Early Years Curriculum and Routines

ELA Basel implements the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum from the UK. This curriculum sets the standards that ensure children learn and develop at an appropriate pace. It promotes teaching and learning that prepares children for school giving them a broad range of knowledge, skills and learning experiences that provides a solid foundation for future progress through school and life.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) there are seven areas of learning. There are three prime areas, which support development in all the others:


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


There are four specific areas of learning that impart essential skills and knowledge which children require to participate successfully in society:


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities.


Play is essential to children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. Continuous observations feed into planning to ensure that there is a good balance of age-appropriate child-initiated and adult-led activities. Staff respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction.


Early Years Schedule for Morning Arrival

All Babies and Toddlers may arrive between 7:30am and 9:00am
All Pre-School children may arrive between 7:30am and 8:45am

Early Years Schedule for Collection

Early Years Day  |  Children may be collected at 3:30pm Monday to Thursday and 2:00pm on Friday

Early Years Schedule for Collection

Early Years Extended Day  |  Children may be collected between 4:30pm and 6:00pm Monday to Friday

A gentle, soft start to the day supports  parents when dropping their child off at their group. Parents have time to talk with staff and are secure in the knowledge their child is settled and happy. During drop-off time children have the opportunity to initiate their own play and explore the environment.


On the ground floor there are three rooms for our youngest children whose ages range from 3 to 17 months. Within these rooms lots of natural resources are provided along with treasure baskets, cloth books, balls and push along toys all of which are enjoyed by the infants.


On the first floor there are four rooms catering for our Toddlers. Toddlers transition from their Baby group in the month they are 17 months old. Toddlers stay on this floor until the month they turn three years old, they then transition to Pre-School. There is also a soft-play room on this floor for the children to enjoy.


In the Baby and Toddler rooms there are dedicated changing facilities and each Baby room has a fridge store milk.


On the second floor there are four rooms catering for our Pre-School children.  The age on this floor can range from three  to four years.  All the toddler and Pre-School rooms have areas of continuous provision, such as a home corner, construction, mark making and book areas.


Staff observe the children as individuals. They take these observations into account when planning weekly activities linked to the monthly topic. Children’s interests and passions are observed and catered for.


We follow a daily routine which supports the children in feeling safe and secure.


A morning snack is provided for each child. Babies may receive cereal, apple puree or fruit and bread depending on their age and stage of development. The Toddlers and the Pre-School children receive a variety of seasonal fruits and bread along with a drink of milk or water.


During the morning Babies, Toddlers and Pre-School children all take part in Circle Time within their group. They welcome each other, sing songs, read a book, use puppets and take part in interactive games. After Circle Time children are encouraged to take part in an adult led activity which has been pre-planned to meet particular learning outcomes.


All the children thoroughly enjoy going into the garden to play. They can choose to play on the tricycles, the slide, the climbing frame or in the sand pit. Staff also supervise children playing with hoops, balls and skipping ropes.


Our cooks prepare lunches for our youngest children, which may be puree or pieces of vegetables.  When a baby turns 1 year old, they are introduced to the menu of the house. Our cooks provide healthy nutritious lunches which are cooked on the premises. Care is taken in preparation and presentation and all of the children eat well. Dietary requirements and needs are catered for.


After lunch children brush their teeth and get ready for an afternoon nap. After their nap, the children may go into the garden again or play in their group room.


We say goodbye to some children at 3.30pm. The children who stay enjoy an afternoon snack together. They can then play in their group, have fun in the soft-play room, read stories together, play with puzzles or listen to music until they are collected at the end of a busy day.