Daycare or school: Building strong foundations for the future
2019-09-04 | By The British School
Children develop more rapidly during their first five years– the Foundation Years–than at any other time. From the age of three children can attend an international school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage at the British School in the Netherlands (BSN) provides education for children aged three to five. A stimulating, secure and well-resourced learning environment meets the individual developmental needs of each child and lays essential foundations for future learning.
Teachers work in partnership with parents to assess children’s needs and support the next steps of learning.
Why choose an international school over daycare?
Being in a school environment and following a regular routine from the age of three helps children get used to a school day and transition smoothly into the next phase of school life. The BSN follows a tried and tested British curriculum with each area of learning and development implemented through planned, purposeful play, and adult-led and child-initiated activities. Teaching staff respond to each child’s needs and interests with warm, positive interactions.
Beyond the classroom
As well as helping the first steps towards reading, writing and maths, the Foundation Stage puts a strong emphasis on the development of the whole child. Exploring resources and opportunities allows children to lead their own learning and develop communication, language, physical, personal, social and emotional skills.
Mindfulness and well-being form a vital part of the curriculum, and quiet, calm areas are provided where children can relax and practise ‘Hot Chocolate Breathing’. Exercise is also essential, with regular time spent in the outdoor learning areas. Learning Dutch, taking part in musical activities and visiting the library are also regular parts of the curriculum.
At the heart of the Foundation Stage is play. Through play, the BSN ensures that every child develops the skills to become happy, healthy, independent and curious lifelong learners.
When can my child start the foundation programme?
The BSN offers the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum at its Central Den Haag (Junior School Vlaskamp and Diamanthorst) and Leidschenveen (Junior School Leidschenveen) campuses, and parents can apply once their child is three years old and toilet-trained.