Our whole day programme is offered five days a week for preschool children aged two-to-five years.
In each ECE classroom, our Co-Teachers facilitate a multicultural and bilingual learning environment. Together, our Co-Teachers guide children’s learning through structured play. Both Co-Teachers use their respective native language, English and Chinese, to create an engaging and cross-cultural classroom environment that also helps children build skills in both languages.
The most important learning that occurs in our preschool years (K2 - K4) programme is facilitating children’s social and emotional development. The ability to understand and control one’s own emotions, to develop meaningful relationships, to persist in the face of challenges, and to comprehend social expectations, are all supported by our sensitive and skilled early years Co-Teachers.
Our classrooms and Co-Teachers allow for an abundance of opportunities daily for children to grow and explore. Children are provided with extended periods of play in order to follow their own interests and curiosities in a safe school setting. The learning environments that our classrooms provide are intentionally prepared to develop knowledge and respond to children’s own interests as they enquire about the world in which they live. ECE children at YCIS produce art, music, and dance, and their own constructions, designs, and movements express their individual, creative, and intellectual thoughts.
8 a.m.: Children arrive and are greeted by their Co-Teachers. They gain independence and responsibility as they store their belongings and put on their in-class shoes.
8.15 a.m.: Students are engaged with exploratory play or outdoor activities
9.30 a.m.: Children enjoy their morning snack provided by the school
10 a.m.: Students visit the library, the gym, or the field
10.30 a.m.: Group time helps children develop teamwork skills as well as language skills in both English and Chinese as they work with their Co-Teachers.
11.15 a.m.: Children have a healthy lunch in the classroom or cafeteria.
noon: Students have a body rest or quiet play time.
1.30 p.m.: Students have free play time, building socialisation skills and friendships
2 p.m.: Students enjoy a healthy afternoon snack provided by the school.
2.30 p.m.: Students join with their Co-Teachers for group projects
3.15 p.m.: Students gather their belongings and prepare to return home. Students aged three or above may take the school bus home.