Early Learning at ISH

We believe that our students learn best in a safe, friendly and stimulating learning environment. They thrive with clear routines and consistent expectations for positive behaviour. As teachers we model caring communication and active listening for our students. We believe in educating the whole child - intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. We believe that our curriculum should be child-centred using guided inquiry teaching and play-based learning strategies. Our learning activities are varied, inspiring and linked to the real world outside the classroom.

Our programme is fully accredited by the International Baccalaureate, the Council of International Schools, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Our programme is also recognised by the Finnish Ministry of Education. K1 and some of K2 students are supported by Kela funding.

Inquiry Education

Young children are natural inquirers; they ask questions, explore, gather information, make predictions and come to conclusions in their play and social interactions all day long. Our activities and play experiences are designed to be engaging, meaningful and challenging for young minds. With dynamic units of inquiry, students learn math, science, literacy, art, music PE, technology and social studies while building interpersonal and social skills.

Enrichment with Specialists

Children enjoy a variety of specialist classes every week to enrich learning. These classes are taught by specialist teachers.

In Music children sing, play instruments and learn to appreciate music. In Art, students express themselves visually in painting, drawing, collage and sculpture. Students develop gross motors skills and coordination through gymnastics, dance and sport in Physical Education. A technology specialist joins classrooms weekly to incorporate technology components into classroom activities. Students also visit our library twice a week for lessons and to borrow books.

International Community

Our school community is dynamic and diverse, with families coming from over 50 countries. This cultural richness brings countless benefits to our classrooms. Children learn about different cultures, traditions, languages and develop an understanding and respect for children different from them.


We have two groups in our Early Years programme: Discovery and Explorers. We place students into classes based on their age by September 1.

  • Discovery is for 4 year olds
  • Explorers is for 5 year olds

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8.45 to 15.15.