Early Years Curriculum

Friends Nursery follow the British EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) English speaking curriculum.

Friends Nursery also have fantastic Arabic speaking teachers who will work closely with other class teachers and enable the children to become multilingual and develop in both languages, learning from the same curriculum.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years and The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitment to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework presents the child with a variety of themes and activities through which they explore new concepts and ideas.

The Framework consists of 7 developmental areas; 3 prime and 4 specific:

Prime Areas of Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Communication and Language

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.

Physical Development

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Specific Areas of Learning


Literacy development involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials – for example books, poems, and other materials to ignite their interest.


Mathematics development involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world

Understanding of the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design

Expressive arts and design involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.

Health and Saftey

An essential part of the service we provide is to ensure that the highest standards of health, safety, and hygiene are maintained at all times. Friends Nursery takes health and safety very seriously and a record is monitored via pro-active measures. Friends Nursery management team undertake risk assessments, make regular inspections and ensure all staff members are updated with First Aid Training and refresher courses. Friends Nursery management will also review the Nursery policies and procedures regularly, keeping them up to date.