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IEYC Nursery - Kindergarten


The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) is an innovative research-based toolkit, recognising international best practice and the developmental needs of 2-5 year olds. The IEYC is a perfect tool for the transition phase, forging a seamless link between early and formal education.

The IEYC differs in structure to the IPC, most notably in its rolling programme of units. Children from Nursery through to Pre-K will explore the same themes at the same time, through age and ability based activities within each grade level. The programme of IEYC units will change on a yearly basis across all IEYC classes, on a three year turn around.

The IEYC Learning Strands

The IEYC has a set of four Learning Strands that underpin all learning and development.

Each of the four Learning Strands describes what children will experience and learn about through contextualised activities woven into IEYC units of learning.

Each IEYC unit of learning has been carefully designed around a central theme, holistically linking all four Learning Strands to relevant and engaging activities that can be adapted and extended to meet individual needs.

The Four IEYC Learning Strands

IEYC Learning Strand 1: Independence and Interdependence

This strand focuses on developing personal, social and emotional development. The strand links to the IEYC Personal Goals and the IEYC International Dimension.

The Eight IEYC Personal Goals

Through the IEYC, children have learning experiences that help them develop personal qualities of:

■ Enquiry

■ Adaptability

■ Resilience

■ Morality

■ Communication

■ Thoughtfulness

■ Cooperation

■ Respect

The IEYC International Dimension

Through IEYC learning activities, children engage in experiences that enable them to:

▪   Develop knowledge and an increasing understanding beyond that related to their own nationality and identity 

▪   Develop knowledge and an increasing understanding of the independence and interdependence of people, countries and cultures 

IEYC Learning Strand 2: Communicating

This strand focuses on developing a broad range of communication skills including language development, early literacy, early mathematics, ICT and computing, expressive arts and creativity. 

IEYC Learning Strand 3: Enquiring

This strand focuses on developing the skills of enquiry through exploring people and the world.

IEYC Learning Strand 4: Healthy Living and Physical Well-Being

This strands focuses on developing a positive attitude to health, self-care and physical activity.


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