Early Learning Centre

In the Early Learning Centre (ELC), children acquire a variety of important skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enhance their future participation in society.

PYP LogoA POSITIVE EARLY EXPERIENCE with school is ensured by a dedicated classroom teacher and aide who work with with children at their specific stage of development. Students spend their day learning in the way that is most appropriate for children: through play. Learning is supplemented by specialist teachers in music, art, physical education and Spanish. Our approach is holistic and acknowledges that every child is unique.



Ages 18-35 months

8:30am-12:30pm or 2:45pm

Junior Pre-K
Junior Pre-K

Ages 3-4



Ages 4-5



Ages 5-6



The Early Learning Centre (ELC) follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum beginning in Junior Pre-Kindergarten and focuses on big ideas that help the students understand the world around them and their place in it. Students develop a solid foundation for future literacy and numeracy.

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The IB Learner Profile

A set of attributes developed throughout all ages of the IB curriculum that help members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

Play-based Learning

Students explore their environment and learn about the world naturally through play. Play-based learning is a perfect match for a future IB education because it fosters curiosity, relationships, symbolic expression and independent thinking.

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Inquiry-based Teaching & Learning

Inquiry is an authentic way for students to explore and understand the world using play, problem-based learning, collaboration, experimentation and explicit teaching. Inquiry nurtures the development of curiosity to allow children to build deeper understandings as they embark on a lifelong journey of learning.

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co-curriculars available for our youngest learners
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Other ELC Features

Language: pre-school student on playgound

All students study Spanish, starting in JPK, with 20 minutes of instruction four days per week. The class length increases to 30 minutes in Pre-Kindergarten and then 45 minutes in Kindergarten.

Technology: two studens at table working

Students explore learning and apply skills with a variety of tools, including technology. All students in the ELC have 1:1 access to iPads in the classroom.

Co-curriculars: Teacher helping student with gymnastics

Students can participate in after-school activities in athletics, technology, and the arts.

Physical education: student in a bean bag race

Through movement, students develop personally, socially and emotionally, as well as physically. The curriculum also supports the development of gross motor skills and swimming ability.

Field trips: young student at the aquarium.

Field trips play a role in linking classroom-based inquiries to the larger community, the outdoors and our environment.

Student support: teacher sitting on floor with two young students.

We follow an immersion model for English language learners at this age. Early intervention for literacy is provided as needed.

Assessment: Student writing with pencil

Formal and informal assessments allow teachers to support and enhance student learning. Junior Pre-Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students all take the Children’s Progress of Academic Achievement (CPAA), which teachers use to design instructional activities for one-on-one or small group instruction.

The Arts: teacher with student painting vase

Students have the opportunity to explore their creativity and communication in a variety of performing and visual arts mediums while working with visiting artists. Music is taught several times a week.

STEAM: Teacher with student and plant

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math skills are integrated across the curriculum and students can pursue these fields in-depth in the co-curricular programme.

Library: Pre-school student reading in bean bag chair

Students in the ELC visit the library every week and learn to choose books that reflect their passions and interests.

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