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Jumeirah International Nurseries and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)

At Jumeirah International Nurseries (JINS), our daily program is based around the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). We provide a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun as they develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning and that every child is a unique child. It is the stage of Education from Birth – 5 Years old.
At JINS we offer a high quality active learning programmes for children aged 6 weeks old to 4 Years old.

Little Learners (0 – 1 years):
Routines are followed to keep the consistency in their lives; Opportunities are provided to cater to the overall development of the babies. Outdoor play, music and movement, story time, puppet shows, and sensory and exploratory play are encouraged to develop motor skills.

Curious Beginners (1 – 2 years):
In addition to focused activities, child-initiated play is encouraged. Children with their curious minds learn about themselves and their environment through a variety of topics and they develop language, and gross and fine motor skills enabling them to move about confidently.

Inquisitive Adventurers (2.1 – 2.5 years):
Independence, love for learning and role-play are the key words in this cluster. Children learn through role modelling and simulation, and opportunities are provided to help develop their social skills.
Assembly, interactive music, story sacks and song-a-longs are used which help children develop positive attitudes and allow them to enjoy their learning.

Confident Explorers (2.6 – 3 years):
At this stage, the focus is on the child’s individual interests, keeping them intrigued, motivated and enthusiastic to learn and investigate further.
Free flow, messy play, music, cooking and creative crafts are some of the fundamental activities children will experience.

Active Discoverers (3+ years):
The children are provided with opportunities and encouraged to use their skills in a range of situations and for a variety of purposes. Support is provided for children’s emotional well-being to help them know themselves and learn what they are capable of. Children are encouraged to explore their world through ICT, free flow, assembly time, trips and cooking


The guiding principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) which shape the learning and development in the early years practice at Jumeirah International Nurseries include:

A Unique Child – The commitments of Jumeirah International Nurseries staff are focused around understanding and observing the child’s development and learning, identifying any needs for additional support, inclusion, safety, health and well-being.
Positive Relationships – The commitments of JINS are focused around fostering a sense of belonging, being sensitive and responsive to your child’s needs, feelings and interests, in addition to supporting and stimulating learning, as well as building on your relationship and role.
Enabling Environments – The commitments of our JINS staff are focused around valuing all people and their learning by offering stimulating resources and rich learning opportunities.

Learning and Development
JINS staff teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development.
There are seven areas of learning that shape our educational programmes based on the British Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. These are categorised into two groupings.

3 Core Prime Areas of Learning

The prime areas build the foundations for children’s success in other areas of learning.

UntitledCommunication and Language:
• Giving children the opportunities to experience a rich language environment, become skilful communicators, express themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations, such as ‘show and tell’ or role play.
• For children with English as an additional language, extra tools such as story sacks, felt stories and flash cards are used to facilitate language and communication.

Untitled18Physical Development:
• Providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive, as well as to develop their coordination.
• Helping children to understand the importance of physical activity, encouraging them to make healthy choices.
• Outside play is used to build confidence, cooperative skills and increase social awareness.

Untitled19Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
• Helping children develop a positive sense of themselves and others.
• To form positive relationships and build respect for others.
• Develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings to help
Understand appropriate behaviour in groups.
• To have confidence in their own abilities.

4 Specific Areas of Learning

• Giving children access to a wide range of reading material to ignite their interests, such as books, poems and other written materials.

• Involves developing the mathematical skills used in a broad range of contexts.
• Developing skills, such as counting, understanding and using numbers, and describing shapes, space and measures.

Untitled22Understanding of the World:
• Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community.
• Opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

UntitledExpressive Arts and Design:
• Encouraging children to experiment with media and materials, finding out about their properties whilst learning to manipulate and modify them.
• Exploring sounds, patterns, movement, as well as different tools and techniques.