Early Childhood

Two female YCIS Shanghai co-teachers listen when a boy points at his learning portfolio

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) programme at Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS Shanghai) provides a nurturing environment for children aged two to five.

Our international curriculum allows children to discover the joy of learning through a balance of play and structured activities. This nurtures each child’s growth and fosters their social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative development.

Children are at the heart of the ECE programme, and it is the needs of the children that determine the learning, and their interests that steer the learning experiences we offer.

For us, it is most important that children see themselves as competent learners and know they are valued and understood.

Bilingual Learning Environment

The unique Co-Teaching model at YCIS Shanghai effectively facilitates our bilingual learning environment in which both Chinese and English languages are equally valued. Each class has an experienced, qualified Early Years team, comprising one native English-speaking and one native Chinese-speaking teacher who provide the children with an immersive, bilingual experience.


Two female YCIS Shanghai co-teachers playing with their kindergarten class.

Additional Benefits of Our Co-Teaching Model

The Co-Teachers in our ECE programme provide the children with an enabling environment where they are able to:

  • Interact naturally with their teachers and classmates
  • Feel comfortable about their own identity, language, and culture
  • Begin to move easily between cultures

Such an experience contributes positively toward a child’s future ability in school, and later, toward their success in an increasingly globalised world.

A Valued Partnership

At YCIS Shanghai, we appreciate the great responsibility we have for our children and families. We value the strong partnership with our parents and encourage their involvement in their child’s learning journey.


For information about our programme for children aged two, please click here to discover Kindergarten Two’s (K2).

For information about our programme for children aged three and four, please click here to discover Kindergarten Three’s and Four’s (K3 & K4).

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