At ICS Côte d’Azur, our early childhood education follows the bilingual IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for ages three to five.
Our early years children join Kindergarten 1 (KG 1), for ages 3 to 4, and Kindergarten 2 (KG 2) for ages 4 to 5. Children are in a class group with a maximum of 22 students and once of primary-age, they continue through Years 1 to 6 before moving to their next chosen school.
Our early years’ section is housed in a separate area, complete with a French classroom, an English classroom, a library, an afternoon sleep facility, a customised outdoors area and a playground.
Early learners have specialist-led classes in music and sports in dedicated spaces both indoors and outdoors.
French and English Days
Each child has two homeroom teachers: one who teaches in French and one who teaches in English. Early learners are also supported by our teaching assistants. Students study one day in French, the following day in English.
Our early years classes have the same hours as the primary section, from 8:15 to 15:45, except for Wednesdays, when our teachers and assistants provide a complimentary half-day programme between 8:15 and 12:00 that early learners attend for activities, crafts and play.
Early Years Curriculum
The curriculum integrates England’s national guidelines for early learning: the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.
The EYFS outlines seven areas of learning that engage children through project-based and play-based learning:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These areas are integrated into the inquiry-based approach of the IB PYP.
During the early years, children are nurtured physically, socially and intellectually through a combination of personalised care and group interaction. Through a hands-on approach to learning, children experiment and play in a stimulating indoor and outdoor environment.
We pride ourselves on cultivating an atmosphere where children learn at their own pace through art, storytelling, songs and imaginative play.
Teachers enjoy taking learning outside of the classroom; these experiences might include a visit to an aquarium or a local museum. Craft makers and external specialists are also welcomed into the school to spark curiosity in students through activities such as cheese-making or meeting a beekeeper and live performances.
Our students are supported and encouraged by our dedicated Early Years team as they become confident and independent, igniting a love of learning until they are ready for Primary School.