Early Childhood Foundations

Young children grow their ideas through play, observation, questions, and conversations.

Our highly qualified and expert educators leverage a child’s natural curiosity to nurture budding geographers, anthropologists, scientists, readers, writers, and mathematicians.

Children learn in Reggio-inspired classrooms, as well as diverse outdoor learning spaces, and the beautiful nature reserve on our doorstep.

ISP’s Early Childhood Foundations welcomes children from the age of 3 years.

Matthew Woodward Elementary Principal
Laura Jo Evans
Laura Jo Evans Elementary Co-Principal

Welcome to ISP Early Childhood Foundations

We believe that each child is a unique individual, capable, curious and full of rich potential. We also believe that extraordinary things happen when children, educators and families come together to build a learning community. 

Inspired by the experience and philosophy of schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, as well as our own international context, our approach in Early Childhood Foundations means children and adults collaborate as researchers, thinkers and communicators. 

We look after each other as colleagues, neighbours and friends. We value these early years of school as a unique and wonderful stage in each child’s development and we also know that by doing so we build the strongest foundations for lifelong learning.

Learning stories

Video stories

Life and Learning for our Youngest Learners

Fostering a Love of Reading, Early Childhood Library

Creating Community, The Robot Project

Learning program

ISP has an articulated PK-12 curriculum, rooted in inquiry, where learners are involved in posing and investigating questions. Our learning program develops students’ potential that enables them to be successful at ISP, and in their educational and professional pursuits in the future. 

Support Areas

Given ISP has students arriving from around the world with varied educational and life experiences, we have four departments to support learners as needed. 

“It is interesting to have different nationalities at school. You can find friends from all cultures and it’s a great place where you can fit in.”

Photo of — Robert, Student
— Robert, Student

“Having studied at ISP for 13 years, I’ve noticed a kind of security present here that is rare for an institution. This security comes in the knowledge that some of my favorite things about ISP will never change, such as the teachers’ genuine desire to help students, the exciting curriculum, and how well the facilities work to accompany the learning.”

Photo of — Jana, Student
— Jana, Student

“Can you imagine a school your children look forward to attend every day? ISP is certainly one happy place for my girls! A school where learning is fun and exciting, the teachers focus on social and emotional needs of a child and provide warmth, love and guidance that increase their self-confidence.”

Photo of — Surabhi Khanna, Parent
— Surabhi Khanna, Parent

“ISP has done a fantastic job focusing on the whole child, connecting them to the world around them, going beyond merely academics. Hands-on, collaborative experiences have deepened their learning, while other activities have allowed them to develop socially and emotionally.”

Photo of — Kelly Esparza, Parent
— Kelly Esparza, Parent