Early Years Programme
Our Early Years Programme provides learning for our students aged 2 to 5 in the Junior and Senior Pre-K (Mini-Mantas), and Junior and Senior Kindergarten levels.
Our Early Years Programme team firmly believes in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme curriculum framework, which is created with current research and best practices in early childhood education in mind. In the Primary Years Programme, children learn through questions, ideas, and observations (called inquiry); in the Junior and Senior Pre-K (Mini-Mantas), and Junior and Senior Kindergarten levels, play and authentic exploration are the main vehicles that drive this learning and development. Our Early Years Programme first seeks to understand the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual needs of each child. We listen intently to the needs, interests and experiences of our learners and act to create environments for each child to become the best versions of themselves while embodying the IB Learner Profile. We value fun and curiosity -- we know that in many cases, the Early Years Programme is the first educational experience for our young learners and we know that students “who feel good, also do good.”
At UWC Thailand, we believe that children are capable and curious learners who — when given the opportunity — will act with agency to naturally question how the world works around them and test their theories through playful inquiry and research. Following the principles of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, we construct learning opportunities and provocations that are hands-on, authentic and developmentally appropriate.
Through play, children actively construct meaning from their interactions with their physical and social worlds. It is our belief that building opportunities for agency and self-efficacy are fundamental to learning; at UWC Thailand children of all ages are given voice, choice and ownership over their learning. You will see students of all ages negotiating, problem-solving, being creative and contributing to our UWC Thailand family in their own passionate ways. Even our youngest students know they have agency over their learning and have been known to take meaningful action around campus.
In the past we have seen a variety of forms of action including students advocating for and physically setting up tire swings on various playgrounds for all to enjoy, re-organising our recycling center, creating kindness campaigns, teaching each other phrases in different languages to making others feel welcome to seeking ways to take care of the bugs and insects on our outdoor campus.
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