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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a UK based framework for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and early years providers in the United Kingdom follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

The EYFS is the most commonly quoted 'curriculum' in the UAE.

Your child will mostly be taught through games and play.

The 7 areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Your child’s progress will be reviewed when they’re between 2 and 3 by an early years practitioner or health visitor.

Their class teacher will assess them at the end of the school year when they turn 5.

The assessment is based on classroom observation - your child won’t be tested. It uses the early learning goals, which can be found in the early years framework.

You can download a parent's guide to EYFS here.


127 UAE Schools offering EYFS

School name Emirate Community
Ajyal International School MBZ Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Al Ain International Academy Al Sarooj
Al Ain Juniors School Falaj Hazzaa
Al Basma British School Old Al Bahya
Al Diyafah High School Al Qusais
Al Muna Academy Al Markaziyah
Al Mushrif Academy Al Bateen
Al Rabeeh School Abu Dhabi Al Mushrif
Al Salam Private School Al Nahda
Al Shohub School Khalifa City A
Al Worood Academy Private School Dubai Dubai Investments Park
Al Yasmina School Al Raha Gardens
Alphabet Street Nursery Umm Suqeim 2
Amity International Al Bahya
Apple International School Al Qusais
Arab Unity School Al Mizhar
Arcadia Preparatory School Jumeirah Village Triangle
Asya's Nursery Palm Jumeirah
Blooming Buds Nursery Al Bateen
Blossom Nursery Umm Al Sheif Umm Al Sheif
Blossom Village Nursery Umm Suqeim Umm Suqeim 1
British International School Abu Dhabi Shakhbout City
Building Blocks Motor City
Burj Daycare Nursery Downtown Dubai
Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi Mussafah
Cambridge International School Dubai Garhoud
Child's Play Nursery Al Manara
Chubby Cheeks Nursery Al Nahda
Cocoon Nursery Jumeirah 3
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island
Creative Kids Early Learning Center Business Bay
Crystal Valley Nursery Al Mizhar
Cultural Private School Mussafah
Deira Private School Al Twar 3
Dewdrops Nursery Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Diyafah International School MBZ Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Dovecote Green Primary School Dubai Investments Park
Dovecote Nursery Jumeirah Umm Suqeim 2
Dover Court Queenstown
Dubai Carmel School Al Qusais
Dubai English Speaking School Oud Metha
Dubai Gem Private School Oud Metha
Dubai Heights Academy Al Barsha
Dubai Marina Nursery Dubai Marina
EduFun Nursery AlBateen
Emirates British Nursery Mirdiff Mirdif
Emirates British Nursery Motorcity Motor City
Emirates British Nursery Umm Suqeim Umm Suqeim
First Steps Nursery Montessori Umm Suqeim 3
First Steps Pre-School and Nursery Abu Dhabi Karama
Foremarke School Al Barsha South
Fujairah Private Academy Fujairah
GEMS Al Barsha National School Al Barsha
GEMS Education Al Quoz
GEMS FirstPoint School The Villa
GEMS Metropole Motor City
GEMS Royal Dubai School Mirdif
GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail Al Khail
GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai Silicon Oasis
GEMS Wellington Primary School, Dubai Satwa
GEMS Westminster School Sharjah Al Moweilah
GEMS Winchester School, Dubai Oud Metha
Golden Beach Nursery Umm Suqeim
Home Grown Nursery Umm Suqeim
Hopscotch Nursery Umm Suqeim
Horizon English School Dubai Al Safa
Horizon International School Umm Sheif
House of Colours Nursery Al Jimi
Hummingbird Nursery, Dubai Manasir
Humpty Dumpty Nursery Abu Dhabi - Al Bateen Al Bateen
Humpty Dumpty Nursery Khalifa City Khalifa City A
Ibn Seena English School Al Shahba
Indigo Valley Nursery Al Twar
Jebel Ali School Jebel Ali Village
Jebel Ali Village Nursery Arabian Ranches Arabian Ranches
Jebel Ali Village Nursery Healthcare City Dubai Health Care City
Jebel Ali Village Nursery Marina Jumeirah
Jebel Ali Village Nursery Meadows The Meadows
Jebel Ali Village Nursery The Lakes Emirates Hills
Jebel Ali Village Nursery Umm Suqeim Umm Suqeim
Jigsaw Nursery Abu Dhabi Al Karama
Jigsaw Nursery MBZ Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Jumeirah Baccalaureate School Jumeirah
Jumeirah English Speaking School Al Safa
Jumeirah International Nursery Al Safa
Jumeirah International Nursery School Jumeirah
Jumeirah International Nursery School Al Wasl Al Wasl
Jumeirah Primary School Al Safa
Kensington Nursery Silicon Oasis Dubai Silicon Oasis
Kent College Dubai Nad al Sheba
Kid’s Cottage Nursery Umm Suqeim
Kiddy Planet Umm Suqeim
Kids Academy Abu Dhabi City Al Bateen
Kids Academy Khalifa City Khalifa City
Kids Island Nursery Jumeirah
Kids Palace Nursery Umm Suqeim
Kings' School Al Barsha Al Barsha
Kings' School Dubai Umm Suqeim
Kings' School Nad Al Sheba Nad al Sheba
Ladybird Nursery Jumeirah
Little Learners Nursery Umm Al Sheif
Little Wonders Nursery Umm Suqeim
Monroe's Nursery Jumeirah Beach Residence
Newlands School Al Warqa
Nord Anglia International School Dubai Al Barsha
Oasis School Jumeirah
Oxford School Al Muhaisnah
Raffles International School Umm Suqeim
Ranches Primary School Arabian Ranches
Reach British School Baniyas East
Regent International School The Greens
Repton School Abu Dhabi Al Reem Island
Royal Beach Nursery Jumeirah 3
Safa British School Al Quoz
Safa Community School Motor City
Scholars International Academy, Sharjah Al Gharayen
Sharjah English School University City
St. Mary's Catholic High School Muhaisnah Muhaisna 1
Star International School Al Twar Al Twar
Star International School Mirdiff Mirdif
Super Kids Nursery Mirdif
The City School International Nad Al Hamar
The School of Research Science Al Warqa
The Winchester School Jebel Ali
Toddler Town British Nursery Jumeirah Beach Residence
United World College of South East Asia Queenstown
Victory Heights Primary School Dubai Sports City