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Early Years

DSC International School Early Years Program is designed to nurture curious and creative learners who are eager to learn independently and collaboratively within a play and inquiry based environment.

Pre-Grade 1 students
Pre-Grade student with iPad
Early Years Teacher

DSC’s full-day Early Years Program focuses on establishing a strong foundation for learning and preparing students, both academically and socially, for Elementary years and beyond.

The primary goals for the Early Years Program are to:

  • Establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years;

  • Help children make a smooth transition from home or preschool settings to school settings;

  • Allow children to reap the many proven benefits of learning through relationships, and through play and inquiry;

  • Set children on a path of lifelong learning and nurture competencies that they will need to thrive in the world of today and tomorrow.

Our full-day Early Years Program provides 3 to 5 year-olds with multiple opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills within the four frames of our play and inquiry-based curriculum: 

  1. Belonging and Contributing

  2. Self-Regulation and Well-Being

  3. Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics (Numeracy) Behaviours

  4. Problem Solving and Innovating

Our Early Years teachers consistently reflect and adjust to the needs of their classes as a unique community. Our focus on an individualized approach to learning allows for high-quality experiences to take place in the classroom which enhances a child’s individual strengths and caters to their individual learning needs. There is a conscious focus on developing learning skills, such as independence and self-regulation, as these skills are needed for our students to be successful in their academic years ahead.  Our program meets the expectations of the Ontario curriculum by supporting every child to reach their full potential through a program of learning that is interesting and relevant to them.

Visit our Early Years class with Ms. Howard

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What our community says

“Seeing my little man looking forward to going to school every day proves that DSC is the right choice for our family. The class sizes are effective in enabling children to build a sense of community yet allowing teachers to observe the individuality of each kid. School staff are attentive and responsive. We want a school with a goal of preparing kids not only academically but also socially competent for the fast changing world. DSC delivers that by creating an inclusive & nurturing learning environment which makes the lifelong learning journey enjoyable.”

Mrs. Chau