Our International Curriculum

Montessori has a proven, over a hundred year-long history of nurturing children across the world to take ownership of their own learning. Similarly, the International Baccalaureate (IB) has, over the last 50 years, successfully groomed children into caring and active participants in a life-long journey of learning.

Children who work within the Montessori method are ahead of the curve. They tend to excel because they are guided to challenge themselves and follow their innate desire to learn. Kai follows the Montessori approach to help children learn independence, understand responsibility, and enjoy being creative and curious.

Taught in over 109 countries around the world, the International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP)* offers an exceptionally well-articulated, transdisciplinary framework that focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond. Informed by research into how students learn, how educators should teach, and the principles and practices of effective assessment, the programme places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning. At Kai, we leverage the standards and practices of the IB-PYP* to develop the academic, social and emotional well-being of our children, focusing on international-mindedness, personal values and enabling a strong sense of self.

Kai is raising the bar in early years education by combining two well-validated educational methodologies. We have been Montessori practitioners and early years educators for the last 35 years and are currently in the process of obtaining the IB-PYP* accreditation.

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Montessori and the International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP)* complement each other exceptionally well. At the heart of both learning philosophies is the independent learner developing skills for life through a personalised approach, within an enabling environment.




Inquiry-led teaching and learning is built on every child’s individual knowledge and interest, emphasising ‘how to learn’ and ‘how to find out’. Teachers are facilitators and not distributors of knowledge. They make learning engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant.


The Montessori philosophy: ‘help me to do it myself’ is central to nurturing independent learners. Each child is given the freedom to choose, encouraged to work in a constructive manner, respect teachers and peers, and participate in the care of his/her environment. Over time, this method fosters independence, creativity, open communication, problem-solving skills, and above all, a place where children feel a sense of belonging, which makes them love to learn.



The young IB learner will be introduced to not just the skills, but also the knowledge, attitudes and values needed to adapt in a rapidly evolving world.


The Montessori child develops critical skills for life through the use of specially designed materials in a prepared environment. Self-correcting materials when used in a mixed-age learning environment, enable children to become creative thinkers and resilient learners at a very young age.



The prior knowledge and learning of a child is first determined, and further learning is planned through lessons that are adapted to support each child’s development.


Every child is unique, works independently, at his or her own pace, and is given the freedom to choose his/her activities.



The physical learning environment must be the third teacher. It empowers children to try new things, investigate them further and share their learning. A safe, comfortable, stimulating and responsive environment is a world of wonder for the IB learner.


The prepared environment is central to Montessori. It readies young minds for inquiry and learning, giving every child the freedom to fully develop his/her unique potential through exploration and the proper use of developmentally-appropriate materials.


*Kai Early Years is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP). The school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. Only schools authorized by the IB can offer any of its four academic programmes; the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information, please visit www.ibo.org

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