Early years foundation stage

The early years’ foundation stage British curriculum (EYFS) sets standards for learning, development, and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. Petits Scholars International follows the EYFS curriculum and the UK’s rules and regulations pertaining to the early years of childcare and education. Your child will mostly be taught through games, creative play, and practical life activities.

The areas of learning are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

In addition to our core curriculum we teach the following subjects inclusive of our tuition fees:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • IT
  •  Yoga
  • Music

Our Literacy Programme

The Jolly Phonics program used to teach literacy teaches children to read and write using synthetic phonics,which is widely recognized as the most effective way to teach children to read and write in English. Phonics is central to the UK curriculum, today it is now used in over 100 countries worldwide.

Systematic teaching of phonics across our 1-5-year-old classes starting with Jolly music which is multi-sensory and active, with fun actions, stories, and songs and moving onto the teaching of all the 7 groups of letter sounds, how to blend, segment decode tricky words and finally read.

Independent research supports the outstanding results achieved around the world with the program which your child will love and learn the fundamental skill of how to read.



Your child’s progress will be reviewed when they’re between 2 and 3 by an early years practitioner. Their class teacher will assess them at the end of the school year when they turn 5.

The assessment is based on classroom observations and a small test of their knowledge. It uses the early learning goals, which can be found in the early years’ framework, as a benchmark of what your child should know.

In the reception class 4-5 years, Petits Scholars uses its unique program ‘Early years advanced’ to teach and develop the children. Our scheme of work is designed to challenge our children to be the exception beings that they are by introducing them to some class 1 work. This is carefully taught to the children through a series of fun, games and practical activities. Placing our Scholars ahead of the pack when departing to primary school.

We offer small class sizes of up to 16 children per class. This is to ensure the quality of care and education. Child to teacher ratios are as follows:

Tiny 1-2 years3:1
Tweenie 2-3 years4:1
Preschool 3-4 years6:1
Reception 4-5 years6:1

Different countries refer to early years classes as different names. We have simplified the references for you in the table below in order for you to have an idea of which class may be best suited to your child at Petits Scholars International.

Tiny 1-2 YearsNurseryCrecheCreche
Tweenie 2-3 YearsNurseryNurseryPre-Kindergarten
Preschool 3-4 YearsPreschoolKindergarten 1Pre-Kindergarten
Reception 4-5 YearsReceptionKindergarten 2Junior Kindergarten
8:00 am – 8:30 amRegistration and Free PlayEYFS areas of learning: CML, PSED, UTW
8:30 am – 9:00 amCircle TimePSED, UTW, CML, L, and N
9:00 am -10:00 amJolly PhonicsPSED, UTW, CML, L, and N
10:00 am – 10:20 amSNACK TIMEEYFS areas of learning: PSED, UTW, CML
10:20 am – 11:00 amMusic SessionEYFS areas of learning: CML,PD, PSED, L, M, UTW
11am – 12 noonPaddling PoolEYFS areas of learning: CL, PD, PSED, L, M, UTW
12-1 pmLUNCHEYFS areas of learning: CML, PD, PSED, UTW
1:00 pm – 1:45 pmOutdoor PlayEYFS areas of learning: CML, PD, PSED, L, M, UTW, EAD
2:00 pmHOME TIMEEYFS areas of learning: CML, PSED, UTW

Abbreviation Meanings

• Communication and language CL

• Physical development PD

• Personal, social and emotional development PSED

• Literacy L

• Mathematics M

• Understanding the world UTW

• Expressive arts and design EAD

Tiny Class:
Our youngest group of scholars the 1-2-year-olds will enjoy fun-filled creative days of fun, excitement, love and nurturing. Our full equipped tiny room caters to all your child’s needs, from our sensory equipment to aid early development to our safe and hygienic changing facilities and age-appropriate feeding equipment. Our Tiny scholars have the right to start on their exciting journey of discovery.

Tweenie Class:
Our 2-3-year-old Tweenies are now growing in their imagination and curiosity. Speech is rapidly developing and the interest in independence blossoming. Our Tweenie team of attentive staff will work with our Tweenies to potty train, encourage self-care e.g. dressing, putting on shoes and eating independently. Tweenie scholars continue with a range of practical life and sensory activities to further develop both fine and gross motor skills.

Preschool Class:
In the Pre-school Room, our 3-4-year-olds will have the opportunity to experience a range of activities which cover all the 7 areas of the EYFS curriculum. At this stage, children are expected to be fully toilet trained and out of diapers. Preschool will be introduced to early reading, writing, and mathematics. These activities are delivered in a fun, relaxed manner allowing all children to learn naturally through play. Each child is encouraged to learn at their own pace within their own capabilities.

Reception Class:
Our 4-5-year-olds are now in preparation for primary school. Having experienced all the growth and development throughout the previous years, the reception class will now be introduced to science, physical education and further the stages of the Jolly phonics literacy program. Reception class also embark on exciting excursions outside of school to further support their learning. Within this year our Scholars undergo a short assessment to ensure all of the Early learning goals have been met. At the end of the reception year, our Scholars work towards an amazing graduation ceremony. During the ceremony, we celebrate their achievements and give them a wonderful send off to their new school of choice

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