Early Years

Early Years | Ages 3-4

Early Years is the bedrock of education. It’s a unique short timespan where the brain is most malleable, and language is best acquired.

At The British School of Barcelona we support children in their transition in their first school years and ensure learning is a positive experience by:

  • Establishing positive learning habits
  • Delivering age-appropriate high-quality experiences
  • Providing caring and supportive environments
  • Nurturing health and emotional wellbeing
  • Fostering a global mindset

We offer an educational journey that lasts until 18. Evidence tells us that if we get it right in the early years, we can expect to see children thrive throughout school and their adult lives.

Early Years education takes place at The British School of Barcelona campuses of Castelldefells, Sitges and BSB City (opening September 2021 in Barcelona city).


Early English Language Acquisition

We offer a holistic, fully immersive English language learning environment

Early Mastery of Literacy and Maths

Children develop key early learning skills in reading, writing and mathematics

A Longlife Love of Learning

Our specialist teachers ensure high levels of motivation and engagement through a range of activities

Character Development

Independent Real Life Learning

Children learn to work both independently and collaboratively

Wellbeing at the Heart of Provision

We care for the personal, social and emotional development of the children

International Environment

Our children learn to celebrate diversity and develop a global mindset

Our Learning Community

A Welcoming Community

Our families feel a sense of community and belonging from their first day at BSB

Partnership & Progression

We work in close partnership with parents and provide regular feedback

The 7 Areas of Learning

The statutory EYFS Framework explains how and what children in our early years settings will be learning to support their development. There are seven areas of learning:

Children will learn to work and play in a group, be self-confident, take an interest in things, know what their own needs are and tell the difference between right and wrong.
Children will learn to listen attentively in a range of situations, talk confidently and clearly in English, follow instructions and respond to questions about stories and events.
Children will learn to move confidently, negotiating space, and controlling their body in large and small movements. They will learn to handle tools effectively, including pencils for writing. They will be able to dress and undress, manage their own personal hygiene and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
Children will use synthetic phonics to read and write some familiar words and sentences and learn to form letters. They will talk with confidence about stories and their characters, using their imagination to predict what comes next.
Children will develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. They will extend their knowledge of numbers and explore concepts such as addition and subtraction using objects. They will be aware of shapes, space and measures.
Children will explore and find out about the world around them, asking questions about it. They will experience everyday technology and learn what it is used for. They will find out about past events in their lives and their families’ lives. They will find out about different cultures and traditions.
Children will explore colours and shapes, use different materials, create models, experiment with music and dance, tell stories and gain confidence in self-expression.

Welcome to Early Years