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Ya Ya Journey from 2s to 4s

Give your child a head start at two years old to fully take advantage of early years education! Research has shown that the majority of brain development takes place during the first five years of a child’s life. Our Ya Ya nursery program starts at age two and concludes when a child is well-prepared to enter Kindergarten at age five. We have observed the tremendous leap in growth in all developmental areas when a child stays a minimum of two consecutive years in our program, with three years (2s, 3s, 4s) being the most optimal choice in ensuring the maximum benefits of a comprehensive Ya Ya early childhood education. As a Ya Ya graduate, a child will not only acquire the intellectual and social-emotional skills necessary to thrive in Kindergarten and beyond, whether in a bilingual or pure English school, they would also achieve meaningful Mandarin fluency beyond mere exposure to the language.​ 

Ya Ya Full Days
Mondays to Fridays
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
*early drop-off: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
*extended care: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Schedule
Options

Ya Ya Half Days
Mondays to Fridays
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
*early drop-off: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
*dismissal is after lunch time

All our programs follow our in-house Ya Ya Curriculum with an outstanding and robust Chinese language component like no other, tested and refined for over 15 years. Under the guidance of our dedicated education leadership team, we lead our teaching staff in upholding our educational approach and ensuring consistent lesson planning across all classrooms.

 

Learn about our Ya Ya curriculum and Educational Approach.

Curriculum &
Educational Approach

Age Distribution
& Class Ratio

Typically, the students in each group are more or less within a year. In all the preschool classrooms, there will always be two teachers, and oftentimes there will be a third floating teacher to provide extra support. The student to teacher ratio is dependent on the age distribution of the group. For example, in a classroom with only two-year-olds, there will be a maximum of 12 students with 2 teachers. All our teachers have been rigorously trained to differentiate teaching for each child, supporting them to meet or exceed the standard benchmarks in each developmental area.

Young children need consistency. Attending school consecutively for 5 days each week ensures that children maximize the benefits of our early childhood program. Unlike enrichment programs which focus on building standalone skills, our program prioritize the development of the whole child. We follow a defined scope and sequence which is reflected in our annual comprehensive curriculum that integrates a broad spectrum of learning domains (cognitive, social-emotional, language, physical). Our teachers always track each child’s development in all areas to the standard early childhood benchmarks, and they design their daily lesson plans base on their observations. Furthermore, in our 100% Mandarin immersion setting, it’s important for children to keep the momentum going throughout the week in order to achieve meaningful comprehension beyond exposure. This is particularly true for children who do not have exposure to Mandarin outside of school. 

(*For enrichment classes, please look under Enrichment.)

Why do we only offer
5-day schedules?

What Happens in the
Afternoon during
a full-day schedule?

Nap/Rest Time: 

  • For younger children, there is a nap time that lasts for about 1 to 1.5 hours. 

  • For children who do not nap, they are required to have a 30-minute quiet rest time and then continue onto afternoon learning station activities.

All children will participate in afternoon specials or topic work time activities before the school day ends.

 

Afternoon specials may include:

  • Chinese Literacy (*afternoon only and option to choose English literacy)

  • Music & Movement (singing, rhythm, and development of musical senses) 

  • Cooking (e.g. baking apple pies or making special holiday treats like Chinese tang-yuan)

  • STEAM (lego, robotics, science experiment, art exploration)

 

(Learn more about Ya Ya curriculum and a typical full-day vs half-day)
 

Program Benchmarks by Age

We follow the national standard benchmarks in guiding and assessing our children to develop their skills in all domains - cognitive, social-emotional, math, physical, language, and early literacy skills. Learn more about the benchmark guidelines for each age group below. 

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2s - Two Year Olds

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3s - Three Year Olds

At three years old, children’s growing independence and fine motor skills allow them to accomplish more activities on their own. Read more...

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4s - Four Year Olds

At four years old, children are bursting with stamina, curiosity and independence, eager to experiment and explore more new things. Read more...

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