A preschool where children, with teachers as their guides, explore the world around them, share experiences, learn and play together. An environment that embraces a Montessori methodology, within the framework of the respected International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. These are the Early Childhood Programs at Glenlyon Norfolk School.
Glenlyon Norfolk School offers two early childhood programs at our Beach Drive Campus: First Steps (3 year olds) and Junior Kindergarten (4 year olds).
(8:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.)
(8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.)
|8:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
|8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.*
* After School Care is available until 5:00 p.m. for our 4-year-old students.
“Our daughter, Hallie, came into Junior Kindergarten a cautious little girl who struggled to hold a pencil properly. She knew nobody and was as anxious as her parents. Throughout the year she grew in leaps and bounds! Building friendships, singing French and Mandarin songs, skipping to school, confidently talking about her school work and the learner profile. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. She truly thrived in this inclusive environment.”
– Benjy Brooks, parent, alum, teacher
“Oh how our little boy has developed, thanks to you and your teaching. We’ve seen his confidence and his curiosity grow. We see kindness when he asks his classmates if they are OK. We’ve seen progress in his written skills and his artwork. We see him picking up garbage at playgrounds and on the beach because he knows it shouldn’t be there. We see him pointing out patterns and talking about what makes him feel peaceful. He loved going to your class each and every day.”
– Junior School Parent
“Our two children both thrived during their time in JK at GNS. We wanted them to have a positive school experience—to have fun, become more confident, and to grow emotionally and socially. They grew in so many more ways! They especially loved Nature School where they explored the outdoors each and every week. JK allowed them to become part of an amazing school community and allowed them to learn what school is all about. By the time kindergarten came around, they were more than ready for the challenge. JK was an amazing opportunity!”
– Lindsay McLean, parent
“The JK program at GNS was the perfect ‘first’ school experience for my children. Between the beachfront classroom and nature school, they learned how to explore, think and care about our planet. My children learned about patterns, peace, senses, and developed early literacy and numeracy skills. What really stood out to me were the real-life learning pieces—my children learned how to share, how to look people in the eye when they were speaking, how to shake hands to greet people, and how to thank someone properly. We all need a village to raise our children, and GNS has been ours.”
– Rebecca Nielson, parent, teacher