Learner agency in the early years

We're excited to present a new series of webinars that will delve into how the Primary Years Programme meets the needs of early learners. Join the first of our three-part series of webinars to hear from expert practitioners who have first-hand experience of implementing the PYP in early years classrooms.

The webinar series will provide opportunities for listeners to join in discussions and deepen their understanding of how the elements of the PYP relate directly to early years education. Each webinar will have a specific focus exploring aspects of the Learner, Learning & Teaching and the Learning Community with simple and practical tips supported by research and practice from our PYP schools.Whether you are considering implementing the PYP in your early years setting or you are already a PYP early years educator, this webinar will provide useful support encourage new ways to plan and develop your teaching. 

Join us for the first webinar on 26th April at 4pm (Singapore Time). You can also catch up after by viewing the webinar recording, which will be shared here soon after broadcast. 


Join the webinar


Webinar 1:      

When: Wednesday 26 April 4-5pm (Singapore time)

Title:   The IB in the Early Years. How does the PYP meet the needs of early learners?

Summary:  Join the discussion with our panel of expert EY practitioners as they share their experiences and practical tips supported by research and practice from our schools.


  1. The nature of learner agency? How is learner agency connected to our personal beliefs about learners (our ‘image of the child’)? 
  2. Why is learner agency important? 
  3. The mutually beneficial relationship between the learner and their environment in 'agentic engagement'.
  4. The role of the educator?



Alison Camire

EY Coordinator & Kindergarten 1 Teacher, ISS International School, Singapore

A Canadian-trained educator and speaker on early childhood education, IB Workshop Leader & School Visit Team Member, Alison specializes in Early Years education and Kindergarten to Grade 6. Currently on maternity leave, the majority of Alison’s teaching has been in IBPYP schools, although she also has experience with other curricula and approaches including the British Columbia and Ontario provincial curriculums, Waldorf (Steiner) education, Montessori, and the Reggio Emilia approach. Her educational interests include visible thinking practices, the physical learning environment, emergent (negotiated) curriculum, arts-integration, technology-integration, play-based learning, and pedagogical documentation.


Andrea Strachan

Vice Principal of Primary School, Canadian International School, Singapore

With 20 years experience as an international educator, Andrea has been an IB Educator since 2007, facilitating as a workshop leader, lead site visitor, webinar developer and consultant. In previous roles as the Head of Early Childhood and Head of Junior Division, Andrea helped design and launch a community preschool for toddlers and a Junior Kindergarten programme. Now responsible for the Kindergarten programme at CIS, Andrea is also completing her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at Singapore’s National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University with a research focus on stakeholder perspectives on play and academic learning in early childhood contexts.


Anne van Dam

Educational Consultant

A passionate educator for more than 25 years, Anne is an IB workshop leader, developer and consultant with vast experience supporting schools’ implementation of the PYP framework. A former PYP coordinator, Assistant Principal and Director, Anne’s work on early childhood education places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, interior and exterior learning spaces and on making teaching and learning visible to others. Now consulting with the IB PYP development team in The Hague, Anne is supporting the PYP review focus on student agency, early years, inquiry and the several aspects of ‘the learning community’.