The Learning Programme
Our pre-school programme offers internationally orientated (English speaking) care where children, between 2.5 and 4 years of age, are guided through the use of play as an important method of learning. International Primary School Almere (IPS Almere) will be running the pre-school in conjunction with Partou, a Dutch daycare company.
The Preschool curriculum will be based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) from the UK. The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is similar to a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
At IPS Almere Preschool we have a child centred approach where we take great care to provide a structured environment which supports children in becoming active, independent learners. Children learn best when they feel safe to explore and experiment, make mistakes and try again. We aim to create a space where children feel safe and at ease so that they can take charge and become engaged in their learning. This is called the Continuous Provision. Each day children are free to choose from a range of activities which are always available such as bricks, the home corner and the outdoor space. These are areas where children like to play and we provide the structure and resources to extend their opportunities to be creative, explore and think critically.
In addition to the continuous provision, children will gain experience of working in adult led learning activities. This enables the adult to guide and support learning in a more structured way. The whole group will come together every session to participate in a shared learning meeting. Through these meetings children are provided with the opportunity to reinforce a range of personal, social, emotional and language and communication skills.
Providing high quality planned experiences for children’s play is an important way for adults to support children’s learning that is both enjoyable and challenging. When children play, they are learning at the highest level. Play can extend certain areas of their learning – for example, developing language skills by promoting talk between children or introducing new vocabulary that they use and act out in their play. Such a playful approach to learning builds on children’s interests and responds to their ideas for play and also allows scope for structured activities to teach specific skills and knowledge.
The IPS Almere is a diverse, international community of students, parents and educators, forging covenants in learning and teaching for the success of all learners. Therefore, it fully believes and commits itself to integrate individual diversity and cultures.
Students are expected to attend at least three periods during the week. All children will eat lunch at home. The teacher of the pre-school programme will be a native English speaking professional.
The facility will be located in the school building of IPSAlmere / Letterland School. Our days of operation will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with the intention to expand the hours of operation to include the Friday in the future.
Day/hours of operation
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
hours 08:45 - 11:45
hours 12:30 - 15:30
Arrival & dismissal
8:45 am/12.30pm arrival
We require that all students arrive by 8.45 am/12.30pm. This is for the benefit of all students. Late arrivals disturb the classroom programme.
11.45am 3.30pm dismissal
We expect every child to be present with a minimum of three periods and at least one afternoon.
We follow the same school year calendar as the primary school.
Basic price € 8.00 per hour
Minimum three periods per week
Parents will need to investigate whether the tax reduction is applicable to their family.
Students between the ages of 2,5 and 4 years old can qualify for placement if one of the following conditions applies*:
1) The student has a non-Dutch nationality (or: also a non-Dutch nationality) and has a parent that is working in The Netherlands (or in a Dutch border region) for a limited time; We need a proof of intent of your temporary residence in the Netherlands in the form of a copy of your employment contract for a definite period.
2) The student has the Dutch nationality and has lived and gone to school abroad for at least two years because a parent was stationed abroad;
3) The student has the Dutch nationality and has a parent (with whom the student will be living) that will be stationed abroad within two years and for at least two years. This is to be proven by a written statement of the parent’s employer.
Applications can be submitted digitally below. Please be aware that admissions being granted for preschool enrollment does not grant automatic admission to the primary school programme at International Primary School Almere.