Parent Infant Group (0 – 1 years)
Toddler Community (15 months – 3 years)
Children’s House (3 year – 6 years)
Primary Years (6 – 11 years)
International Baccalaureate – Middle Years Programme (11 – 16 years)
International Baccalaureate – Diploma Programme (aged 16 and up)
Children aged 0 to 6 years old
During the first six years of life, enormous growth, change and development takes place. In order to accommodate the needs of these children to the fullest, three separate age groups have been created; zero to one, one to three and three to six years old.
The first group, being called the Parent-Infant community, children as young as eight weeks old attend together with infants who are on their way of setting their first steps and their parents. 16 Sessions are held over a 10-week period in an environment especially set aside for accompanying the growth of the babies. Simultaneously parents can make new friends and receive information on topics such as; Independence, Gross motor development, toys that hinder and toys that help, sleeping and weaning.
Once the children are capable of walking without support in a stable manner, they join the Toddler Community comprising of toddlers from 15 months onwards. In this group the children are exposed to such a variety of activities, gradually increasing in complexity, they remain stimulated to the age of three.
This enormous constructive and dynamic period of their life is completed in the Children’s House where children of three, four and five years old join together. Living together with older settled role models, the youngest children observe and internalize the attitudes and behaviour surrounding them.
The mixed age composition of the group encourages the children to function as a mature micro society whilst simultaneously developing their very own individual characteristics.
Children aged 6 to 11 years old
The age span of six to eleven is from a developmental point of view a relatively quiet one compared to the first six years of their life. After a period of self-construction, both physical and mentally, now a period of great work has arrived. Making use of the full ranges of an international curriculum, the extensions are only limited by ones own imagination and determination.
The principle of mixed age ranges are continued applied during the primary years. In this way the children are exposed daily to the characteristics of peers either having the same age or being slightly older or younger. Being exposed to different levels of maturity and academic achievements help the children on their way to understand and incorporate the foundations of a social group.
Teenagers aged 11 to 16 years old
– IB Middle Years Programme
This stage of development can be compared to the first one: dynamic, unsettling, and intense. Everything that was stable and understood before now starts to shake. Basically another self-construction is taking place, physically as well as mentally. For the first time in their life, teenagers are able to reflect upon their own thinking and start to philosophy. They can think about their own thinking, which leads to confusion. So much so that research has shown that the mental capacities actually are reduced during this part of life.
Bringing a relatively small group of teenagers covering the first five years of adolescence together with an adult who lives with them and guides them through this period in life, is the ideal way to adulthood. They have a drive to become part of the society at large, but at the same question, criticize and hesitate to participate. Different sections of their society are introduced in the form of a range of experienced professionals, presenting all the necessary subjects. In this way all ingredients are present for the next confident step forwards.