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 School PHILOSOPHY & principle

City Kids was established in 1984.  Our educational philosophy is based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) and incorporates 7 key areas of learning.  

Through play, children feel confident to behave in many different ways,  experiment with their physical,  emotional and cognitive selves and develop their imagination and creativity.  This  curriculum  guides  adults  to understand and support each child's development pathway. With progression to the older preschool class, the curriculum becomes more structured, preparing children for entry into primary school. The children’s play becomes more rule-oriented and develops autonomy and cooperation.  

From playgroup through to preschool, our children are encouraged to explore at their own pace, to make their own choices and discoveries and to develop a lifelong love for learning. We value the precious time of childhood and believe that children who have the opportunity to develop strong self-concepts and social and emotional skills are most successful both in school and later in life. Teachers, children, and parents all play important roles in the educational process.    

Our children leave us as confident achievers, well prepared to tackle the next steps in their education.

The focus is very much on making each task and activity child-led and engaging their interest through play while developing, numeracy and literacy skills and their knowledge and understanding of the world.

With progression to the older preschool class, the curriculum becomes more , preparing the children for entry into primary school. The children’s play becomes more rule-oriented and develops autonomy and cooperation.

Our children leave us as confident achievers, well prepared to tackle the next steps in their education. 

What Parents say

Rachel Vickerstaff

Rachel Vickerstaff

"Ruby & I have always enjoyed the small school vibe, the high levels of parent involvement and the way the kids are all so genuinely close."

What they say

Lisa Goeller

“All three of our children attended Citykids preschool and playgroups, and we shall be sad to say goodbye to this little gem in the middle of the island."

OUR STAFF

TEACHERS & SUPERVISORS

Our playgroup is staffed by Playgroup Supervisors. The supervisors are nurturing, caring, experienced and community focused.  They are  well trained to prepare the sessions and help help the children have their first experiences in a very postitive way.

In the preschool we have qualified, registered and  early years teachers in every classroom. City Kids is committed to recruiting and retaining  experienced teachers. Supporting our teachers in the  classrooms  are  educational  assistants.  Our teachers  and  assistants are supported with in-house training and professional development. We have a maximum adult to child ratio of 1:8 in each classroom. The staff comes from different nationalities which makes it an interesting place to work!

Be a part of our school

Parent involvement

As a small non-profit school we rely highly on the involvement of parents to help make us a success.   This is the foundation upon which City Kids began many decades ago, and a tradition that continues today.

While City Kids is run by a small team of dedicated staff, our parents still play a vital role in the school. From attending  playgroup sessions, helping in the classroom as duty parents, organising or supporting fundraisers and by joining the parent board, our parents all contribute to the success of City Kids.  

City Kids has a strong sense of community, through the active involvement of parents in the school.

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