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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTRE

Our philosophy in the Nursery programme is a collaborative process, whereby we work with parents to ensure information about their child’s needs and development is shared between home and school. Combined with our knowledge and understanding of children, our early childhood education programme acts as a guide and facilitator to enhance each child’s learning through play in a relaxing and holistic environment. We believe each child is unique, and it is important that they feel valued, cared for, and able to maintain a sense of security. Independence is encouraged, as is relating positively to others in order to develop healthy self-confidence and a sense of belonging in our broader community.

Overview

At UWC Thailand International School, our youngest students enjoy a play-based programme that fosters their physical development, language and literacy, personal and interpersonal skills, curiosity, thinking, inquiry, creativity, aesthetic development, and unique perspective of culture and experience. The class sizes in our Early Childhood Education centre are small, allowing teacher’s to focus on individual student needs.  

Encouraging Learning with Early Childhood Education

The UWC Thailand International School Nursery programme encourages children to participate in a range of learning situations from individual activities through to small group projects and activities that include the entire group. The team supports children’s learning by encouraging them to cooperate with peers and adults. Children are encouraged to extend their skills and problem-solving strategies by experiencing appropriate and meaningful challenges.
The programme design allows children to develop at their own pace as successful learners and includes interactions between the team, families and children. These interactions are characterised by mutual respect, responsiveness, and warmth. Children, families, and the teaching team feel welcome and included in this environment. The physical environment in our Early Childhood Education classrooms is also a key component of the programme, and is a space that is well organised and designed to stimulate a sense of creativity and aesthetic awareness.

Daily routines are key to helping children learn what to expect from their day at school. The team creates a routine that reflects children’s need to rest, eat, and play. During each day there are times for children to interact with their peers or seek out time by themselves. There are also a range of active and passive activities for children to choose between.

Our Early Childhood Education team plans their day so that transitions between activities are handled sensitively and children are not rushed. Our routine is entirely flexible to children’s needs and interests, weather conditions, special occasions, and is reflected on and reviewed regularly. Activities each week cover a variety of themes that take place inside and outside the classroom. Some of these activities include:
  • story time,
  • arts and crafts,
  • physical education,
  • Thai language,
  • reading buddies,
  • yoga and movement,
  • crazy construction,
  • cooking,
  • music lessons,
  • and swimming.
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