Children entering Durham School Dubai in EYFS start Foundation Stage 1 in the September after their third birthday.  The Early Years Foundation Stage is a two-year phase. Teaching assistants support the class teachers in the delivery of the curriculum and specialist teachers deliver carousel activities in Art, Music and Computing, as well as an informal approach to Arabic. The children in Foundation Stage will also love visiting the Library each week.

The children have a dedicated play area featuring a range of activities, including wheeled vehicles, keeping them fully occupied at break times!  Our talented and experienced staff provide a range of changing outdoor play activities such as water, sand, mark making and small world. The learning environments are a hive of activity providing the children with a range of multi-sensory activities. Display areas celebrate the children’s work across all curriculum areas.  All classrooms have interactive whiteboards to support the children’s learning; these offer ways to support and consolidate day to day skills and allow access to the world outside through interactive websites.

The children get the opportunity to play outdoors for most of the year and eat their lunch indoors in our fantastic canteen. Foundation Stage children will spend an increased amount of curriculum time outdoors during the cooler months with art, physical, creative, mathematical and language tasks and resources available outside.


Early Years in Durham School Dubai will be a delightful experience filled with exciting learning opportunities and lots of fun! We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is broken down into 7 areas further divided into Prime and Specific areas.

The three Prime Areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The four Specific Areas are:

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

Our classrooms and outdoor areas are organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. At Durham School Dubai, we believe that children learn through play and this is part of the continuous work in the Foundation Stage. It is the natural way for children to learn and it is a vehicle that provides access to the curriculum and a useful approach to learning.

Opportunities to enrich the curriculum are developed through trips and visitors. Parents are invited into school to attend school productions that are appropriate to the children’s age. The children have great fun preparing for these through songs, actions, dance and some speaking parts.

If you would like a tour of our EYFS facility you can contact the main reception where our staff will be happy to make an appointment for you.