Our Vision and Values

Little Universe School is one of the only total immersion, dual language primary schools in the Netherlands. We have created our own unique curriculum using the Dutch national curriculum and the UK national curriculum, both of which are then linked closely with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This well-rounded curriculum means that the children are completely immersed in English and Dutch throughout every school day.

In our approach to teaching and learning, we draw heavily on the Montessori philosophy (although we are not officially a Montessori school). Our classrooms are designed to encourage all our students to be independent and to move at their own pace as much as possible. In this space we try to encourage a love of learning in each child and a curiosity about the world around them that we hope will last for the rest of their lives.

We want our classrooms to be a reflection of the global environment that exists within the Amsterdam community. We believe that children learn best when they are given opportunities for success through interaction with their peers and the adults around them. We strive to promote a sense of community through mixed-age groups in each classroom, where children work, play and eat meals together.

We believe that children should be respected as individuals and allowed to cultivate their innate desire to learn. Our goal is to provide the highest quality dual-language education within a global setting, which prepares your child for life beyond the primary classroom.

In each classroom there are two fully qualified teachers, one Dutch and one English. Both teachers are native speakers of their language of instruction. Class sizes are capped at 18 children per class.