AGES 18 months–5 years old


Under the structure of the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, our students develop quickly, guided by our talented and attentive teachers at BSB Shunyi. Supported in our EYFS classrooms, we give your child the strongest possible springboard into their future education in Primary and beyond.

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Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is led by our very experienced and caring teachers. They ensure our young learners are happy from the start of their first school experience in our fantastic nursery at the British School of Beijing, Shunyi. With personalised attention to each child, your child will grow and thrive, as we work from their individual starting points: they develop their skills and personalities, build their confidence, and form lasting bonds with peers and teachers.

EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of children up to age five. It prepares them for Primary School, developing their knowledge and skills.

At this early age, children are still learning to play, explore, create, and think critically. To focus their progress, our highly trained teachers engage them in activities shaped by seven Areas of Learning and Development. We use these interconnected areas to promote children’s individual interests and unique learning needs. 

Prime areas
The programme is comprised of seven areas of learning with a basis in three Prime Areas:

• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development

Specific areas
The Prime Areas underpin learning in all other areas and helps children to develop skills in the following four Specific areas:

• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design


We build downtime into our daily routine, so that our young students recharge before a new lesson. Our little ones enjoy discovering our open play areas, which are specifically designed to create fun playing experiences.

Purpose-built learning spaces in both the indoor and outdoor classrooms allow children the freedom to grow independently with a cycle track, dedicated playgrounds, climbing areas and many open-ended, large-scale resources. As they develop confidence in their surroundings, they can use other facilities within the school – like our library, music rooms, sports hall and dedicated Early Years swimming pool.


At BSB Shunyi, we treat your child as an individual by noting how your child learns best and personalising their learning to suit. We recognise that every child is different but should be treated equally. This establishes a method for learning that can last a lifetime and have a positive effect on academic results in later life.

Your child's teacher will plan personalised, engaging and inspiring learning experiences to allow your child to develop their interests and achieve the academic outcomes for their age.  


We recognise that, to achieve world-class results at IGCSE and IBDP in Secondary school, it is essential that the foundations for learning in the early years are secure and that personal progression is consistently monitored.

We therefore aim to provide our early years children with the academic knowledge and practical skills they need to become successful lifelong learners.



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