The Early Years Department is structured as follows

Early Years
First Steps Playgroup 12 months – 3 years of age
Reception for children who turn 3 after the 1st September
Foundation 1 3 – 4 years of age
Foundation 2 4 – 5 years of age

From Reception, the students follow the UK’s Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as we believe it provides balance, quality and consistency in academic development, pastoral care and creativity for children aged 3 to 5. As an international school, we further enhance this framework by incorporating elements of world cultures, and children’s existing knowledge and interests.

In Early Years Foundation Stage we aim to provide:

  • quality and consistency, so that every child makes good progress;
  • “learning and development” opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of the individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;
  • effective partnerships with parents;
  • equality of opportunity, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

Overarching Principles

Four guiding principles shape our practice in EYFS. These are:EYFS 1_SM

  • every child is a unique child;
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments,
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

Teaching Methods

In EYFS we teach through a mixture of planned, purposeful play activities and adult led lessons.

We believe that play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about and solve problems, and relate to others. A range of play activities are set up in the classrooms each morning. Activities are carefully selected by staff based on knowledge of each child’s stage of development at a given time.

During supported play sessions children choose from a variety of pre-selected activities that;

  • allow them to consolidate and demonstrate knowledge and understanding
  • provide opportunities to apply newly learned skills.

In addition to supported play sessions students take part in short structured whole class and group lessons, led by the teacher. As children grow older, and as their development allows, children enjoy more teacher led sessions, to help them prepare for more formal learning in Year 1. For example, students in Foundation 2 have a teacher led lesson in Mathematics and Literacy each day.

Staff-to-Child Ratios: To guide the learning of EYFS children, KIS ensures that in Reception and Foundation 1 we provide at least one member of staff for every eight children, and in Foundation 2 we provide one member of staff for every twelve children.

Curriculum Meetings

At the beginning of every term Curriculum Meetings are held for the parents of Early Years and Primary children and these provide an excellent opportunity to stay informed about teaching and learning plans and issues for the term ahead.

Early Years Foundation Stage Essential Information Handbook