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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 pupils. We follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum with a ‘play-based' approach to learning and a strong emphasis on teaching care and concern for others, respect for cultural diversity and for ourselves. The EYFS Curriculum supports our own philosophy that children learn through active involvement with their environment.

The EYC includes our Little Lions (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 EYC is very well resourced, though the most important aspect of any school is of course the staff. Our high-quality, well trained, caring and experienced EYC team ensure that our children are happy, successful and thriving.

In addition to large classrooms and play areas, the EYC has separate playgrounds and dedicated areas for the different age groups, a soft play area, a Music room, dining room, Thai Studies room, adventure playground equipment and outdoor classroom spaces. We also have a full-time nurse.  All classes have appropriate access to modern technology.
 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, CLASS SIZES AND STAFFING

TODDLER GROUPS

PRE NURSERY

NURSERY

 

RECEPTION

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 per day with one teacher, one teaching assistant and three child care assistants. 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. 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 18 children, with one teacher, one teaching
assistant and a shared child care assistant. 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. 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.

Our Curriculum

The Harrow Bangkok Curriculum focuses on developing skills and attributes students need to become ‘Leaders for a better world’ as they move through the school right from the Early Years through to Sixth Form. Students who begin their educational journey in our EYC experience particular success further up the school. We use the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum as a base but adapt it to our international setting. We take a ‘play-based' approach to learning and a strong emphasis on teaching care and concern for others, respect for cultural diversity and for ourselves. The EYFS Curriculum supports our own philosophy that children learn through active involvement with their environment.

Curriculum Areas of Learning and Development Explained

Communication and Language Development giving children opportunities to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; developing their coordination, control, and movement, and understanding of the importance of physical activity, and healthy food choices.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; forming positive relationships and developing respect for others; developing social skills and learning how to manage their feelings; understanding appropriate behaviour in groups; and having confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy Development encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  We have a very successful phonics and early reading programme which ensures that almost all of our students are confident in reading by the end of their time in the EYC.  We run workshops to help our parents support children at home.

Mathematics providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; describing shapes, spaces, and measures. Staff at Harrow Bangkok are trained to use the UK’s excellent Numicon resource for numeracy. Numicon offers a quality first teaching approach, designed to give children the understanding of number ideas and number relationships that are essential for success in Maths. It encourages a very hands-on approach to learning Maths.

Understanding the World guiding children to make sense of their physical world through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. We use specialist Computing teachers to support teaching in this area.

Expressive Arts and Design enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as encouraging them to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in Art, Music, Movement, Dance, Role Play, and Design and Technology. We use specialist teachers to enrich Music and Movement.