Toddler Program Overview
The program will run five days a week (08:30-15:20 all days except Wednesday when school releases earlier at 14:30), including lunch and nap-time. Healthy snacks and lunch will be served family-style, encouraging toddlers to learn and feed themselves, as well as interact socially. School begins at 08:20.The children will arrive at school between 08:00 and 08:20 and be escorted to their class to greet their teachers and prepare for the day. This is a nice time for parents to see the classroom and share any important information with the teacher. 09:30 is morning snack time; 12:00- 12:40 is lunch time; 13:15- 15:00 is nap and rest time; and investigation times, music, PE, art, library and indoor and outdoor play are scheduled throughout the day. Although the Toddler program is planned and staffed for a full day, parents are encouraged to determine if their child needs a day at home or an early pick up. We recognize the need to be flexible at the Toddler level to meet the developmental needs of each student and ensure the balance of home and school time.
Assessing student progress in the Toddler program is done mostly through observations. The teachers and students document the learning by taking notes and photographs. They use their findings to reflect on student progress and plan further learning experiences. Every Three weeks special focus child letters are sent out to parents highlighting the interests and growth of each child. The teachers also post pictures, work samples and newsletters on their class blog. Formal parent teacher conferences are scheduled twice a year and even our Toddlers participate in Student led conferences. Informal check- ins at drop off an pick up are encouraged and special parent mornings will be planned through out the year. We encourage regular and open communication between teachers and parents.
BCIS follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), which is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.
The IBPYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children. BCIS is an IBPYP authorized school.