The Early Years section of British International School, Phuket, caters for children aged between 18 months and five years old.
The Little Ducks pre-school offers a self-contained, safe and secure environment, purpose built for our youngest learners. At age three the children move to the Primary school building to attend Nursery and Reception classes.
Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), children’s learning is developed through taking part in a wide variety of fun, play-based activities.
Sometimes these activities are directed by teachers and carefully planned, while at other times children follow their interests, plan, and create their own activities with teachers observing, encouraging and extending their play.
Through well-planned play activities in a structured environment, children are provided with rewarding and enjoyable experiences in which they explore, investigate, discover and create, and secure the foundations for their future learning.
Activities take place each day both indoors and outdoors, using different areas and resources in order to provide a wide range of learning experiences across seven areas of Learning and Development.
These seven areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Children’s learning is monitored using the Early Years Foundation Stage developmental stages. Teachers observe children closely and use the information to plan activities which will challenge, engage and help each child to progress towards the next steps in their development.
In the final year of the Foundation Stage (Reception) children work towards achieving Early Learning Goals in all seven areas of Learning and Development. By the end of Reception children are expected to have achieved most of these goals.
Early Years classes and age groups
Ducks group – minimum age is 18 months. Children turn two years old during the school year.
Frogs/Dragonflies groups – children will turn three years old during the school year.
Nursery – children will turn four years old during the school year.
Reception – children will turn five years old during the school year.