Early Learning Center

Our approach to education of young children recognizes the potential and ability of children to communicate their understandings and inner thoughts and feelings using many different 'languages' as ways of expression. These may include words, movement, painting, drawing, sculpture, shadow play, music, dramatic play, reaching beyond dominant conceptions of language.

We hold the image of the child who possesses innate curiosity to wonder and to ask questions, who searches for meaning and the interconnectedness of their surroundings and experiences. Through the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) curriculum and Reggio Emilia Approach we endeavor to foster children's learning through the development of all their ‘languages' and by creating an environment to support this way of thinking.

We see the children's languages, thoughts, actions and interactions as vantage points to emphasize and focus on the ever recyclable human resources of listening, curiosity and imagination, which enable literacy and language for all participants of our learning community.

Admissions and Placement

The ELC consists of two grade levels:

  • ELC 1 - 3 years old by September 1st
  • ELC 2 - 4 years old by September 1st

For ELC 1, options include a half-day program, and, with the consent of the ELC Director, a full-day program. Both programs are five days per week, Monday - Friday. ELC 2 students may join either the half-day or the full-day programs.

Prior to entry, a visit is scheduled for the child to spend a part of the morning in the classroom. All children are required to be toilet trained.

Please see the Admissions section of the website for further details regarding policies and procedures.



Half-day: 8:45 am - 12:00 noon Monday - Friday

Students may also stay through lunch to 12:30 pm.

Full-day: 8:45 am - 2:40 pm Monday - Friday

Requires consent of ELC Director


Half-day: 8:45 am - 12:00 noon Monday - Friday

Students may also stay through lunch to 12:30 pm.

Full-day: 8:45 am - 2:50 pm Monday - Friday

For all options, morning drop-off time starts from 8:25 am. Half-day students wishing to stay through lunch must do so for the full semester.


Snack time is held from around 10:00 am daily.

Lunch (served 12:00 - 12:45 pm) may be ordered through the school cafeteria or brought from home.

The child has

a hundred languages

a hundred hands

a hundred thoughts

a hundred ways of thinking

of playing, of speaking...

From the poem "No way. The hundred is there." by Loris Malaguzzi, founder, philosopher and guide of the Reggio Emilia approach.


The ELC, adjacent to a lovely park, is housed in a purpose-built building across a few minutes walk from the main YIS campus. There are classrooms, an atelier (art studio), and large communal area called, the Piazza, which includes the dining area, library and plenty of space for creative exploration. Upstairs is the school auditorium. The ELC also has a playground for outdoor activities and terrace areas in the front and back of the building.