Early Years

At HAIS, we try to ensure that we have built on the foundation already set by our parents. We understand that children are curious, engaged and active learners and our experienced teachers will do everything to nurture this.

Our teachers aim to understand how students develop and learn, and try to facilitate a more meaningful and fulfilling educational experience for your child.


We want children to experience the joy of learning that will stay with them throughout their lives.

We aspire to develop our students’ natural curiosity and sense of wonder, through our play-based approach to teaching and learning.  By creating carefully curated, intentional learning spaces, our Early Years team caters to the individual needs, interests, and abilities of every student.

Our Early Years Programmes

Our Early Years Programme caters to students from 2 years to 5 years of age. We offer two individual yet united curricula at HAIS. The Bilingual curriculum where core subjects are taught in Vietnamese with at least 7 hours of additional English language instruction classes. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is conducted in English, however,  students receive Vietnamese, Mandarin or French classes twice a week. This allows students to grow and enhance their knowledge of the Additional Language of their choosing as well as the culture. Students of both curricula join together for specialized subjects of Physical Education and the Arts. As the youngest learners in our community, they have a seperate outdoor play area to keep them safe and secure. This includes our brand new Junk Yard Playground and Sound Wall which encourages children to problem solve and work together to build, dismantle and recreate whatever their imagination desires.

Early Years International Baccalaureate

Through the  Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate framework, we use a transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. Real life doesn’t happen in isolation, and neither should learning. Subjects such as science, math, language and social studies are taught through six units of inquiry.

In Early Years the Programme of Inquiry must include:

  • Who We Are
  • How We Express Ourselves


The school has the option to select the other two units based on perceived needs, facilities and interest. Each unit offers a specific set of content and knowledge that we want our students to understand.

HAIS has created its own unique curriculum, which takes the best parts of early years curricula from around the world that align with our educational philosophy. We view learning in the Early Years as a continuum. Students readiness is key for success.

Through our unique curriculum, we at HAIS recognise that:

  • Children develop holistically and learn as a whole.
  • Children learn best when they are actively involved in the construction of knowledge.
  • Every student learns and acquires knowledge in a different way.
  • Children continuously change and build upon their prior knowledge, skills and life experiences.
  • Children’s development is influenced by the different social and cultural contexts around them.
  • Children develop and learn best when they feel safe and valued.

The Bilingual Early Years Curriculum

Our Early Years Bilingual curriculum follows the same learning outcomes as the International curriculum with a focus on social and emotional learning. Qualified and engaging Vietnamese teachers share the Bilingual curriculum with our native English speaking specialists. Students will receive completely immersive instruction in English 2 days per week in PK, JK, and SK.

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