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Early Childhood Centre


ISB Early Childhood Centre (ECC) encompasses Preschool groups 1&2, 3&4 and Kindergarten and make up the first five years of ISB's Lower School. A high staff to student ratio is maintained for this age group of 1- to 5-year olds. We provide an inclusive, safe and inspiring learning and play environment, through organizing our students in small groups where the individual child has a voice. We currently have 45 students in the ECC.

The ECC is authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate. We also work in line with the Norwegian Kindergarten Act and the Norwegian Framework plan for Kindergartens. Our language of instruction is English.

ECC fees: 35530 NOK per annum from Preschool 1&2 to Kindergarten. Fees are aligned with all Preschools supported by Bergen Kommune.

“Within early education we focus on learning through play, where we aim to provide an inclusive, safe and inspiring learning and play environment for our students,”

– Ingebjørg Rensvik, ECC Principal

The PYP curriculum

The PYP curriculum has an international perspective that recognizes and welcomes the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds. We strive to develop internationally minded students who demonstrate the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

We use an inquiry-based approach, using teaching methods which build upon individual understandings, knowledge and interests. In developing critical thinking skills, students inquire into how to learn and how to delve deeper.

The units of inquiry make up the Programme of Inquiry. These units are developed under the IB’s Transdisciplinary Themes, making learning for understanding more effective. Each unit of inquiry allows the students to explore key concepts, including:

  • Form: ‘What is it like?’
  • Function: ‘How does it work?’
  • Reflection: ‘How do we know?’

The PYP also encompasses the development of transdisciplinary skills which transcend the individual subject areas. These include thinking, communication, social, research and self-management skills. More details in our ECC Comprehensive Guide.