Preschool Coordinator: Mrs Sue Williams
Preschool teacher: Mrs Liz Sparks
Preschool assistants: Mrs Elisabeth Karlsson (full time)
These are in many ways the most important years of a child’s education. The greatest percentage of everything a human learns in its life is between the ages of 0 and 6 and so foundations laid at this level will serve the child for the rest of their school career and beyond. This is why the emphasis in the Preschool and Primary Section is very much on Learning. BISL provides a caring, nurturing environment which will enable the children to thrive and enjoy their learning experience. We take into account each individual child’s ability to enable them to take their next step with appropriate support.
In preparation for work further up the Primary Section, we have selected the International Primary Curriculum’s Early Years Programme for our Preschool (Vrtec/Kindergarten). Units of five weeks each cover topics such as Communicating, Exploring and Healthy Living. This is combined with the best of the latest UK National Curriculum's Early Years Foundation Stage level.
Although the teaching is mostly in English, as this is the optimum age for language development, three 45-minutes sessions per week in Slovene with a specialist teacher include a range of activities (e.g. games and songs). Irresepective of the actual language learned, a life-long facility for learning languages is established.
The Preschool operates from 08:00 (doors open 07:45) to 15:15 (pickup by 15:45), Monday to Friday during school terms. Younger children who need a sleep after lunch go home at that time. A hot lunch is offered for those who wish it (at additional cost). There is a vegetarian option and a nutritionist on the staff has oversight of menu design and quality of ingredients.
A typical day includes:
- Circle time (Hello, welcome songs, etc.)
- Directed learning activities
- Snack (morning and afternoon - children bring their own from home)
- Child-initiated play
- Music or Dance
When a child first starts at Preschool, an introductory programme includes the parents on a gradually reducing basis.