Keystone Early Years (KEY) : Nursery to PP2

Early Years Philosophy :   At Keystone we respect children’s unique personalities and potentials as well as their appetite for knowledge. We believe that young learners are most influenced by their immediate environment, family, community and culture and therefore learn most effectively when they are encouraged to explore and understand their world and their place within it.

Keystone’s Early Years Program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach which originated in Italy. The core philosophy of the program is represented in the following dimensions:

View of the Child

Young children take in all that they see around them and that’s what makes the early formative years so very important. We conceptualize an image of the child as competent, strong, inventive and full of ideas with rights instead of needs. They express their ideas through art, music, play, storytelling, writing, drawing etc.

Role of the Teacher

Learning is a social process based on trust, respect and encouragement. A teacher is an observer, supporter and guide that brings wisdom and thoughtfulness to the child’s unique social and intellectual exploration. Teachers help children connect the dots and support the ever-expanding web of knowledge.

Role of the Environment

We believe that the environment is the third teacher. Children are provided with an environment filled with natural light, order and beauty. Open studio spaces free from clutter, where every material connects the child with the actual scenarios that they experience every day. The space encourages collaboration, communication and exploration. Children learn through sensory experiences and the integration of concepts.

Role of the Family

We believe children are connected to family, community, culture and place. Their earliest development and learning take place through the relationships they share with their parents, family members and educators. Active communication with teachers and families allows for collaborative goal setting. By sharing child portfolios and talking about child interests, a learning plan can incorporate both the child’s and family’s needs.

Children are natural storytellers, explorers, curators and math lovers. We designed our Early Years curriculum framework to channel their innate curiosity to learning experiences. We focus on providing a comprehensive and well-rounded learning and growing experience through the following disciplines: Social Emotional and Life skills, Physical, Language & Literacy, Numeracy, World Around, Environment, Creative Arts, Languages, Theatre.

Early Years Program – Skills

Social Emotional Development
Social-emotional development refers to a child’s ability to identify feelings, self-regulate and build relationships.

Physical Development
(Fine & Motor)
Outdoor play, gross motor activities, climbing, jumping, running, wheeled vehicles, pathways, games for the development of core muscles. soft, workable materials and tools. Scissors, fine motor activities, construction, bat and ball activities for the development of fine motor.

Language and Literacy
The interactions that young kids have with books, paper and crayons or with the adults, are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development. Listening, speaking, literacy and reading are the 4 important blocks of language and literacy.

Numeracy and Reasoning
Math is a continuous process which takes into account the cognitive development of young children and provide the groundwork and foundation for future mathematical processes. Major concept introduced are one to one correspondence, patterns, sorting and sets, counting, number recognition, shapes, comparisons, measurements, time, money, addition and subtraction.

World Around Development
Through different types of play, experiential learning opportunities as well as practical activities, children are being provided with meaningful experiences. These will stimulate their senses as well as encourage them to ask questions, explore and wonder at their environment.

Environment Development
Introducing topics like keeping the surroundings clean, recycling, saving water and growing trees, that encourage children to be aware of the environment and how joyful it is to take responsibility in protecting the environment.

Creative Development
Creative play and artistic activities have a central role in toddlers’ learning and development. They help nurture imagination and also develop problem-solving, thinking and motor skills.

Second Language Acquisition
Pre-schoolers have the ability to master more than two to three languages. This supports in the cognitive development such as increased problem-solving skills and creativity.