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.
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.
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
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.
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.