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International Early Years

Curriculum

Introducing the International Early Year Curriculum (IEYC)

The IEYC launched in 2016, and is our International Early Years Curriculum for children aged 2–5 years old. It is used by over 140 nurseries and early year settings, in 47 countries worldwide.

2–5
years old
140
nurseries and early year settings
47
countries worldwide

Improving learning in early years settings was part of our International Primary Curriculum for over 15 years. However, informed by new research, and feedback from member schools, it was clear that a new curriculum was needed to meet the needs of children at this crucial stage of their development. That was why we developed the IEYC.

The IEYC uses international best practices, holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.

Why Choose the IEYC?

  • The IEYC is available to all nursery and early years settings and requires no formal pre-qualifications to be implemented
  • 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
  • Our unique process of learning shifts the focus from measuring outcomes to driving children’s learning and development
  • There are eight learning units available based around exciting themes which capture children’s natural curiosity
  • 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
  • Assessment is done using observation and interactions by teachers, children and parents/carers to achieve a holistic view on a child’s development, recorded in learning journals
Find out more about the IEYC
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Accredited Schools

All IEYC nurseries and early years settings can work towards becoming IEYC accredited by using the self-review process. The self-review process also provides a useful framework tool for implementing the IEYC and improving learning in general.

Become an IEYC School
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Request more information about the IEYC

Although children’s interests have always been part of our approach to learning, the IEYC makes it very explicit that Capturing Curiosity should be central to how themes are developed. We have responded to this by creating ‘learning spaces’ where children can develop their own ideas and interest - this helps ensure that enquiry-based learning can take place every day.

Tricia Hagan,
Nursery Coordinator, Sakhalin International School, Russia

Meet the Head of IEYC

Verity Welch is the Head of IEYC

Verity joined Fieldwork in 2017 as Head of the International Early Years Curriculum and is responsible for it's development worldwide.

Prior to this she has had an extensive career in Early Years Education. During her career she’s worked both nationally and internationally for a range of local authorities and organisations. Formally an Education Consultant and Trainer, she also worked as a Teacher, Early Years Leader, SENCO, Deputy Head and Headteacher.

She is passionate about the IEYC and embraces the challenge to support schools and practitioners in extending children’s play and development.

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