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About the Preschool Programme at Odense International School

 

It is a big step and an exciting time for children to make the transition from day care or being at home to starting Preschool. This milestone is not only significant for the children, but also quite understandably for parents as well. We hope that this page will give you more information as to what to expect during a normal Preschool day and the admissions process.

 

Preschool Start: First Day on 1st March

Our Preschool starts on 1st March (or on the first Monday if the 1st falls on a weekend) and continues through the end of the school year in late June. Children who turn 5 years old by 1st September are eligible to start Preschool at Odense International School in March of that year. They start Primary 1 after the summer holiday.

 

Our Preschool is organised under the Forårs SFO of Henriette Hørlücks Skole. Each Preschool/Forårs SFO group has its own assigned teacher. The mix of Danish and international Preschool teachers all speak English. The morning assembly and playground time are held together with the Forårs SFO groups. On Fridays, our morning assembly is performed in English.

 

From the start, we encourage cross-cultural bridge building so that our students will fondly remember their school days at Odense International School in Denmark.

 

The aim of our Preschool Programme is to give children a transition period from kindergarten to primary school. The children learn the skills they will need to be a good student, while still having plenty of opportunity for playing and being physically active throughout the day.

 

Entering our school can be a magical experience.

Entering our school can be a magical experience.

 

Class Size

At all grade levels at OIS, we aim to maintain a class size of 20 students. We also value creating classes that represent a balance of girls and boys from all over the world. If your child has an older sibling at Odense International School, there is a sibling guarantee for admission, and we kindly ask that you send an application for the younger sibling at your earliest convenience.

 

A Typical Day in Preschool  

Here is a description of the Preschool Day through a Preschooler’s eyes:  

 

8.00-8.30: Our parents drop us off and we are happy to start our day at school. Our backpacks have been packed with a full water bottle, our lunch box, and our morning and afternoon snacks. We hang up our jackets on our assigned hooks, take off our shoes, and place our backpacks next to our desks.

 

8.30: We begin the morning with a joint morning assembly with the four Danish Forårs SFO classes. If somebody has a birthday today, we celebrate this person. Every day except for Fridays, the morning assembly is in Danish. This will help us when we have 3 hours of Danish lessons every week in Primary 1. On Fridays, the morning assembly is held in English, which helps our fellow Danish mates.

 

9.00: We go outside to play on our enclosed playground that is only for the Preschoolers to use. Starting in late May, when the weather is nice, we might also go to the nearby park to play (always walking there and back in pairs of 2-and-2).

 

9.50: We come back inside and eat our first snack. If somebody has brought a birthday treat for all 60 of us to share, we get to enjoy it now.

 

10.10: We focus on mindfulness

 

10.30: We go to our group’s classroom and study shapes, numbers, and letters in our workbooks. We also have story time, games, show & tell, review the school rules, and work on our social skills.

 

11.50: We eat lunch

 

12.30: We play on our Preschooler playground

 

13.00: We go to a large room with the Forårs SFO groups for fun activities. Our parents may start to pick us up from now.  

 

14.40: We tidy up

 

14:45: We eat our second snack of the day. We kindly ask our parents not to collect us between 14.40-15.10 while we are occupied with tidying up and eating our afternoon snack.

 

15:15: We go outside to play on our Preschooler playground

 

16.15: This is the latest our parents can collect us. Sometimes we guess with our classmates who will be collected first.

 
When Preschoolers move to Primary 1 in August, their school day will begin at 8.10 sharp. The After-School Care Programme remains open from 13.05 - 16.15.

 

Applying for Preschool

We recommend applying as soon as you have made the decision to choose Odense International School. In addition to contact information, we require a copy of your child’s birth certificate and passport. The one-time application fee is 1500 DKK.  

 

All applications need to be made via the form on our website, which is found here. It is not possible to apply in person.

 

Henriette Hørlücks Skole

For families who are in doubt as to whether Henriette Hørlücks Skole or Odense International School would be the best choice for their child, applications to both schools must be made. We require this due to a separate admissions process for each school. You can find the form for Henriette Hørlücks Skole here.

 

Please note that children start Forårs SFO at Henriette Hørlücks Skole in March of the calendar year that they turn 6 years old. Children are eligible to start the Preschool Programme in March at Odense International School if they turn 5 years old by 1st September of the same year.

 

Preschool Tuition

Upon acceptance, we require a deposit and the first month’s fees to hold your child’s place (for the March 2019 Preschool Programme, this fee amounted to 4000 DKK and was payable in October 2018). Monthly tuition of 2500 DKK is paid from April through July. When your child starts Primary 1 in August, the monthly tuition will be 2950 DKK.  

 

On your child’s first day of Preschool, you will receive a bill, or girokort, which includes account information for setting up automatic monthly payments via your online banking.

 

For more information regarding tuition, please see our School Fees page here.

 

Visiting the School

All incoming Preschoolers and their parents are invited to a Meet & Greet Day at the school one Saturday morning in late November or early December. This is an opportunity for all of us to meet each other in person, and for the children to visit and explore where they will start coming every day in a few months.  

 

In late January, we hold a Screening Day for the children. Our Preschool teacher and Key Stage 1 Coordinator will spend the morning with the group of children. Activities may include story time, an art project, playing on the playground, and eating a packed lunch.  

 

Parents will be asked to complete a more detailed Contact Information form with extended family and au pair information and their child’s CPR-number, as well as the Data Privacy form. Parents will also receive a Preschool handbook full of practical information. At mid-day, it is already time for parents to collect their children.

 

Documentation of School Readiness

Odense International School requires that a child’s kindergarten completes an Observation of School Readiness form, which can be downloaded here (a Danish version for your child’s Danish børnehave to complete is available here). Various skills that paint the entire picture of a child’s readiness are a part of this observation: motor skills, social and emotional skills, language skills, and independent skills. The form is due before we hold the Screening Day. Ongoing assessments of children are made after the first month of Preschool.  

 

Book and Milk Programmes

Our Preschooler parents have the possibility of ordering a 0,25-L carton of milk from Skolemælk.dk, which the students receive daily. Various types of organic milk from the Danish dairy company Arla are available, including skim milk, buttermilk, and lactose-free milk. It is not until Primary 1 that students start to receive a piece of organic fruit daily, due to the inability to modify the order after the school year is underway.  

 

Odense International School also has a monthly book club through Scholastic Books, and Preschooler parents have the possibility of ordering books in English. With every Scholastic Books order, OIS receives a percentage of points, which are redeemed with Scholastic to help build our English-language library and to provide prizes for the reading contests held in connection with World Book Day.

 

Other Practicalities for a Successful Preschool Start

Communication with your Preschool teacher is done via ParentIntra, available in both app and browser versions. If your child has a sick day, it is reported to the class teacher on ParentIntra. You will also be able to write to the other parents in your child’s class on ParentIntra. On the first day of Preschool, you will receive your personal login to use. You will also receive a Getting Started guide, which is available in several languages.

 

At the Screening Day, you will find a detailed equipment list in the Preschool handbook. In addition to an extra set of clothes, we ask parents to provide their children with a large bag to be stored on their assigned hook.  

 

This bag includes the extra set of clothes and additional sets of seasonally-appropriate outerwear, such as rain jacket and pants, rain boots, snowsuit or winter boots. Playing outside is a tenant of childhood in Denmark, and we play outside in the rain, snow, and sunshine. This is why it is a good idea to have two sets of outerwear and footwear, so that one can dry while the other is worn.

 

We kindly ask that your child’s food items are numbered ‘1’ on the morning snack; ‘2’ on the lunch; and ‘3’ on the afternoon snack. As there are no refrigerators, your child’s food will remain in the backpack until it is time to eat.

 

We do not have school uniforms, but it is possible to order sports clothes in our school colours with the OIS logo. The smallest size offered is 116.

 

Keeping in Touch Until the Preschool Start

Please keep us updated by emailing office@hhskole.dk if your mailing address, phone numbers, or email addresses should change.

 

You are very welcome to follow our Facebook page to follow events and activities at Odense International School. 

 

If you should happen to have any other questions about the Preschool Programme at Odense International School, please contact our Communications Officer Katie Christiansen at kc@hhskole.dk.