Cambridge Early Years

Cambridge Early Years is developed  in collaboration with trusted early years experts, so it reflects the very latest educational thinking.

Our approach is built around these key principles:


Children are  involved in their own learning through well-planned experiences that help them develop competence, agency, emotional attachment and self-worth.


Learning encourages a balance of physical, cognitive, language and communications, and social and emotional development.


Learning is age appropriate, play-based and child centred. It should include both child- and adult-led activities.


Early years education should help children transition successfully to primary school, moving from informal, play-based learning to teaching that is more formal.


The Cambridge Early Years curriculum:

  • follows a holistic approach that focuses on the whole child and connects their development with the world and people around them.
  • is built around four key areas of early childhood development:
  • Physical developmen
  • Cognitive development
  • Language and communication development

Social and emotional development

  • develops knowledge, understanding and skills through a spiral approach, by revisiting and engaging with topics and skills in more depth at each stage.
  • helps learners to meet internationally established milestones for early development. Although children develop at different rates, the curriculum provides a structure for teaching and learning that will help you to monitor and support each child’s progress.
  • supports a bilingual or multilingual approach for learners with a home language other than English, as well as those with different experiences of English
  • prepares learners to easily transition into Cambridge Primary, or the next stage in their education.
  • content is split into six curriculum areas to guide you and support progress.

Curriculum areas

Our six curriculum ares help you to guide and support progress across all areas of development.

Communication and literacy

Speaking, listening, reading and writing are crucial to children’s early development. Showing children the importance of language through fun activities and encouraging them to engage with a wide range of texts helps to ignite a lifelong curiosity for learning.

Creative expression

Creative expression allows children to communicate their ideas and develop their imagination through art and design, music, dance and drama. This important area brings together skills and cognitive processes from across the whole curriculum.


At an early age, it’s important to help children recognise how mathematics impacts everyday life. Through games and activities, we can introduce children to mathematical language, thinking and concepts that they will need when they start their primary education.

Physical development

Our curriculum encourages children to develop movement skills through play, helping them to develop positive attitudes towards exercise and laying the foundations for healthy, active lives.

Personal, social and emotional development

This area is central to children’s lives. It underpins their wellbeing and attainment in all other areas of their learning. This area helps them to develop social learning and friendships, regulate their emotional responses and respond to the needs of others, and develop self-esteem and confidence.

Understanding the world

This area of the curriculum encourages children’s natural curiosity as they explore the world around them. It lays foundations for a range of different subjects in primary education and beyond, including science, digital literacy, computing and humanities.


Information sheet containing basic information about enrollment and implementation of classes at the "Crnjanski" International School.

– Students aged 5 to 13 can enroll in the school, i.e. from the preschool program to the 8th grade of basic education prescribed by the Ministry of Education, i.e. students enrolled in the Cambridge Primary program from Reception Year to Year 7, Lower Secondary. It is recommended that enrollment in the International School Crnjanski is done from an early age, so that students can master the English language in a simpler way, and so that later on it is easier to follow all the teaching contents foreseen in the plan and program. Experiences have shown that students master languages more easily at earlier ages.

– Enrollment in the school for the next school year is done by June, exceptionally in the case of later registration, enrollment is done throughout the year, in accordance with the number of free places.

– The teaching day at the “Crnjanski” International School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. During the day, students have eight classes that take place according to the schools curriculum. During their stay at school, students are provided with two meals – breakfast and lunch. At the beginning of the year/when enrolling, parents receive a schedule of classes according to which classes are held throughout the year.

– Teaching at the school takes place in English and Serbian. Another foreign language taught at school is German. If the student comes from a foreign school, classes during the initial period are conducted in English, with the gradual introduction of the Serbian language, if the parent agrees that the student also learns the Serbian language. In accordance with the previous knowledge and readiness of the students, the German language is also introduced.

– Teaching at the school is carried out by highly educated licensed teachers, as well as English

language teachers with a Cambridge Assessment – International Education license.

– Our lecturers are trained to convey their knowledge in the best possible way during individual and group work. Lectures enable students to master the entire material in the best possible way through innovative work methods.

– Communication with parents at school takes place according to the schedule of consultations with teachers, which is available to parents on the school’s website. Teachers are also available to parents during the drop-o of children, every working day. They are there for all questions related to the subject matter they teach, as well as ongoing curricular and extracurricular activities, discipline issues, etc.

– When enrolling a student in school, parents get access to an electronic diary, in which notes are regularly kept about current material, grades and issues of importance for school life.

– Teaching and the schedule of student holidays at school take place according to the school work calendar published by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia before the beginning of the school year and which is valid for all schools in Serbia. The schedule is publicly announced and available to all parents.

– The school provides students with extracurricular content that is optional, in the form of sports sections and optional subjects, which the student chooses at the beginning of the school year/when enrolling.
– During the year, the school organizes trips and excursions, as well as summer camps in accordance with current activities and schedules.

– At the end of each completed semester/semester, the student receives a certificate of completed grade of the National Program (student card or certificate), as well as a certificate of completed semester/year of the Cambridge program (Report Card), with which they can continue

their further education in Serbia and abroad. After each completed year, students can continue their education unhindered in any school, if necessary.

– The parent can contact the institution via the telephone number +38162798799 or the email address and schedule a meeting, as well as a visit to the school.
– During the first contact with the school (via e-mail, telephone, arrival), the parent receives an application form, a non-binding document that he fills out and submits to the school. If the parent decides to enroll the child, they receive detailed instructions for the further procedure.

–  When enrolling a student, the parent signs a contract with the school.

–  The primary document on the basis of which enrollment is made is a certificate/diploma on the previously completed level of education of the child. If the child comes from a foreign school, it is necessary to submit a certified and translated diploma/certificate. Parents receive instructions from the school secretariat for all additional documentation that is necessary for enrolling students.

The price of school fees is publicly available to parents on the school’s website. You can find it through the following link:

– The tuition fee includes attending the regular school programs, textbooks that students need during the year for both programs, notebooks, backpack, school uniform, t-shirts for the needs of physical education classes, as well as school meals. Day trips are also included in the tuition fee.

– Pupils come to school in uniform and bring shoes that are used for the indoor space, as well as sneakers for the needs of physical education classes. Students need a pencil and art supplies (block, brushes, water colors, wooden paints and felt-tip pens). It is preferable that the student has a water bottle.