Early Years


ISA Tianhe International School offers a rigorous and balanced Early Years curriculum, combining the Australian “Belonging, Being, and Becoming” Early Years Learning Framework with a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach, aiming to enable students to learn and develop their own knowledge, concepts, skills and attributes, preparing them for the IB PYP (Primary Years Programme). This framework integrates the characteristics of English language curriculum and traditional Chinese culture. Our programme emphasises the personal, social, emotional, physical, and lingual development of our students. We use Australian curriculum standards and concepts for lesson planning, whilst the IB framework acts as a guide to inquiry learning and developing independence.


​Tianhe’s Early Years programme reflects the best practice in early years teaching. The Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum is planned around units of inquiry that transition into the PYP curriculum in primary. Early literacy and numeracy are integral to the programme. Chinese is the specialist language and is integrated into the programme, forming a core aspect of the curriculum. All lessons are taught in English apart from Chinese and Mother Tongue classes. Associate teachers sometimes use Chinese to communicate complex ideas and concepts.


ISA Tianhe places a strong emphasis on learning languages. All students have five hours of English Literacy and four hours of Chinese lessons per week. Students with a different ‘Mother Tongue’ also have four hours of Mother Tongue language tuition, currently offered in French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Students with a Chinese heritage can choose to do an extra four hours of Chinese or extra ‘English as a Second Language’ (EAL) lessons.

The school offers safe and spacious learning environments which are designed especially to meet the needs of young learners and staffed with exceptional teachers and support staff who have your child’s best interests at heart. Our classrooms are well-resourced with age-appropriate equipment and materials, and modern teaching and learning technology.