A Premium British Education for Early Years Foundation Stage
At the British School of Bucharest, we provide a premium British education for children aged 2 to 5 in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This incorporates:
- Pre-Nursery (aged 2-3) *
- Nursery (aged 3-4) *
- Reception (aged 4-5) *
* the age of the child on 31st August for a September start
EYFS is a framework that sets standards for the learning, development and care of children, to help them experience the best possible start in life. It focuses on providing opportunities for children to develop their abilities and talents in a playful environment where they feel safe, secure, happy and nurtured.
To provide a premium British education for EYFS children, our native English-speaking teachers carefully plan a variety of activities that provide learning opportunities based on the children’s educational, social and personal needs. We encourage individual development, through both teacher-led and independent activities, in a play-oriented learning environment that provides many opportunities for children.
EYFS: four important principles
We aim to fulfil the expectations of the EYFS Guidance document, published by the UK Department for Education and based on the British education curriculum. This has four principles:
A Unique Child
We recognise that children develop in individual ways and at varying rates – we make sure everyone can achieve their best. We treat all children fairly, regardless of race, religion or ability, and value all children and their families within our school.
We value the essential contribution parents make, viewing them as partners in their child’s education, and we focus on developing caring, respectful and professional relationships between staff, students and families. At the British School of Bucharest, the Class Teacher is the ‘Key Person’ for all children in their class. They are supported by the Teaching Assistant/s.
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments where the experiences offered, meet their individual needs. We plan challenging, but achievable, activities and experiences to extend everyone’s learning. Early Years classrooms are structured to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely with an impressive pupil to teacher ratio. We see the outdoor area as an extension of the classroom.
Learning and Development
We fully support the EYFS statement: ‘In their play, children learn at their highest level’. Play allows children to:
- think critically, explore and make sense of the world
- practise and build up ideas
- learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules
- communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems
- engage in active learning (acting on objects, ideas, people and events)
- feel motivated and interested
- have some independence and control over their learning
- develop the confidence to make decisions
- take ownership of their learning
- discover connections and develop an understanding
At the British School of Bucharest, we categorise Learning and Development as communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. Additionally, ‘learning’ covers the four specific areas of Literacy, Mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design.
We value all these areas equally and know that they are interconnected, depend on each other and should be taught in collaboration, not isolation.