A day in preschool

The school doors open at 8.35 and the children come excitedly into school with their parents.

Parents help their children to take off their coats and together they greet the preschool teacher who is waiting by the classroom door.

In the classroom, a variety of activities and materials are all ready for the children to explore. Two other preschool teachers are also ready to engage with the children and help them to settle into the morning learning activities. Sometimes activities are set up outside the classroom, in the playground or in the hallway.

During the morning, the children will stop for a snack break and they are offered fruit, crackers and juice as a snack. Initially the snack is eaten altogether as a group. Later in the year, a ‘Snack Bar’ is open and the children choose to take their snack when they are ready to do so.

Also during the morning, there will be a whole class talk time in which children learn about the day of the week, the weather and information about the monthly theme. Children also share family news and birthdays are celebrated. Songs are learned and musical activities may also take place.

At about 11.30 the children go outside to play. They have opportunities to climb, run, jump, cycle on small bikes and play in the sandpit. In the summer, water activities are also put outside.

At about 12.00, the children have their lunch. Every child brings his own lunch and this can also be warmed up by the lunchtime volunteers. The children all eat together and this is a time for learning table manners and chatting together.

After lunch the children have a Quiet Time where they lie quietly and look at books, listen to music or even have a quick nap.

Once the quiet time is over, the children get busy again with afternoon learning activities. These may also include using iPads (donations by Aramco Overseas and the American Embassy in The Hague) and other technical educational toys carefully selected by the teaching staff. Twice a week the children also go to the gym for physical activities.

The day ends with everyone sitting together in a Circle Time to think about the things they have learned.

At 14.45, the children are greeted by their parents and we know that they will have a lot to tell them about their happy, busy day at school!