Outstanding early years education for international families

Melodi Jordan, Head of Lower School, TASIS The American School in England
Carmen Powell, children’s author and education professional
In conversation with Fiona Murchie

In this webinar we reveal why Early Years education provides an invaluable start to education for young children. Melodi Jordan, Head of Lower School, TASIS The American School in England and Carmen Powell, children’s author and education professional share the benefits of children learning social and emotional skills and how to be more independent at an early age. 

They discuss why formal early-years education is so vital for younger family members on the move, how parents can make the right choices for the best start, and what the early-years curriculum is all about in international schools. Advice for parents from early years to lower school including kindergarten to fourth grade. 

  • Discover what to look for when choosing early-years education
  • How the whole family develops friendships and are part of a bigger community
  • How schools build the right foundations for learning and becoming global citizens
  • Encouraging children to engage with nature and the environment
  • Why sharing and talking about books are vital to learning at home and in the classroom

Share with parents, employers and relocation professionals supporting international families.

About TASIS The American School in England

TASIS England is a leading international day and boarding school (ages 3-18), located 35 minutes from central London, on a beautiful 46-acre campus in Thorpe, Surrey. 


Speaker Biographies 

Melodi Jordan, Head of Lower School, TASIS The American School in England

Melodi Jordan, Head of Lower School, TASIS The American School in England

Melodi Jordan is currently the Head of Lower School at TASIS England. She has served as an international educator for over 20 years, holding positions in Lithuania, Italy, the UK, and the US. Melodi has worked as a New England Association of Schools and Colleges Lead Accreditation visitor, supporting schools as they improve practice. 

Melodi is passionate about maximizing opportunities for deep, authentic, and meaningful learning for all students.

She has significant experience in the areas of child development, curriculum design, and data-informed instruction. Melodi originally comes from America, but now lives in England with her husband. 

Carmen Powell, children’s author and professional educator

Carmen Powell

As a professional educator, with a passionate belief in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) philosophy and approach Carmen Powell established productive relationships with stakeholders, collaborating across all professional levels and with parents. When educating young children, it is vital to incorporate parents into the learning process. Ofsted noted her relationship with parents as ‘exemplary,’ which is a true point of pride for her. 

She has three children’s books published, ‘Matthew and the Magic Goat’, ‘Sprite and the Two Talking Turtles’ and ‘Sprite’s Christmas Flight’. The books focus on inclusion, to support children’s personal, social and emotional development as well as their communication and language skills.

Service has always been very important to her. She volunteered at the Bulembu School in Eswatini, assisting with curriculum development. She also volunteered at Epsom RDA, supporting disabled children. Currently, she is a trustee for an educational charity.

Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor and Founder, Relocate & Relocate Global

Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor, Relocate Magazine and Relocate Global

Fiona Murchie, has over 25 years’ experience in management and HR publishing and global mobility. From this unique perspective, she combines understanding of the HR and global mobility market with knowledge of business drivers and an appreciation of management thinking and the wider influences on company and regional growth brought about by changing global markets, demographics, economics and geo-political factors.

She launched Relocate magazine in 2004, to promote creativity and best practice in mobility, explore new topics, and stimulate debate on relocation-related subjects. Relocate Global has become the leading multimedia for international managers, HR, global mobility and relocation professionals, with a growing international reputation for thought leadership, innovation and people support.

Read more about early years education in the article by Ruth Holmes

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