Tea & Tots
Get ready for Little Tykes – our new toddler drop-off nursery programme that lets kids be kids through its child-centric, Reggio-Emilia inspired approach!
Little Tykes is all about creative indoor and outdoor play, including running in and out of an enchanted teepee, building imaginary cities out of recyclables, and growing their own ingredients in the mini herb garden.
Jumpstart your playgroups with Tea & Tots – our adult-accompanied baby playgroup designed for active bubs aged 8-18 months. Here, babies will giggle and mingle, while the adults will pick up some handy play-inspo over an energizing afternoon boost of tea and biscuits!
Rooted in thematic and play-based learning, the sessions are more structured than a typical play date at home, with circle time, magical stories, sensorial play, music & movement, and arts & crafts built into the 75 minute class. What’s more, we welcome any loving adult to accompany the kiddos, so that means anyone from mom and dad to grandparents, helpers, aunts, or uncles!
“We live up to our motto of Redefining Success to encourage our kids to break the mould – and let their playfulness, energy and unique experiences drive our programme.” – Dr. Vanessa von Auer, IIS Founding Principal
The Reggio Emilia Approach
When it comes to our younger students aged between 18-36 months in our Little Tykes nursery programme, we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. This innovative attitude to early childhood education is built upon the philosophy that children use 100 languages to express themselves, learn and make sense of their world. In line with Howard Gardener’s theory of multiple intelligences, the Reggio philosophy believes that each individual child can experience multiple successes, not one singular, academic one. Our role as adults is to observe, guide, and provide our students with opportunities to further explore their interests.
Some of the ways we encourage our children to learn are through drawing, sculpting, painting, dance and movement, pretend play, and music. At IIS, children are encouraged to discover new things about themselves and explore the world around them using all their different senses. As they play and learn, we also ensure that a strong focus is placed on social collaboration, group work, and interaction. At IIS, this translates to our students being active participants in their own learning journey. Our early years programme adopts the notion that children learn best when they are taught through play, creative expression (such as music and movement, singing, art, drama), encouraged to explore their environment, and to ask questions.
A typical IIS day in which fundamental Reggio principles are incorporated is one in which:
- Children are capable of constructing their own learning
- Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others
- Children are communicators
- The environment is the third teacher
- The adult is a mentor and guide