The journey of learning and discovery should be joyful, with the children making meaning of all their new discoveries and experiences.
To this end, Early Years @ Healthy Planet has chosen the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) as its programme of teaching. This curriculum uses international best practices, holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all areas of the curriculum including personal, social and emotional development.
The IEYC has eight Learning Principles, each considered essential to children's learning and development.
IEYC Personal Goals
Through a diverse range of exciting and engaging units of learning, for example, 'This is Me', 'The Toy Shop', 'The World Around Us', 'Ocean Treasures' and 'Blast Off!', your children will develop their knowledge, skills and an increasing understanding of the world around them.
The IEYC Personal Goals – essential for life and learning in the 21st century:
Thoughtfulness and Cooperation
Free Play and Structured/Guided Play are integral to the curriculum and an essential component of the children's daily routine at Early Years @ Healthy Planet. Research has proved that play has the following benefits for children including:
promoting personal, social and emotional development.
encouraging cognitive development and a child's ability to solve problems.
supporting children's physical development.
enhancing language and understanding of cultures.
helping build cooperative skills.
helping develop critical thinking skills.
offering opportunities for children to follow specific directions.
Play is essential for the development of children.
Don't be surprised if your children have too much fun at school!
The literacy programme at Early Years @ Healthy Planet is a play-based, multi-sensory approach to learning language and communication. In conjunction with the IEYC, language learning is supported by two very strong phonics programmes:
Letters and Sounds in Play Group and Pre-Nursery
Jolly Phonics in Nursery and Kindergarten
The Letters and Sounds programme is for children to experience regular, planned opportunities to listen carefully and talk extensively about what they hear, see and do in order to help children gain phonological awareness and the skills of oral blending and segmenting.
Jolly Phonics is based on the proven, fun and multi-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age. Through this approach, children are taught letter 42 sounds used to decode the English language. Children use these sounds and the skills of blending and segmenting to begin reading and writing fluently.
Along with the phonics programmes, language learning is supported by a strong Reading Programme in collaboration with One Up Library and Learning Lab. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest and fill their listening brain through a daily Read-Aloud session in class, which has research-proven benefits for enhancing literacy.
Jolly Phonics is a UK based, fun, multi-sensory way to learn reading and writing.
It is important that children are physically fit and healthy so that they come to school regularly and their minds are alert and ready to learn. Keeping this basic principle in mind, Early Years @ Healthy Planet has a daily program for physical development and fitness for all children. There is a two-pronged purpose for this:
At this stage, children need to run, jump and play to learn skills of motor coordination, balance, body control etc. They also need to learn eye-hand coordination and finger movements since these skills help in holding a pencil appropriately and improving writing.
Secondly, children try various exercise forms such as basic pilates, yoga, simple breathing activities to ensure that they are receiving the requisite exercise needed for them. This is extremely crucial in a world where young children are increasingly leading sedentary lives and phones, tablets and malls have become the sole means of recreation.
The icing on the cake is that all such exercises and activities are linked to the unit they are studying as well as to numeracy and literacy. So children jump and revise counting, stretch and recap names of body parts etc. No activity seems a chore, no exercise seems too strenuous.
Trips and visits are integral to your children's learning experience at Early Years @ Healthy Planet. These include trips to the Planetarium in Delhi, an aquarium, the Zoo and the Waste to Wonders park and other locations related to contextual learning. All these help create immersive learning experiences for children as they help children see that learning is not only limited to the walls of their classroom and school.
A healthy mind resides in a healthy body.
Transition to Primary
The Head of Early Years works closely with the Head of the Primary Wing to promote continuity of teaching and learning and to ensure the transition to class 1 is coherent and continuous, building on knowledge, skills and understanding, remembering the developmental stage of each young learner.
We look forward to sharing an exciting learning journey with you and your children as they progress through the Early Years of Learning and beyond at Nehru World School, ultimately preparing them to face an unknown world ahead of them with confidence and success.
We believe that the IEYC is a perfect tool for the transition phase, forging a seamless link between early and formal education. Upon completion of Early Years @ Healthy Planet, our young learners may progress to Grade 1 CBSE Curriculum or C1 Cambridge Curriculum. Full details of these options will be shared with parents in August of the Kindergarten year, prior to moving to the Primary School in the following March/April.
The IEYC Learning process
The IEYC units of learning have been developed to support the ways in which children learn best in Early Years.
The Entry Point launches the new IEYC unit and is planned to enable children to explore new experiences in exciting and memorable ways.
Capturing Curiosity is achieved when teachers are aware of what children are curious to learn and then the unit is adapted to enhance such opportunities.
To Enable the Environment involves planning and developing relevant outdoor and indoor learning spaces to create a positive climate for enquiry and learning to take place.
The Big Picture provides the children with an overview of each unit of learning. It prepares children for new learning, while at the same time helping to establish connections with previous learning.
Explore and Express aims to provide the children with opportunities to engage in activities that are holistically designed around the Learning Strands.
The Exit Point at the end of each unit provides opportunities for children to reflect, share and celebrate what they have learnt.
The Importance of Play
At Healthy Planet, we recognise the importance of play and consider it “… essential to development as it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children." (Ginsburg, 2013). There is adequate research to support the benefits of play – free and guided - in early childhood environments. Keeping this in mind, Free Play and Structured/Guided Play are incorporated into the Healthy Planet curriculum and is an essential component of the children’s daily routine.
Research has proved that play has the following benefits for children. It
promotes personal, social and emotional development.
encourages cognitive development and a child’s ability to solve problems.
supports children’s physical development.
enhances language and understanding of cultures.
helps build cooperative and collaborative skills.
helps develop critical thinking skills.
offers an opportunity for children to follow specific directions.
Play, therefore, forms an important part of our teaching and learning practice at Healthy Planet.
The Numicon programme forms the foundation of Numeracy at Early Years @ Healthy Planet. A comprehensive, multi-sensory approach to mathematical learning created by Oxford University Press, UK, Numicon facilitates children's understanding and enjoyment of Mathematics by using structured imagery that plays to children's strong sense of pattern through research-based, multisensory teaching activities.
A proven approach for teaching and learning Mathematics, through an active investigation with problem-solving at its heart and supported by structured apparatus, children reason and communicate mathematically with confidence.
Numicon activities and materials are designed to help children explore relationships between quantities through tangible manipulative material. Structured materials like Numicon shapes, number rods and number lines enable children to experience mathematical concepts physically and visually. The rich visual and physical stimuli support children's mathematics learning as they explore what they notice and find around them every day. Integrating Mathematics into physical play, dramatic play, messy play, sand play, circle time, transitions, art and music help children strengthen their understanding of numbers, shapes and quantities.
Numicon builds deep understanding and engagement in numeracy from an early age.
Our Learning Journey
Assessment is based on observation of the children and goes on throughout the year, covering all aspects of their learning. Each child will have an online learning journal, Tapestry, which is a record of learning, development and progress. This would include teachers' comments, anecdotes and photographs and maybe videos.
Your children's learning will be closely observed and monitored to ensure that they make good progress in relation to their individual starting points. Individualised and topic-based activities may be planned to support them in achieving their next learning steps.
Parents are also able to add their own comments, share examples of their children’s learning as well as photographs and videos.
An app and browser version of Tapestry are available. For further information, see www.tapestryjournal.com