DSK International - International School in Kobe

Early Years Programme

The Early Years Program at DSKI consists of two primary groups: Pre-Kindergarten (children 2-3 years old) and Early Years / Kindergarten (children 3-5 years old). The Early Years department is equipped with facilities and resources that were designed with younger children in mind, and created to provide them an accessible and engaging space to flourish.

The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum follows three original units inspired by the IB philosophy of “inquiry-based learning.” These units help children to build vocabulary, strengthen their developing social and motor skills, and prep them for entry into the IB PYP Early Years Program.

Over the course of two years, students in Early Years explore 8 PYP Units of Inquiry, providing them a foundation for the transdisciplinary themes of the PYP. In addition to unit experiences in the classroom, Early Years children embark on a number of exciting excursions throughout the year. Children also enjoy a rich weekly schedule filled with challenging and fun subjects including: Art, Physical Education, German as a Foreign Language, Music, and more!

Teachers aid children as they begin their journeys to become Lifelong Learners, providing a safe and support-filled environment where questions are welcome and play is the most important part of the day.

Did you know...

Play helps children develop in the following areas?

Language and Reasoning Skills

Motor Skills and Creativity

Cognitive Development

Autonomous thinking and Problem Solving

Emotional Growth

Early Years

  • 2 – 5 years
  • Timetable:
  • Monday to Friday
  • Programmes:
  • Pre-Kindergarten class (2 years old) and
  • Early Years/Kindergarten (3-5 years old)
  • Languages:
  • English, German and Japanese
  • IB: Yes
  • Early Years/Kindergarten complete
  • 8 units of enquiry

Sample Timetables

Early Years - Pre-Kindergarten

Early Years - Kindergarten

Interested in joining our Early Years Programme or would like more information about enrolment?
Head over to our admissions page.