In partnership with Fieldwork Education, we are delighted to introduce the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) which launched in 2016 (IEYC is for children aged 2–5 years old).
It is used by over 140 nurseries and early year settings, in 47 countries worldwide. We are 1 of only 3 schools in the country and the first school in Mindanao offering this curriculum.
The IEYC is available to all nursery and early years settings and requires no formal pre-qualifications to be implemented. The curriculum is a perfect gateway to education for our youngest learners.
It is designed around eight learning principles that we consider essential to children’s learning and development.
The IEYC is flexible and works alongside your national curriculum whilst offering the structure required to suit all teachers. The flexibility of the IEYC makes it a vital addition to our curriculum, to facilitate the best possible learning at the youngest and most crucial age.
Our unique process of learning shifts the focus from measuring outcomes to driving children’s learning and development. As a school, we are driven to maximise the greatest learning and development possible. We recognize that children are individuals and learn in different ways and at different speeds, our small class sizes (10 max per class in Prekindergarten level mean we can focus on the individual child rather than a tick box approach to achieving outcomes.
There are eight learning units available based on exciting themes which capture children’s natural curiosity. The units available are carefully selected and created to utilise children’s natural curiosity and wonder about the world as a means of ensuring activities in the school are exciting, rewarding and purposeful.
It is an ideal tool for the transition phase between early and formal education and can be extended to include older children in settings and countries where early years’ education goes beyond the age of 5.
The IEYC covers all the aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage provision, including learning goals and developmental stages. The curriculum builds on our existing early years experience and always keeps the child as the central focus. Being exposed to different learning themes and environments stimulates the child to have a positive attitude towards learning and to maximise their potential during formative years.
Assessment is done using observation and interactions by teachers, children and parents/carers to achieve a holistic view of a child’s development, recorded in learning journals. This is a continual process to measure where children are at particular points and what measures must be put in place to facilitate greater learning and support each child in their exciting learning journeys.
The IEYC supports key areas of learning through play-based approaches and holistic enquiry. It covers all areas of the curriculum, including personal, social and emotional development. The child is always at the centre of the learning process and a unique process of learning takes place. placing the emphasis on children’s learning and development rather than simply measuring outcomes as in some more traditional curriculums of the past.
The IEYC is a flexible curriculum and can be easily adjusted to the national context in which it operates, working alongside our DepEd accredited curriculum in the Philippines and our US Minnesota State Curriculum (NACEL) to provide a truly international, dynamic and invigorating learning experience.
NISS provides high quality American-internationalized education to other countries, preparing students of all ages for success in an ever-increasing global community.
NISS guides students to achieving professional success globally, becoming leaders with broad perspectives, having certitude to themselves and to others. NISS believes that students must be highly encouraged to become culturally literate and competent problem solvers by emphasizing the development of critical thinking skills and intercultural learning in the curriculum.