Early Childhood Curriculum

Early Childhood (for 3 to 5 year olds) is available at our primary campuses: Southbank Hampstead and Southbank Kensington. Both campuses welcome students from age 3 years and 2 months old and are taught the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum. The programme engages young students and fosters their development as individuals, both in the classroom and in the world outside, with a strong emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

Southbank allows EC children to explore, investigate and play through freely chosen activities alongside adult-initiated activities. The classroom environment is set up so that the students may move freely around clearly defined areas both in and out of doors for reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative play, science and mathematics. Although much of the learning in EC takes place in the classroom, the students also use the outside area for structured learning and take regular trips out of school. EC children go to other areas for PE, library and music, which are taught by specialist teachers.

The overall focus is to encourage students to:

  • Make choices and decisions
  • Use materials in flexible and imaginative ways
  • Initiate inquiry and ask questions
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Sustain their interests and extend their knowledge
  • Develop understanding of themselves and the world around them

Southbank International School has received exemption from learning and development requirements as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for children aged 3 and over. The EYFS safeguarding and welfare requirements still apply. Please view our page on student care and wellbeing for more details about safeguarding at Southbank.