Early Childhood

Discover and Grow:
Nurturing Early Learners in Our Exploration-Based Childhood Program

Our program is for children aged 3-5. They learn through hands-on exploration, guided by experienced staff. We develop their skills and experiences based on their age and readiness for learning.

In Early Childhood, students explore, ask questions, and participate in structured activities to prepare for Kindergarten. We believe that experiences and interactions shape their social and pre-academic development.

Our philosophy is to consider the “whole child” by nurturing their social-emotional, language, communication, cognitive, and physical development. Our program enables purposeful world exploration and introduces literacy, math, science, music, movement, and the arts. Early on, students learn independence, autonomy, and collaboration.

Learn about the ASM values of
Respect, Curiosity, Integrity, Courage, and Kindness
and how they guide every aspect of the program.
Early Childhood Entry Requirements
  • ASM offers 2 years of Early Childhood (EC) before students can begin Kindergarten.
  • Students entering Early Childhood’s year 1 must be 3 years old by August 31st before entering our 1st year. They must be socially and emotionally ready to relate appropriately to their peers and able to participate in a full day of learning activities.
  • To start school, children must be able to use the bathroom without adult assistance, meaning they must be able to undress themselves, use the toilet autonomously, and wash their hands. Children must also be self-aware enough to know when to use the bathroom without reminders.
  • Students entering our Early Childhood Unit need to be able to eat independently before the date of entry.
  • After the first two weeks of school, students who are unable to meet the above criteria consistently will be required to stay home for a period of one month to work on improving these skills. At that point, they may re-enter the class for further evaluation.
  • All children and parents are required to attend parent-teacher meetings at least one day before the student’s first day of school to ensure the student’s entrance is as smooth as possible.

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