Purpose-built for students 18 months to 6 years old, the impressive new Early Learning Village, a collaboration between Stamford American International School and the Australian International School, celebrated its opening in August.
Here’s a sneak peek!
The design of the campus is inspired by the teachings of Reggio Emilia, which utilises the environment as the “third teacher” and puts the child at the centre of his or her own learning journey.
The 50,000-square-metre campus has been designed with key input from environmental psychologists to elevate learning to a new level during the vital preschool years. Every architectural detail has been considered with childrens’ enjoyment, education and safety in mind: One good example is the provision of childheight windows so that inquisitive children can look out at their surroundings and enjoy plenty of natural light filling the interiors.
Dr. Eric Sands, the superintendent of Stamford American shared, “This new, purpose-built campus is truly an amazing facility for our teachers to deliver the school’s Early Learning programmes – they are excited about the new opportunities it brings. The entire team at Stamford American looks forward to sharing what we can offer at our Early Learning Village.”
Students will be able to enjoy sand pits, bike tracks, waterplay facilities as well as a wide, indoor air-conditioned space with ample room for them to run, dance and tumble in safety. The campus also has a UV-covered, 20-metre swimming pool with horizontal young swimmers’ lanes and in-water resting benches to encourage early water confidence and safety while family and friends watch from an observation deck.
Within the Village, each school has its own classrooms, library, specialist classrooms for music and language, adjoined discovery spaces, outdoor play decks to spark imagination and play as well as a dedicated Smart Steps movement room with large round windows.
Although the two schools have similar facilities, they offer different and distinct curricula: AIS follows the Australian and International Baccalaureate (IB) curricula, while Stamford American follows the American and IB curricula.
Mr. Andre Casson, the principal of AIS adds, “The launch of our new Early Learning Village makes it possible for us to deliver worldclass early education and our inquiry-based, Reggio Emilia approach in an environment befitting the richness and depth of our syllabus and teaching methods.”
By Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder Kids (Vol. 20), September 2017
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