(Access via: Ebisu Stn on JR Yamanote Line / Hibiya Line)
Happy Days is a preschool for kids aged 1-5 years old that offers developmentally appropriate, theme based curriculum which focuses on the ‘whole’ child. The preschool’s curriculum is based upon the Primary Years Program and the British Foundation Stage.
The preschool seeks to provide children with ‘real’ learning contexts in which to build upon current knowledge and understanding. Indoor and outdoor play is part of the regular routine and educational excursions and outings are built into the program. Regular school hours are from 8:30 to 2.30 with daycare services available from 2.30 till 7.00.
Caring Approach – At Happy Days International Preschool, teachers will meet each child at their developmental level and will present activities to help them progress to the next educational and developmental milestone. All children are encouraged to explore and learn at their own pace. The school takes a nurturing and collaborative approach that includes the parents along the way. Happy Days’ teachers value consistent communication with parents and will consult with parents to develop an appropriate learning plan. Teachers will provide parents with quarterly updates of the child’s progress throughout the school year.
The student to teacher ratio is kept low (approximately 6:1) to allow for ample time for teachers to address the daily needs of each child. Children are always encouraged to share their ideas, opinions, and concerns with teachers at all times.
Happy Days’ International Preschool’s focus is on providing a safe, friendly and open environment for all children.
Educational Programs – Happy Days provides a customized curriculum designed to prepare students to excel in elementary school. Modeled after the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme and infused with Montessori teaching principles, its Learning First curriculum teaches children about the world around them.
Children develop academic, social, emotional, and citizenship skills every day in a fun and interactive manner. Learning is never boring and instead is uniquely mixed with songs, movement, art, and innovation. All activities developed and taught are developmentally and age appropriate for preschool and kindergarten-aged children.
Happy Days’ expert teachers are able to provide additional customization of activities to meet even advanced children’s educational needs.
In an encouraging and welcoming environment, children will also learn the importance of integrity, honesty, and taking responsibility for one’s actions.
As a note, Happy Days International Preschool is not a child care program or “daycare”. In contrast to “daycare” Happy Days’ emphasis learning and have formal activities that children complete each day to review important academic concepts related to numerical knowledge, vocabulary, literacy, social-emotional development, and science inquiry.
The school curriculum is reviewed and updated annually to ensure that the activities and concepts taught are in line with the current academic requirements for students to excel in elementary school and beyond.
[The above information was submitted by Saki Hayashi]