AGES 3–5


In our private, Preschool programme, known as the Early Years at the British International School of Houston, our qualified and specialist teachers build the foundation for a lifetime of learning in our nurturing environment. The structured EYFS curriculum from the UK allows our youngest learners to enjoy play-based activities that encourage their love for learning. We begin to develop the whole child from the age of three, nurturing their emotional well-being as well as their cognitive and social development.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework

The British International School of Houston’s approach is constructivist-based, enquiry-driven, and concept-based following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework from the UK. This draws from the best teaching approaches around the world, such as Reggio Emilia, Anji Play, and Montessori methods.  


What We Believe About Our Littlest Learners 

At BIS Houston, we believe:

The Goals of Our Private, International Preschool in Houston 

With these things in mind, the British International School of Houston’s Early Years programme develops early academic knowledge, skills, and understanding.  

BIS Houston’s programme specifically: 

The Three Prime Areas of Development

The British ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) Framework provides the scaffolding of the children’s learning and development at the British International School of Houston. There are seven areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected.  

Within this, there are three essential aspects of children’s natural development that are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, including building their capacity to learn while helping them form relationships and thrive.

These three areas, called ‘Prime Areas’, are:

Specific Areas

The British International School of Houston also supports children’s learning through four ‘Specific Areas’, through which, the three Prime Areas are strengthened and applied.  

The Specific Areas are:

The Characteristics of Effective Learning 

Underpinning all the Prime and Specific Areas are the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning':

These Characteristics of Effective Learning are the key traits of successful learners and how we empower children to develop and apply their acquired knowledge throughout their earliest years. Such characteristics are essential for future learning and later success.

During their time in Early Years, children’s learning is continually assessed across all seven areas of learning against the Early Years Learning Outcomes to inform ‘next steps’ in learning and to help teachers plan responsively for each child’s individual learning. The Outcomes are also used to track children’s learning throughout their time in Early Years and to support their transition into Primary School.


The British International School of Houston recognises every child’s interests, talents, and goals. Through projects and activities, our highly experienced teachers build up your child’s strengths to help them excel through globally benchmarked curricula – so they’ll eventually discover their own pathway to the future.

BIS Houston early years students