What is Key to Learning?

Key to Learning is a unique educational developmental cognitive curriculum for the Early Years, specially designed to provide optimal learning experiences.

Where does Key to Learning come from?
Key to Learning is based on the ideas which were developed by psychologists and educationalists from the Vygotskian school: Zaporozhets, Venger, Diachenko and Veraksa. Ongoing research projects confirm that the Key to Learning curriculum has a profound and positive impact on young children’s achievements.

What changes can we expect to see in the children?
This approach to developing learning abilities produces significant changes in the children. It facilitates self-development, helping children become independent learners. They begin to plan and organise their own activities, openly express their point of view, provide creative solutions to various problems, interact freely with other people and – most importantly – believe in themselves and their abilities.

Where does Key to Learning fit within a traditional curriculum?
Key to Learning can be used in any early years setting to complement, extend, enrich and systematise existing good practice. It has now been introduced successfully in a wide variety of different pre-school and school settings, both in England, Europe and Asia. In each case teachers have recorded improvements in children’s cognitive, communicative, and self-regulative abilities as well as in their ability to focus and to concentrate.

Why is it popular with Early Years practitioners?
Key to Learning attracts attention because of its impact on young learners. Graduates of the programmes leave ready for the educational challenges they will face in the years to come. They are self- confident, self- motivated learners, with the mindset and mental tools they need for later learning already securely in place. In essence, Key to Learning creates the right conditions for minds to open, for learning to become a pleasure and for creativity to flourish.

Twelve Programmes, One Practice
In terms of content the Developmental Cognitive Curriculum Key to Learning offers breadth and diversity for children between the ages of 3 and 7. There are twelve programmes in the complete curriculum.

What do the materials look like? There are over 600 learning activities and games included within the Key to Learning curriculum. Each of the 12 teacher friendly programmes includes:

  • 30 developmentally appropriate and carefully sequenced sessions
  • A manual describing the teaching and learning activities for each session
  • Teaching aims and learning outcomes for each session
  • Detailed descriptions of materials and procedures
  • Links to the Early Learning Goals
  • Comprehensive supporting materials
  • “Ideas for Parents” book to accompany the programme



Leonid VengerBeing ready for school now
doesn’t necessarily mean
being able to read, write and count,
but being ready to learn how
to read, write and count.
Leonid Venger

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