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3 & 4 Year Old Preschool

Preschool is an exciting time, full of opportunities to establish the building blocks for classroom success. The AIS Preschool, for 3 & 4 year olds, establishes confidence, self-respect and the ability for children to take their place as responsible global citizens.

Our Preschool children learn through a holistic, inquiry-based curriculum under the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework. Their education is guided by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia, which puts the child at the centre of the learning journey. Find out more about the IB PYP by clicking here.

Education building blocks

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework builds the foundation for inquiry based learning; ideal preparation for transitioning into the Lower Elementary School

Weekly sessions in our purpose-built Early Years Library and Inquiry Centre delve deeper into specific subjects and develop the foundations of reading and writing

Units of inquiry into Mathematics and Literacy designed by curriculum specialists

Daily Mandarin experience linked with Programme of Inquiry taught by our Early Childhood Mandarin specialist. Find out more about our global languages program here

Daily outdoor Physical activities for gross motor development, including bike riding, climbing, balancing, sand play and ball games in our dedicated Early Years playground

Age-appropriate digital exposure to computers, iPads and interactive white boards to enhance learning in relevant class-based activities. Find out more about digital learning at AIS here

Follow Amelia on a day in her life within the Preschool at AIS 

Starting at 8.30, you can follow her daily activities here

Starting the preschool day

Amelia arrives at the Early Years Centre at AIS and heads straight to the lockers outside her classroom. Amelia is responsible for unpacking her own school bag and on the way greets her Mandarin teacher by saying 您好 (good morning). Amelia shows her mum yesterday’s art project and they read a story together prior to saying goodbye.

Units of inquiry and developing cognitive skills

At the start of the school day, Mr Bowman, Amelia’s Preschool teacher, introduces a new unit of inquiry with the Transdisciplinary Theme of ‘How The World Works’. Amelia then visits one of four learning experiences, set up in the classroom by Mr Bowman to further her inquiry. Amelia and her friends work mathematically by counting objects onto a set of weighing scales to increase her understanding of the concepts of heavy and light.

Outdoor physical activities

Amelia and her classmates complete the outdoor motor skills course, this week they climb over the climbing frames, they kick footballs into the soccer nets and jump through hoops, to help develop coordination skills. Amelia then chooses to ride one of the bikes on the outdoor track, building important balance and coordination skills whilst she races her friend Sam.

Morning tea

Amelia joins her classmates at the table, after finding her named container, to eat her morning snack. Mr Bowman encourages the class to talk about healthy food choices, Amelia counts the number of grapes in her container and identifies the textures of her snack.

Daily Mandarin

Ms Leng, the Early Years Mandarin Specialist teacher, enters the room and the teaching language becomes 100% Mandarin. Ms Leng uses puppets and pictures to teach new Mandarin words related to the unit of inquiry. At the end of the session, Amelia and classmates learn a new song in Mandarin to extend their vocabulary related to How The World Works.

Developing a love for Literature

Mr Bowman uses literacy to initiate inquiry into how 'How The World Works’. Using a big book, Mr Bowman encourages the class to share their understanding of the water cycle. Some of Amelia’s classmates then show and share water related items that they have chosen to bring into class, including an umbrella, goggles and a bucket and spade.


Amelia and her classmates sit in their outdoor area. Lunchtime gives children the freedom to form peer relationships and spend time interacting socially, thus developing their language skills. Amelia engages in comparing and counting her classmates lunch, identifying how many of her friends have sandwiches and how many have rice.

Rest and Relaxation

Amelia is responsible for making up her bed for rest and relaxation time. During this period children can sleep or use it for quiet, independent reflection; today Amelia chose to read a book about horses.

Daily Music

Music experiences are designed to improve group interaction and support cognitive skill development through rhythm, rhyme, pattern and pitch. Today, Mr Bowman asks the children to identify the days of the week within a song, developing the understanding of the mathematical strand of measurement.

Inquiry Centre

Heading to the dedicated Early Years Inquiry Centre, the children delve deeper into specific subjects and develop the foundations of reading and writing. Ms Jackson, the literacy specialist, takes the entire class on a magical journey through storytelling, teaching the children that pictures, as well as words, can tell a story. Amelia’s teachers continue this learning in the classroom the following day.

Developing community connections

Every day, parents, grandparents and the wider community are invited to read a story to the class at the end of the day. Today Amelia's Buddy from Year 12, Samantha, joins the class and reads ‘Elmer’s Weather’.

Home time

Amelia says goodbye to her friends and walks to the bus bay happily holding her teacher's hand. Her teacher buckles her into her seat and settles her and her classmates before they all head home after a great day in the Preschool.

Learning through purposeful play

Young learners are naturally curious and need time, space and freedom in which to learn and grow. Preschool is situated within our dedicated Early Years Centre, which has purpose-built indoor and outdoor facilities designed to provide a supportive, safe environment that stimulates natural inquiry and inspires our children to engage in purposeful play.

Purposeful play is an essential way for Preschool students to deepen their understanding of the world through developing their cognitive, physical, emotional and other important life skills. It provides the opportunity for children to observe their environment first hand, develop and extend their language and creative skills, interact with others, make decisions and solve problems. It also assists in the development of bodily and spatial awareness, self-worth and expression of feelings. 

Such play-based learning at Preschool is supported by the latest research-based pedagogy and guided by Early Years specialists who have extensive experience working with young children.

Explore our Early Years Centre here.

Motor Skills for Classroom Success

Preschool activities are designed to support children in achieving fundamental motor skill competence. Strong motor skills improve a child’s ability to control and coordinate body movements, such as handwriting, concentrating, reading and memory, and are critical for success in school.

In the AIS Preschool, the indoor multi-purpose hall is utilised weekly for coordination and muscle control activities. Children’s gross motor skills are developed through daily outdoor Physical activities including bike riding, climbing, balancing, sand play and ball games in our dedicated Early Years playground. Indoor classroom workstations  are designed to establish fine motor skill control.

Find out more about Preschool at AIS by enquiring now.

We look forward to preparing your child for excellence in Prep and beyond.


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