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The IIL START programme

A unique preschool programme created for children aged 3 to 6, START provides a smooth transition from home to school and promotes the early learning of language skills.

IIL START

The IIL START programme is a warm and nurturing environment that meets the specific needs of children aged 3 to 6. Our French, English and Bilingual programmes provide the foundation for wholesome child development and future learning. Designed with the little ones in mind, the bright and colourful indoor and outdoor START environment brings our three sections together and eases the transition from home to school.

 

The French START programme welcomes children aged 3 to 6 in our multicultural preschool. The programme follows the recommendations of the French Ministry of Education, while being in line with IIL’s own international context. Combining fundamental learning, new technologies and the early introduction of languages, START offers our young students a fun, stimulating and enriching learning environment.
Jean-François Lopez
Director of START, Primary French and Bilingual sections

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The IIL English START programme follows the UK early years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum structure and the plurilingual and international perspective unique to our school enriches it. While the main language for learning and play is English, our specialist French teachers start familiarising children with the language from nursery school.

As we strive to foster independent learners, children engage in the curriculum through structured play, collaboration and experimentation, developing self-confidence, essential strategies and skills that they will use throughout their school life.

Our teachers model respectful and considerate behaviour so children feel confident and safe as they express their feelings and form friendships with their peers.

George Walsh
Director of START, English primary section

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START Environment

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From the earliest age, IIL students join in a diverse, international and plurilingual community. The START Bilingual programme offers fully immersive, dual-language instruction equally in French and English.

Based on the British and French curricula, the Bilingual programme is specific to IIL and takes a balanced and harmonised approach to learning in two languages. With two full-time teachers, French and English natives, our students naturally process the two languages through learning, play and exploration.

Jean-François Lopez
Director of START, Primary French and Bilingual sections

Meet the Head of Section

START Environment

Our bright and spacious START environment was designed to enhance the children’s cognitive and emotional well-being, both in the classroom and outside in their dedicated play area. A wide range of educational games, toys and books inspire the children to explore and discover the world around them.

Digital Learning

Throughout the START programme, we slowly introduce children to the world of technology, with a focus on digital awareness and learning. All START classrooms are equipped with interactive teaching boards to facilitate collaboration and to create fun and dynamic educational activities. Children also begin to learn about age appropriate and pertinent digital applications, including basic coding and robotics.

Language policy

The IIL START programme comprises the French Maternelle, the UK early years foundation stage (EYFS) and our IIL Bilingual programme. Our students have rich cultural backgrounds and often speak one or two languages at home in addition to French or English. At IIL, we value and promote this plurilingualism by teaching children to build bridges between their home and academic languages, encouraging communication by developing their mother-tongue foundations.

We developed the START language curriculum to allow for a progressive and inclusive learning approach. Our younger learners focus on oral communication and interaction in the early years of language acquisition, essential skills to inspire a natural love of languages.

Our qualified and experienced pedagogical team celebrates each child’s linguistic heritage, embracing the key principles of education for the youngest, where playing is productive and learning is fun.

KiVa

All IIL students take part in various KiVa activities according to their age. START students learn how to “live together”, discovering the richness of difference by getting to know each other.

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Creative Arts

Art and music are essential for children to grow and express their creativity and imagination and therefore form an integral part of the START curriculum. Under the guidance of the class teachers, START students discover the world of art and music in a fun and immersive way. In art classes, the children explore and experiment with many different media and techniques – including painting, collage and modelling – and become familiar with creative digital tools. Discovering and exploring various artistic styles, from classic to contemporary, inspires our young learners to find their own artistic expression.

In music, our students are introduced to rhythm and instruments developing their musical appreciation, increasing their self-confidence and creating a sense of achievement. Our multiple school productions throughout the school year are the perfect opportunity for children to showcase their creativity.

Meet our community

Their experience at IIL

Heloise
Heloise
START Student
Diane Lee
Diane Lee
START Teacher