A kindergarten is critical to the development of young minds. Kindergartens in Norway are specifically designed to prepare children for future studies. They are critical to ensuring that children in Norway gain a wide range of cognitive, emotional, and social abilities that will aid them in their future academic endeavours.

A smooth transition from kindergarten to higher education is also essential. To make this transition easier, Sandnes International School offers primary school for students ages 6 to 12 through the IB’s PYP (Primary Years Programme).

A international kindergarten student builds towers with blocks.

The Purpose and Goal of Early Childhood Education

Kindergarten education lays the groundwork for children to become curious and explore the world around them. That is why a well-structured curriculum is critical for gaining an early understanding of life. This critical stage builds a foundation for knowledge and curiosity.

Following a fulfilling and stimulating kindergarten education, children aged 6–12 can continue their primary years with SDIS, where they will be provided with a variety of engaging and instructive activities to expand their learning experience.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) at SDIS is designed for learners aged 6 to 12, with the goal of providing a smooth transition from early educational settings. It provides a strong, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary educational framework focused on building strong conceptual understanding. This initiative encourages students to ask questions, seek answers, and expand on their natural sense of wonder.

International Kindergartens: Fostering Future Global Leaders

Since SDIS is an international English-speaking school, we provide bilingual education with a focus on English. Yet we always provide the necessary support for our students who are not proficient yet. So, after their kindergarten education, our students always have the necessary means to be global leaders.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) adopted by SDIS is recognised internationally for its commitment to providing a contemporary educational framework. It is structured to equip young learners with the tools they need to navigate a rapidly evolving global landscape. As such, it strives to be a strong foundational programme that can help prepare children to meet the challenges of the future. PYP’s focus on developing adaptable and informed learners is reflective of its dedication to quality education and its responsiveness to the demands of the 21st century.

Colourful play dough, brown letters, and activity cards in a kindergarten classroom in Norway

The Right to Go to Kindergarten in Norway

Although kindergarten education is not mandatory in Norway, we believe it is essential to children’s early development. In Norway, every kid should have access to world-class kindergartens to gain information, explore talents, and develop traits that will benefit them in their later years.

SDIS is always ready to help with primary school education beyond kindergarten. With our Primary Years Programme, we make sure to encourage asking questions, having discussions, and being creative when taking care of different tasks. The PYP curriculum framework here starts with the thought that all our students are in charge of their learning process. With our Primary Years Programme, we make it our mission to promote curiosity, have meaningful communication, and foster creativity.

How Kindergarten Education Should Be

A safe and healthy learning environment should be the primary goal of any kindergarten or preschool. Kindergarten, as a child’s introduction to formal education, should prioritise creating an environment that minimises stress and fosters a sense of safety that allows every child to thrive.

Children grow, learn, and develop at their own pace. This means that kindergarten classes should reflect society as a whole, being microcosms of diversity. There is no such thing as a “typical” kindergartener who possesses universally typical characteristics. Some learn quickly, and some are a bit slower, but one thing is common: children thrive on success.

So, the main aspects we pay so much attention to in kindergarten education are:

  • Nurturing curiosity
  • Developing conceptual understanding across various disciplines
  • Using creative and critical-thinking skills
  • Listening to the perspectives of other children in the group
  • Promoting integrity, fairness, and justice
  • Appreciating and acknowledging other cultures
  • Showing empathy and respect
  • Reflecting on our strengths and weaknesses and learning how to use them in life
Colourful play dough, brown letters, and activity cards in a kindergarten classroom in Norway

The Role of Teachers in Kindergarten

We think it’s important for a kindergarten teacher to provide an environment where students may put what they learn into practice through an inquiry-based approach to education. Thus, kids will have the freedom to decide, take action, and reflect on any topic.

If children go through this procedure in kindergarten, they will acquire the necessary abilities of:

  • Problem-solving
  • Conflict resolution
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration


Why choose SDIS for primary school?

With our PYP, SDIS has an innovative approach to the development of each child. We want students to be inquirers, both in school and in the world that awaits them beyond. So, you can look forward to a transformative experience for each child, teacher, and the whole school community.

Which languages are used in SDIS?

SDIS is an English-speaking school. We always provide the required assistance to students who are not yet proficient. Of course, Norwegian is also used in SDIS.

How can I apply for SDIS?

You can apply through our website by completing the form. You can always visit our school and contact us for further information.