At YCIS Pudong, the focus on creating a precious and relevant learning experience begins for each student on their very first day at the school, whether they are joining in ECE, Primary, or Secondary. Under the YCIS Mission, Principles and Practices, the school believes that “the core purpose of education is character formation, and it is the most important shared responsibility of the school and home.” It is, therefore, a priority for the school to form a close relationship with every child’s parents and family to fulfil this mission.
The Week of the Young Child is one such event. The annual celebration at YCIS Pudong focuses on our youngest learners who are currently enrolled in our ECE programme.The week is a celebration of the learning journeys the children have taken and the paths on which they will continue to travel. This year, there were activities throughout the week in classes, which culminated in an outdoor bonanza on the Friday where parents and other family members joined the children in a number of activities, including badge making, singing, sandpit and water games, guided and free play on specialist outdoor equipment, and a fun family picnic at lunchtime.
The final day’s events provided an excellent opportunity for parents to witness how their children are progressing in school, for teachers to interact with parents and discuss the school’s play-based approach to learning in ECE, and for parents to get to know one another, building stronger community links. At YCIS, we place great value on helping students discover the joy of learning and on setting a solid foundation for their learning from the first day they arrive at the school, and celebrations like the Week of the Young Child bring are a fantastic highlight of the school’s philosophy in action.