Education and Learning


At DBF, we offer an enriched EYFS programme from the National Curriculum for England, designed to meet the unique and diverse educational and developmental needs of Dubai’s international and multi-cultural student population. The National Curriculum for England is divided into ‘Key Stages’, with The Early Years Foundation Stage followed by Key Stage 1 and 2.

Early Years Foundation Stage (
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

A detailed base line assessment occurs when your child is first admitted to the school, whether entering at FS1 or FS2.

Entry to DBF is dependent upon an assessment of your child’s readiness for school. All parents are given an appointment for their child to attend for assessment, once an online application has been made and the application fee has been paid.

The assessment of your child is conducted by an Early Years specialist and the information gathered forms an important part of the initial base line assessment process.

All assessments are carried out in an enjoyable, play-based and fun manner, with an emphasis upon interacting with your child and recording observations.

At the discretion of the Principal, some parents may be permitted to be present during the assessment. This can be extremely helpful, especially if your child’s first language is not English.

Once your child is admitted to the school, there will be ongoing assessments made of your child’s progress, based on the observations of the specialist staff who work with your child.

At the end of their time at DBF, we will have a detailed picture of your child’s progress and attainment across the Foundation Stage.

A detailed record of your child’s learning journey, identifying developmental milestones achieved, is shared with parents and used to aid a smooth transition into Year 1 of Primary School.

Effective assessment is achieved through skillful observation and assessment for learning (A4L) procedures rather than formal testing, in keeping with appropriate early years methodology and best practice.