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Early Learning


At our Early Learning centers, we offer a full day, bilingual nursery, kindergarten and preschool.

The MIS Reception programs in Germany offer full daily instruction in English, German and Spanish, and in Geneva offers full daily instruction in English, French and Spanish.

All centers provide rotational Art, Music and Sport classes, a strong emphasis on early Mathematics and Science, and student preparation for the MIS Primary School Curriculum, the Cambridge Primary Program (CIPP).


We have four Early Learning Centers. Below is a list of locations and the ages they serve.  Applications can be accessed as you click on the location of interest. 

(Please note that children applying to Viernheim must be potty trained before their start date. )


Applications for Nurseries, Kindergartens and Preschools: 

Our kindergartens in Mannheim, Viernheim and Geneva are currently FULL.  You can still apply with the forms below. You will then be informed regarding next steps, or if you are on the wait list.

   VIERNHEIM  -  3 YEARS to 5 years  

mannheim  -  3 months to 5 years

Heidelberg -   10 months to 5 years

Geneva  -  12 months to 5 year

Skills Acquired in Reception I, II and Preschool


MIS Reception I and II (ages 3 and 4)

In the Reception, most time is spent on learning to separate temporarily from the family home, the child's developing personality, and initial contact with a foreign language. 


We focus on fun learning areas such as: 

  • Fine motor skills; 
  • Social skills;
  • Learning with music and song;
  • Getting to know letters, numbers, colors and forms;
  • Writing one's own name; and 
  • Playful learning projects in English and Spanish.

MIS Preschool (age 5 and 6)

In the Preschool the focus is on assuming responsibility for one's actions and acquiring cognitive skills. Children are prepared for primary school in all sorts of different ways. The aim is to have completed Stage 1 of the Cambridge Curriculum by the end of Preschool.

We focus on fun learning areas such as: 

  • Continuing work on fine motor and social skills;
  • Beginning lessons in Mathematics, English, Science, Technology and Social Studies based on the Cambridge Preschool Curriculum;
  • Supporting healthy choices, nutrition and good hygiene;
  • Playful learning projects in English and German; and 
  • Regular term feedback to parents. 

Festivities and Customs

In our Early Learning classrooms, we celebrate numerous international festivities and customs with our students such as Carnival, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de mayo, Thanksgiving, Halloween, St. Martin's Day, Saint Nicholas Day, International Family Day and Chanuka.

We also look forward to Christmas during Advent and host a Christmas Bazaar. Toy days and the Kindergarten Festival are also fixed dates in the Kindergarten year.