At ICCC children start at the age of two and leave at the end of the school year when they turnĀ 6 years old. Children are divided into four age groups. Movement between the groups is possible during the school year depending on the individual child’s development and place availability.

LITTLE LADYBIRDS

Little Ladybirds are children aged 2-3. They learn to play and share, do basic crafts, develop their fine and gross motor skills, and solidify toilet training. They learn to talk about their body, their family, their house, nature, the weather, the seasons, animals, and colors. They learn to count from 1 to 10.

BIG BUSY BEES

Big Busy Bees are children aged 3-4. They solidify their knowledge of shapes and colors and move on to comparing things. They develop gross and fine motor skills. They begin to develop problem solving skills, reasoning and numeracy in a broad range of contexts. They build a positive sense of themselves and of others, respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.

CHEEKY CHICKENS

Cheeky Chickens are children aged 4-5. They develop their social and emotional skills through play and games, through reading stories and learning rhymes, through music and drama. They start learning to write Latin letters and begin basic phonics skills. They start to distinguish initial sounds of words and to learn which letters represent some sounds. They use their phonic knowledge to write their own names and begin to form recognisable letters. They recognise numerals and understand early concepts like size and quantity. They continue to expand their knowledge about the world around them and learn to appreciate nature and the environment.

CLEVER KITTENS

Clever Kittens are children aged 5-6. They strike a balance between playing and more structured learning. They learn pre-reading skills using a UK-designed reading program called Jolly Phonics. They learn to recognize and trace numerals from 1 to 10, compare size and shape, use everyday language related to time and position, etc. They continue to develop a positive self image and social skills such as sharing, taking turns, etc. They use books, magazines, charts, video clips, field trips, etc. to expand their knowledge and understanding of the world and the environment.