The Early Childhood Program at Cayman International School is committed to the whole child by providing learning activities that are developmentally appropriate in a stimulating, challenging and creative environment. It is implemented with attention to the different needs, interests, and developmental levels of the children. Our program 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 and complexity 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 atmosphere. 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.
We maintain that education for young learners develops in ever-widening concentric circles. Skills are sequentially built from Nursery through Pre-K 4, with review, expansion and extension activities planned as developmentally appropriate. We believe children’s self-esteem is central to their growth as individuals. We facilitate the development of competence and self-worth by respecting, accepting and comforting each child, regardless of the child’s behavior. It is our intent to provide multicultural and non-sexist experiences, materials and equipment for all children.
The High Scope Approach
The High Scope Curriculum is a set of teaching practices for adults and content for children’s learning in all areas of development. There is also an assessment system to measure program quality and evaluate what children learn, and a training model to prepare teachers to implement the High Scope Curriculum.
What We Teach
In the High Scope Preschool Curriculum, learning is focused on the following eight content areas, which are based on the dimensions of school readiness identified by the US National Education Goals Panel.
While learning in these content areas prepares children for later schooling, High Scope takes the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.
We are pleased to offer young children a dynamic and exciting educational experience in our school. Our early childhood program encourages children to learn, grow, and develop in an inviting environment. Our skilled and talented early childhood faculty create a nurturing environment where children feel safe and loved. "
Melody Meade, Early Childhood Principal