ISD - The International School of Dakar

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Program at ISD caters to 3 & 4-year olds discovering the world through observation, interaction, play, real-life experiences, and teacher-initiated activities. Play is the fundamental process for young children's learning and is central to any early childhood program. It is a natural activity for children, one through which they make meaning of the world around them.

The ECP environment is organized with centers providing a basis for learning through individual, small group, or whole group experience. Exploring and discovering with water, sand, blocks, art, drama, music, technology, mathematics and literature support children in developing basic concepts and understandings. Teachers implement a balanced curriculum which integrates language, literacy, social, emotional, physical and intellectual/cognitive development.

Our curricular framework, Creative Curriculum, is based on the premise that young children learn best by doing. Using their research-based instructional model and learning objectives, our preschool units of study allow for continuous inquiry-based discovery through interactive play. Children see that learning is all about asking questions and experimenting to find answers.

ISD’s Early Childhood Program begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 12:00 PM. Preschool children do not eat lunch at school. Included in each day is time for play and exploration, circle time, centers, early literacy and math development, and snack.

Ian Clark
ES Principal