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Early Childhood Education (ECE)

 

Our Early Years program is grounded in early childhood best practices of holistic, authentic learning. That means our teachers are helping our littlest scholars grow and develop their bodies, minds, emotions, language, and social skills. These are supported by our Australian curriculum standards of Being, Belonging, and Becoming within a PYP framework.

IB Early Years PYP offers a student-led learning environment that is engaging for students because they are more involved in their learning experience. When students’ curiosity drives them, their creativity is amplified, and they start to think in different ways to solve problems and develop their understanding of various topics.

Playful exploration is an essential element of the Early Years program as it frees the student’s mind to explore the world around them more thoroughly. This journey of the learner is well documented and helps them to expand their knowledge and understand specific topics and subjects.

Key components to ECE success are:

  • Flexible time frames and routines according to the student’s needs.
  • Co-constructed play between teachers and students.
  • Pertinent learning moments for the whole group.
  • Learning spaces with play and choice as the central features of everyday learning.
  • Promote high levels of independence through learning spaces, offering access to materials to give students more opportunities.
  • Flexible unit of inquiry, centering on the significant concept in the lives of young students.
  • Play, modeling behaviors, language, and music to develop self-regulation.

Our Team

Simay Bastedo

Simay Bastedo

Titles: Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Natalia Bohorquez

Natalia Bohorquez

Titles: Early Years Teacher
Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen

Titles: Lower School Mandarin Language Teacher
Maria Dutari

Maria Dutari

Titles: Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Nina Grizzle

Nina Grizzle

Titles: Early Years Teacher
Jasmine Huang

Jasmine Huang

Titles: Lower School Mandarin Co-Teacher
Emma John

Emma John

Titles: Early Years Teacher
Avital Kaplan

Avital Kaplan

Titles: Kindergarten Teacher
Ria Marais

Ria Marais

Titles: Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Ana Maria Molina

Ana Maria Molina

Titles: ECE Rhythm and Movement Teacher
Max Pellant

Max Pellant

Titles: Kindergarten Teacher
Carolina Perdomo

Carolina Perdomo

Titles: Early Years Teacher
Canny Shi

Canny Shi

Titles: Lower School Learning Support Specialist
Veronica Simova

Veronica Simova

Titles: Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Sunny Sun

Sunny Sun

Titles: Lower School Mandarin Co-Teacher
Becky Tan

Becky Tan

Titles: Lower School Mandarin Co-Teacher
Alice Van Der Westhuizen

Alice Van Der Westhuizen

Titles: Kindergarten Teacher
Maggie Xie

Maggie Xie

Titles: Lower School Mandarin Co-Teacher
Kiomi Yeoman

Kiomi Yeoman

Titles: Kindergarten Teacher
Audrey Yu

Audrey Yu

Titles: Lower School Mandarin Co-Teacher
Zoey Yu

Zoey Yu

Titles: Lower School Mandarin Co-Teacher
Avery Zhang

Avery Zhang

Titles: Lower School Mandarin Co-Teacher
Ivy Zhang

Ivy Zhang

Titles: ECE Co-Librarian