5 - 6 years old

In our nurturing sanctuary, we celebrate the magic of childhood and the precious gift of each child. Our preparatory world is a space where love and learning intertwine, creating a tapestry of wonder and delight. Through stories that whisk us away to magical lands, art that lets our dreams dance on paper, and play that fills our days with joy, we discover the wonders of the world around us in our preparatory learning spaces.

Comprehensive Development Milestones Of A DPS Gaya Child

Preparatory (5-6 years old)

Language and Communication

Language and Communication

  • Uses an expansive vocabulary and constructs detailed sentences.
  • Exhibits listening and speaking skills that allow for practical group discussions and sharing.
  • Follows multi-step instructions for activities and contributes to storytelling sessions.
  • Demonstrates advanced phonetic awareness, recognising rhyming words and initial sounds.
  • Reads short sentences composed of words like “the” and “and” and can decode simple words like “hat” or “dog”.
  • Engages in imaginative play, using known stories as a basis for creating their narratives.
  • Writes simple sentences, labels, and captions and displays a foundational understanding of the alphabet.


  • Demonstrates increasing emotional self-regulation and handles minor setbacks well.
  • Engages in more complex social interactions, following group norms and rules.
  • Exhibits independence and takes initiative in selecting and completing tasks.
  • Begins to exhibit flexibility in modifying behaviour based on choices.
  • Uses multiple pro-social strategies for problem-solving.
Motor Skills

Motor Skills

  • Exhibits proficient fine motor skills, can use scissors and utensils, and prefers the left or right hand.
  • Engages in complex motor activities like jumping and skipping, demonstrating advanced balance and coordination.
  • Participates in organised physical activities that require following rules and understanding spatial relationships.
  • Compares and contrasts different sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and textures with confidence.
  • Demonstrates awareness of spatial boundaries and the ability to work within them.


  • Recognises and counts numbers from 1 to 100 and understands numerical relationships like “more”, “fewer”, “one more”, and “one less”
  • Applies counting skills to practical scenarios, such as sharing food or matching numbers to objects.
  • Demonstrates a foundational understanding of shapes and spatial orientation and can create patterns.
  • Understands the concept of zero in number operations.
  • Uses vocabulary words related to addition and subtraction.


  • Shows a better memory, capable of memorising addresses and recalling favourite stories.
  • Expresses curiosity about the natural world and human-made environments.
  • Engages in project-based learning, showing planning and execution skills.
  • Engages in imaginative role-play with complex scenarios.
  • Shows an understanding of rhythm, pitch, and melody in musical activities.
  • Has a sense of belonging to family and community and communicates details about these connections.