Early Years

At the International School of Nice, our early childhood education follows the IB Primary Years Programme for each preschool year group.

Our preschool children in the lower school, ages three to six, join our Young Explorers class (ages 3-4), followed by Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4-5) and Kindergarten (ages 5-6).

Once of primary-school-age, children journey through Grades 1 to 5, between ages six and 11, in the lower school section before moving into Grade 6 in the middle school at age 11.

Our class sizes are small, with a maximum of 15 students for Young Explorers and 23 for Pre-K and K classes, enabling our teachers to provide children with personalised attention.

Before entry, we offer all children a taster day to experience life at ISN.

Young Explorers (ages 3 to 4)

Commencing in April 2021, ISN will have the pleasure of welcoming students from the age of three!

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Suited to young families

  • Full time: 08:45-15:20
  • Part time: 08:45-12:00
  • Part time: 11:00-15:20

Our Young Explorers class will have their own dedicated classroom in the lower school.

We warmly welcome children into our inclusive learning community who cannot speak English or French at any ability level.

Our Young Explorers will be supported and taught in English by a fully-qualified bilingual teacher and assistant.

To ensure the individual needs of each child are met and depending on a family's preference, children can join part-time or full-time, with the flexibility offered to start part-time before moving to full-time hours.

To enquire or register your interest, please complete the online form.

The day will feature a broad range of activities, including art, music, drama, cooking, yoga, languages and maths-based learning, initial steps in a child’s preschool educational journey. It also includes lunch.

Early childhood education in the PYP

The lower school is where your child’s future starts. Through a learning environment that establishes collaboration, kindness, curiosity and independence, your child builds an exemplary foundation for their education.

A hallway with bags hanging outside classrooms at the Lower School

Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum, each child can develop as a whole – socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically – while following an inquiry-based approach to learning.

Teachers provoke student inquiry, lead through example and set expectations before students independently or collaboratively move towards predefined learning goals.


Our team of experienced teachers provides a programme of study based on your child’s interests and curiosity. This makes learning meaningful and inspires children to take action on what they have learned.

In our preschool classrooms and outdoor learning areas, students actively learn through a play-based approach that sees them experiencing hands-on exploration and discovery.

We help children to find and use their voice to express their ideas, share their opinions and thoughtfully and respectfully comment on those of others. Every teacher promotes and celebrates the successes of each child.