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Guide To Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum And Schools in Singapore

The 6 EYFS Schools in Singapore for a British Early Years Education

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Singapore

The United Kingdom’s education system ranks fifth in Europe, after Ireland, Finland, Estonia, and Poland. One of the unique aspects of their education is the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a requirement for all schools and early years providers.   Here is your guide to EYFS in Singapore and a list of the schools providing the Early Years Foundation Stage in Singapore.

What Is Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum?

The EYFS is for children from birth to five years and follows three sections in its framework. First is the promotion of the child’s safety and welfare, second is to use the seven areas of learning and development as a guide for the child’s activities. And the third is the conducting of assessment to be aware of the child’s progress, and hopefully, by the age of five, the child is expected to achieve all the Early Learning Goals (ELGs).  

Areas of Learning In EYFS:

The child’s learning experience should be a happy, active, exciting, fun, and secure one. And this is achievable through games and play. 

The seven areas of learning in the EYFS are:

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

Assessment For  Early Years Curriculum In Singapore:

Assessing the child is an important part of the EYFS. It happens throughout the child’s learning. The first check is between 2 to 3 years of age and is done by an early years practitioner or health visitor. And the next progress check will be at the end of the school year when they turn 5. Though it sounds as if the child will be tested, they won’t be. Assessment is class observation based and will use the early learning goals for the checklist.

  • Kids Brighton College Singapore

    BRIGHTON COLLEGE SINGAPORE - Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

    A part of the Brighton College family of international schools, their Singapore location also operates under the EYFS curriculum for children aged 18 months to 5 years. ELG assessments are happening throughout the day in Brighton. This means that the assessment result of today is used for the next day's class. The fluidity of learning is indeed a highlight of this curriculum. The ELGs are both in Mandarin and English as they offer a Dual Language Program. Aside from the learning areas in the EYFS, there are also additional classes for the children: art, computing, music, PE, dance, and swimming.

    Brighton College Singapore, 1 Chuan Lane, Singapore 554299, +65 6505 9790,

  • Dover Court Preparatory School Inclusive Schools In Singapore

    DOVER COURT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL - Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

    A balance between child-initiated and adult-led activities, this Nord Anglia Education School offers the EYFS curriculum for nursery and reception classes. They have small size classes and several outdoor learning areas. The children also study Mandarin, which is taught by native teachers, and music, with input from the Nord Anglia Juilliard Creative Classroom. There are also Physical Education, Swimming, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) classes. The classrooms are equipped with iPads, BeeBots, and cameras in conjunction with ICT learning.

    Dover Court International School, 301 Dover Road, Singapore 139644, +65 6775 7664,

  • Dulwich College Singapore

    DULWICH COLLEGE SINGAPORE - Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

    The seventh school to join the Dulwich family of schools, the EYFS curriculum is used for children aged 2 to 5. Called DUCKS (Dulwich College Kindergarten School), the children are exposed to a dual language environment, each class with one Mandarin and at least one English teacher. Dulwich is the first international school in Singapore with a Forest School integration and is also accredited (UK's Forest School Learning Initiative). Children in the reception year get involved in a House system, which fosters camaraderie and rapport amongst students with a side of healthy competition. Specialist teachers are available for music, PE, and swimming. Library visits are also mandatory, once a week with the class, and the children get to enjoy more than 14,000 books.

    Dulwich College Singapore, 71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Singapore, 658966, +65 6890 1003,

  • Students Tanglin Singapore

    TANGLIN TRUST SCHOOL - Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

    With over 95 years of experience in education, Tanglin uses EYFS's main principles as a background for their early years' curriculum. But they also equip their youngest learners with 21st-century skills. Their curriculum includes art & design, Chinese for native and non-native speakers, English, humanities (geography and history), information technology, library curriculum, mathematics, PE, PSCHE (health and self-care). They cater to individual learning needs and ensure that support is given to each child accordingly. The school also has an open-door policy, and parents can meet up with teachers for progress reports whenever possible. They have a maximum number of 20 students in nursery classes, with three teachers. For reception classes, a maximum of 24 students with two teachers.

    Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299, +65 6778 5577,

  • British Council Singapore

    BRITISH COUNCIL PRESCHOOL - Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

    Located in the Tampines Center of the British Council, their Preschool shares the location of one of their English centers. Offering nursery and kindergarten, they have five out of nine classrooms that are custom designed for young learners. Mixing the best practices from both the UK and Singapore curriculums, a typical child's day involves indoor music and movement class, aside from the usual activities. The curriculum is also offered bilingually, with one English and one Mandarin teacher present in each class. Chinese art, music, and literature are also introduced to further the appreciation of the culture.

    British Council Preschool, 11 Tampines Concourse, #01-02/03/04, Singapore, 528729, +65 6807 1588,

  • Garden Primus Singapore

    PRIMUS SCHOOLHOUSE BY INVICTUS - Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

    The EYFS curriculum is offered for children aged 18 months to 2 years in prenursery. It is used side by side with the learning goals of the Singapore curriculum. To further understand how a child learns, the school has four learning dispositions: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically, A Sense of Self. A child's daily experience in school revolves around these. Each class has a lead English and lead Mandarin teacher for bilingual learning. There is a full-day option, from 8.45 am to 2.45 pm, and a half-day option until 12.30 pm. Before and After School care is also available, from 7.30 am until 7 pm.

    Primus Schoolhouse by Invictus,,

    Primus Schoolhouse Alexandra, 321 Alexandra Road, #03-11 Alexandra Central Mall, Singapore 159971, +65 6252 3024

    Primus Schoolhouse Bukit Timah, 70 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289758, +65 6573 8441

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