MRS. TRACEY THURLBY
Mrs Thurlby has a wealth of experience in education teaching children across the primary age range. Her teaching career spans over 20 years where she began teaching in Reception in a large Primary School in London, UK. Over the years she has taught in many Early Years classes in different schools. As her career progressed she has been Head of Early Years and KS1, SENCO, Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for teaching and learning and behaviour. Her final position before leaving the UK was Headteacher of a large Primary School in Norfolk. When moving to Bangkok she was Early Years Lead and Deputy Headteacher in another International School before her move to Kensington.
As a teacher she is committed to the growth, development and well-being of every individual child. She believes that successful learning and progress is achieved by a play-based learning environment where every child is treated as an individual. She believes that partnership with parents is very important for the development of children and that school and parents should work closely together.
MS. TIPPY UHURU
Ms Tippy graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Performance and Professional Practice. She also finished the PGCE Early Years and Primary Education (3-7 years) with Qualified Teacher Status with Merit. Ms. Tippy Uhuru will be working with children who have been identified as needing additional support in EAL and/or SEN in the over 3s. Tippy is from the UK and currently teaches Early Years in a UK state primary school.
Children aged 3 – 4 years
will attend 5 days per week.
8.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Kensington International Kindergarten, located in the Taling Chan district of Bangkok, offers a comprehensive international nursery school programme based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the British National Curriculum.
Our purpose-built facilities provide ample opportunities and resources for our young students to explore their own ideas, creativity and the world around them by providing educational guidance and direction in a wholesome environment overseen by highly experienced and qualified teachers.
In addition to the EYFS and the British National Curriculum, our programme uses ideas and methods that have been adopted by such progressive educators as Te Whariki, Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori.
We believe that every child is unique and fully capable of learning when the concept of education is presented in a nurturing atmosphere of acceptance and support. By providing this safe and comfortable atmosphere, we enable children to reach out, ask questions and explore the world and their own ideas with confidence.
Preparing Children for a Continuing Education
By conducting our programmes within the framework of the EYFS and the British National Curriculum, we ensure that every child is well-prepared to continue their formal education once they have progressed beyond the programmes we offer.
Children who have been enrolled in the Kensington International Kindergarten nursery school programme gain a well-rounded foundational and developmental education that provides them with the means to discover their passions and continue their education with a sense of direction.
Convenient and Purpose-Built Facilities
We have chosen to locate Kensington International Kindergarten in Taling Chan to provide families in the central business district of Bangkok with a high-quality international nursery school.
Our purpose-built facilities combine indoor and outdoor spaces into a highly functional, educational learning environment that provides inspiration and direction to young, developing minds.
This environment, along with the nursery school programme we have developed and the experienced and nurturing guidance of our teachers and staff, provide every child enrolled at Kensington International Kindergarten with a proper foundational education that will further enable their future studies in whatever field and direction they eventually choose.
Please contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule an interview where we can offer more details about our programme and offer a tour of our well-designed and purpose-built facilities.
Children aged 5 – 6 years
will attend 5 days per week.
In Year 1 we continue with a play-based curriculum while following the English National Curriculum through a thematic approach. Children continue with daily Literacy and Numeracy sessions and carry on with the Phonics program initiated during their Reception year. The transition from the EYFS to the National Curriculum will be a seamless process with all Reception and Key Stage 1 teachers working together to ensure that children are supported through this change.
Subjects taught at Key Stage 1:
Art and Design
Information and Communication Technology
Design and Technology
PSHE and Citizenship Education.
As with other year groups, assessment is ongoing with formative assessments being carried out through observation every day.
This is the final year that children can attend Kensington International Kindergarten; consequently, they will be provided with a portfolio of work spanning their time with us, which they may like to present at their new school.
Children aged 4 – 5 years
will attend 5 days per week.
In Reception, children continue to follow the EYFS with equal emphasis given to all seven areas of learning. We also continue the thematic approach to planning with the children’s interests being at the forefront of all classroom activities.
At this stage, the children are introduced to daily Literacy and Numeracy sessions where they begin to experience a little more structure and formality to the day. This helps to prepare children for their subsequent move to Year 1. During the Literacy sessions, children will be introduced to the phonics programme, Letters and Sounds.
As with Toddlers and Nursery, the children will have a ‘welcoming class team’ who will help them settle in and provide a close link between school and home.
Transitions continue to be an essential part of the school year, and all our children will receive support to make the transition from Nursery to Reception. This will include visiting their new classroom and meeting the team in Reception before the end of the Nursery year.
Our Reception year marks the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and once the children enter into Year 1, they will follow the National Curriculum of England.
Children aged 2-3 years
attend our toddlers class
either on a 4 or 5 days
8.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Toddlers in our international nursery follow the EYFS focusing on the three prime areas of the revised framework: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development.
We see a smooth transition from home to school as crucial, and in response to this, we make sure that your child has a ‘welcoming class team’ with whom they can develop secure relationships. The role of the class teacher is to provide a direct link between school and home and is the first point of contact for parents; however, parents are also welcome to approach any member of the Toddlers team.
Children in Toddlers will be involved in a range of activities aimed at providing them with opportunities to explore and discover at their own pace, using all their senses. They will be given support and encouragement from our highly experienced and trained team who are all experts in planning appropriate and purposeful play activities for young children. Topics covered include introducing basic concepts such as colours, shapes, animals, and other areas in which children show an interest.
Children will be encouraged to develop independence through establishing routines, such as snack time and playtime.
We believe that fortifying a child’s home language is vital for them to develop confidence in all aspects of their learning. As an international nursery, we encourage children to speak English in school by providing a language-rich environment. Children will begin their journey into acquiring English as an additional language through listening rather than speaking at this stage. The activities used to support both the home language and the acquisition of English includes role-play, storytelling, and music.