The AZBUKA Nursery and Pre-school (Reception) admits children between the ages of two and four. To ensure our children receive the best possible attention we provide a child/teacher ratio of 3:1 for 2 year olds and 6:1 for 3-5 year olds.
At AZBUKA Nursery we take a child-centered approach to teaching and learning based on active learning and individual inquiry, allowing our children to explore our world through stimulating learning experiences and play-based activities.
Our Curriculum has been designed to conform to EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and the requirements of the English pre-school education system while at the same time delivering a bilingual education and incorporating Russian educational traditions.
Areas of learning and development
Areas of learning and development: physical, social and emotional, language and foundations of literacy, mathematical, musical, creative knowledge and understanding of the world and cultural. Daily activities are based on a two-week theme/topic and are complemented with excursions, outings, visits, cultural events, celebrations and theatre productions. There are ongoing cookery projects
every week and music and dance sessions. Outdoor activities take place every day in addition to visits and projects with external companies and professionals.
Language distribution in the curriculum
At Nursery level, 90% (Russian) – 10% (English). In line with best practice for bilingual education, emphasis is placed on the foundation and development of Russian as a minority language in our society.
90% of our activities are led in Russian. The school implements a one-language-one teacher
arrangement, giving children the opportunity to learn from native speakers and to use both languages with increasing fluency.
Reception level (4 year olds): 80% (Russian) – 20% (English). In Reception, children spend approximately one day per week with the English teacher and the other four days in a Russian learning environment.
All our teachers are qualified and highly experienced in working with small children. Most have been working for AZBUKA for many years and are deeply committed to the care and education of our children.
They are native Russian, English, Ukrainian or bilingual speakers. All are DBS-checked. The excellent child/teacher ratio is one of the greatest strengths of the AZBUKA School and Nursery.
Observations, assessments and progress
We have ongoing observations of our children, using journals, formative and summative assessments, two-year old checks, individual plans and end of year reports.
We offer the option of either a packed lunch or a hot school lunch (subject to availability).
Nursery: children may wear their own comfortable clothes.
Reception class: we have compulsory uniform from Reception class.
Timetable Nursery (2-4 years)
9.30 – 13.00/14.30
Minimum of 3 days’ attendance
Timetable Reception (4 years)
9.30 – 14.30
5/4 days a week
By waiting list. Priority will be given to siblings.
Open Days for parents
Open days are run twice a year.