Why Small Class Sizes Matter

Class size is important to consider when planning an early years education for your child. Research has consistently shown that a smaller class size helps children engage better with learning materials and develop a more robust foundation of academic and social skills.

Noddy by Elizabeth is one such school in Bangkok that places great importance on maintaining smaller class sizes to provide each child with individualised attention and instruction. Nursery & Kindergarten classes (18 months to 3 years old) have a maximum capacity of 12 students. Kindergarten 1 and 2, and Year 1 (ages 3 to 6), are capped at 15 students. By prioritising small class sizes, Noddy by Elizabeth provides a high-quality early years education that prepares children for success in their future academic and personal lives. 

The Benefits of Small Class Sizes

Smaller class sizes in early years education can have several benefits for children. Here are a few of the most important ones:

Individualised attention: Our teachers can give each child the attention they need and identify and support their strengths and weaknesses. This personalised attention can help children feel more valued and supported and improve their academic and social development.

Better engagement: With fewer students, children have more opportunities to participate in class discussions and activities. They feel safe and more confident to raise their hand and ask questions. They can also receive more immediate feedback and guidance from their teacher, which can help them stay motivated and engaged.

Improved academic performance: Studies have consistently shown that children in smaller classes tend to perform better academically. They have better grades, are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college, scoring higher on standardised tests.

Stronger social skills: At Noddy by Elizabeth, we design our curriculum to build resilience for when children are older so they can become active members of society. This is achieved through our safe, positive and interactive environment. With smaller classes, we can provide children with more opportunities to interact with their peers and to develop social skills such as communication, cooperation, and empathy. This can help children feel more confident and comfortable and, in turn, improve relationships with their peers translating to future positive behaviour in social settings. 

Personalised instruction: In their early years children are very active and inquisitive. In a large and diverse classroom, it becomes difficult for a teacher to engage all pupils fully. No one child is alike – keeping that in mind, our smaller class sizes enable our teachers to tailor education for each child and their specific needs. At Noddy Playground, we identify extra learning needs so that all children are given the opportunity to learn at an equal pace. 

Quality teaching: Our teachers are carefully chosen for their excellent track records; but, of course, there are always numerous administrative and classroom duties for them to tend to, such as lesson planning, class activities, and grading, among others. We like to keep our class sizes small so that our teachers feel satisfied with their workload within and beyond the classroom and can focus on the most important thing – your child. 

Overall, much research has shown that students in smaller classes generally perform better in all subjects when compared to their peers in larger classrooms.

At Noddy by Elizabeth in Bangkok, we understand the importance of small class sizes for young learners and provide a safe and stimulating learning environment with experienced and caring staff. Our British curriculum-based programme is designed to be age-appropriate, engaging and fun, giving your child the perfect opportunity to explore, develop and grow. 

We take great care to ensure that the learning environment is conducive to developing creativity, problem-solving, and communication skills. Additionally, our wide range of extracurricular activities, such as sports and art, helps your child to hone social, physical and emotional skills. Located conveniently near to central Bangkok, we provide a secure, exciting, family-like atmosphere in which your child will thrive.

We look forward to welcoming you and your little one to Noddy by Elizabeth!