International Early Years

Kindergarten 1 - Kindergarten 2 (3 – 5 years old)

Early Years Foundation Stage

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. As such, HAIS uses the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework to underpin our teaching and to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The programme is developed with a focus on the whole child through engaging activities that concentrate on social, emotional, literacy, numeracy, creative skills, gross motor development and their discovery of the world.

Our Early Years Programme is focused on igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. We combine indoor and outdoor play integrated with music, movement and other forms of creative expression.

Areas of Learning

Your child will mostly be taught through games and play. The areas of learning are:

    • Communication and Language
    • Physical Development
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design

Communication and Language

Listening and Attention

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.


Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.


Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They develop their narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

Children can show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Physical Development

Children know the importance of good health, physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing/toilet.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Children talk about how they and others show feelings. They share their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations and make changes in their routine, in their own stride.

Building Relationships

Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings and form positive relationships with adults and other children.



Children read and understand simple sentences. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Children use their phonics knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.



Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, Space and Measurements

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore the characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Understanding the World

People and Communities

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The World

Children know about similarities and differences in places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their immediate environments and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and can talk about these changes.

Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and Using media

Children can sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Being Imaginative

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

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