Early Years

At the ISB, we believe in igniting the imagination and curiosity of young learners. We’ve created a bright, interactive and stimulating environment full of great resources. Through enquiry, exploration and creativity, your child will learn both indoors and outside through a combination of self-initiated and adult-led activities.

ISB Primary early yearsOur small team is enthusiastic and comprised of dedicated and caring professionals, led by an experienced Early Years teacher. We ensure that everyone feels valued, secure and well cared for. Your child will be encouraged and supported to develop a love for learning and to have fun and enjoy success in all aspects of their learning.

Our child-centred approach is based on each child’s individual needs and abilities. We have a high teacher to pupil ratio, ensuring your child develops their social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills through a carefully planned and structured programme. We feel it’s important that nursery children have an enjoyable introduction to school life to give them a solid foundation for the more formal learning they will encounter as they move into Reception and Year 1.

We value the partnership between home and school and encourage you to play an active part in your child’s education. There are opportunities for you to get involved, supporting class activities or accompanying us on school trips.

Children are welcome to join the nursery class aged 3, providing they are nursery ready (toilet-trained, no longer napping). Once your child has been offered a place, we will contact you to organise a week’s trial, which is free of charge. The trial can be diarised approximately 3 months prior to the child’s third birthday and will help to establish whether your child is truly ready to start. If this is the case, they can start after their third birthday or in some cases we may offer you the opportunity to start straight after the trial up to 3 months prior to their birthday. If your child is not ready, we will advise you accordingly and may schedule a further trial at a later date.

We know that every child is different so we offer flexibility in how your child joins our nursery class. Some children take longer to adjust and may need a couple of short sessions, with you by their side, to help them settle, while some children are ready to jump straight in and attend full-time almost immediately. We will discuss this with you and agree an introductory approach that suits their needs and personality. The number of sessions can easily be adjusted as your child settles in.

If you are interested in the nursery class at the ISB, please contact our admissions department for further information or to arrange a visit and see our school in action.

Nursery GGD inspection report 2019