Your child will learn naturally through play and Timmy’s stories

Introducing English to your child between the ages of three and five allows them to learn the language when it comes to them most naturally.

The British Council’s early years specialists have designed the programme Learning Time with Timmy to be fun and engaging for your child. Our approach to learning nurtures your child’s creativity, critical thinking and social skills as they learn English. It boosts their self-confidence and helps them develop communication skills and good pronunciation. Find out more about how we teach.

We have partnered with Aardman animation studios because the stories of their world-famous character Timmy, star of Timmy Time enable your child to learn new words in context. Timmy and his friends will capture your child’s imagination. This connection deepens their engagement in the learning process.

Your child will also have access to the English Learning Hub where you can support your child to complete some online activities to consolidate their learning at home.

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What will my child learn aged 3-4 years?

 In this course stage your child will: 

  • listen to stories in English with increasing attention and recall
  • begin to be aware of the way stories are structured
  • identify main story settings, events and principal characters
  • explore the meaning and sounds of new words in English
  • join in with songs and nursery rhymes in English
  • enjoy rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories
  • hear and say the initial sound in words in English
  • begin to describe the texture of things
  • respond to simple instructions in English
  • sometimes give meaning to marks as they draw and paint
  • use some number names and number language spontaneously
  • begin to represent numbers, using fingers, marks on paper or pictures
  • enjoy joining in with dancing and ring games. 

What will my child learn aged 4-5 years?

In this course stage your child will:

  • join in with repeated refrains in songs and stories
  • be able to follow a story with pictures or props
  • be aware of the way stories are structured
  • listen to stories with increasing attention and recall and anticipate key events
  • extend vocabulary by grouping and naming objects
  • say the alphabet
  • begin to talk about size of everyday objects, e.g. 'big' and 'small'
  • give meaning to the marks they make as they draw, write and paint
  • use three fingers (tripod grip) to hold writing tools
  • understand and use some positional language
  • look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
  •  recognise and recite numbers in order to 15 and use some number names accurately in play
  •  count and record using marks they can interpret and explain.

What will my child learn aged 5-6 years?

In this course stage your child will: 

  • identify and describe main story settings, events and principal characters, and suggest how a story might end
  • imitate a familiar story
  • represent a changed story through chosen form of expression e.g. art, drama, dance/movement, information technology or writing
  • invent a new story and represent it through desired expression
  • extend vocabulary by grouping and naming objects
  • order and sequence familiar events in stories and/or familiar steps in an everyday task
  • be aware of own feelings and describe some of them
  • describe self, identify abilities, and express preferences and opinions
  • recreate roles and experiences in play situations
  • link sounds to letters, begin to segment sounds in simple words and blend them together to read
  • say the number that is one more than a given number and recognise the numerals 1-20
  • find the total number of items in two or three groups, by counting all of them, and record using marks they can interpret and explain
  • use a pencil effectively to form recognisable letters and attempt to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.

Payment conditions and options

We have the following payment options :

  • pay with up to 2 instalments, by bank transfer (see conditions with our customer services team) 
  • pay by cheque (first cheque of €745 be paid at registration, second cheque for €495 to be paid by 5 February) 
  • pay by credit card, cheque, bank transfer, or cash. Not exceeding €1000 in cash, to comply with government directive. 

The total price for a 2-hour weekly English class for secondaries is €1,240 from early November 2023. 

Course dates and fee