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New building enhances early childhood education at YCIS Shanghai

YEW Chung International School of Shanghai has announced the opening of a new Pudong campus building for early childhood education for the coming school year.

The building will be ready for the 2010-2011 school year.

The new two-story facility is in the final stages of decoration and will be based on YCIS' decades of experience in early childhood education.

It features 12 rooms complete with a canteen, multifunction room, spacious classrooms and indoor and outdoor play areas designed to fulfil education needs of young students.

The building is part of the Regency Park campus in the Pudong New Area, supplementing the current Pudong and Puxi campus offerings.

Planned for kindergarten students aged 1-5, the new building complements YCIS' highly regarded Shanghai ECE program.

Cherry Chen, Chinese co-principal of the Pudong campus, said: "We are so excited with the new building; it really makes a great program even better."

YCIS has been a leader in early childhood education for decades. The program provides a well-rounded education, including a specially developed curriculum that allows children to learn through a balance of play and structured activities. The unique international program aims to nurture each individual child's development, catering to the whole-child approach to education.

Co-principal Chen, who has over 20 years of experience teaching young children, summarized the program, "Our ECE program is based on the students' interests, their individual needs and development of their whole personality."

Hands-on experience and interactive activities, along with music and the arts, also play an important role. One of the unique features of the YCIS early childhood program is the co-teaching model. Every class has one Chinese and one Western teacher, who cooperate to provide a bilingual and multicultural learning environment.

Vanessa Temple, ECE program coordinator for the Pudong campus, explained some of the advantages: "Everything we do with young children and their families is to ensure we are adding to what they have and taking nothing away. We want the child to maintain a strong sense of identity and family connectedness as well as move easily between two or more cultures."

The ECE program was developed under the guidance of Dr Betty Chan Po-king, a specialist and worldwide leader in ECE. The academic platform is structured around the Practice Guidance for Early Years Foundation Stage from the UK and is designed to give children a positive start to their education and develop strong foundations for lifelong learning.

Dr Chan is one of the original advocates of "play-based learning," which stresses communication and discovery through play, incorporating children's spontaneity and interests along with the teacher-planned curriculum.

After completing the ECE program, the K4 students are carefully supported through the transition into the next phase: year 1 of the primary school section.

To learn more about YCIS Shanghai and the ECE program, visit or call 6219-5910 ext 222.


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