How can I apply?
To book a place, you need to email us a completed application form. We strongly recommend a visit prior to applying to see the facilities and meet staff.
All applications submitted before March for the following school year will be reviewed prior to 10 April. If space is available we will ask you to pay the joining fee to guarantee your place. If we cannot offer a space you automatically join the waiting list for 30 days. In the event there are no vacancies during the initial 30 days, you need to reconfirm your application by email in order to stay on the waiting list.
Applications submitted for the current school year will be reviewed within two weeks.
What is your COVID-19 Policy?
We take children and staff’s health seriously and follow strictly all Bulgarian government requirements and special measures for preschools. You can read more about our COVID-19 policies in this document.
What are the fees at ICCC?
ICCC charges an annual membership fee for the school year (September – June), paid in three installments. The Summer program is optional and is paid extra. We also charge a one off joining fee upon registration. Fee information can be obtained here.
Is there a school bus?
Some years, based on demand, we can offer school bus option for pick up from several destinations in Sofia. However, most ICCC families prefer to drive to school so we may not be able to offer bus service to your location. Please factor this into your decision when you apply. If your application depends on the availability of school transportation we can recommend reliable family taxi service.
Do you give refunds if the child drops out?
In certain circumstances we can refund fees paid in advance with 30 days notice. After 31 March we do not accept cancellation notice for the current school year.
What meals do you provide?
We serve healthy morning and afternoon snacks – a variety of fruits, full-grain crackers, muesli, sandwiches, etc. Hot lunch is provided daily by our catering at extra cost of 5,50 leva per day. Parents can bring their own lunch for children who have special dietary requirements.
Can we attend less than 5 full days a week?
For children aged 2 and 3 we offer a choice of half or full day attendance. If you opt for the half day attendance plan you can choose to come three full days instead for the same price. Children aged 4 or 5 can attend full time only.
We are not native speakers. How will my child learn English?
We have native speaking children at ICCC but the majority of children speak different languages and come to us with no English. Children are fully immersed in the English language while at school and soon they begin to understand and communicate in the new language. We limit the number of Bulgarian speaking children to guarantee that English will be both the language of instruction and play at school. This also guarantees a vibrant multicultural community which helps children develop international mindedness.
What curriculum do you use?
In 2015 we introduced the UK International Primary Curriculum for children aged 3-5, which in 2016 was developed into a full early years curriculum for children 2 to 5 years with the name the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC). It is used in a large number of schools both worldwide and in the UK. The IEYC is based on the latest research on how young children learn. Its underlying principles are child centered, active learning which fosters the child’s natural curiosity towards the world. Children are supported to grow an open mindset and international mindedness.
We use programs like Jolly Phonics and a variety of math resources to supplement the IEYC
What is your sickness policy?
We understand that young children get sick when they first start school, and they build their immunity through exposure to different viruses and bacteria when they are in contact with other children and adults. The range of reactions could vary from a runny nose, sneezing, mild cough to fever, persistent coughing, drop in energy and appetite, moodiness or symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, etc.. Parents are best positioned to judge when the child doesn’t need to change their daily routine, or they should rest at home to help them get over the sickness and also to protect other children from the exposure. Therefore we ask parents to cooperate and make the best decision for everyone’s sake.
If our school nurse or staff members see during morning drop off that a child exhibits clear symptoms of sickness we will ask parents to take the child home or to a doctor and return only after confirmation from the doctor that the child is healthy.
If a child becomes unwell during school hours we will expect parents to pick them up ASAP. Staff members are not allowed to give medication.
If a child has been sick we ask parents to keep them at home for 24 hours after the last fever, vomiting, diarrhea.
How do you discipline children?
We help children understand what is acceptable and unacceptable by modeling good behavior for them, using simple tools and techniques to steer them away from aggression, showing them how to resolve conflict situations and use their words to express how they feel and what they want. In extreme situations children are removed from the conflict until they are calm.
Through the International Early Years Curriculum with the help of stories, special characters and good examples from our everyday interactions we teach children values like cooperation, respect for each other, good communication and morality. In the course of the program children begin to form an understanding of these concepts and act accordingly.