The International Early Years Curriculum
The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC)

Overseas Family School (Kindergarten) offers the International Early Years Curriculum to students in Pre-K1, Pre-K2, K1 and K2.

The International Early Years Curriculum at Overseas Family School is a research-based curriculum recognising global best practice in early childhood education and the developmental needs of students 2-5 years old. It supports key areas of learning through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.

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Process of Learning
Guiding Principles

We have developed IEYC Units of Learning that will spark children's imaginations, based on the eight guiding principles of the International Early Years Curriculum:

  • 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

Language Arts

The Kindergarten Language program aims to develop a child's communication skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our goal is for children to develop confidence in their abilities as effective communicators in the English language. Kindergarten children develop their speaking and listening skills during daily conversations, games and group activities. They are also exposed to a wide variety of quality literature. Children develop an awareness of the letter-sound relationship through the Jolly Phonics program and the print-rich environment enables children to recognise their own name and familiar words. Shared reading and guided reading experiences teach the children to use reading strategies as they develop the confidence to begin reading independently. There is a strong emphasis on the development of comprehension strategies. The children participate in many activities to strengthen their fine motor control are encouraged to write for authentic purposes.


The hands-on approach to Mathematics in Kindergarten allows the children to investigate and explore new concepts with manipulatives so they will become mathematical thinkers and problem-solvers. Emphasis is on developing a greater depth of understanding through hands-on experiences, investigating and exploring the mathematical manipulatives and their properties and working cooperatively with peers to solve mathematical problems through exploration. The mathematical strands introduced are Data Handling, Measurement, Shape and Space, Pattern and Function, and Number.

IEYC Units of Learning

The IEYC Units of Learning supports key areas of learning through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.

IEYC Units of Learning focus on a process of learning rather than relying solely on learning outcomes to drive a child's development. This process of learning captures children’s natural curiosity as a starting point and balances child-initiated and teacher-scaffolded provision within an enabling environment.


Art is an integral part of daily activities in the Kindergarten. The children are provided with a variety of art and craft materials and are encouraged to experiment independently.


The Cooking program teaches children to listen and follow directions as they measure and mix ingredients, learn basic cooking terms, use kitchen equipment and prepare delicious snacks.


The Music program teaches the basic elements of music in an enjoyable way. Children are exposed to many different types of music so they develop an appreciation for a variety of musical styles. The hands-on music sessions promote personal enjoyment, participation and interaction.

Information Communication and Technology (ICT)/Coding

The ICT program introduces the children to the wonderful world of computers. This program is designed especially for our Kindergarten children and is catered specifically to their needs through exposing them to CD ROMs, the internet, computer art and the keyboard. The aim of this program is for children to become familiar with the basic parts of a computer, to use the mouse with developing confidence and independence and to interact with a wide range of appropriate educational software.

Coding develops creativity, curiosity, persistence, critical thinking, foresight and logic. Logo's "MicroWorlds JR TM" has been chosen as the tool to develop coding skills for K2 children.

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Weekly visits to the Library help develop responsibility, independence and a love for books. The world of literature comes alive as children listen to stories, interact with puppets, retell felt board stories and select a favourite book to take home.

Physical Education (PE)

The PE program promotes the development of gross motor skills and co-ordination through the strands of manipulation activities, locomotor skills, body management and simple games and adventure challenges.


The Swimming classes encourage children to have fun in the pool as they develop an awareness of water-safe behaviour. Children also learn how to breathe properly, submerge, glide and float on their front and back.

Mother Tongue

The Mother Tongue program at Overseas Family School aims to maintain and develop students' mother tongue within the school curriculum. Mother Tongue classes are offered in 14 different languages. Included are the four strands of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

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Foreign Language

Foreign Language lessons in Kindergarten are carefully planned to integrate with what the children are learning in class. From Pre-K2, the children have the option to choose Mandarin, Hindi or Intensive English. The main focus is on developing the children’s listening and speaking skills.


Through structured learning of Chess, K2 children learn to think strategically. This strategic thinking enhances student learning across all academic areas.

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