Early Years

Our Principles

At the British School of Bucharest, we apply the EYFS framework that sets standards for children’s learning, development and care to provide them with the best possible start in life. To fulfil the expectations of the EYFS guidance document, published by the UK Department for Education and based on the British Curriculum, we guide ourselves through the four principles.

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A Unique Child

Because we know children develop individually, we create an environment where everyone can achieve their best at their own pace. We treat and value all our children fairly, regardless of race, religion or ability.

Positive Relationships

At the British School of Bucharest, we value parents’ essential contributions, viewing them as partners in their child’s education. We also focus on developing caring, respectful and professional relationships between staff, students and families.

Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments where the experiences meet their individual needs. We plan activities and experiences that are challenging yet achievable to extend everyone’s learning. Early Years classrooms are structured to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely with an impressive pupil-to-teacher ratio. We see the outdoor area as an extension of the classroom.

In the EYFS, children quickly become confident in their new surroundings as they establish excellent relationships with their teachers. They demonstrate resilience; when their model would not stick together, they did not give up but successfully found other resources that would help to achieve this.

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Learning and Development

We fully support the EYFS statement: ‘In their play, children learn at their highest level’. Play allows children to:

  • think critically, explore and make sense of the world
  • practise and build up ideas
  • learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules
  • communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems
  • engage in active learning (acting on objects, ideas, people and events)
  • feel motivated and interested
  • have some independence and control over their learning
  • develop the confidence to make decisions
  • take ownership of their learning
  • discover connections and develop an understanding