The expat experience is increasingly seen as a good way to prepare a child for the 21st-century workforce – being exposed to multiple languages and cultures can enable our kids to have flexible, global careers. If you’re looking for an early childhood programme where your child will get a progressive educational experience, Victoria Educational Organisation (VEO) preschools could fit the bill. Its motto is “Multilingual Students Today, Global Citizens Tomorrow”, and it aims to instil a love of learning, a strong sense of social responsibility, and global vision at an early age.
Native-speaking qualified teachers
VEO campuses provide a multicultural learning environment that blends Eastern and Western cultures. You can choose to have your child in the Trilingual stream learning in English, Putonghua and Cantonese, or have them focus on English and Putonghua in the Bilingual stream. VEO takes a “one teacher, one language” co-teaching approach, with teachers who are native speakers of the languages working collaboratively to provide a multilingual environment.
Here we take a closer look at the three pillars of the VEO approach.
IB Authorised World Schools
VEO is accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization, and all its campuses providing kindergarten programmes are IB Authorised World Schools offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP focuses on the cognitive development of young learners. It applies an inquiry-based approach across multiple disciplines to promote children’s natural curiosity as they learn by exploring and investigating. The schools and its teachers support and facilitate early years learners with hands-on experiences, guided by questions and wonderings posed by the students themselves.
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
There’s a strong focus on early literacy at VEO, which complements their work with the Teachers College of Columbia University in the US, in implementing the “Reading and Writing Project”.
Since the introduction of this project, the stamina of VEO students for reading and writing within a meaningful context has prepared them to succeed as avid readers and writers as they progress into primary schools. Columbia’s project developers have conducted on-site professional development for teachers, to help implement the programme.
Agency by Design: Early Childhood in the Making
VEO is honoured to work with researchers at Project Zero, a research centre at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, to explore and develop an Early Childhood specific framework that supports maker-centred learning. The maker centred learning concepts the Project Zero research team is investigating along with the indepth thinking routines focused on maker-centred learning goals nicely complement several of the concepts currently built into the IB PYP curriculum. Maker-centred learning ideas support enabling young children to begin to deconstruct and analyse the made dimensions of their world and encourage them to think more deeply about the objects and systems that they engage with in their everyday lives.
VEO has infant and toddler, and nursery and kindergarten campuses at locations across Hong Kong. VEO students are given priority in admission to Victoria Shanghai Academy, a through-train IB World School.
See more in our Schools section:
This article first appeared in the City Guide 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.