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Early Years2021-04-13T17:51:09+02:00

Early Years

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Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage is comprised of our Nursery and Reception classes, with children aged between 3 and 5 years. The Early Years programme lays the foundation for every child to play an active part in their own learning, building life skills and learning tools through creative activities in a secure and nurturing environment, ensuring that the first experiences of school are stimulating, positive and paced according to the developmental needs of the individual. Parents and carers are active participants in the child’s first steps in formal education.

At ISCB children play, explore and take an active role in their learning. They benefit from a wonderful outdoor learning environment which provides an extensive range of learning opportunities. Through encouraging independence, children demonstrate their creative and critical thinking and raise their own questions to extend their learning. Our teachers carefully plan the curriculum based around student needs and interests, providing the appropriate challenge at all times.

Margaret Teachen is the outstanding teacher that is leading our Early Years and Reception groups.

“My name is Maggie, I have 18 years’ experience in England as a teacher, 3 years as Headteacher and 5 years as a guest Early Years Guest lecturer at Edge Hill University, Lancashire.  

I was a Leading Early Years teacher, a Leading Literacy teacher and an Early Years Moderator for the county of Lancashire, England.  I specialise in teaching children in the Early Years from age 0-5 years and have a real passion for teaching phonics, reading and writing.

I am First Aid qualified, Paediatric First Aid qualified and am also trained in Mental Health First Aid.  This is another area that I am passionate about, ensuring children have positive mental health as well as physical health.  I also have a BA degree in Nursing”.

Margaret Teachen


The National Early
Years Curriculum

In Early Years & Reception we focus mainly on 6 areas of development:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Our main priority during the Early Years is to foster children’s strengths and interests, and aspects of their learning and development such as:

  • Oral language
  • Thinking
  • Social and emotional competence
  • Language, culture and identity
  • Independence

Starting from Early Years, we offer a holistic approach to learning, where working collaboratively, spotting and integrating own talents/strengths and others’ will be modelled and encouraged in order to promote interdependence and cooperation as a whole.

Interdependence reflects on group dynamics, power and dependence, social comparison, conflict and cooperation, attribution and self-presentation, trust and distrust, emotions, love and commitment, coordination and communication, risk and self-regulation, performance and motivation, social development, and neuroscientific model of social interaction. (Van Lange & Balliet, 2014).


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