• The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

    Our curriculum is based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and its four guiding principles:

    • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
    • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
    • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
    • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

    Each area of learning and development in the EYFS has a number of early learning goals. These goals are the knowledge, skills and understanding children are expected to have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five. They are not a curriculum in themselves, but provide a basis for long-term planning throughout the foundation stage, so laying a secure foundation for future learning.

    At The Little City Nursery, the medium of instruction is English but the children also receive guidance in Arabic, the national language of the UAE. This is taught by specialist teachers and gives children a valuable opportunity to enhance their language skills.

    Effective Learning

    The different ways in which children learn underpins the planning and guiding of all our activities. We ensure that our approach and outcomes across all areas reflect the three main characteristics of effective teaching and learning:

    Playing and exploring – engagement

    • Finding out and exploring
    • Playing with what they know
    • Being willing to ‘have a go’

    Active learning – motivation

    • Being involved and concentrating
    • Keep on trying
    • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

    Creating and thinking critically – thinking

    • Having their own ideas
    • Making links
    • Choosing ways to do things