For CIS’ youngest learners (aged two to five), the focus is very much on imagination, creativity and self-discovery. At Lakeside’s dedicated kindergarten wings, you’ll find a kitchen, black box theatre, STEAM makerspace, and a kindergarten aquatics complex. While there are all the facilities you’d expect from a nursery environment – colourful classrooms, a junior library and a swimming pool – the kindergarten’s headline attraction is the Outdoor Discovery Centre, which is used for plenty of play-based learning. Facilities include a play fort, sound and herb garden, mud kitchen, natural tunnels and bike track.
The school’s bilingual Chinese-English programme encourages all children to be fluent in both languages. In Pre-K, morning classes are conducted entirely in either English or Chinese, while afternoon classes are conducted in English only. From the age of four, students can choose to enter a bilingual programme and learn equally in both Chinese and English.
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In keeping with Dulwich College tradition, the early years centre for children aged two to seven (Toddler to Year 2) is endearingly known as DUCKS. In the Foundation Stage, teaching follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and children learn through “purposeful play combined with a focus on learning to read and beginning to write in both English and Mandarin”. There are two Toddler classes, six Nursery classes and eight Reception classes housed in a purpose-built Kindergarten set over three floors that is fully equipped with indoor and outdoor facilities.
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