early years programme

The Concept

The Early Years Programme uses international best practices, holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development. It is designed around eight learning principles that we consider essential to children’s learning and development

  1. The earliest years of life are important in their own right.

  2. Children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace.

  3. Play is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development.

  4. Learning happens when experiences harness children’s natural curiosity in an enabling environment.

  5. Independent and interdependent learning experiences create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international mindedness.

  6. Knowledge and skills development lead to an increasing sense of understanding when children are provided with opportunities to explore and express their ideas in multiple ways.

  7. Ongoing assessment, in the form of evaluation and reflection, is effective when it involves a learning-link with home.

  8. Learning should be motivating, engaging and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish.


The Early Years Programme has a clear rationale, aligned to each individual Taaleem school and to the National Educational Vision of the UAE.

It has three major areas which are fundamental. 

These are: 

1   Personal, social and innovation skills:

Making relationships, developing self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour and understanding Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures

2   Communication and language:

Listening, understanding and speaking in Arabic and English, French or German

3   Physical development

Movement, health and self-care

It also has specific areas which include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

These are:

- Literacy – reading and writing in Arabic and English

- Mathematics – numbers, shape, space and measure

- Understanding the world – people and communities, the world, science and technology 

- Expressive arts and design – exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative.


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