Busan Foreign School has completely redesigned and renovated our Early Childhood classrooms. Our new classrooms have a very natural feel with lots of area and space for our students to explore.
They are purpose-built learning environments. These classrooms are the perfect place for our children to engage, explore and extend their learning. Inspired by the work of Reggio Emilia, our new learning spaces promote learning and growth. They emphasize BFS’ commitment to providing the best possible opportunities for our youngest students.
Our teachers are always looking to create the best learning environment. They routinely attend workshops and conferences to provide the best for our students. Our teachers develop relationships with students and between students to make learning happen. We are proud of the excellent work that they do.
Our Early Childhood program offers a full-day experience for three (PK3) and four-year-olds (K4). It acknowledges and develops children’s natural curiosity and creativity. Every day in Early Childhood, students explore literacy and numeracy, and they develop creative expression through art, music, and physical education. Most importantly, students feel safe, secure, and happy as they grow socio-emotionally and academically to prepare for Kindergarten.
Early Childhood is the beginning of a wonderful journey at Busan Foreign School.
We invite you to come and see our Early Childhood learning spaces and to meet the teachers and students who make BFS such a wonderful place to learn and grow.
At BFS we care for each learner, and we want them to be successful. Starting Early Childhood can be a big transition for your child. Making sure your toddler is ready will help them take this big step in their lives.
What is Early Childhood Readiness?
Early Childhood readiness refers to a child’s readiness to make a smooth and successful transition and integration into the early childhood environment and its routines and expectations. The skills expected include social, language, play, physical, and self-care skills, which make learning accessible for children.
Expectations for Early Childhood Readiness:
- Toilet trained in the daytime (e.g., able to recognize when they need to use the toilet and to alert a teacher with enough time to make it to the bathroom, able to wipe themselves after using the toilet). Your child should demonstrate this skill in the community as well as in the home.
- Demonstrate self-regulation skills (e.g., able to manage frustration when expectations are placed on them, does not hit or scream at other children to get their needs met).
- Able to interact with peers and communicate needs (e.g., wanting a toy, needing space) either verbally or nonverbally.
- Ability to follow verbal directions without requiring multiple or frequent prompts (i.e., follows directions the first time or with occasional reminders).
- Able to perform basic self-care tasks such as dressing and washing hands with minimal support
- Able to sit and attend to an engaging activity for 5 minutes without becoming upset or disrupting others.
- Able to recover quickly from a setback.
- Willingness to engage in new activities and to be guided in the development of new skills.
What can be done to improve Early Childhood readiness skills?
- Parenting expectations: Increase expectations of your child around self-care tasks such as dressing, toileting, eating, and getting ready to go out of the house.
- Social skills: Encourage your child to develop relationships with known and unfamiliar children of a similar age.
- Books: Expose your child to books to prepare them for sitting and listening to stories as part of group time in early childhood.
- Timely preparation: Start preparing your child for early childhood at the age of 3 by talking about expectations in early childhood, appropriate behavior, sit-down activities.
- Visual strategies: Use visuals, such as picture schedules, to help your child understand the routine of their day both at home and at early childhood.
- Outings: Prepare your child for group excursions when at early childhood by going to places such as the library, the museum, the supermarket, and the post office to help your child to understand appropriate behavior in these environments.