Curriculum

Iglookids designs the curriculum in each country so that it includes best practices from Finnish early education, international nursery curricula and the local requirements. Therefore, attending Iglookids nursery will enable the child to move on to any international kindergarten or school after the nursery years. IglooKids curriculum is based on Finnish best practices and international curriculum and it is always tailored to the local requirements. The dedicated Finland-based early education expert team consult local experts when tailoring our curriculum for each country.

We promote a play-based curriculum – when the play is both fun and educational, the children are happy and learn effortlessly. In the play-based curriculum teachers are free to build learning themes around the child’s own interests, which further accelerates the learning process.
The Finnish education approach has also been included by e.g. Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in the new Abu Dhabi School Model. Attending a nursery with compatible values and approach supports the transition from nursery to Cycle 1 school.
According to the Finnish best practice, we make every effort to arrange transfer meetings with the new teachers when children move on from nursery to Cycle 1 school. The meetings enable the new teachers to learn the individual traits and strengths of the children and build on them in the next stage of education. Also other multi-professional collaboration is encouraged, for example between teachers, speech therapists, nurses and social workers. The collaboration is based on the Finnish education principle that it is easier to prevent issues in child development than correct issues after they occur.

Curriculum content areas and planning

Nature and physical activities

Nature is an important tool for allowing children to learn in an interactive way. Tours and books are offered to enrich the experiences. Basic forms of exercise are practiced every day, while the kids run, jump, climb onto and play in a park or or the yard. Outdoor exercises are arranged twice a day when the weather allows. A variety of activities are organized throughout the year, such as outdoor sports, adventure parks, etc.
Nature often creates spontaneous teaching situations, when the kids are asking questions and wondering, seeing wild animals and plants. Their research continues often in the nursery, when they analyze what plant or animal was not seen. Nature experiences are further displayed in children's drawings, paintings, and in their own fairy tales.

Language Development & Expression

Development and expression is supported in all phases of the day within all activities. Song, play, games, nursery rhymes and poems lay the foundation for speech and develop speech abilities. Fairy tales, discussions, storytelling, dramatic viewing and presentations support children's language and expression. In addition to speech, a lot of pictures are used. Images help children to connect the dots. Books are read to children on a daily basis. The language evolves, perhaps in the most natural way by communicating with each other and through self-talk. Story crafting helps adults to hear the child and encourages the child to express themselves.

Handicrafts

Through different handicraft children can express their own feelings visually. We give the children a variety of instruments, techniques and materials which they can use. Water colors, painting brushes and drawing pens of different colors help the identification and designation, as well as pen grip. Clay and finger paint work will contribute to imagination and creativity. The materials we use include various papers, fabrics, recycled materials and natural materials. Versatility maintains the children’s interest and enables new skill generation. Some of the handicraft projects may arise from the children's own ideas and interests. The best themes are often imagined by the children themselves.

Media education

Media education is used to develop the child's media literacy. The child has the right of access to media in a safe environment. Story crafting, photos, videos, and information technology make it possible for children to do meaningful teamwork and express themselves. The aim is to inspire children in joint activities and provide personal and group experiences of success.
Every person that we encounter is unique and when we talk to the child or parents, we have the time to listen and focus on them. We accept diversity and emphasize tolerance and reduction of discrimination.

Personal growth

Personal growth takes place both within and by respecting each other. We strengthen the children's self-image and give positive feedback. This also includes appreciation of diversity: each of us have their own unique personalities. We teach every day manners, what to do and what not, what is right and what is wrong. Conflicts are dealt with in a constructive manner, and children learn to forgive and ask for forgiveness. We respect each child's own cultural background, religion and traditions.

Iglookids International daily schedule

Key elements in daily planning:

Each child have their own plan

Iglookids draws up pre-primary learning plans for every child. This is done in collaboration with educational pre-school experts and teachers from Finland who guide and consult the local schools to create the plans. Iglookids’ virtual platform will allow the Finnish experts to provide guidance online, through webinars, video conferencing, blogs and videos.

Parents as actors in system

Iglookids establishes strong collaboration with the parents and tries to involve parents in daily activities.

Safety and security

Iglookids policy ensures fear-free and safe environment for conductive learning to its all stakeholders.