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Early Learning Centre

Active Learners & Inquirers

The Early Learning Centre is the first stage– and an integral component of the IB PYP at ISBerne. In the ELC we aim to create a safe, secure and highly motivating learning environment that is both warm and inviting.

Through a variety of learning experiences, both structured and spontaneous, children are provided with the opportunity to develop a positive attitude, to solve problems, to make decisions, to develop confidence, independence and self-esteem.

Love Of Learning

The Early Years programme aims to develop the whole child. The learning experiences provided in the ELC are designed to promote the use of language, early concepts of numbers, and fine and gross motor skills. Play features strongly in the programme. Gentle guidance in play encourages children to explore, ask questions, invent, construct and solve problems. These guided activities enhance the children’s love of learning and stimulate their natural curiosity and desire to explore.

The Early Years programme is enriched by weekly visits to the gym and library, excursions to the nearby woods, playtime in their private playground and attendance at and active participation in whole school activities and school productions.

Opening Hours

The morning sessions are Monday – Friday from 08:30 until 12:00. All day class continues until 15:30 (14:30 on Wednesdays). The minimum enrolment is 5 mornings per week. Afternoon sessions can be added in increments from two, to three, to all five afternoons.


Your child must have reached the age of three before commencing. We require all children to be ‘dry’ (toilet trained).

Acceptance depends upon vacancies in the programme and a waiting list is maintained if the programme is full.

Children enrolled for mornings can move into the afternoon programme at any point in the school year if both parent and teacher feel the child is ready.

Once a child is enrolled in the afternoon programme it is for the remainder of the school year.


The costs for the different programmes, per term, are outlined on the ISBerne Tuition Fees Form available on the Publications page.

How To Apply

If you would like to enrol your child, please complete the Application for Admission together with the ELC Choice Form on the Publications page, giving details of the programme you would like your child to join (mornings only or added afternoons), and return them to the school office.


The writing skills of my Kindergarten student improved amazingly!

Very enthusiastic and patient team which is important for a young and growing mind.

My kids love going to school – That’s what matters!

ISBerne encourages children to think and challenge and not just accept.

The teachers have quite a challenging task to balance so many different learning needs on a daily basis, and they seem to do it with ease.

The teachers are passionate about their subjects and really focus on the children's individual learning.

The teachers at ISBerne are amazing. My children have been very lucky to have experienced so many teachers over the last four years.

Our child enjoys ISBerne very much and feels comfortable at the school.

I love the reasoned judgments inculcated in my child, and the ethical values taught in tandem with the general academics.

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