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The ECE program (N-Grade 1) is specifically designed to provide inquiry-based learning in core subjects.  It was created specifically to provide opportunities for learning while also engaging, stimulating, and nurturing our students.  The classroom layouts allow for social interaction, independent choice activities, and a variety of creative and visual activities. 


Early Childhood Education (Nursery – Grade 1)


The early childhood academic program includes English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Mandarin, Physical Education, Music and Art at all grade levels at all campuses.  Technology, such as computer applications, is an integrated tool for learning and production.   

Nursery – Prekindergarten learning environments and learning opportunities are designed to capitalize on the children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to engage with the world around them. Learning opportunities target development of oral language in both English and Mandarin, gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, scientific exploration, and mathematics underpinnings. Music, arts and crafts, physical education and Mandarin are integrated parts of the program.  Student growth and development is assessed as they engage in multi-sensory play and transdisciplinary exploration. By the end of Prekindergarten students are acclimated to the school setting and to learning in a group environment.

The better the beginning the stronger the finish.

At Ivy International School we consider early childhood to be the important first steps of each child's educational journey. This time is marked by a child's rapid brain development and unbridled enthusiasm for experiencing new things and mastering new skills. At IIS your children in Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 joyfully learn because teaching and learning is done using a purposefully implemented curriculum based on play. Our curriculum supports your child’s cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development. These three elements form what educators call the whole child. Developing the whole child is what IIS does best.

The classroom and outside environments are often called the third teacher. They are purposefully created to support the development of:

Large and small motor skills

Increased language and knowledge of in math, science, reading and writing


Behaviors - self-regulation and social interaction
Increased awareness of family, community and the larger world
Creative expression - art, dance, drama and music

Teachers develop lessons using an individualized approach. Individualization is achieved through on-going observations and assessments of each child, and the results used to plan ever increasing complex experiences. A close eye is kept on the skills and concepts that will help to optimize each child’s potential and build the foundations required for the next step in their educational journey.

Click on the links below to find more in-depth information on the whole-child and other important program information.