Early Years Foundation Stage
Nursery (F1) and Reception (F2)

Essential practice in our beautiful EYFS Early Learning Centre includes providing the best possible education for every child; we ensure that high quality experiences for each child are central to our practice through an ambitious curriculum recognizing that learning is often driven by the interests of the children.

Our teaching practice is based on a mix of different approaches. We understand that children learn through play, by adults modeling, by observing each other, and through guided learning and direct teaching. MIS practitioners carefully organise enabling environments for high-quality play. Sometimes, we make time and space available for children to invent their own play. Sometimes, we join in to sensitively support and extend children’s learning.

The key features of effective practice in the EYFS, along with the Prime and Specific areas of learning and development from the English National Curriculum (ENC) are all interconnected with essential elements of the five major areas of Chinese early childhood education (CNC) including Mandarin language, mathematics and Rising STEAM, Art and Society, alongside Thai language and cultural experiences.

Whilst English and Chinese are the main teaching languages to meet the needs of intercultural communication, the proportion of courses in this section is 45% English, 45% Chinese, and 10% Thai.

Partnership with parents is an essential element in the success-story that is an MIS EYFS programme. This includes listening regularly to parents and giving parents clear information about their children’s progress through the languages of English, Mandarin and Thai.

Early Years Foundation Stage
Nursery (F1) and Reception (F2)

In the EYFS the ways in which a child engages with other people and their environment – and the characteristics of effective learning: – Playing and exploring, Active learning, Creating and thinking critically, underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner

Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.

The Prime areas for the EYFS: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development, begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas.

The Prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage

Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

The prime areas for the EYFS: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. These grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning.

Area of Learning & Development: Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making Relationships
• Form good relationships with adults and peers
• Work as part of a group or class, taking turns and sharing fairly, understanding that there needs to be agreed values and codes of behaviour for groups of people, including adults and children, to work together harmoniously.

Self Confidence and Self Awareness
• Have a developing awareness of their own needs, views and feelings, and be sensitive to the needs, views and feelings of others.
• Respond to significant experiences, showing a range of feelings when appropriate
• Have a developing respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people

Managing feelings and behaviour
• Show good control and coordination in large and small movements
• Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space
• Handle equipment and tools effectively, including a pencil for writing

Health and Self-care
• Know the importance of good health for physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about the ways to keep healthy and safe
• Manage their own basic hygiene and needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet

Area of Learning & Development: Communication and Language

Listening and Attention
• Listen to others one to one or in small groups
• Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall

• Responds to simple instructions
• Beginning to understand how and why questions

• Uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next
• Recall and relive past experiences
• Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences