Early Years (ages 3-5)

Discover Learning Through Play & Outdoor Learning for Early Years 

We aim to create a sense of community and instil a passion for learning in every student, including our very youngest learners. 

ICS London is an independent school which offers a fee-paying Early Years Programme as a part of our IB Primary Years curriculum. Our Early Years programme is a part of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP (ages 3-11) is the first of the three stages of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme that form a continuum of international education. The first stage focuses on nurturing and developing young children, moulding them into caring, active participants in a lifelong learning journey.


Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning plays an essential role in Early Years education. At ICS London, we offer all children regular outdoor learning opportunities to develop their personal, social and emotional skills, enhance creativity and bring our curriculum to life.

Our outdoor learning sessions are planned by our dedicated teachers alongside our Forest School Leader.  They are led by the interest of learners. Children enjoy experiences from across the curriculum including telling stories, hunting for invertebrates, making mud pies and exploring habitats.

Outdoor learning builds on the natural instinct to learn that everyone is born with and offers opportunities to make choices, initiate learning and take risks which supports the development of positive attitudes and behaviour.

Read more about our Outdoor Learning Programme

early years student coming down a slide at break time

Why choose ICS London:

ICS London is a private international school in the heart of the city. We provide a world-class IB education in a warm, stimulating environment for students aged 3-5. Our Early Years pupils are given everything they need and we support them to learn in the ways that make them happiest.

The best way to find out if our school is right for your young child is to come and visit. During your personalised appointment you can:

  • tour the school, including the Early Years facilities
  • see classes in action
  • meet the Admissions staff and Principal
  • ask any questions you may have about the IB Early Years experience at ICS London

Each tour is bespoke to each family, depending on what you want to see. To arrange a visit, simply fill in the form and our Admissions team will be in touch. 

Nurturing Environment
experienced teachers

Early Years Programme
Exceptional early childhood development

Forest School Programme
Develop personal, social and emotional skills 

Learning Through Play

Play-based learning is an approach to learning that is child-led and open-ended play. It helps children develop social skills, motivation to learn, and language & numeracy skills.

At ICS London, we believe in providing opportunities for children to play and explore whilst learning about the world around them. The classroom environment is carefully planned by our specialist Early Years teachers to promote independent, confident and successful learners, which results in a lifelong love of learning and success.

Early years student holding a piece of paper and enquiring about their work.

Perfect Preparation for the PYP

Early years students at ICS London receive a fun introduction to the world of education, and are able to continue their journey through the Primary Years Programme (PYP) once they pass the age of 5 years old.

“The teachers are fantastic human beings first, then fantastic teachers.”

- Parent