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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the UK statutory educational framework for children up to the age of five, setting out seven key areas of learning around which activities should be based. The EYFS sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

All children are individuals and will be ready for nursery and school at different ages. For young children, we do not expect toilet training but parents must provide nappies for daily use. Most children will be out of nappies by around 3 years of age and we expect children to be out of nappies before starting Reception, unless there is a medical reason as to why this is not possible.

Children in Nursery need to attend for a minimum of 5 half-day sessions each week, so you need to be confident that your son or daughter is ready for that step.  We encourage greater attendance for Kindergarten and would expect children in Reception year to attend full-time.

In our experience we find that children enjoy learning through play and socialising with other children from an early age, so we recommend starting at any age from 2 years upwards.

It covers the welfare and development of children.

The welfare section covers:

      •     Basic checks, such as ensuring staff have undergone all relevant security checks

      •     Facilities and equipment safe and suitable for children

      •     Quality of the environment, for example, it recommends there should be some access to outdoor space

The learning and development section covers:

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

EYFS guidelines state that your child should have a ‘key person’ at Nursery, Kindergarten or Reception class who is responsible for putting together information on your child’s development. You can ask to see this information, share your own impressions and build on what your child is learning at home.

There is regular contact with your child’s key person. Before your child joins Nursery, Kindergarten or Reception, you will be invited into school to meet staff including your child’s key person.

Once your son or daughter begins school, there are frequent opportunities to meet and talk to the key person and other members of the team. There are special parents’ meetings for specific discussion on how your child is progressing, and other opportunities when parents are invited into school for informal meetings with staff and other parents.

Children will be able to take home examples of their work and activity to show parents. At the end of each term, parents will receive a written report on their child’s progress and achievements. At the end of Reception Year, a more detailed report will be provided to inform parents about their child’s learning and future education needs.

Our staff will always be happy to discuss your child’s learning programme with you.  Timetables and information letters are sent home regularly to keep you informed about the topics and your child’s work. Evidence is kept in each child’s personal portfolio and they also have books and folders that you will be able to look at regularly.

We offer regular parent-teacher meetings as well as information meetings about the Reading programme that we follow in school. This enables parents to support their child at home.

Our teachers work closely with parents throughout the school to ensure that an appropriate onward school is chosen for each child. On leaving the Bluebird, children will be well-equipped to enter Grade 1 in any school system, and will have a record of their progress to inform future schools.

We maintain good relationships and regular contacts with other international schools, which will enable a smooth transition to the next academic stage.

Bluebird is surely not cheap in any sense. Please consider what value we offer for your child’s education – for example our staff, children ratios, our building and equipment are all up to latest standards; our teachers and staff are selected by strictest standards.

We are convinced that we offer ‘Best Value for Money’ possible. Please compare our rates; we are sure you will find that you do the very best for your child by registering with Bluebird British International Preschool.

Please visit our website and complete our online contact us form, so that we can contact you to provide more information about our school.  You can also participate in our open house events where numerous presentations about our programmes are provided.

9. May I come visit the school?

Definitely, you can schedule a visit/tour to the school and our front desk officers will help to arrange that for you. Reach out to our colleagues via [email protected] or 023 633 5666.

10. What is your snack and lunch programme like?

Hot breakfast and lunch are cooked at our school for students, following the set menu provided to parents at the beginning of every month. Dessert and fruit are also available daily during snack time.

11. When does school day start and end?

The school day starts at 7:30 AM when the main gate is opened to receive students. School will finish at 5:00 PM. Parents are advised to pre-arrange late collection of the child with the administrator if they can’t collect their child at 5PM.    

12. What is a British Education System?

The British Education System is based around the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the UK statutory educational framework for children up to the age of five, setting out seven key areas of learning around which activities should be based. The EYFS sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

13. What makes Bluebird unique?

Bluebird employs Professionally Qualified Early Years Teachers. Most Preschools in Phnom Penh employ teachers with TEFL qualifications which are not suitable. In the UK, the TEFL qualification is not an Early Years recognised teaching qualification and anyone with it can not get a job in any school following the British Curriculum.

14. Why is Bluebird the best preschool for your child?

Bluebird employs professionally qualified teachers who each have many years experience of delivery the highest level of childcare. We follow the British Curriculum which is the best educational framework in the world. Our teaching assistants and other Khmer staff ensure that we also stay true to our culture. Our facilities are specifically designed to provide the best learning environment. We work with closely with parents and offer an open door policy for parents to meet with teachers and our school principal to discuss their child’s progress. Our extra curricular activities are designed to help your children grow in all areas. Finally, Bluebird is committed to delivering the highest level of education and is leading the way in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

15. Why Does Bluebird Follow the EYFS?

At Bluebird, we comply with all the standards the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets to ensure that children enrolled with us learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. With this, we promote teaching and learning to ensure children’s school readiness and give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

16. How many children are in each class? What are the Teacher to Child ratios?

There are up to 24 children in each class. We have a staff ratio of 1 to 8 for 3-5 year olds, 1 – 4 for 2 year olds. These ratios meet the requirements of the EYFS.

17. Does Bluebird provide meetings for parents and teachers to discuss the children’s progress?

Yes, our teachers meet 4 times a year for a formal Parent Teacher Conference (PTC). The teachers will go through the children assessment report which will inform about the child’s development in each area of the early learning goals. We also have an open door policy where you can come and informally talk with the Teachers or School Principal at any time.

18. Do you provide field trips?

Yes, Bluebird does provide school field trips and these are included in our annual fees. We schedule field trips for at least once per term. The trips are focused on the plans and activities that the children have been learning throughout the term.

19. Do you offer extra curriculum activities?

Yes, Bluebird does offer extra curricular activities and they are also included in the annual fees. We provide physical activities including swimming, football, and yoga. We also provide Khmer Language and Khmer Maths classes and a Health and Hygiene class. We only use professional tutors and trainers in our extra curricular activities each bringing their own experience and expertise in their own field.

20. Who will care for my child during the school day?

All our Early Years Teachers are qualified to care for as well as teach your children, however, to assist them with the care, each child is allocated a key worker who isa Khmer Teaching Assistant. The Assistants will ensure your child is taken to the toilet regularly, nappy changed if necessary, and that they drink plenty of water and eat well. They help them to take care of they own health and hygiene and make sure all personal needs are met.

21. What is Bluebird’s Child Protection Policy and why is it in place? 

Bluebird has a comprehensive Child Protection Policy that is readily available to all staff and parents. This policy aims to: 

• provide all staff the understanding of school child safeguarding procedures and of their responsibilities for identifying and reporting actual or suspected abuse;

• ensure all staff follow the appropriate procedures for identifying and reporting abuse allegations;

• promote effective liaison with other child-focused agencies in order to work together for the protection of all children; and

• support children’ development in ways which will foster security, confidence and independence If you would like to view our Policy in full, please ask a member of staff at any time.

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