Early Years

About

  • Curriculum
  • Co-Curricular activities
  • Nursery Class Structure and Age
  • Assessment and Reporting
  • School Times / Schedule
  • Our Facilities
  • Events/Special days
  • Admission Process

At Danbo International Nursery School (DINS), we implement The International Preschool Curriculum (IPC).

The International Preschool Curriculum (IPC) is aligned to meet or exceed the standards of all major education systems making it the most internationally accepted ECE (Early childhood education ) curriculum in the world.

Developed by a team of doctorate academics, the IPC is the world’s first international ECE curriculum. It is also the only ECE curriculum that meets several national standards A daily curriculum with sufficient developmentally appropriate activities for a standard academic year, upon completion the child is prepared for primary education in most national and international settings.

Designed for children aged 0-6, the IPC curriculum offers a developmentally appropriate program with cumulative assessment options. The IPC curriculum includes various thematic units which cover 6 crucial content learning areas (Language Arts, numeracy, science, creative arts, socio-Emotional and motor skills.) 51 weekly thematic units and 59 developmental milestones.

The IPC curriculum was founded with the intention of promoting cultural harmony, diversity and multilingualism through progressive and global education and all the curricula are designed to cultivate critical thinking, enhance self-awareness and promote plurality through an understanding of other cultures.

Our curriculum is a living document undergoing review and relevancy updates quarterly to reflect international best practice.

At the core of the IPC’s values is that all thematic units must be designed with a variety of play-based activities. Play-based learning has been proven through research to improve Language, literacy, social and emotional skills.

The IPC mixes an inquiry, play, thematic, and objective-based model of learning which is important in helping children understand why it is important to learn, what it is that they are learning and reflect on where they are in the learning process. Objective standards are important to accurately track progress and identify any weaknesses.

All our teachers receive compulsory vocational training which includes professionalism, safety and ECE ( Early childhood education ) methodology. This is to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of your child are observed and enforced at all time and to ensure that teachers are adequately qualified and abreast on international best practices in early childhood education so that the IPC’s curricula and rigorous academic programs are applied accurately and consistently between schools.

In addition, the IPC curriculum encourages active parental involvement, which is why every thematic unit comes with a corresponding parent newsletter. These are designed to inform parents of what is being taught in the classroom and includes several activities so that your child’s learning can continue at home.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a crucial step towards our pupils’ all-round global education and this why it is highly recommended that our pupils start an extra-curricular activity at this age. 

Music, sport and art are the three main areas on which we base our co-curricular programme. All of these contribute to the child’s intellectual and physical development, enhancing aspects such as creativity or knowledge of their own body, and fostering the child’s innate qualities.

With this introduction to music, sport or art, the littlest members of the school can improve their skills, both individually and socially, guided by our professional teaching staff.

As support for the development of our pupils, we offer the following Co-Curricular Activities: 

  • Music (choice instrument)
  • Singing
  • Dance
  • French language
  • Arts
  • Leadership mentoring
  • Spelling fun
  • Sports

Extra-Curricular Activities

Our extra-curricular activities are designed to develop the mind and motor skills of our learners; they include;

  • Field trips
  • Ballet
  • Cooking
  • Soccer
  • Track & field
  • Cycling
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Softball

Nursery Class Structure and Age

Class/year groupAge
Crèche ( infants )2 months – 1 year
Preparatory class (toddlers)1-2 years ( must clock one before or by September )
Pre-nursery2- 3 years ( must be two years before or by September )
Nursery3-4 years ( must clock 3 before or by September )
Reception4-5 years ( must clock 4 before or by September )

In Danbo International Nursery school, we administer both Formative and Summative Assessments.

Our emphasis is more on the Formative Assessment, which is integral to the learning and development process. We appropriately observe and record these ongoing assessments to help children make progress from birth towards the early learning goals.

  • We carry out a diagnostic assessment(knowledge harvest) before learning; to assess pupils previous knowledge and skill.
  • Formative Assessment is ongoing during instruction/activities and usually occurs regularly throughout the learning process; to measure performance against a goal, specific objective and standards. The goal is to identify and promptly address barriers to learning. Also, to monitor pupils learning and provide feedback.

Summative Assessment brings together the information on what the child knows, understands and can do. In DINS pupils are measured at periodic intervals during the midterm and end of the term. The aim is to derive and provide an overview of a child’s progress. We assess the extent to which the most important outcomes at the end of the instruction have been reached.

  • Pupils achievement are reported to parents verbally daily(for parents who wish to know)
  • Pupils Progress Report Sheet are provided to parents biweekly
  • A Midterm Report is issued in the middle of every term
  • A data-driven Academic Progress report is issued at the end of every term
  • The Pupils Observation Profile is given to parents at the end of every session.

Our assessment tools include observations, standardized tests, oral interview, portfolios, quizzes, photos, jottings, learning stories, work samples, parent input and more are used as evidence.

We run three terms in a session. The first term runs from September to December. The second term – January to April, while the third term commences in May to be concluded in July.

Crèche7:00 am-5:00 pm
School starts7:30 am -2:30 pm
After School care starts3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The premises at Danbo International Nursery School has an overall sense of order and cleanliness that is balanced with a sense of creativity and fun.
Our facilities include:

  • Very spacious air-conditioned age-appropriate equipped classrooms
  • Well equipped Resource Centre/ ICT room
  • A well-equipped library
  • A science room
  • A story hut.
  • Fully furnished kitchen
  • Age-appropriate toilet facilities.
  • A customized swimming pool.
  • A furnished dining hall
  • Two multipurpose halls
  • Age-appropriate toilet facilities
  • A sandpit
  • A well-equipped music studio.
  • Two safe purposely designed play areas which include a landscaped garden.

We have a lot of sensory choice and instructional materials, some of which include:

  • Materials for interactive play and learning activities
  • Equipment and space for art and creative work
  • Construction and block equipment for building
  • Puzzles and tabletop toys
  • A quiet area for rest and relaxation
  • Sufficient materials, toys and equipment available to children

We celebrate many events and special days at Danbo International Nursery School, some of which include Career Day, Worldbook Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Earth Day.  Many of these days are celebrated for various reasons and serve as an opportunity to bring our school community together.

Below are some key events and special days, that our children especially enjoy

Grandparents Day

We dedicated this day to Grandparents. We celebrate grandparents day to honour our grandparents and to allow grandparents to show love to their children’s children. We believe this will help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.

All Grandparents are invited to school on this fun day, and we spend the day making arts & crafts and puzzles. We tell the children stories and also listen to special songs, poems, drama and health talks from grandchildren.

Children’s Day Celebration
This day is dedicated to children; it is observed as an event across the world to celebrate childhood and promote awareness about children’s welfare. We celebrate Children’s Day with a range of innovative and fun-filled activities at school, such as Children’s Day poems, dance and feast.

We make it a special day for children to enjoy childhood. Additionally, the events and activities of Children’s Day focus on identifying the education, recreation, health, cultural, economic and social needs of children.

Independence Day Celebration

 October 1st will always be a memorable day for Nigeria and Nigerians, a day of festive and historical remembrance of our independence. We educate our young ones about not just our history but also how different cultures came to be, emphasizing on the unity of our great nation. 

Our children dress in various green and white cultural attires to celebrate the national day.  

Recipe Day

Cooking with children in school promotes the lifetime skill of healthy cooking at a young age. A kitchen is a learning lab for children that can involve all of their senses. While kneading, tossing, pouring, smelling, cutting, and feeling foods, they have fun and learn without being aware of it. Children who cook at home indicate a “sense of accomplishment,” self-confidence, and feeling of contributing to their families. They spend time cooking instead of engaging in screen time.

Christmas Craft Day

Christmas carol in school has always been a way to tell the story of Christmas through songs and drama. As the festive period draws closer, it signifies the end of a term.

The little ones entertain their parents, guests and friends with their songs and drama, and they showcase their talents and creativity through their hand made Christmas crafts and ornaments. These ornaments made by the kids are used to decorate the tree and given out as gifts to families and friends.

Admission Process

Thank you for choosing our school for your child

Deciding on the right school for one’s child is very important, and we believe that a personal visit is inevitable. Prospective pupils are invited to visit the school for a tour of the environment and facilities, meet the Headteacher and other key staff.

Parents can collect a prospectus from the school office, or parents may download the admission form from our website. Prospective parents must fill the admission form with all the required information and send it to us with the photocopies of the following supporting documents;

  • Birth certificate
  • Up to date immunization certificate
  • Two passport photograph
  • Transcript or Photocopies of past school results and a transfer certificate if the child has been in school before.

Upon return of these forms, a file is opened for the child.

An interview date will be scheduled with the Headteacher (Both parents are expected to attend the interview with the child).

After the interview, a payment advice will be issued to the prospective parents to pay the fees into Danbo International Nursery school designated account. Online payments are now accepted.

Once payment is successfully received, parents will be issued with a receipt and an admission/induction pack.

We ensure that your child is placed in the right class.

NOTE: Admissions take place all year round depending on available openings

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