Little Lions Early Years Centre
An outstanding centre with world-class facilities and a caring, educational environment for our youngest pupils to learn and grow in.
The importance of early years education cannot be underestimated and at Harrow Bangkok we have a truly outstanding early years department for children ages 18 months to 5 years old.
Our Early Years Centre (EYC) offers a high-quality, caring educational environment for its students. We follow the AISL Harrow Early Years Curriculum (AHEYC) which has been mapped and aligned to standards set out in England’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as well as drawing from the best Early Years Curricula from around the world. We have a ‘play-based' approach to learning and a strong emphasis on developing our students as citizens of the 21st Century. Areas such as Sustainability, Diversity and Digital Knowledge feature strongly in our curriculum. As well as the knowledge and skills (Learning Domains) that we would like our students to acquire, we also focus on five core learning behaviours (Learning Disciplines) which are underpinned by our whole-school High Performance Learning (HPL) approach. Our bespoke curriculum supports our philosophy that children learn through active involvement with their environment and strong relationships with others. The structure of our curriculum is below:
|Communication and Language Development||Social Development||Physical Development, Health and Hygiene|
|Understanding the World||Sustainability||Digital Knowledge and Awareness||Cultural Identity, Heritage and Diversity|
The EYC includes our Lion Cubs (for children ages 18m - 2.5 years) Pre Nursery (ages 2.5-3 years) Nursery (ages 3 to 4) and Reception (ages 4 to 5).
Our Early Years Centre is very well resourced. In addition to large form rooms and indoor play areas, the Early Years Centre has dedicated outdoor learning environments for each different age group. We have a soft play room, two splash play areas, a music room, dining room, Thai Studies room and a large outdoor learning space used for den-building and physical development. We also have a full-time nurse and a medical centre onsite. All forms have appropriate access to modern technology which is integrated into the curriculum. The most important resource of any school is, of course, the staff. Our high-quality, well trained, caring and experienced EYC team ensures that our children are happy, successful and thriving.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, CLASS SIZES AND STAFFING
For children aged between 18 months and 2y 5m. Children will transition to Pre Nursery the term after which they turn 2y 5m. This will be either in August or January. Maximum number in each class is 15 children with one teacher, one teaching assistant and three child care assistants. Ratio is 1:3. Formal admissions process and in-class visit needed with a parent before being offered a place. Staggered start (not all children start on the same day).
|For children aged
between 2y 6m to 3 years old. Having turned 2 before the first day of Term One of the current academic year.
Maximum number in each class is 15 children, with one teacher, one teaching
assistant and one child care assistant. Ratio is 1:5. Classes usually start small in Term One and grow throughout the year. Formal admissions process and in-class visit needed (with parents if necessary) before being offered a place. Staggered start (not all children start on the same day).
|For children aged 3 years old turning 4 years old within the academic year. Maximum number in each class is 20 children, with one teacher, one teaching
assistant and one child care assistant. Ratio is 1:7. After completion of their Pre Nursery year, children are eligible to move to Nursery. New children: Formal admissions process and in-class visit needed (with parents if necessary) before being offered a place. Basic language skills needed on entry to the year group. Staggered start (not all children start on the same day).
|For children aged 4 years old turning 5 years old within the academic year. Maximum number in each class is 20 children. With one teacher, one teaching assistant and a shared child care assistant. Ratio at least 1:10. After completion of Nursery, children are eligible to move to Reception. New children: Formal admissions process and in-class assessment needed (without parents if possible) before being offered a place. Established language
skills needed on entry to the year group.
the aisl harrow early years Curriculum (AHEYC)
AHEYC is an aspirational and challenging Curriculum designed to embody the elements of excellence and
values, align all Early Years provision; regardless of context,and provide a challenging, forward-looking ambitious
curriculum that enriches the lives of children and prepares them for the future and well informed, creative and
responsible citizens prepared for responsible leadership.
The AHEYC is foregrounded with the values that underpin it. Based on the Harrow values and leadership
attributes, it will express and articulate:
- The purpose of education and the aspirations for ‘knowing’ and ‘being’
- The application and use of education
- The nature of identity, culture, community and belonging
- The Curriculum content consists of seperate elements that are defined by:
◆ Domains (Bodies of Knowledge and Skills)
◆ Disciplines (Learning Behaviours)
The AHEYC draws from and has been shaped by the examples and experiences of the best international Kindergarten Curricula; their philosophies, approaches and considerations in how the content is identified, designed and established for implementation. This ensures that the uniqueness of the AISL Harrow approach will rest securely within what is considered to be the best that is known about an Early Childhood curriculum and how this can fully support children’s learning, development and success.