EPG Profile

The English Playgroup School

Established in 1975 as a family-owned and operated company, EPG has grown into the premier provider of Early Years and Elementary Education in Kuwait. EPG currently operates a network of 30 schools across Kuwait, giving over 8,500 children aged 9 months to 12 years the opportunity to be the best they can be.

Our core mission at EPG is to empower students to become lifelong learners and to strive for their full potential. We have created a welcoming and safe environment for children to learn, be creative, and grow into the global citizens that will shape the future of Kuwait.

EPG follows the world-renowned English National Curriculum in our schools, which we have carefully adapted to local customs, Ministry of Education requirements, and our fully bilingual approach. EPG has garnered international recognition for its efforts, earning full COBIS (Council of Overseas British International Schools) accreditation for our primary schools.

Our leadership and teaching family, currently over 700 strong, are the backbone of our company, and they are each handpicked from across the world for their exceptional experience and training. We make sure they stay at the top of their fields with our world-class continuing education and training.

EPG Culture

Vision & Mission

EPG strategic vision is simply to enable all our children to be the best that they can be.

Our mission statements serve as a framework for the achievement of this EPG vision and our EPG values define our operating principles. Our mission statements are:

  • To provide affordable high-quality education, enabling children to become bilingual lifelong learners and valuable global citizens in a rapidly changing multicultural world.
  • To build learning communities that are safe, inclusive and collaborative.
  • To partner with parents to nurture the development of the world child, emphasising communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and compassion.
The English Playgroup School
The English Playgroup School

EPG Values

Underpinning EPG vision and mission statements are EPG values which define our behavior and conduct in all interaction with employees, children, parents, partners, and shareholders. Our EPG values are:

  • To promote care, honesty, tolerance, trust, compassion, and respect amongst the EPG community.
  • To provide contemporary learning opportunities for all stakeholders, which stimulate curiosity, inquiry, reflection, challenge, and innovation.
  • To nurture and support all children, so that they achieve their potential in all areas of learning: social, intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual.
  • To equip children to become creative and independent thinkers, responsible citizens and life-long learners.
  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum with an emphasis on learning to learn.
  • To develop and maintain welcoming, child-friendly facilities and environments.
  • To ensure that all members of the school community are valued.

Meet Our Managing Director

At The English Playgroup, you will find a stimulating and successful program of learning, playing and care, taught by the very best trained English specialist teachers.

Within the schools, there is a strong belief in children receiving a challenging and inspirational education and in developing their own talents and personalities in preparation for their future education.

Our bilingual program teaches fluency in English and Arabic through a well-structured, thematic approach to learning.

At our schools, we use the English National Curriculum to deliver the best of Early Years and Primary Education. Over the years, we have developed our own books and curriculum resources that match our student’s abilities and help them progress solidly through the Foundation, KS 1 and KS 2 levels. Arabic is taught in line with the Kuwait Ministry of Education guidelines. Class sizes are kept small at our schools to ensure each child receives the attention and care they deserve and all our staff are experienced professional teachers with high standards of achievement.

Our schools provide a stimulating, creative and welcoming environment in which to learn. Our facilities, which are designed specifically with the Early Years and Primary-aged children in mind, are second-to-none and are constantly updated to stay at the forefront of Early Learning and Primary education.

I look forward to welcoming you and your children at The English Playgroup and Primary Schools.

Sulayman Al – Bassam

Managing Director

About Early Years

At EPG, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a play-based adapted curriculum for children from 9 months to 5.5 years. This allows children to explore and learn in an environment that is secure and safe, yet challenging. We understand that this period in a child's life is an important developmental stage when they discover themselves and the world around them. Leadership and teaching teams in branches are dedicated and passionate professionals who embody all the values we teach children.

Aims of the Early Years programme for children:
  • To develop skills in spoken English and build a strong foundation of key skills for future learning.
  • To express their ideas freely through language, Art, Music, and roleplay in both English and Arabic.
  • To make friends and learn to play cooperatively, and being sensitive and caring towards others.
  • To be familiar with simple ICT.
  • To develop a positive attitude toward learning.
The curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage that consists of 7 areas of learning and development.

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language,

  • Physical Development,

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Specific Areas

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

Early Years Academic Leadership Team

Vanessa joined EPG in 2018 and is the Early Years Principal where she oversees the quality of teaching and learning, ongoing curriculum development, leadership and management and staffing of Early Years branches. At the core of Vanessa's teaching philosophy lies the desire to find ways to motivate and inspire children. She endeavours to establish safe, supportive and stimulating environments, where children can grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially, ultimately meeting their fullest potential to be the best that they can be.
“Children are the heart of everything we do. We have an aspiration for all our children to enjoy their school journey, fulfill their academic potential, and become successful lifelong learners.”

Our staff share a real passion for working with children. The safety and education of children is paramount and at the heart of everything we do. Our approach to learning is both interactive and innovative and we build positive relationships with children that are warm and kind, and foster a sense of belonging.
Originally from England and studied in the UK, Hanna has a BA in Business and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She is a dedicated and forward thinking individual with over 20 years’ experience in education.
Hannah is the Vice Principal overall EY branches.

We firmly believe in building strong relationships with parents. We want to engage with parents to build a shared understanding of the principles of the curriculum, learning goals of the school and our approaches and methodologies we adopt. We acknowledge that parents have a special contribution to make in creating and fostering a positive school setting.
Originally from Colorado in the USA, Crystal have recently graduated with a Masters in Leadership education and has 6 years of experience in shaping the minds of children. As a passionate and inspired educator, Crystal enjoys helping all students and teachers reach their highest potential.
Crystal is the Vice Principal overall EY branches.

The English Playgroup School Vice Principal Vanessa Temple

Vanessa Temple

Principal

The English Playgroup School EY Vice Principal Hannah Corner

Hannah Paula Corner

Vice Principal

The English Playgroup School EY Vice Principal Crystal Loch

Crystal Loch

Vice Principal

Early Years Locations

Abdullah Mubarak Branch 1
Abdullah Mubarak Block 8 Street 834 Building 32
24358771/2
EY07-AM1
Abdullah Mubarak Branch 2
Abdullah Mubarak Block 2 Street 201 Villa 15
24360702/3
EY11-AM2
Abu Fatira Branch
Abu Fatira Block 1 Street 706 Building 62
65553704
EY18-FT
Abu Halifa Branch
Abu Halifa Coastal Road beside Kuwait Magic
65553706
EY09-AH
Al Qurain Branch
Al Qurain Block 4 Street 1 Building 20
25410658
EY13-QB
Al Salam Branch
Al Salam Block 6 Street 608
25212596
EY10-AS
Al Siddiq Branch
Al Siddiq Block 6 Street 50 Building 432-434
60602681
EY16-SD
EY Salmiya Branch
Salmiya Block 4 Street 3 Building 37
94000419
EY26-SLM
EY Salwa Branch
Salwa Block 7 Street 2
65553724
EY01-EYS
Fintas Branch
Fintas Block 6 Street 50 Building 432-434
65553767
EY25-FN
Funaitees Branch
Funaitees Block 3 Street 319 Building 45, 46 & 47
96042771
EY20-FB
Gernata Branch
Gernata Block 1, Jahra Street, Building 32-35
65553738
EY27-GT
Jabriya Branch
Jabriya Block 7 Street 102 Building 37
25335963
EY06-JB
Kaifan Branch
Kaifan Block 4 Street 40 Building 3
24830730
EY05-KB
Khaitan Branch
Khaitan Block 5 Street 41 via 5th Ring Airport Building 9
24721975
EY17-KT
Mangaf Branch
Mangaf Block 4 Street 34 Building 11
23740430
EY12-MG
Mesayel Branch
Al Mesayel Block 5 Abdulrahman Bin Araer Street Building 527
60609071
EY21-MS
Mishref Branch 1
Mishref Block 3 Road 54 Street 5 Building 31
25390326
EY08-MB
Mishref Branch 2
Mishref Block 3 Street 1 Building 12
65553709
EY14-MB2
Mubarak Abdullah Branch
Mubarak Abdullah Block 1 Street 116 Building 44
25389403
EY15-MA
Mubarak Al Kabeer Branch
Mubarak Al Kabeer Block 6 Street 4 Building 33 and 35 7th Ring Road
60603721
EY23-MK
Qusour Branch
Al Qusor Block 5 Street 4 Building 18
60609043
EY22-QS
Rumaithiya Branch
Rumaithiya Block 6 Street 60
25620099
EY02-RM
Saad Abdullah Branch
Saad Abdullah Block 7 Street 16 Building 35
24544594
EY19-SA
Salwa Blue Building Branch
Salwa Block 7 Street 1
25627192 / 25627193
EY03-BB
Salwa White Building Branch
Block 7 Street 63
65553703
EY04-WB
Surra Branch
Surra Block 5 Hamad Yousif Bin Hussain Al Roumi Street Building 3
60602711
EY24-SR

About EPG Schools

EPG continues its fulfil its dynamic mission to ‘Educate. Pioneer. Grow’, providing quality primary schools in Kuwait and building the skills and knowledge for pupils to be the best they can be. EPG’s growth in the primary school phase in September 2019 is exemplified by the opening of the new school PS Sabah Salem, the introduction of Year 6 in PS Salwa and EPG’s first move into Year 7 in PS Salmiya. At all stages in EPG schools, pupils study the mandatory subjects under the Kuwait Ministry of Education curriculum alongside the English curriculum, valuing and celebrating the traditions and customs of Kuwait.

Our new school, PS Sabah Salem, is in an excellent location with light, spacious classrooms. In line with EPG’s educational provision at PS Salwa and PS Salmiya, PS Sabah Salem has teaching resources from the UK and well-qualified teachers. As in all EPG’s primary schools, the school has a warm, welcoming, family feel. Class teachers guide their pupils through their studies in Foundation Stage 2 and Years 1 and 2, teaching the English curriculum and the required subjects of the Kuwait Ministry of Education curriculum.

At PS Salwa, the school now has its first Year 6. Pupils study the final year of the Key Stage 2 English curriculum, acquiring not only knowledge but also building the skills to apply that knowledge with greater independence in learning, whilst developing their thinking skills. At PS Salmiya, EPG has introduced the first Year 7, which is the first year of Key Stage 3 of the English curriculum. Students continue to study the English curriculum at a more senior level, building on the skills and knowledge developed in Key Stage 2. In Key Stage 3, students can expect to be stretched and challenged even more than before in their learning and they feel the difference as they ‘step up’ from primary school into the first year of secondary education.

As a leading provider of education in Kuwait, EPG values and welcomes the partnership between the school and parents for every child. At EPG we know that each child is unique. At EPG, each child is encouraged and guided at every opportunity to be the best they can be.

AIMS
  • At EPG, we aim to be the best that we can be!  We provide affordable high-quality education
  • We enable children to become bilingual lifelong learners and valuable global citizens.
  • We build learning communities and provide safe, inclusive, collaborative environments.
  • We partner with parents to nurture the development of the whole child
  • We emphasise communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and compassion.
  • We value individual and cultural differences, celebrating Arabic and Islamic values.
Curriculum
  • Our schools offer the National Curriculum for England.  It is a balanced and broad-based curriculum comprising KS1 for 5 – 7 year-olds and KS2 for 7 to 10 year-olds.
  • This curriculum strives to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children.
  • It also prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life.
  • Additionally, a full programme of Arabic and Islamic studies reflects the requirements of our host country.
  • Field trips, extended learning programmes, events, and extra-curricular activities for all ages and abilities enhance the learning experience.
  • Our learning support programme and Arabic as a foreign language for non-native Arabic speakers ensures access for all learners.

EPG Schools Academic Leadership Team

Nancy is an experienced school leader with most of her teaching career having been spent in North Africa and the Middle East. She has 6 years of Middle and Senior leadership under her belt to complement her many years of teaching experience in British Schools. She is a member of the European Council for Independent Schools and obtained both her PGCE and MA in International Leadership from Sunderland University in the UK.
She brings a diverse range of skills and experience to EPG including Pre-school curriculum development, Enrichment Programme teaching, Language school teaching and an eye for interior design.

EPG schools are places where children are valued, safe and happy. We create a positive and supportive environment for learning where teachers actively model how they would like children to behave.
Paul is passionate about active learning and the development of thinking skills. He continually reinforces learning through self-directed activities, hands-on learning and collaborative work. He teaches children to be independent and to “Be the best they can be”. In the classroom children are able to make creative choices in their learning, whilst being supported and guided by the teacher through age-appropriate activities.
Paul has more than 18 years teaching and management experience across all development levels in Kuwait and further abroad.

I have been a primary school teacher for ten years with 3 years experience teaching in Ireland, 3 years teaching in London in one the UK's largest primary schools and 4 years teaching experience in Kuwait. I have always been very passionate about teaching and inspiring students to be the best they can be. My background is in Science and I have an honors degree in Neuroscience from University College Cork in Ireland. I love sport and have experience in coaching primary school boys and girls in football and basketball. I am very proud to work for EPG and to be part of an educational organisation that is supporting students reach their full potential.

 

The English Playgroup School PS Salmiya Principal Nancy Eldars

Nancy Eldars

Principal

Salmiya School

The English Playgroup School Vice Principal Paul Ellmes

Paul Ellmes

Vice Principal

Salmiya School

Raymond O’ Sullivan

Vice Principal

Salwa School

EPG Schools Locations

Sabah Salem School
Sabah Salem Block 1, Street 137, Building 479, Pixels Complex
65553778
PS03-SAS
Salmiya School
Salmiya Block 12 Abo Thar Al Ghafari Street
25610824
PS02-SLM
Salwa School
Salwa Block 7 Street 2
65553710
PS01-SLW