Our Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center (ECC) is a Campus for 3-6 year olds. Situated only a 5 minute walk from our Main Campus, this relatively new facility is a special learning environment for our youngest ASH students.

Our Early Childhood Center (ECC) offers a child-centered, developmentally appropriate, inquiry-based Preschool (PS), Transition Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten (KG) and First Grade (G1) program. Children are taught in purpose-built classrooms that were thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of young children. Rich programs for library, art, music, computer, science and Dutch along with an indoor multi-purpose area designed for physical education and extra-curricular activities complement daily classroom instruction.
“As passionate educators of young children, we don’t just want to think of the ordinary; we want to create the extraordinary. That’s what our young children do everyday.”
- ASH Early Childhood Team
Imaginative Architecture

The design for the Early Childhood Center incorporates two main buildings, the current farmhouse and a new building, which reflect the farmhouse style of “Ter Weer”. The facility holds 12 classrooms, a sports complex and an atrium, which functions as a multipurpose space.

The layout of the buildings and grounds are in real farmstead style. The entry to the Farmstead is approached directly by way of the Deijlerweg where you arrive at a glass atrium, the heart of the school, connecting the restored farmhouse and the new, barn-style classroom section. Age appropriate play areas dot the grounds. Designed to be environmentally natural, these play areas, from a vegetable garden to a climbing tree to a natural irrigation canal, are additional learning environments. The use of hedges, wooden fences and other natural materials or elements as boundaries make the site fit well into the neighborhood.
The vision: to create a joyful, mindful and environmentally sustainable learning environment for these young students.

Learning Amongst Nature

The Early Childhood Center provides classrooms for young students ages 3 to 6. The farmhouse holds the arts center, cafeteria and administration, with the classrooms located in the new extension. Designed to showcase the presence of the historic farmhouse, the classroom section is partially underground. These daylight classrooms open on to green slopes leading up to outdoor play areas. Safety features for the playground are integrated into the landscaping to maintain the aesthetic character of the Center, avoiding the need for high fences.

Special Features: A Sustainable Learning Environment
The Early Childhood Center is designed as an eco-friendly learning facility. The objective is, not only to create an environmentally friendly facility but to ensure that all of the spaces, internal and external, can be used as part of the education program. Creating an awareness of our environment amongst these young students is an essential element of the project.
Some of the sustainability measures implemented include:
• improved insulation
• an active lighting plan
• heat pumps
• floor heating and ceiling cooling
• photovoltaic panels
• a ground water spring and ground water indicator
• the use of recycled materials
• the use of recycled wood in the substructure
Our aim is to ensure that we reduce heat loss, reduce our use of electricity and gas and produce some of our own energy for the running of the facility. Each sustainable measure implemented is visible and accessible for students so that they can learn, in very hands on way, what sustainability is all about. Where possible, we also incorporate sustainable energy elements into their play areas.
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