How can I apply? We strongly recommend a visit prior to applying to see the facilities, meet staff and discuss your needs and expectations. If you cannot attend in person we can organize phone or video call for more information and to answer your questions. To book a place after your visit, you need to email us a completed application form. All applications submitted before March for the following school year will be reviewed prior to 10 April. If you receive confirmation we will ask you to pay the joining fee to guarantee your place. If we cannot offer a space you can join the waiting list for an agreed period. 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. In the event of long term closure due to government COVID-19 regulations we will organize daily online classes and activities for your child for a limited time depending on their age. the ICCC Board of Parents will make a decision about our financial policy under such circumstances. ICCC is funded solely by membership fees and the Board’s decision reflects both parent needs and the longer-term financial health of the pre-school.
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? From School Year 2021/22 ICCC offers regular bus service for pick up and drop off from home or a convenient location along the bus route. For more information and to request a quote contact email@example.com.
Do you give refunds if a 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 6,00 leva per day. Parents are allowed to 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 (8am – 12.30pm Mon-Fri) 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? We follow the UK International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC). The IEYC is used in a large number of schools both worldwide and in the UK. It is based on latest research on how young children learn. The IEYC’s 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 often 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. Parents are best positioned to judge when the child needs to change their daily routine due to the presence of mild symptoms like sneezing or runny nose, and if they should rest at home to help them get over any weakness or 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 or in the course of the school day that a child exhibits clear symptoms of sickness such as mild fever, persistent coughing, drop in energy and appetite, moodiness or symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, etc.. 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 unwell or sick they can return 24 hours+ after the last fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. In the case of contact diseases we request a doctor’s certificate before returning to school. Under COVID-19 circumstances we are particularly careful about the health status of all children and staff in attendance and will enforce strictly all special measures listed in our COVID-19 Policy. We ask parents to stay extra vigilant for even minor symptoms and act to minimize the risk for our pre school community.
How do you discipline children? We help children understand what is acceptable and unacceptable by modeling good behavior for them, using different techniques to steer them away from aggression, and most importantly, teaching conflict resolution skills. In situations when the child is highly emotional and can hurt themselves, others or school property, 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.