Early Years Programme

Our EY programme is where fostering a lifetime love of learning begins and is specially designed for students 2 to 6 years of age.

At SSIS we believe that each child enters our school already possessing a wide range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and understandings about the world and their place within it. It is our aim to celebrate and build on each child’s strengths, identify areas for growth and development, and work in partnership with parents to create a learning environment where all children will feel safe, supported, and successful.

Our Early Years programme is specially designed for our youngest international students age 2 to 6 years.  We offer four grade levels that build upon each other year after year. At age 2, children are age appropriate to start in our Pre-Nursery classroom. Students will move up to Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and then Kindergarten at the end of each school year.

Within each grade level, all children are enrolled in homeroom groups led by experienced teaching teams and supported by classroom Ayis. Each homeroom team consists of an expatriate teacher and a Chinese teacher; who plan, teach and assess learning together. In addition, children receive instruction in Chinese, Visual Arts, Music, Library and Physical Education from our specialist teachers.

Our Early Years Programme

  • Respects and values each child’s voice and opinion
  • Is focused on student learning and development
  • Is differentiated according to children’s needs
  • Takes place in a positive climate, conducive to learning
  • Develops communication skills and supports English language development
  • Engages children in meaningful inquiry
  • Encourages children to be creative and to express ideas and feelings in different ways
  • Includes teacher-directed activities and child-initiated learning
  • Utilizes appropriate technology to support student learning
  • Provides opportunities for children to interact, play and engage with others; sharing ideas, cooperating and communicating feelings
  • Enables children to learn and develop understanding about the world around them in a range of developmentally appropriate ways, including play
  • Ensures that authentic assessment is integral to planning, teaching and learning by involving learners in engagements that require them to apply concepts, knowledge and skills in real world situations
  • Provides opportunities for children to learn through field trips and excursions