teacher and have two lessons timetabled per week. During this time they will learn and experience music through performances at Christmas concerts as well as end of year performances, singing alone and with others, playing instruments, dancing, improving listening skills, and developing an appreciation of the different rhythms of music. Children are exposed to a wide array of music from different countries and various cultures to enhance their open mindedness and creativity here at St. Andrews, Green Valley.

Specialist PE lessons

We aim to provide a Physical Education (PE) curriculum that offers balance and diversity. We offer opportunities for every child to experiment with a wide range of physical activities. These activities are differentiated to accomodate a wide range of ability, which encourages motivation and progression of skills. In Early Years the curriculum focuses on body control and spatial awareness, adventure challenge, movement to music (dance), games, swimming and health-related activities.

Specialist Thai lessons

From Kindergarten upwards, it is compulsory for children studying in Thailand to learn Thai at school. Children in the Early Years participate in weekly Thai lessons which introduce the Thai culture and language. Through these lessons, children develop their understanding of Thai cultural events, such as Songkran and Loy Krathong, as well as their understanding of the language through song, dance and storytelling.

The Early Years school day:

Our Early Years is tailored to meet the needs of both your child and you as a parent, with options for the number and length of the days in Nursery and Kindergarten. The school day begins at 8.30am and finishes either at 12.20pm or 3.20pm depending on their age. Parents and children are welcome to arrive any time from 8.00am to play in the classroom before school begins at 8:30am. Depending on your child’s age, you can choose from a 2, 3, 4 or 5-day week, or if you prefer, 5 half days.

Flexible Weekly Schedule

Class Age Times of school day Flexible options
Nursery 2-3 year olds 8.30am-12.20pm 2, 3, 4 and 5 half days per week
Kindergarten 3-4 year olds 8.30am-12.20pm (half day) 8.30am-3.20pm (full day) 3 half days per week, or 5 days per week
Reception 4-5 year olds 8.30am-3.20pm 5 days per week

Afternoon Child Care

For those parents of Nursery children who need additional childcare support until they finish work, or until older siblings have finished school, our Afternoon Child Care is the perfect option. Running from 12.20pm until 3.20pm, your child can remain in the safe care of our dedicated team until you’re ready to collect them. Healthy snacks will be provided while they enjoy indoor and outdoor free play and activities. Please note that an additional cost applies.

Cubs Toddler Group

We offer a Play Group every Tuesday and Wednesday during term time for mothers/fathers and toddlers from 0- 3 years. During the session our qualified Early Years teacher will offer many fun activities for the children including: dancing, singing, painting and playing in the beautiful outdoor area in Nursery. Find out more about our Cubs Toddler Group here.

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