Early Childhood

Located in a recently constructed building within the “Monsignor F. Tomadini campus”, The Early Childhood Center comprises four sections:

PRE-NURSERY (2 to 3 year-olds)
NURSERY 3 (3 to 4 year-olds)
NURSERY 4 (4 to 5 year-olds)
KINDERGARTEN (5 to 6 year-olds)

The early childhood years are among the most formative for a child’s education and therefore ideal for easy and enjoyable English language acquisition. Children who attend The Early Childhood Center acquire a solid and secure background in all areas of the Early Childhood programs and are prepared for entry to the Elementary (Grades 1-5) and Middle School (Grades 6-8). The program is carried out entirely in the English language; admission to the ECC does not require previous knowledge of the English Language.


The Early Childhood Center strives to provide children with a “home away from home”. We want each child to enjoy and benefit from his/her years at our school. Our aim is to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding as well as to be attentive and sensitive to the needs of every child.

A positive and supportive environment helps the child develop a sense of self-esteem and correct social behaviour. Highly qualified teachers (each section has a teacher and teacher’s assistant), a pleasant and colourful learning environment and state-of-the-art teaching materials allow each child to grow and mature as both an individual and as a member of a group.

Limits are set to provide guidelines within which the child can experiment and learn. These limits, which provide the child with a sense of security, are consistent throughout the Early Childhood years and vary according to the child’s age.


The Udine International School curriculum provides individual and distinct programs in the four classes. Within each of the four classes, programs are outlined according to the age, maturity and the different stages of growth of the students.


The Pre-Nursery program focuses on the development of autonomy, social/adaptive behaviours with a strong emphasis on communication/language (stories, songs, poems, English vocabulary, ability to repeat English words), fine and gross motor skills. The child is introduced to new objects and materials through manipulation, the discovery of self and body co-ordination, the discovery of his/her surroundings. Curriculum areas include Pre-Writing (manipulation, exploration of materials, co-ordination), an initial approach to Mathematics (counting, colours, shape and size identification, object classification), Science (observation of the natural world), Health (parts of the body, hygiene) Art (free expression through drawing, painting and collage) and Music (sounds and singing).

NURSERY 3 (^top)

The program concentrates on the development of the child’s physical, social, cognitive, verbal and motor skills. It focuses on the gradual acquisition of independence in self-help skills and personal hygiene, learning and exhibiting positive interactions with peers and adults (taking turns, sharing, and playing cooperatively) and identifying and expressing feelings.
The weekly timetable includes Language and Literacy skills (listening and responding to sounds, directions, conversation, stories, books, beginning to communicate in English), Pre-Writing (co-ordination, manipulation and tracing), Mathematics (basic shapes and sizes, weight and volume, sorting, patterns, numbers and counting), Science (the development of exploration and observation skills), Health (the parts of the body, personal hygiene, the five senses), Social Studies (the awareness of self, the family and the community), Art (painting and collage, manipulation of materials, textures and colours), Music (listening to sounds and understanding rhythm, singing songs), Motor Skills (gross and fine motor skills through individual and group activities and games). In Science and Social Studies topics change from year to year.

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The program aims at helping each child to experience intellectual growth, educational stimulation, to acquire physical, mental, and emotional well-being and to become socially well-adjusted.
The Nursery 4 program consists of activities relating to Language development (the ability to follow and tell a story, ask questions, following instructions, self-expression primarily in English), Pre-Reading (beginning phonics, concepts of print and books), Pre-Writing (co-ordination, pencil holding, copying, writing of letters), Mathematics (object classification, patterns, shapes, size and volume, numbers, the concept of time), Science (the development of exploration and observation skills, asking questions, hands-on sensory experiences), Health (health and the importance of eating correctly, personal hygiene, safety), Social Studies (more awareness of self, the body and its functions, the concept of growth, feelings, the members of the family, the home and the community), Art (painting, drawing, collage and the construction of various forms and objects, colour mixing), Music (singing, rhythm, music listening skills), and Motor Skills (gross and fine motor skills through individual and group activities and games). In Science and Social Studies topics change from year to year.


The program is based on the principle that a five-year-old child is enthusiastic, curious and ready for a learning experience within a school setting. It incorporates an appropriate balance of work and play with the goal of preparing students for the transition to Elementary School. The curriculum aims at consolidating personal, social and working abilities.
The subjects include: Language Arts (the development of written and oral language, listening skills as well as the ability to follow instructions, comprehension, reading and listening to different types of stories, the development of the ability to retell stories clearly by using complete sentences in English, the ability to interpret and make comparisons, vocabulary expansion), Handwriting (eye-hand co-ordination, the correct holding of a pencil, the letters of the alphabet, copying correctly), Spelling (learning to spell his/her own name, letter identification, brief dictations, invented spelling), Mathematics (logical thinking, object classification, patterns, identification and writing of numbers up to thirty, measurement, size, clock reading, ordinal numbers, introduction to addition and subtraction), Social Studies (the development of one’s own body and feelings, the discovery of how one learns, meets challenges and makes mistakes, appreciation of the uniqueness of each individual, how family members work, basic needs), Science (the identification and use of the five senses, the development of exploration and observation skills, asking questions, hands-on sensory experiences, investigative skills), Health (basic needs and healthy choices, hygiene, safety), Art (understanding of shape and size, lines, colour, drawing, the awareness of art and aesthetics and the development of personal interpretation, the use of art materials), Music (singing, different types of songs, rhythm and tone), Motor Skills (gross and fine motor skills through individual and group activities and games). In Science and Social Studies topics change from year to year.