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two people brought together by their passion for revolutionising preschool education


two people brought together by their passion for revolutionising preschool education


two people brought together by their passion for revolutionising preschool education


 It's a long, long story that started 92 years ago. This program originates from:

1) The breakthrough discoveries about teaching, learning and development of Russian thinker Lev Vygotsky, and

2) The breakthrough discoveries of a team of prominent developmental psychologists at a private university in Moscow, when they were tasked with finding the secret to 'giftedness' and higher learning capabilities. 

Galina Dolya and others from that team decided to continue working together, on the possibility of bringing Vygotsky’s ideas and the findings of this universtity project to the British preschool system. She worked closely with Professor Nikolay Veraksa and Olga Diachenko, plus 9 other educationalists and developmental psychologists from that project, for many years afterwards. The curriculum they created is famous for creating happy, independent, gifted and/or highly able learners.

It was this collaboration that blossomed into the Key to Learning preschool curriculum. 

They converted those foundations into a complete developmental program method and curriculum for 3- to 6-year-old children. The program is called Key to Learning because that's exactly what it is. 

Nowadays, Galina has her hands full bringing the Key to Learning curriculum, and her other tools, knowledge and experience to education professionals and school systems around the world, spending any spare time with her many grandchildren, ensuring she is fully present in their lives and committed to their life education. A huge number of children that have had the gift of being under Galina’s guidance, including all of her own grandchildren and step-grandchildren, have been formally recognised as gifted and highly talented. They are also happy, 'sunny' children with excellent social and emotional development - further renowned characteristics of children under the influence of Vygotsky's approach through Key to Learning.

The Key to Learning method and curriculum is a replicable approach - you can get everything you need to give your own child the same opportunity.

Katie Burns also has a history of unconventional teaching around the world, particularly in the area of thinking skills, problem-solving tools and accelerated learning techniques, and has a young daughter.

After working with Galina and her preschool curriculum many years ago, and knowing that the program was only available to schools, Katie begged her for a copy of Key to Learning to use at home with her own daughter. But she wasn't the only one asking...

In response to popular demand, Galina and Katie worked together in order to launch Key to Learning @Home - the official version of the Key to Learning curriculum for parents.

Together they have made it possible for parents who realise that traditional teaching and learning is rarely the best way to bring out children's true potential, to have the tools, methods and ideas necessary to fully develop their child's learning abilities, way beyond what other activities/curricula achieve. Parents are given a way for their child to learn how to learn, not just learn knowledge and skills, through the most enchanting play- and story-based activities. In many cases, those parents' intuition told them what was wrong with pre-school education, and/or where it wasn't enough, but until they discovered Key to Learning at Home, they didn’t have a fun, proven, systematic and easy-to-use alternative. 

Professor Nikolay Veraksa

Nicolay’s main research and teaching interests are developmental psychology, educational psychology, the methodology of psychology, dialectical thinking and social developmental psychology.

Nicolay currently has many roles in the field of education. These include:

Professor, Moscow State Pedagogical University

Leading Researcher, Moscow City University

Leading Scientific Expert, Russian Academy of Education

Honored Doctor, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

Head of UNESCO Chair on Early Childhood Education and Development (Moscow, Russia)

Editor-in-chief ‘Preschool Education Today. Theory and Practice’

Member of the editorial board ‘European Early Childhood Education Research Journal’

Member of the editorial board ‘International Journal of Early Years Education’

Head of the International Organizing Committee and Scientific Supervisor of the International Conference ‘Early Childhood Care and Education’www.ecceconference.com (Moscow, Russia)

Galina Dolya

Galina is an acknowledged world-leading expert on the practical application of Vygotsky’s Theory of Learning and Development.

She has worked at every level from Early Years to University and trained hundreds of teachers and trainers worldwide.

Currently, she is also a Researcher in the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy of Abilities at the Research Institute of Development of Preschool Education, Russian Academy for Education, Moscow.

She is also collaborating with Professor Nikolay Veraksa as a member of UNESCO Chair in Early Childhood Education and Sustainable Development.

Galina is a regular keynote speaker on Early Years pedagogy at conferences across the UK and around the world. With her inspirational style, Galina provides her audiences with the tools and the motivation to instantly revitalise their teaching and classroom settings. She has hundreds of glowing evaluations from conference participants.

She has also authored and co-authored numerous publications.

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