The Groups



1 - 2 yrs


2 - 3 yrs

Pre-school 1

3 - 4 yrs

Pre-school 2

4 - 5 yrs


5 - 6 yrs

Year 1

6 - 7 yrs

The Groups

The ICEC encompasses the following groups:

  • Tiddlers ( 1 - 2 yrs) Niittykumpu only
  • Toddlers ( 2 - 3 yrs) Dunckerinkatu, Niittykumpu, Westend and Meilahti
  • Preschool ( 3 - 4 yrs)
  • Highscope ( 4 - 5 yrs)
  • Schoolroom:
  • Reception ( 5 - 6 yrs)
  • Year 1 ( 6 - 7 yrs)

The children in the 4-5yr group know themselves as Pre-School 2. They are considered for the most part to be part of the pre-school group (especially for things like circle time), but they do have their own agenda for the session. As well as having access to the main school as described in the preschool section, they also have their own base room.

ICEC - ToddlersWe have two schools where we run a toddler group.

Our city centre school on Dunckerinkatu runs a toddler group (two morning sessions a week, each session lasting 2hrs and 45mins).

Also our Niittykumpu and Westend schools runs a full-time toddler group.

A two-year-old is an exciting bundle of energy eager to learn, and soaks up new experiences like a sponge. They are almost ready to step out and do things for themselves, whilst at the same time still needing the security only a caring adult and a safe environment can provide. For this reason our Toddler rooms are separate from the main school, giving the under threes the confidence they need to explore their surroundings. 

ICEC PreschoolAt the International Childcare and Education centre we concentrate on the whole child, this involves implementing a child-centred curriculum and offering a child-centred, active learning environment, where the child can literally play and learn. This means we have to make the environment as appealing as possible. The environment, using displays, equipment and furnishings; can with carefully thought out planning, become a place that encourages imagination and curiosity. At the same time it provides the children with a feeling of security and comfort. The schools are open-plan, but are organised into many different areas: literacy, maths and science, art and craft, design and technology, role-play areas etc. 

The basic philosophy of our schoolroom teachers is that a child centred environment still holds true for this age group. However instead of calling it ‘Play and Learn’, we use the term an Active Learning Environment. This means that the children learn through hands-on-active learning rather than just teacher directed-passive learning. We implement this system in a cross-curricular environment, using projects, flow-charts and the High scope system. Whole class teaching is used to introduce basic concepts, new projects, and ideas to the children; giving them the confidence and knowledge to explore, investigate, and learn, both with and without a teacher.

The classroom is a bright, cheerful room, with much of the children’s work on display. It is divided into the following areas using shelving or carpeting: 

  • Literacy area
  • Art and Craft area
  • Role-play, i.e. house and shop
  • Math and Science centre
  • Reading area
  • Construction area
  • Design and Technology area
  • Nature area
  • I.T centre 

The curriculum we use is the foundation stage for the younger group and the English National Curriculum Key Stage 1 for the older group. The sections of this curriculum are listed below, along with some examples of how they can be presented and taught to the children.


Schoolroom daily schedule

7:30 - 9:00 Before school care service
9:10 Circle-time Good morning song, say and clap names, singing, discussion of days activities, topic, or general discussion.
9:30 Children plan their day using the High scope list, then start the activities. Or the teacher may need to introduce a new concept to the children, involving, for instance, maths or science, and so may need to do some whole class teaching first. The children may also be going to a cooking,nature, woodwork etc.
9:35 Children begin their activities; the teacher and assistant work with small groups of children,giving extra help to those who need it and checking completed work. Reading is done one to one with beginners during the morning session. Those who are more fluent can form small reading groups.
10:15 Short break for snack. Children are encouraged to help set out the snack, pour their own juice etc
10:30 Feedback session and discussion on carpet, followed by story time, show and tell, and word or number game on board.
11:00 Get ready for outside play. Or if the weather is bad, indoor games will be arranged.
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Afternoon programme starts. This has the same format as the morning session, but with different activities (we may have junk modelling instead of free sticking on the activity table for instance)
16:00 School day finishes / Park time
16:00 - 17:30 After school care service. This has the same format as the morning session, but with different activities.