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Early Years Foundation Stage


Welcome to the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS).
At Al Shohub our EYFS starts at Nursery (3-4 years) and progresses to FS2 (4-5 years). This is a time of rapid growth for young children, when they are developing physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially, and therefore we keep our class sizes small, with additional adult support. Along with our fully qualified teachers, each class in our EYFS has trained and experienced teaching assistants to ensure your child is given the guidance, support and nurturing they need to become independent and resilient learners.


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 2017 (England) that sets the standards all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, ensures children are kept healthy and safe, and ensures that children have the knowledge and skills they need to start primary school.

In both Nursery and FS2, we observe children as they play and as we play with them, gaining a greater understanding of their interests. We use this information to plan for those interests and help them to develop, by challenging their thinking, encouraging creativity and celebrating independence. All this is done through carefully planned play experiences, alongside our teachers who work as supportive and effective play partners.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. These are:

    • Communication and language
    • Physical development
    • Personal, social and emotional development
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the world
    • Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.


The main form of assessment in both Nursery and FS2 is observation; this is the practice of looking at and listening to your child to find out how they are developing, what they like doing and what they are learning through their play and the experiences on offer. Observations of children are vital because each child has a unique set of abilities and talents, observations in different situations capture these first hand. Observation also provides opportunities to gauge children’s needs and so more accurately plan next steps in their learning. Observations take place on a regular basis as part of daily routines.

At the end of Early Years Foundation Stage

At the end of your child’s year in FS2, an EYFS Profile will be completed with your child. The attainment of your child will be assessed in relation to each of the 17 Early Learning Goals descriptors (ELGs), together with a short narrative describing your child’s ways of learning expressed in terms of the three characteristics of learning. For each ELG, our teacher will assess whether your child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception Year (expected), exceeding this level (exceeding), or not yet reaching this level (emerging).

Guidelines for using the bus service

Any student who travels on the bus must adhere to the School Behavioral Policy as they would at school. Students who do not adhere to the policy will be permanently excluded from the bus service.

  • It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the Bus Assistant if the student can not take the bus for any reason (e.g. illness)
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure an approved adult accompanies the student at the pick-up and drop-off point at the designated time. The school bus will not wait for late students.
  • Students should sit as quickly as possible upon entering the bus, in the assigned seat.
  • Safety belts should be worn at all times on the bus.
  • Students should not stand or move while the bus is in motion.
  • Students should listen to the Bus Assistant at all times and follow instructions given.
  • Students should not distract the Bus Driver.
  • Only authorised adults are permitted to travel on the school bus.
  • Students should respect the rights and well being of all other students, the Bus Assistant and Bus Driver at all times. Bullying in any form will not be tolerated.
  • Should a student require an age appropriate booster seat this should be provided by parents in line with UAE guidelines and size specifications.
  • School bags should be stored safely under the seat and items are not left in the aisle.
  • Indecent conduct or loud, disruptive or profane language will not be permitted.
  • Play fighting and/or rough play is not permitted at any time.
  • Any damage or vandalism will be paid for by the offender(s).
  • Windows and doors are to be opened or closed only with the permission of the Bus Assistant.
  • If allowed, windows should only be opened to the indicated safety line.
  • All parts of the student’s body shall remain inside the bus at all times.
  • Pets are not allowed on the school bus under any circumstances.
  • Students should not enter or leave the bus until it has come to a complete stop.
  • The school does not have any responsibility for students once they have left the school bus at the designated drop point.
  • Any requests to change to another bus should be submitted in writing using the Bus Request Form. Please note a permanent change can only be effective depending on availability.