Pre Primary Schooling

3 to 4 Years

The Foundation Programme Is Designed To Prepare Your Child to Thrive In Primary School.
Foundation - Foundation PSED at a Nursery and Preschool in Abu Dhabi and Dubai


3 to 4 Years

The Foundation Programme Is Designed To Prepare Your Child to Thrive In Primary School.

Within the Pre Primary Schooling or FS-1 programme, your child will expand on their knowledge and experience through play-based activities.

Every game has a purpose and every activity has a positive lesson and outcome. We continue developing routines, all the while expanding their literacy, math, and social skills in our FS1 schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Personal, Social And Emotional Development

A positive outlook and relationships are so important for your child’s happy future in school and later in life. It’s crucial for your child to see adults as resources and as partners in their learning.

As they master how to collaborate with others, to care for materials, and to do so independently, they are comfortable with others and themselves, preparing them to navigate the world confidently.

We give your child the time, space and material they need to explore, build their awareness, and make happy, lasting connections to people and things.

We’ll help them to:

  • Play together, make new friends, be inclusive of others
  • Feel confidence and build self-awareness
  • Manage their feelings and behaviour, using a wide range of emotional vocabulary, and providing materials (such as photographs, pictures, music NS persona dolls) to help children consider feelings
  • Find ways to boost others and the group, feel better about themselves
  • Deal with conflicting opinions as they arise

Physical Development

At our FS schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, we encourage your child to move often and move well, with controlled effort, developing this with the use of intentional vocabulary. Your little one stays active and energetic, learning that physical activity is important in maintaining good health. We also speak to them about the importance of hand-washing, and help them develop new good habits of self-care in the areas where they need them most. We help them to:
  • Be motivated to stay active through play
  • Take care when moving freely and take care of their body
  • Build spatial awareness. For example: providing a range of construction toys for different sizes that can be attached together in a variety of ways
  • Safeguard against future health problems by being active with lively games

Communication And Language

We foster your child’s enjoyment of spoken as well as written language by providing interesting and stimulating play opportunities. Sharing in rhymes, books and stories from different cultures, they learn focus, listening and attention.

We give your child opportunities both to speak and to listen, while ensuring that the needs of any children learning English as an additional language are met, so that they can participate fully.

We help them to:

  • Listen for a signal, such as during ‘Simon Says’, or ‘ready, steady… go!’
  • Prompt their thinking and discussion through involvement in their play, and to reflect upon and explain events
  • Expand more on what they say, introducing and reinforcing the use of more complex sentences


We provide some simple poetry, song, and fiction and non-fiction books in all areas, for example, the construction area as well as the book area. Your child will understand what a word is by using names and labels and by pointing out words in the environment and in books.

At this stage we begin to experiment with writing and your child will delight in recognising and writing their own name.

We help them to:

  • Write for a purpose, as well as writing poems and short stories along with other activities
  • Write during role-play and other activities
  • Use their phonic knowledge when writing


We support your child’s developing understanding of numbers, counting and abstraction. Demonstrating shape, position and measures in discussion, your child is encouraged to talk about what shapes they see and use.

By modelling and encouraging the use of mathematical language and asking questions, we demonstrate expert language as well as the foundation skills required for math comprehension.

For experiential play, we have large and small blocks and boxes available for construction both indoors and outdoors, and prepare games involving your child positioning themselves “inside”, “behind”, “on top”, and so on.

We help them to:

  • Use number language, e.g. ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’, ‘lots’, ‘fewer’, ‘hundreds’, ‘how many?’ and ‘count’ in a variety of situations
  • Understand how shapes are arranged and used in constructions

Understanding The World

We raise your child’s awareness of features in the environment (of the nursery and immediate local area), introducing vocabulary that enables your child to discuss their observations and to ask questions.

Your little one is encouraged to talk about your home and their community life as we learn to share in other people’s experiences and interests. They become increasingly familiar with pieces of ICT apparatus they see or that they use, with adult supervision.

We’ll help them to:

  • Preserve memories of special events, for example: by making a book, collecting photographs, tape recording, drawing and writing
  • Become familiar with simple equipment they use, for example: by twisting or turning a knob

Expressive Arts And Design

By dipping into imaginary worlds and encouraging inventiveness, your child is certain to have experiences that stimulate their interest and creativity. Introducing different ideas, colours and textures, as well as a vocabulary that enables them to talk about their observations and experiences, they learn to develop their creative skills.

We encourage your child’s growing interest in and use of colour. We also actively support your child in thinking about what they want to create, the processes that may be involved and the materials and resources they might need. What excites their creative minds, excites us!

We’ll help them to:

  • Make step-by-step creative plans along with troubleshooting
  • Be imaginative and think outside the box
  • Tell their own story, based on their experiences and the people and places they know well.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

For children starting in September and January, there is a Parent’s Information session.

This is a great opportunity for you as a parent to meet your child’s Educators and explore their new classrooms and the nursery environment. During the session, your child’s Educator will talk about the first few days of nursery and settling-in, our approach and curriculum, the class’s daily routine, health, safety and hygiene, drop off and pick up timings, snacks/lunch, diapers and toileting and the variety of activities you and your child will be involved in while at Step By Step Nursery.

These sessions also give parents an opportunity to ask any additional questions and meet our Nursery Director and Nurse.

Parents of children who start at other times during the year are welcome to set up an appointment to meet with their child’s Educator individually.

We firmly believe that children benefit from a regular routine with a good balance of activities. Each classroom at Step By Step Nursery displays the day’s schedule in picture form for the children to view and in written form for the parents; this clear structure informs children what will happen throughout the day, which helps them feel safe and secure and builds their confidence and self-control.

Research shows that a high-quality nursery curriculum strengthens a child’s personal, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and physical skills. Keeping this research in mind, at Step By Step Nursery, we have embraced best practices to form our unique Learning Triangle Curriculum (LTC). The LTC is based on the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, enriched by the Reggio Emilia approach and further enhanced by our own Exposure to Languages Programme. The LTC encourages your child to learn and develop through experiences and activities where they explore, play, create and use their imagination.

Yes we do. We have specialist Educators for Music and Movement and Arabic.

All children at Step By Step Nursery have Music and Movement sessions to encourage the appreciation of moving, singing and listening to music. Music enhances brain development especially spatial orientation and the ability to think mathematically.

As a part of our unique Learning Triangle Curriculum, children at Step By Step Nursery are exposed to Arabic language. Our dedicated and specialized Educator exposes children to these languages through stories, songs, nursery rhymes and other activities.

We do not have television at Step By Step Nursery. However our children do use educational programmes on the tablet or computer and are made familiar with many different technological devices.

Occasionally, we will use the tablet or computer for specific educational purposes, to enhance and demonstrate a point directly related to the topic, for example to show an animal in motion.

We use Thinking Time to encourage appropriate behaviour in the nursery setting and our aim is for the child to learn to discriminate between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. When Thinking Time is necessary, the child is told in a calm but firm voice that the particular behaviour is unacceptable and is then removed from the situation for Thinking Time. The child is given direction as to the acceptable behaviour, for example, ‘we take turns’ or ‘we share’ and can then rejoin the group. Thinking Time is based on the age of the child, for example if a child is 3 years old, Thinking Time is 3 minutes.

Parents need to provide a healthy snack and either a hot or cold lunch for their child. These should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and classroom. We are a sweet/candy, nuts, including peanuts and fizzy drinks free nursery and request that you refrain from sending any snack/lunch containing these items. Additionally, you also need to provide the following:

  • 2 spare set of clothes
  • Nappies, wet wipes and any creams that you use
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • An old t-shirt for art and messy activities
  • Water bottle

All of these items should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

Please remember to alert our Nurse and your child’s Educator about any food or other allergies your child has. Because of allergies, we do not allow children to share their food.

We post a list of children (including photo) with allergies in their classroom and in the Nurse’s room. Additionally, an Action Plan for each child with an allergy is made between the Nurse and parent and is approved by the nursery Doctor.

To protect the safety of children with severe peanut allergies, please note we are a peanut/nuts free nursery. We do not allow peanuts or other nuts to be sent in children’s snack/lunch boxes. If you are sending a birthday cake, birthday cupcakes or any treats for your child’s class please ensure that they are peanut/nut free.

In general, we do not move children from one class to the next, except at the end of the nursery year. Your child will stay in a class with children their own age.

Our experienced Educators will prepare your child, through the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to develop their social, language, physical and mathematical skills, which are needed and required for ‘big school’.

Our unique curriculum exposes your child to a wide variety of experiences and activities, which encourage them to become independent decision makers and confident lifelong learners.

English Language is at the core of all our activities. Our Educators use grammatically correct spoken English in the classroom and will encourage your child to do the same.

Our experienced Educators will motivate and support your child to work independently, listen to and follow instructions, share and take turns. Your child will also be encouraged to participate in small and large group activities.

Our print and picture rich environment inspires literacy development in all children. Your child will be encouraged to identify words and signs in the environment, look at and discuss books and pictures, listen to and tell stories.

We expose children to many mathematical concepts such as big and small, full and empty as well as numbers and shapes.

Our Educators encourage children to participate in experiences and activities both indoors and outdoors that assist in the development of their big and small muscles.

We assure you that our rising 5’s, when they graduate from Step By Step Nursery, are ready for ‘big school’.

At Step by Step Nursery, we recognise and emphasize that each child is unique, important, accepted, secure, included and respected. Our environment gives children the incentive to engage in explorative play, whilst learning in our secure, yet challenging, indoor and outdoor areas.

At Step by Step Nursery we provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our employees and a safe early learning environment in which children learn and are cared for. To develop and promote a strong health and safety culture within the nursery for the benefit of all staff, children and parents, we provide information, training and supervision. We also accept our responsibility for the health and safety of other people who may be affected by our activities. We have set a “Health and Safety Policy” which we follow to ensure that all reasonably practical steps are taken to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons using the premises.

At Step by Step Nursery we know how important sleep is for your little one. It’s important that all children have enough sleep to support their development, in a safe and secure environment.

We recognise parents’ knowledge of their child with regards to sleep routines and we will where possible, work together to ensure each child’s individual sleep routines and well-being continues to be met. However, staff will not force a child to sleep or keep them awake against his or her will.

Staff will discuss any changes in sleep routines at the end of the day and share observations and information about children’s behaviour when they do not receive enough sleep.


Call +971 (4) 447 3445 or click here to book your tour.

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Please note the Arabic translation is being automatically generated by Google Translate and may not be 100% accurate. Step By Step Nursery is not responsible for any incorrect translation.

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