The IEYC is designed around eight learning principles, that we consider essential to children’s learning and development.
1. The earliest years of life are important in their own right.
2. Children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace.
3. Play is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development.
4. Learning happens when developmentally-appropriate, teacher-scaffolded and child initiated experiences harness children’s natural curiosity in an
5. Independent and interdependent learning experiences create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international mindedness.
6. 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.
7. Ongoing assessment, in the form of evaluation and reflection, is effective when it involves a learning-link with the home.
8. Learning should be motivating, engaging and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish.