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 and the developmental needs of 2-5 year olds. It offers global best practice and is designed for developmental needs of 2 to 5 year old children. It allows capturing children´s natural curiosity and within enabling environment, it balances both, children initiated and teachers’ scaffolded provision.
The IEYC is designed around eight learning principles, that we consider 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.
The IEYC is built around four Learning Strands that underpin all learning and development:
- Independence and Interdependence
- Healthy living and physical well-being
Each unit of learning links all four of these Learning Strands to relevant and engaging activities that can be adapted and extended to meet individual needs.
Unit of Learning
There are currently 18 IEYC units available with more being developed and released to our members schools. Units currently include topics such as: To The Rescue!, This is Me, The Brilliant Bug Ball, Weather Wonders, Dinosaur Detectives, Ocean Treasure, Once Upon a Time and Animal Rescuers.
The units are based around exciting themes aimed to capture children’s natural curiosity.
At this early stage of development, observation and interactions are the best way to make assessments, which should be continuous and should involve both the child and their parents.
Learning journals provide an ideal format for capturing observations throughout a child’s learning journey. They also allow the learning and reflections to be opened up to the child and their parents. Any evaluation and reflection should be unique to the child, resulting in individually tailored next steps for their development.