Early Years Program

Early Years Overview

We’re delighted to have this opportunity to introduce our Early Years offering here at the International School of Warsaw.


Our Early Years Inquiry Centers are our in-class reflection communities, where students will reflect on their personal understanding of lessons, our educational community and the world around them. The philosophy focuses on teaching our young students the process of critical thinking through six steps: Turning In, Finding Out, Sorting Out, Going Further, Making Connections, and Taking Action. This pedagogical idealism will prepare our young learners for our Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Program. It will also inculcate the tropes of our interdisciplinary programs such as our Outdoor Program and STEaM Program.

Your child couldn’t have a better start to their formal learning journey, with specialist teaching staff qualified and experienced in Early Years, proven teaching methodologies designed to develop confident learners, and a curriculum aimed at academic, social and emotional success.


From the start, our young students’ innate learning ability is harnessed, allowing them to acquire structure and responsibility in the context of fun and socialization. Because academic and physical development are inextricably linked, we focus on development of the whole child.


Each child’s progress is observed and their strengths and passions uncovered to discover how these can be further stimulated and developed, with teaching plans tailored to the individual child.


We’re very proud of the growth and development of Early Years children at ISW and would welcome the opportunity to meet your child.

Early Years Classes

Pre-Nursery 1
Age: 18 – 24 Months Old



Pre-Nursery 2
Age: 24 – 36 Months Old



Nursery Class
Age: 3 – 4 Years Old



Reception Class
Age: 4 – 5 Years Old



Early Years Curriculum

Our Early Years Program covers the Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception stages of your child’s education. Discover how we instill a lifelong love of learning in our pupils right from the very start.


Here at The International School of Warsaw, we want your child to have fun and be happy, safe and secure at all times. We want to inspire them to become purposeful and lifelong learners.


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, which covers children’s development from Pre-Nursery to Reception (1 to 5 years old). The use of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is supported by our continued implementation of the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s (IBO) Primary Years Programme (PYP). As as PYP Candidate school applicant, we believe that children should be active in the learning process and an Early Years Education lays a solid foundation for future learning.


There are four themes within our Curriculum:


  • A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and carers.
  • Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending a child’s development and learning.
  • Learning and Developing – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. All areas of learning and development are equally important.


These themes are used to underpin the learning and development that your child will take part in during their time in our Early Years.


How your child learns in our Early Years

Children learn in a variety of ways: by watching others, talking, asking questions, listening, exploring and investigating.


During play, children are supported and encouraged to find out more and explore; to play with what they know, and be willing to ‘have a go’; to be involved, concentrate, keep trying, and enjoy achieving what they set out to do; and to have their own ideas, make links and choose different ways to do things.


Areas of our Early Years Curriculum

Our curriculum is organised into nine areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematical Development
  • Understanding of the World
  • Outdoor Education
  • Physical Development
  • STEaM Education
  • EAD – Expressive Arts and Design
  • Literacy Development

Literacy Development

Children’s learning and competence in beginning to read and write is constantly supported and extended.

Communication and Language

Children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening is constantly supported and extended.

Outdoor Education

Children learn key skills such as teamwork, leadership and resilience, whilst broadening their awareness and appreciation of the natural environment.

Mathematical Development

We develop children’s understanding of Math in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about their developing understanding.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

We provide children with experiences and support which help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others, as well as respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.

STEaM Education

ISW is a STEaM school. STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, arts and Math) education fosters students’ ability to become better problem solvers, thinkers and effective members in diverse teams.

Understanding the World

We support children in helping them to make sense of the world by offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments; to undertake practical experiments, and to work with a range of materials.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children’s creativity is encouraged by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. Our pupils are provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities, design and technology.

Physical Development

The physical development of students is encouraged by giving them opportunities to be active and interact and to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. They are always supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.

Our Early Years program enables your child to develop their personalities, talents and abilities. This enables them to develop a strong sense of self, to feel positive about their abilities as a learner, to form constructive relationships and become confident communicators.

Early Years Additional Subjects (Taught by specialist teachers)


  • Music
  • Art
  • Performance Arts
  • ICT
  • Physical Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • STEaM Education (starting from Nursery class)

Our Early Years Homeroom Teaching Team

Jamie Racek


Early Years Coordinator and Reception Teacher

Nationality: USA
Teaching Experience: 9 Years

Jamie Racek is a vibrant international educator from New Jersey, USA.  She will serve as our Early Years Coordinator/Reception Teacher next year.  Jamie has taught in five countries including Korea, Egypt, Spain, Philippines and China.  This will mark her 9th year teaching internationally!  Jamie’s philosophy is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for students, enabling them to learn and grow into persons of character with a dynamic world view!


She believes that providing students with hands-on learning experiences is vital to deepening their sense of purpose as an individual, and most importantly the world around them!  Jamie’s hobbies include travel, yoga, painting, writing, photography, & cooking.  She will provide students’ opportunities for meaningful extracurricular activities to foster their growth mindset.  Jamie will cultivate her students’ love for learning daily!

Celeste Teal Hinshaw


Kindergarden Teacher

Nationality: USA
Teaching Experience: 12 Years

Celeste’s philosophy of education is strongly rooted in Constructivism. She believe knowledge is built on understandings based on previous experiences and learning. She believes that we learn, not in a vacuum, but in context. It is important that no matter where her student is coming from, that she is am able to access their “funds of knowledge,” which is understandings based on the child’s personal experiences. From that place, she is able to offer appropriate scaffolding to assist in the student’s construction of knowledge and understanding.

Jan Tyson


Nursery Teacher

Nationality: British
Teaching Experience: 25 Years

Jan is married to Ron and has taught in Morocco, Portugal, Mongolia and Egypt for a total of eight years internationally. She  taught deaf children from 1993 to 2004, teaching all primary grades. She enjoys drama, sewing and art which extends to dabbling in all sorts of mediums and styles. She has two grown up sons who also have families of their own, one in Scotland and the other in Guatemala.

Our Early Years Homeroom Teaching Team


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