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International Early Years Curriculum

Introducing the International Early Year Curriculum (IEYC)

The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) is a child-centred and research informed curriculum for 2-5+ year olds. The IEYC recognises best practice and the developmental needs of early years education and enables teachers/practitioners to embrace the interconnected nature of learning.

Emphasising playful, holistic and child-focused approaches to learning and development, it provides a contemporary perspective that empowers teachers as they help children learn effectively and with enjoyment.

Why choose the IEYC?

Available to all nursery and early years settings and requires no formal pre-qualifications to be implemented

Flexible and works alongside your national curriculum whilst offering the structure required to suit all teachers

Designed around eight learning principles that we consider essential to children’s learning and development

Our unique process of learning shifts the focus from measuring outcomes to driving children’s learning and development

18+ learning units available based around exciting themes which capture children’s natural curiosity

Ideal 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

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Learning Strands

The IEYC is built around four Learning Strands that underpin all learning and development:

Independence and interdependence
Healthy living and physical wellbeing

Capturing Curiosity

In the IEYC, children and teachers collaborate to co-create meaningful experiences that build upon and make links to previous learning and development. Watch more here.

Capturing Curiosity

Units of Learning

All 21 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.

Units Of Learning

Reflective Practices for Improving Learning

Reflective Practices for Improving Learning consists of three key actions – Capturing, Interpreting and Responding. These enable IEYC practitioners to incrementally assess a child's progress.

Reflective Practices

Curriculum in action

Hear from the leaders and teachers at early years settings successfully implementing the IEYC.

North Zealand International School, Denmark


Stand out with Accreditation

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Accreditation of the IEYC is delivered by the International Curriculum Association (ICA), a body established by Fieldwork Education to drive forward our commitment to quality and improving learning.

The ICA champions quality of learning in schools implementing an international curriculum, supporting and guiding you to unlock the potential in your school.

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