Early Years

Children develop their love of learning, their curiosity and their confidence. This first school experience is the start of their life-long learning journey.

In our Early Years (Toddlers, Pre-School, Reception) we provide a caring and welcoming environment where children feel safe, happy and challenged at their own level. Our qualified Early Years Teachers welcome children aged 2 ½ to 5 year olds into a child friendly setting which provides a quality indoor and outdoor learning environment. Our Early Years teaching team also includes Teaching Assistants, Physical Education (PE), Music, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and French Specialist Teachers.

Curriculum

The International Early Years Curriculum is an up to date research-based curriculum. The IEYC recognises international best practice and the developmental needs of 2-5 year olds. It is used by over 500 schools in more than 60 countries worldwide.

The IEYC is designed around eight learning principles, each conveying a belief considered essential to children’s learning and development.

Underpinning all learning and development are the IEYC Learning Strands:

  • Independence and interdependence
  • Communicating
  • Enquiring
  • Healthy living and physical well-being

Units of learning have been carefully designed around an exciting central theme, holistically linking all four Learning Strands to relevant and engaging activities that meet individual needs.

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Learning in the Early Years

We are proud to be one of the first schools to adopt the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC). The IEYC uses international best practices, holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.
Play is a natural tool for learning and an essential aspect of a child’s development. In our Early Years children are engaged in play-based experiences that allow them to explore their curiosity, build confidence and nurture fundamental knowledge and skills.

To develop their reading pleasure, the Early Years children visit our library once a week. They choose books to take home and share with their parents.

The children are introduced to our Golden Rules which are embedded across the whole school.

Learning environment

Each child is unique. Providing an engaging, developmentally appropriate and safe learning environment which allows children to develop at their own pace is important to us.

After morning circle time, the children flow freely throughout the classes interacting with the teachers at a range of different learning centres including Literacy, Numeracy, Creative, Science, Role Play, Construction, Fine Motor and an Outdoor experience.

Engagement, support and flexibility are key features of BEPS’ Early Years.

Learning experiences

Weekly forest trip

At BEPS we know it's important to set aside time for outdoor play. In addition to our daily outdoor sessions on the playground or in our outdoor learning areas, the children in Early Years go to...

Transition to Primary

Our Reception Class makes the transition between the Early Years and the Primary School. This is the year when the children become ‘ready for school’ by developing their independence, confidence, resilience and curiosity. Children are introduced...

Entry points & Exit points

The Entry Point is an activity for children that begins each Unit of Work and provides an exciting introduction to the work that is to follow. Entry points can last from one hour to a week,...

Early Years Concert

Once a year the children in Early Years shine in their Early Years Concert. Parents love seeing their child smiling, laughing, and having fun. The event is a celebration of the year we have shared with...

Loose Parts Play

In our Early Years, children are engaged in play-based experiences that allow them to explore their curiosity, build confidence and nurture fundamental knowledge and skills.  “Loose Parts play” is part of our daily ‘free flow’ activities....

See what our community says

The best part of our experience at BEPS was to know that the school offered more than just a curriculum and that our son was learning in a multicultural environment with values similar to ours. The emotional support during his adaptation to a new language was impressive, he evolved so fast, being able to express himself in English sooner than we could anticipate

Julio Cordeiro |

Brazil, Lower Primary Parent 2019 - 2021

We have been so happy with BEPS and are sorry to leave. Unfortunately, we have to due to our work. My son keeps saying he wants to stay at school all the time – and he is upset when school is closed. And he is learning so so much! That is the best compliment for a school in my opinion. We are so impressed by how the teachers and team challenge, care for, comfort and support the kids – amazing!

Nanna Gelebo |

Sweden, Early Years Parent 2020-2021

Our son has attended BEPS for the past 18 months. It is our profound pleasure to be a part of the BEPS family. From our very first visit we could feel this was a special school. From the beautiful building to the amazing staff it has been perfect for our son. The school’s diversity is acknowledged and celebrated making it a light in our ever changing world.

All in all BEPS is an oasis of learning and love.

Lenny’s father |

Current Parent Year 5, Trinidad

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