Early Years

An exciting and stimulating journey of learning, through hands-on activities and play

The journey begins

Children are welcomed into Early Years at the age of 3 where they follow an exciting play-based curriculum.

“We have nothing but praise for the Early Years teachers. They draw the best out of the children.”

 Mr & Mrs Brilus

We purposefully restrict class sizes to create a warm and welcoming environment, which caters for the individual needs of each child.

The children love learning and developing their knowledge through exciting activities and play, whether in the classroom, the gymnasium, the sandpit, the playground or on trips out of school.

As they move through the Early Years, the children make their first steps in learning to become more structured with stimulating topic-based work and child-initiated play in dedicated play areas.


We broadly follow the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) which uses international best practices, holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development. The curriculum that is implemented across all of the Early Years classes offers a carefully integrated programme of learning adapted to the needs of our international and multicultural students.

As their understanding of the world increases, so does their self-confidence and natural curiosity, adding layers of knowledge which are actively reinforced through hands-on-activities.

The children are also introduced to both Dutch and French through creative and playful weekly taster lessons.

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da vinci eazrly years girl

Learning Strands

The IEYC is built around the following Learning Strands that underpin all learning and development, which cover the most essential skills that children need in order to be fully prepared for the future:

  • Communicating
  • Enquiring
  • Healthy living
  • Physical well-being
  • Independance
  • Interdependence


Life is a discovery. A varied programme of visits, such as to a garage, planetarium, farm, park, zoo or even a dentist help our youngest students take their first steps in finding out about the world around them. A whirlwind of events throughout the year, including visits by Sinterklaas and the Easter Bunny, Discos, Halloween and Carnival celebrations, Film Forums, Food Festivals, Christmas and Summer Shows all ensure that learning is always fun, and play is always educational.

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da vinci eazrly years boy


Each child’s progress is closely monitored across the Learning Strands. At DVIS, we realise that young children achieve milestones at different stages of their development and no two children are alike. Our assessment is personalised to every child’s individual pace of development and provides parents with a clear view of where their children are on their learning journey.

Parents are always kept up to date about their child’s progress through end of semester reports and parent-teacher meetings, but our teachers are also always available for a quick chat before or after school!

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