Albyn School educates children in three distinct sections of the school. The Nursery provides early years education for children aged 2 to 5 years old in Toddlers (2 – 3 years) and Preschool (3 – 5 years). Regulated by the Care Inspectorate, children learn language and literacy skills and develop their first steps towards numeracy. While there are similarities with the French preschool system (L’École Maternelle) currently there is no hybrid curriculum for this section of the school where all children are taught through the medium of English.
There is a small but significant difference in the manner in which the two preschool systems are organised. Whereas L’École Maternelle is aimed at children aged 3-5 years, Albyn’s Nursery is aimed at pupils aged 2-5 years so that in terms of equivalence:
Albyn School Preschool (3 – 5 years) is equal to:
La petite section de maternelle ou PS (3 ans)
La moyenne section de maternelle ou MS (4 ans)
Albyn School Primary 1 (5 years)is equal to:
La grande section de maternelle ou GS (5 ans)
There are subject booklets that provide more detailed information about the curriculum in different stages of the School that can be obtained through the Admissions Department at Albyn School and more detailed information about the French curriculum can currently be found on the TOTAL French School website, rubrique “pédagogie”.