The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) uses international best practices, holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.
It is flexible and works alongside Early Years / Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, including the early learning goals and developmental stages. IEYC learning units are based around exciting themes that capture children’s natural curiosity.
It is designed around eight learning principles essential to children’s learning and development:
- The earliest years of life are important in their own right.
- Children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace.
- Play is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development.
- Learning happens when developmentally appropriate, teacher-scaffolded and child initiated experiences harness children’s natural curiosity in an enabling environment.
- Independent and interdependent learning experiences create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international mindedness.
- Knowledge and skills development lead to an increasing sense of understanding when children are provided with opportunities to explore and express their ideas in multiple ways.
- Ongoing assessment, in the form of evaluation and reflection, is effective when it involves a learning-link with the home.
- Learning should be motivating, engaging and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish.
Assessment is carried out through observation and interactions by teachers, children and parents/carers. These are recorded in learning journals (hard copy or online) to achieve a holistic view on a child’s development Intention