The EYFS building at Kent College Dubai offers a calm, beautiful and inspiring environment for our youngest learners. There is ample indoor and outdoor space to ensure that the curriculum can be delivered in the most creative and practical of ways and in order to allow all of our children to be happy and successful learners. Teaching rooms are spacious and light.
Specialist areas have been carefully designed to enable the children to access the curriculum and develop their skills appropriately. Each class will be timetabled to use our stimulating playground, which allows children to have fun whilst developing their gross motor and social skills.
All members of the teaching staff at Kent College Dubai hold a teaching degree from a UK university or an equivalent degree recognised in the UK. Our highly experienced Early Years teaching team is led by a Head of Early Years, who makes sure that the curriculum is focused and delivered according to the high expectations and ethos of the school. Every class in Foundation Stage has a teaching assistant to support learning and personal development.
Children entering Foundation Stage One (FS1) at Kent College Dubai come from many different backgrounds. Some have attended pre-school nurseries for a year or more, whilst others are used to a home environment. These different experiences will determine the types and level of activities that will be presented to your child in order to provide a challenging and stimulating learning environment.
Our staff are committed to providing a safe, friendly and inspiring environment for the children to fully develop their skills, understanding and knowledge. Through child-led play and then through more structured teacher-led activities, children make progress. Our teachers are committed to fostering and reinforcing a positive self-image for all children, and promoting respect and care for themselves, their peers, their belongings and their environment. The teachers carefully plan and organise their activities and classrooms to encourage the children to become independent, confident, resourceful individuals who are able to problem solve.
Throughout the day, teachers prepare and facilitate activities to encourage skills and knowledge in all seven areas of learning, in order for children to achieve the 17 Early Learning Goals at the end of Foundation Stage 2. Core areas of social development and communication will be encouraged in all activities, with teachers assessing learning, planning activities and observing the children’s development and interest before starting the cycle again.
More information about EYFS can be found in our Early Years Foundation Stage handbook.
Our Early Years children start their day at 8am (the same time as all pupils in the school). Breaktimes happen throughout the morning and classes are timetabled in both our indoor and outdoor play areas. School finishes at 1.30pm.
Healthy eating is encouraged at all times. Children are expected to bring in a healthy snack from home each day, with a fresh bottle of water and are encouraged to eat snacks and lunch together in a calm and social environment.
Lunches are eaten in the EYFS building. We encourage healthy eating and good table manners from the first day and whether children choose to bring in packed lunches or purchase a cooked meal from our kitchens, we encourage them to make sensible choices and expect all pupils to be eating healthy, nutritious food.