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Early Years

Message from the Head of Early Years

Welcome to the BBS Early Years.

BBS Early Years/ Kita site is situated in the idyllic setting of Berlin’s Grunewald at the Havelchausee.

This building houses the Toddlers (age 2-3), K1 (age 3-4) and two K2 groups (age 4-5). The Early Years pupils enjoy a spacious outdoor playground area in the heart of the forest. Additional facilities include an ICT suite and a library. 

The K3 group (age 5-6) is the last year of the Kita or Kindergarten. K3 is situated at the Primary site at Dickensweg, in order to prepare the pupils adequately for the beginning of their journey through the Primary School. The pupils in K3 enjoy their very own private, large playground and have access to all the Primary School facilities. 

The curriculum is based on a blend of the Foundation Stage Curriculum of England and Wales, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and the Berliner Bildungsprogramm. Every group is supported by an English-speaking teacher or teaching assistant and a native German-speaking Erzieher/in. This combination provides the best of all systems enabling us to provide a British-based bilingual IB education.

To learn more about Early Years please see our Early Years Handbook here.

Our Kita is open from 7:30-17:00. Additionally, holiday care is offered during core hours during most of the school holidays. Further details are available from the Admissions Office. 

Caitríona Phelan-Körnig
Head of Early Years

Learning Principles at Early Years

Our Learning Principles form our school aims at BBS and are based upon the shared understanding that learning is most effective when:

  • Students are healthy, caring and have the self-confidence to learn from their mistakes, the perspectives of others and form their own opinions.
  • The learning environments and educational resources that students use are accessible, stimulate curiosity and embrace the dynamic possibilities of digital technologies.
  • Students explicitly understand learning intentions and success criteria.
  • Students are critical thinkers and construct their own knowledge and understanding through an inquiry-based approach.
  • Curriculum content is meaningful to the student and leads to interdisciplinary and conceptual understanding.
  • Thinking is visible and students collaborate effectively and respectfully with their peers and others.
  • Students explore and apply a variety of strategies to organise and approach their learning.
  • Students receive effective feedback based upon pre-set criteria and are intrinsically motivated to learn.
  • There is a broad and balanced curriculum through which students can experience success in a variety of different ways.
  • Education and the ethos of the school are valued and encouraged in the family home.

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