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We are an English-speaking, British-managed international nursery school following the English National Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). This is enhanced by the inclusion of good practice from around the world, including the local Arabic language and culture.

Each child is special and treated as an individual. Our staff provide a learning programme tailored to the individual learning and developmental needs of each child.

The curriculum is coordinated by an experienced and fully qualified British Lead Teacher with recent experience of managing a nursery in the UK. She brings with her extensive knowledge of the EYFS and current UK best-practice. She plays a key role in staff training, as well as ensuring consistency of teaching practice and quality across all classes and all branches of Acorn Nursery.

Introduction to the EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. It is the stautory framework for England, meaning that all nurseries and school Foundation Stage classes (sometimes referred to as Reception classes) in England are required by law to follow the EYFS.

At Acorn Nurseries, we use the EYFS as the basis for everything we do although we have to adapt it in places to meet local requirements and cultural expectations. For example, we include some Arabic in our curriculum while some of the specific references in the EYFS to English law and legal requirements are not relevant.

A company called 4 Children has created an excellent parents' guide to child development in the early years foundation stage entitled 'What to Expect When' which can be downloaded here.

The Seven Areas of Learning

The EYFS categorises child development in to 3 Prime Areas (particularly important during the first 3 years) and 4 Specific Areas of learning:

Prime areas of learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Physical Development
Communication and Language

Specific areas of learning

Understanding the World
Expressive Art and Design


The EYFS curriculum provides guidance across all the seven areas of what children might be expected to be doing at a certain age. However, all children are different and do not develop at the same rate.

Curriculum Planning

Children learn through play, so we support your child's development through providing a range of different activities, games and play opportunities. These are carefully planned by our teachers to ensure children are given a rich, diverse and stimulating range of experiences that are age appropriate and expose them to all seven areas of learning.

Assessment and Reporting

At Acorn Nursery we keep detailed records of the development of each individual child to track their progress against the learning goals set out in the EYFS. This data is used to inform our own teaching and planning, as well as for regular progress reports to parents.

As children outgrow the nursery, we assist parents by completing the detailed child development reports that are an entry requirement to many of the top international schools in Qatar.