The Early Childhood program at Cayman International School provides for all areas of development, physical, emotional, social, and cognitive, through an integrated approach. Learning does not occur in narrowly defined subject areas. Development and learning are integrated. Learning is an interactive process as well. Children learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children and materials. Learning activities and materials are concrete, real and relevant to the children’s lives. We increase the difficulty, complexity and challenge as children are involved and as they develop understanding and skills.
Children have opportunities to choose from among a variety of activities, materials and equipment, and they have time to explore them in a relaxed environment. Our daily schedule is flexible enough to be able to take advantage of impromptu experiences, keeping in mind that children find security in an established routine. We strive for a balance between freedom and guidance, group and individual activities, and active and quiet experiences.
The students in our pre-kindergarten program attend school from 8:15 am to 2:15 pm. Students are encouraged to bring a healthy morning snack from home. Lunch can be ordered in advance through the school or brought from home. School and PE uniforms can be purchased from Land’s End. This information is available on our website. A morning program is available for the children in our Nursery. They are encouraged to bring a healthy snack from home, but do not have lunch at school. Our Nursery children are not required to wear uniforms.
The Early Childhood students, teachers and parents come together for monthly assemblies for celebrations of learning. Report cards are issued four times during the year. There are two formal parent-teacher conferences during the year. Additional conferences can be scheduled by parents at any time.