We are pleased to announce that due to demand, we will be offering places to children turning 3 before 30 September 2024. Our EY Centre teaches the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary years program (PYP). It is part of the IS Ruhr Primary school. We provide a multi-lingual environment with qualified international teaching staff, with English as the language of instruction. Our students are offered a variety of play-based learning experiences, both indoors and outdoors.
EARLY YEARS EDUCATION IS THE FIRST STEP IN CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS
Children undergo rapid brain development during their first five years, making this an ideal time for learning and growth. A nurturing early years environment can significantly enhance their social, emotional, and cognitive skills, setting a solid foundation for their future learning journey.
EARLY YEARS CENTRE AT A GLANCE.
ADMISSION POSSIBLE AT ANY TIME.
IS Ruhr’s Early Years program embraces cultural diversity, creating an inclusive environment where every child feels valued, fostering a global community. We provide immersive English language experiences alongside enriching German instruction, nurturing linguistic skills and cultural understanding.
Our curriculum and school activities teach children to respect and understand people from different backgrounds, promoting empathy and open-mindedness. This approach prepares them to be global citizens, ready to engage with and make the world more peaceful.
Play-based inquiry fosters learning as students explore, discover, and understand the world around them. It encourages problem-solving and critical thinking, nurturing their innate curiosity. Our environment promotes imaginative play and hands-on experiences, creating joyful and meaningful learning opportunities.
Our educational approach is rooted in transdisciplinary learning, where students explore connections across different subject areas to explore real-life contexts.
IS Ruhr’s Early Years programme strongly emphasizes outdoor learning, where children connect with nature. These outdoor sessions are not just about play; they’re an extension of our classroom, fostering a deeper understanding of the environment.
We offer child care from 7.30 to 17:00 is possible, including a hot lunch option.
NURTURING EACH CHILD’S CURIOSITY
Young children learn and develop at different rates and in different ways. The International Baccalaureate Early Years Programme (IB PYP) allows for learning to match each child’s needs. Children are given opportunities to have holistic and stand-alone experiences in German, Art, Music and Physical Education. Our children come from diverse cultures and linguistic backgrounds whom we support to become internationally minded people. We nurture each child’s natural curiosity and acknowledge differences in developmental stages respecting each child as an individual and as a group member.
Learning in an international environment, with many different nationalities represented, offers a rich and advantageous experience for all the children.
HOLISTIC LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Our Early Years aged children benefit from a stimulating, engaging and challenging environment. We believe that inquiry is a powerful tool to learn about the world around us. Our Early Years (EY) curriculum balances learning through play, directed teacher guidance and the provision of carefully planned learning experiences, primarily in English. This curriculum follows the Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB). Early learning in the PYP is a holistic learning experience that integrates socio-emotional, physical and cognitive development. We deliver the curriculum through Units of Inquiry which integrates all of the main subjects including Maths and Language. In addition, the curriculum is intensively dedicated to the topic of how best to promote early childhood development.
We demand that the children are toilet trained by the first day of school. This means that they no longer wear diapers, are familiar with going to the toilet and can articulate their needs in advance.
Yes, but there are opportunities to speak German in play based situations.
Yes, there are separate classes for children aged 4 to 5 (EY 2) and 5 to 6 years old (EY 3).
You will be regularly informed through conferences and the digital learning journal called Toddle, that gives you real-time glimpses into your child’s school day.
If there is no space available on the date of your choice, we will gladly put you on our waiting list. If a place becomes available, we will inform you directly.