Our Early Childhood Programme is based on a foundation of play.
Our early childhood programme caters for 3-6-year-olds in a safe, well-resourced and inspiring learning environment. We base our programme on a foundation of play. Children develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding with the guidance of our experienced Early Childhood teachers and Teaching Assistants. We capitalise on young children’s natural desire to explore, inquire into and understand themselves and the world around them. Our EC curriculum is developed within the PYP framework and gives children the best possible foundation for later success in the elementary years.
We offer the following classes in our Early Childhood programme. For K1 and K2 students, we operate mixed-age classes, described as family classes (FC).
|Class||Age Range||Session Timing||Classes||Students per class|
(age 3 by 31st August)
(age 4 by 31st August)
(age 5 by 31st August)
Within our Family Classes, we roughly aim for one-third of students to be in the younger range and aim to keep the classes as balanced as possible between the two grades.
We allocate children as K1 or K2 within our family classes based on their birthday and administrative purposes. Still, they are all considered to be unique and equal members of the learning community.
Each class has a dedicated Teacher and a Teaching Assistant. In addition, our FC and K3 students have access to specialist teachers for Physical Education, Music and Movement, and Library.
Learn more about Family Classes
- What are family classes?
- What are the benefits of Family Classes?
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What are family classes?
What are the benefits of Family Classes?
How does this affect the curriculum and my child’s progress?
If you'd like to read more...
The Four Domains
While children are learning many aspects of traditional subjects such as mathematics, reading and writing, science, art and more during their time in Early Childhood, we prefer to view their development more holistically. ABA uses domains as lenses through which to bring each child’s learning into focus. Teachers use the domains to identify progress, plan for the next steps and report on your children’s development.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Gross motor development
Fine motor development
Mathematics: Number, Shape and Space, Measurement, Pattern and Function, Data Handling
Language: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Presentation
The Early Childhood Centre is a purposefully authentic environment that provokes children to learn and make sense of their world through exploration and inquiry.
ABA mindfully designs its classrooms and continuously enhances it to engage and challenge students' learning. Our educators collaborate to provide safe and engaging environments where children learn about their world through play and relationships with peers, teachers, family and community members. Natural materials and loose parts (open-ended materials that have no specific purpose but can be used in a variety of ways) feature heavily in our classrooms.
The EC Garden is a shared, central area that accommodates activities requiring ample space, such as Big Blocks, construction and role-play. It is an extension of the classroom, where we invite children to continue independent or small group work; and experiment and engage in meaningful learning and cultural activities.
Sensory play, including engaging with sand, water and malleable materials such as playdough is essential for a child's development. It provides exciting tactile and sensory experiences that inspire curiosity, allows for world exploration and enhances language and creativity. Children experience sensory play indoors and outdoors.
Two shaded playgrounds, equipped with developmentally appropriate structures, gardens, a mud kitchen, sandpits and tricycles are available to EC students. The playgrounds are accessed during scheduled break-times as well as during learning times organised by the teachers.
Student Support at ABA
- How does ABA help children whose first language is not English?
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How does ABA help children whose first language is not English?
can ABA accommodate my child who has extra learning needs?
What is ABA's child protection policy?
Does ABA have Student Counselling?
ABA Oman International School
is the LEADING INTERNATIONAL IB Continuum School in Oman
ABA is the first international school in Muscat to offer three levels of the International Baccalaureate programme - the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) - the gold standard in University preparation.