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Early Years

A young student at the Junior School smiles while making artwork.

Early Years at the International School of Florence is taught through the IB Primary Years Programme which lays the foundation for life-long learning within a warm and supportive environment. It is based on a child-centered, developmental approach where children follow their curiosity and imagination through open-ended play experiences. Our Early Learning spaces invite early learners to be active in exploration and discovery, to make their own decisions and follow their own interests. The school day offers a range of opportunities for both exploration within the context of units of study as well as Physical Education, Music class, Art class and Library time. Students' English language skills are reinforced daily through purposeful modelling and contextual interactions, with Italian language extensions offered once a week for Early Years 1 and 2 and three times a week in the Foundation classroom.



  • Maintaining regular contact with the school
  • Sharing literature with your child
  • Supporting your child’s mother tongue at home
  • Encouraging your child’s curiosity and supporting your child’s inquiry both in and out of school
  • Attending parent education evenings, curriculum information sessions, and parent/teacher conferences
  • Recognising that mistakes are made both with learning and with behavior and discussing what we can learn from them
  • Reinforcing that making mistakes is how we grow will help to build confidence in your child

The IB Primary Years Programme

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