The Early Years Foundation Stage at IBA follows that of the UK programme-British Association for Early Childhood Development. The curriculum offers a top-level view of how children develop and learn. This is the stage students are trained to develop key competencies in reading, writing and number concepts. The EYFS covers seven main areas of learning and development, of which three are considered prime and four others, are specific.

Prime Areas

  • Communication and language development: The children experience a rich language environment to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and speaking and listening in a range of situations.
  • Physical development: Provides opportunities for the children to be active and interactive, and to develop their coordination and movement.
  • Personal, social, and emotional development: Helps the children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; form relationships and develop respect for others, and learn how to manage their feelings.


Specific Areas

  • Literacy development: Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.
  • Numeracy development: Provides children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding, and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and describing shapes, spaces and measures.
  • Understanding the world: Guides 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: Enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as provide opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, design, and technology.