Early Childhood Center (Toddler to Kindergarten)
Welcome to the BCIS Early Childhood Center
Greetings from the Early Childhood Center (ECC) section of BCIS! The ECC serves students from Toddler (2-3 years old) to Kindergarten (5-6 years old. As of the 2014-2015 year, we are based in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility just 1km from the main BCIS campus.
We believe that young children learn best through investigative play and individual discovery. We believe in creating the ideal learning environment, where all our teachers are committed to actualizing the potential of each and every BCIS child. Our unique educational facility is on track to be Beijing’s first pre-school to attain LEED Certification to Gold standard. This beautifully designed and functionally sound building has been carefully designed to act as “the third teacher” (after our teachers and the students themselves). Every room, every play area, every corridor and corner have been built with our young learners in mind, so that no matter where they are during their day at the ECC, the children can discover new things and develop new understandings.
The ECC uses an inquiry-based program where children are encouraged to ask questions, make connections and construct their own understanding of key concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes as outlined by the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum. Social studies, Science, Languages, Technology, Math, Music, Art and PE are integrated through our program of inquiry, and our teachers guide the children’s learning through carefully crafted lessons designed to spark curiosity and encourage enthusiasm.
Our internationally recruited teachers and specialists work in collaboration to provide continuity and to monitor student progress. The spacious classrooms allow for many important areas, including water play, dramatic play, construction, art, and sensory exploration. A balance of small group, whole group, teacher-directed and student-initiated activities are used to support different learning styles. Children move through the environment independently, developing their motor skills, making new discoveries and interacting with their peers. At BCIS, we believe in personalized education and are committed to small class sizes where children are nurtured and encouraged to become lifelong learners and creative problem solvers.
Early Childhood Center Principal