IEYC - International Early Years Curriculum
At JFK Play School our activities are planned around the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) which has been specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children. It supports key areas of learning through age-appropriate, play-based activities. The IEYC believes that: “learning happens when teacher-scaffolded and child initiated experiences are harnessed by children’s natural curiosity”.
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:
1 Independence and interdependence
4 Healthy living and physical wellbeing
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.