Izzi Start Day-Care Centre
Izzi Start Day-Care Centre is part of Izzi Science for Kids School family. The centre is open to children aged two to five and follows the Cambridge International Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.
We believe that children should receive education, care and attention in a safe and supportive environment at an early stage. It is with this conviction that teachers face the task of preparing the youngest learners.
During this important year, children explore and develop an understanding of the world around them through observation, age-appropriate problem solving and hands-on experiences. The teachers’ efforts and the curriculum aim at providing an opportunity for each young learner to build their confidence and develop fundamental social and behavioural skills and self-control.
Children’s personalities are shaped in this age group. To foster cognitive, social and emotional development, it is vital that children refine their motor skills, master their language and communication skills, and increase self-care and social and environmental awareness. This process is assisted and steered all the way through by the teachers on a daily basis. The childcare environment stimulates children’s senses and provides a lot of hands-on activities.
Children continue to gain new knowledge and develop physically, emotionally and socially. The classes in Bulgarian, English, mathematics, music, applied arts and science use weekly themed fun games and activities to stimulate children’s eagerness to learn, think and present their creative ideas.
The children in this age group learn through sensory experience. The teachers have an individual approach to each child to support their development in the following areas: math, art, science, language, social and emotional skills, self-care, and community awareness.
In this age group, kids begin to build habits of working in small groups. This allows the teacher to follow the curriculum while giving each child the attention required. A range of activities are included to develop fine motor skills and early reading skills (Phonics), thus fostering children’s early literacy in both languages.
The children at this stage develop their teamwork skills and learn to solve problems and manage their emotions. Their academic, cognitive, social and emotional development is supported by the teachers through sound games and language practice (storytelling, early reading and writing).
The experiential learning method (including hands-on and brains-on techniques) is of vital importance to the development of children of all ages. Following the Cambridge International curriculum, children learn while being engaged in a range of themed games and activities providing socially and academically enriching experiences. The teachers are deeply committed to fostering the children’s academic progress by meeting the individual needs and creating a safe and supportive environment.
Children pursue their developmental path by acquiring key skills and knowledge at their own pace, supported and assisted by their teachers and families in building confidence.
The curriculum content is divided into six subject areas:
Speaking, listening, and storytelling are crucial to children's early development. Showing children the importance of language through fun activities and encouraging them to engage with a wide range of texts helps to ignite a lifelong curiosity for learning.
At an early age, it is important to help children recognise how mathematics impacts everyday life. Through games and activities, they know better mathematical language, thinking and concepts they will need when they start their primary education.
Creative expression (music, dance, role-play) allows children to communicate their ideas and develop their imagination through art and design, music, dance.
This area helps them to develop social learning and friendships. Children learn how to regulate their emotional responses and respond to the needs of others and develop self-esteem and confidence.
The curriculum encourages children to develop movement skills through play, promoting positive attitudes towards exercise and laying the foundations for healthy, active lives.
Children’s innate curiosity must be encouraged, so that they are equipped to reflect, question, explore and interact with the world. This area of the curriculum lays the foundations for a range of different subjects in primary education and beyond, including science, history, and geography.
Five year olds become part of the first preschool group at Izzi Science for Kids.
The team consists of experienced preschool teachers, a speech therapist, a psychologist, a nurse, a science teacher, and a choreographer.
Izzi Start is located at 10, Angel Karalijchev Street in close proximity to Izzi Science for Kids School.