In early July, BIEA and Guancui Education Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Shenzhen on building “China’s first EYFS demonstration nursery.” At the end of August, the BIEA early years education team were able to conduct their first visit to the demonstration nursery.

The visit mainly focused on seeing how the nursery carried out two major areas: EYFS training for the Shenzhen demonstration nursery team and tracking the progress of EYFS implementation in the Shenzhen demonstration nursery as well as carrying out an assessment of present and future needs.

During the visit, the head of the BIEA’s early-years education team introduced the background and teaching characteristics of EYFS, how to adapt EYFS to help children’s learning and development, EYFS environmental creation alongside other aspects of EYFS. The lively demonstration of examples and the theories from UK nurseries gave the participants a comprehensive and profound understanding of the EYFS, which they found helpful in assisting the Shenzhen demonstration nursery team to further promote the implementation of the EYFS within the setting.

After the EYFS training, the BIEA early-years education team and the Shenzhen demonstration nursery team talked about the topic of progress tracking, summarising EYFS promotion work, and deciding on the needs of the next project. They requested “pre-implementation training for teachers”, guidance on “environmental creation (regional construction)”, “one-day routine schedule development” and “home-school education provision” before fully implementing EYFS within the setting. The BIEA early-years education team recorded the above requirements and was able to confirm that they would be addressed within the time required.

With an increasing demand for the British early-years education, more and more international nurseries have recorded a strong interest in British EYFS and want to apply it in their own settings. The BIEA Shenzhen demonstration nursery cooperation project has set a benchmark for EYFS implementation in China.

BIEA also plans to launch the E-league (an alliance promoting British Early Years Education) project in response to the current strong demand. Backed by BIEA’s rich and authentic British education resources, the project provides localised and diversified authentic British education resources for overseas nurseries that want to implement the EYFS system. BIEA hopes that helping nurseries in China to fully upgrade their teaching courses to enhance competitiveness via EYFS will prove transformative for teachers, parents and students alike.