Early Years - BJAB - British Junior Academy of Brussels

Early Years Foundation Stages

PreKindergarten through Reception

To enquire about admissions to the Early Years Programme, please submit your information request to our Admissions Officer here.

BJAB offers half-day and full-day enrollment in our PreKindergarten and Kindergarten classes for children from ages 2.5 to 4 and full-time enrollment in our Reception class for children ages 4 to 5. Our small classes and generous teacher to pupil ratio allows each child individualised support.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum concentrates on seven areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Teaching is often done through play with children learning about subjects and other people through games, songs, and other creative activities. These varied activities expand literacy and numeracy skills, as well as developing key skills to understand the world. Our core curriculum is taught entirely in English by qualified British teachers. Children also participate in some activities taught in French.

Learning observations allow teachers to track and share children’s progress with parents, supported with evidence to mark key achievements. At the end of the Reception year, an assessment profile of each child is passed on to the teacher of the next curriculum phase as children transition into Year 1.

Our Early Years classes take place on the Lower School site.
For more information about our buildings and a virtual tour, visit our Facilities page.

A Day in Early Years

The schedule below reflects a sample day for our Kindergarten class. Timetables change each year and are provided to parents at the start of the school year. 

8:00 Arrival at school & play while settling into class
9:00 Music & movement
10:00 Morning playtime (on the playground)
10:15 Snack in class
10:30 Circle time: Numbers
10:45 French language activity
11:30 Afternoon playtime (on the playground)
12:00 Lunch (in the Sunshine Gym)
12:30 Nap or quiet time
1:00 Outside learning
2:30 Snack and storytime
3:00 Playtime
3:20 Dismissal
3:30 – 6:00 Garderie service available


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