Early Learning School

Students of our Early Learning School have an outstanding space in which they learn. The purposefully designed buildings and extensive grounds allow opportunities for staff to meet the needs of young children as they develop from age 2½ to 6 years.  The idea of the environment as the third teacher is a common understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach to education and our skilled practitioners ensure the classrooms and open areas offer stimulating opportunities for the holistic development of our students.

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St. John’s Early Learning School & the Reggio Emilia Approach

The idea of the competent child is crucial to the Reggio Emilia Approach and intrinsically linked to the Primary Years Programme notion of “student agency”; our philosophy of our youngest students being capable impacts the expectations we have of them. We encourage them to recognise themselves as scientists, engineers, artists, readers, writers, musicians and actors and our strong and varied programme reinforces this.

Strong, positive relationships between people – children, teachers and parents - are crucial to a strong educational programme and the dedicated team in the Early Learning School encourages strong partnerships between home and school. There are many opportunities for parents to become involved in regular and seasonal activities in Timbertots, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.

The staff has a special way of relating to our students, their families and each other that conveys compassion, understanding, respect and interest alongside high academic expectations. They see the potential in each child and look beyond the obvious.

In our early years programmes - Timbertots, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten - we follow the Reggio Emilia philosophy.

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Guided by our philosophy of the learning and growing of each child along with our Primary Code of Conduct and the PYP Learner Profile, we ensure that every student is able to enjoy success and happiness in their daily interaction with others. The children inspire us, the adults in their lives, to be lifelong learners.

We are all well equipped to deal with the occasional bumps, scrapes and medical matters with our on site school nurse and first aid qualified staff. The school nurse liaises with parents whenever necessary and is there to support with any specific medical needs.

Our ELS students have an active and healthy daily routine with ample time for outdoor learning and play. Physical fitness is also developed through curriculum PE under guidance of our qualified coaches.

Students at the Early Learning School also enjoy healthy, nutritious lunch every day. The students learn good eating habits as well as starting to appreciate the social and sharing aspects of meal times.

Positive and natural relationships grow between the pupils with an emphasis on the values of the school: integrity (interpreted as honesty at this level of development), respect and companionship.