Nurturing children to become independent learners.
At BEYC we follow the British Foundation Stage Curriculum taught through a Reggio Emilia approach, nurturing creativity and independent learning.
- Learning is child led. Children construct and drive their own learning, through their own interests. Communication, questioning and play are the key ways in which children learn.
- Children are encouraged to investigate and reflect on their findings and experiences. They are encouraged to share ideas in their own ways. Children interact with others building an understanding of their place in the world.
- Teachers facilitate learning but do not prescribe to children what they should learn. Children and teacher have mutual respect for one another. Learning is a collaborative process between teachers, students and their peers.
- The teacher guides the children to find answers to questions, rather than being told the answers. The role of the teacher is to observe and provide children with opportunities to explore their ideas.
- The environment is the third teacher, recognised for its potential to inspire children. The space is cared for by the teachers and students alike. Children’s work is celebrated around the learning environment.
A friendly, warm school where everyone knows your child as an individual.
Thanks to the unique way in which we teach our children boast high levels in all areas of development.
Teachers are qualified in Early Years education and assistants have an average TOEIC score of 800.
Our campus is safe and secure and children are cared for in the same way that they would be at home.
We have small classes with a 4:1 Teacher : Student Ratio, meaning your child gets individual support .
The children learn current Topic with a mix of advanced technology and grass root facilities.
Development through the Foundation Phase
Our phases are determined by the children’s natural development. The engaging, fun way in which we teach stays the same throughout, however the development of skills will differ from phase to phase. Children that begin life at BEYC in Foundation, will often leave the school at Year 1 a whole year ahead of their peers.
In the Foundation stage the children develop what we like to call “pre-skills”. It is called the Foundation as it is the phase where children develop the muscle strength and dexterity as well as the language skill and knowledge of number to be ready for the Reception Phase where the real progress is seen. Like building a house, a good foundation is never seen, but the impact of it on the latter stages is vital.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Before your child is able to write, they will need to develop their finger dexterity. Fine motor movements strengthen the small muscles, a skill that develops all the way through a child’s life. With good fine motor control early on, children find it easier to learn to write later, eliminating one of the biggest road blocks to early writing. Gross motor skills are also developed here. These are the larger muscle movements that help the children to become not only independent in their everyday lives but also gives them confidence when playing sports and keeping healthy.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Small world and role play activities give learning meaning. There is no use in teaching children to count if they don’t know what they are counting for. By creating role play environments children are able to think through real life problems, become logical thinkers and build a sense of empathy to how other children may feel in different situations. The creating of simple narratives through play is an essential part in brain development and this style of learning should be carried on right through a child’s learning journey.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sensory development is the first step into scientific enquiry, learnt in Reception and Year 1. In the Foundation stage children learn by being engrossed in play. Sensory play is often a child’s favourite as it allows them to experience learning through all of their senses. It is here where children begin to subconsciously question. It is here where they begin to scientifically analyse different textures, sounds, tastes and smells, putting them on the road to becoming budding, young scientists.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We have an extremely effective independence program at BEYC. From a young age children are taught to do things for themselves: tie their laces, wash their hands, feed themselves and much much more. It is a vital skill as it is these children that later become independent learners, confident to do things for themselves and unafraid to make mistakes. The Foundation stage teaches children, through play, how to behave, how to make friends and how to express oneself in a multitude of kind, loving ways. We promise that your child will become an independent, loving, curious child, full of life and brimming with energy.