Preschool Coordinator: Mrs Maja Paradiž
Nursery (3/4 years old): Mrs Elisabeth Karlsson, Ms Katherine Blundell
Reception (4/5 years old): Mrs Maja Paradiž, Simon Irving (Teaching Assistant)
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 Pre-School 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 the Primary section, we combine the best of the latest UK National Curriculum's Early Years/Foundation Stage framework with the International Primary Curriculum’s Early Years Programme for our Pre-School (Vrtec/Kindergarten). Units of five weeks each cover topics such as Communicating, Exploring and Healthy Living.
Although the teaching is mostly in English, as this is the optimum age for language development, three 45-minute sessions per week in Slovene with a specialist teacher include a range of activities (e.g. games and songs). Irrespective of the actual language learned, a life-long facility for learning languages is established.
The Preschool operates from 08:00 (doors open 07:50) to 15:20 (pickup by 15:45), Monday to Friday during school terms. A hot lunch is offered for those who wish it (at additional cost) and there is a vegetarian option. Time is set aside, for those children who want to, to have a nap while the others do quiet activities.
A typical day includes:
- Morning 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 or PE
When a child first starts at Pre-School, an introductory programme includes the parents on a gradually reducing basis.