Welcome to Early Years
The Early Years Programme at OCAC Suzhou provides a nurturing environment for children aged two to six. With inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach and guidance from the IB PYP framework, our students discover the joy of learning through a balance of play that foster social-emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative development.
- The participation of families
- The collegial work of all personnel
- The important of the educational environment
- The presence of the teaching team
- The learning and advocacy for children
In the Early Years, we are a tight-knit family of professional educators, with extensive IB experience, who aim to create a caring and unique play-based learning environment for our students. Our facilities include a very large outdoor play area, multi-purpose rooms, a library, a dance studio, and a pool. This year, we added more specialist teachers to ensure that the students were learning from the experts of each field, including library, PE, visual arts, and performing arts. Our goal is to cultivate life-long learners who are knowledgeable, caring, and creative.
I consider myself very fortunate to work alongside such wonderful families and educators. On behalf of our learning community, I want to invite you to become a part of our family.
In Early Years, children generally pick up language required swiftly through story-telling, rhymes, songs and THRASS (English). Students’ agency is highly encouraged and appreciated in our young learners for them to be confident enough in their learning journey. To motivate meaningful interaction and development of the whole child in all areas, we provide an environment for children to develop age-appropriate concepts and skills that are related to the IBPYP Key Concepts and Approaches To Learning Skills.
Through the IB Primary Year Programme’s (PYP) inquiry-based approach and inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach we endeavour to foster children's learning through the development of all their "languages" and by creating an environment to support this way of thinking and being.