Yellow House English
Yellow House English
Bilingual Future
15 Years Young

Building a Bilingual Future for all children

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  • Goal –
    A Bilingual Future

    Goal –<br/>A Bilingual Future

    A bilingual future starts here. Click on the Company icon
    to read more.

  • Universal Preschool

    Universal Preschool<br/>Course

    This unique three-level preschool course can help every child become bilingual.

  • Home-learning
    from birth

    Home-learning<br/>from birth

    Mult-media home-learnin packs support learnig at home from birth – the best time to start.

  • Guide for Teachers
    and Parents

    Guide for Teachers<br/> and Parents

    Handbooks are available to support parents and teachers with advice, tips and information on the methodology.

Our goal – building a bilingual future

  • Our goal

    Our goal is to give every child the opportunity to become bilingual with English. We aim to achieve that goal by making English learning materials that are:

    • Affordable for all preschools
    • Available for all pupils
    • Accessible for all preschool teachers to use (Standard)
    • Advanced for expert English teachers (PLUS)
    • Adapted for pupils with learning difficulties (2017)
  • Can every child be bilingual?

    Yes! Every child can learn at least three languages from birth easily

    • Children can hear the differences between languages from a couple of days old
    • Children aged 0-6 automatically copy the pronunciation of language perfectly
    • Children aged 0-6 automatically learn and apply
  • Why is it important?

    • Children who learn a second language from birth develop higher intellectual capacity
    • Bilingual children generally have better problem solving skills
    • Children who know English well have better access to educational resources internationally
    • Bilingual children have better job prospects
  • How can our children become bilingual?

    • Start hearing and playing with an additional language from birth or before the age of three at the latest
    • Learn a little every day both at home and at school
    • Learn naturally through play-with-a-purpose
    • Learn according to the Spiral Language System method
    • Become an independent learner through reading by the age of 10

The materials target the highest educational standards and top entertainment production quality so that children will choose to use them at home and at preschool.


Yellow House English has offices in the UK and Poland. In other countries, we work with well-established publishing partners. For more details, please send an email to

  • Claire Selby

    CEO and Author
    Claire Selby

    Claire founded the Yellow House English brand in 2000 in response to parents’ requests for materials to help the youngest children learn English. Claire has over fifteen years’ experience in writing series for home and school learning, including courses for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and FLTRP.

  • Eluned Hallas

    International Customer Support
    Eluned Hallas

    Eluned joined the UK operation a year ago and has expanded her role to include international licensee and customer support. Send your email request for information to her at

  • Waldek Miksa

    YHE SA Poland CEO
    Waldek Miksa

    Waldek leads the Polish operation and is a key link to the Bilingual Future Social Education Programme for Yellow House English. His teenagers were among the first children to learn English with YHE in pre-primary over ten years ago!

  • Hubert Giziewski

    YHE SA Poland Client support
    Hubert Giziewski

    Hubert has been working with the brand YHE for many years. He supports teachers and Local Authorities in Poland with product sales, presentations and administration. Hubert has a young daughter who is already enjoying the Baby Beetles at home!

  • Marcin Rodziewicz

    YHE SA Poland Product and Technical Management
    Marcin Rodziewicz

    Marcin joined the team in November 2015 to help manage the fast expansion in Poland in the areas of sales, product management and technical support. Marcin’s daughter is a Tom and Keri fan!


Our 15 year history in pictures!

The first book and tape is launched in Smyk, the flagship children's store in Warsaw, Poland


Christmas promotion in Smyk - the series outsells Harry Potter!

Guests celebrate the launch party


Polish National Radio promotes the first series on air

Our narrator aged 7 gets her own bilingual radio show on Polish Radio Bis. Children from all over the country call in to sing along with her in English

International versions follow in 2003, 2004 and 2005


In 2004, the singers return to record the Baby Beetles!


Then our narrator, Zenia, heads to China to perform Claire's winning Olympic song China World, chosen for the Beijing Olympic international album

In 2009, the Baby Beetles set off, animated at last!


The first decade is celebrated in style with the launch of the Baby Beetles animated series at Magdalen College and a concert performance on piano by Zosia Miksa, one of Yellow House English’s first pupils!

2012 is a big year for Yellow House English. The new series, Tom and Keri, is a finalist at Cannes for the MipJunior Best Children's Animation award


In 2013, the Baby Beetles Russian edition wins an Elton nomination


Then goes on to win gold at the Moscow International Book Fair


in 2014, both the Beetles and Tom and Keri win joint gold as Children's Product of the Year in Russia!

2015 is our 15th anniversary year - and begins with the launch of the revolutionary Universal Preschool Course



  • Baby Beetles
  • Tom and Keri
  • Guide for Teachers

Universal Preschool Course

This course revolutionises learning English in Preschool

  • Why is it unique?

    Why is it unique?

    This unique course is the first to:

    • Target bilingualism as its goal
    • Combine school with home packs
    • Provide 3 versions:

    PLUS for ELT Experts to teach
    Standard for Class Teachers to lead
    Easy Access for SEN settings.

    It is a 3 year course for 3, 4 and 5 year old pupils everywhere.

  • Starter Level

    Starter Level

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  • Level A

    Level A

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  • Level B

    Level B

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  • Methodology
  • Teachers tell us that the Universal Preschool Course from Yellow House English is just what they have been waiting for!

    The Universal Preschool Course builds a bilingual future for pupils through:

    • • Unique methodology
    • • Home and school packs
    • • Daily English activities
    • • Learning naturally through play
    • • English in parallel to the home language.

    Here’s how it works
    The method starts from the child and matches how children learn language:

    • • Meeting language in a clear context, such as an adventure, song or story
    • • Hearing and sharing a little every day at home and at preschool
    • • Using the language through a range of different types of activity

    The words and phrases are carefully built into the course structure using my Spiral Language System, nominated for an ELTon award in 2012.

    The course is universal because it comes in versions for all preschool settings:
    PLUS – prepared for expert English teachers
    Standard – designed for all class teachers to lead activities with English
    Easy access – planned for pupils with learning difficulties to enjoy.

    Children can become bilingual if they hear and use a language often enough – that’s why all versions provide packs for home and school use. Parents do not need to be experts in English – just encourage, support and press PLAY!

    Claire Selby

Starter Level

Baby Beetles

About Baby Beetles

The Starter Level of the Universal Preschool Course features the cuddly Baby Beetles characters, now seen on TV in several countries. This level is for children starting preschool aged three and offers a Teacher’s Pack, Pupil’s Book and a Home Pack. Children enter the world of the Baby Beetles through their animated songs and join in learning English through play – naturally. The triple-pack approach makes sure the pupils are exposed to a little English every day – now shown to be the best way for children to target bilingualism with English.
There is a Standard Teacher’s Lesson Card pack for any classroom teacher to use and a PLUS Teacher’s Lesson Card pack with advanced lesson plans for expert English teachers to lead. The course is simple, fun and effective – and to make sure each teacher feels well-prepared, a handbook called How to help your class learn English that is included in the Starter Level pack!
The 40 animated songs in the series present the new vocabulary in the context of the simple adventures enjoyed by the Baby Beetles characters and together they build a clear first-stage syllabus in English for young learners.

Teacher's Pack Contents

Level B

Film samples

Materials samples


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Level A

Tom and Keri

About Tom and Keri Level A

The animated stories are at the heart of the series. The visual context makes understanding new words and phrases easy and parallels children’s natural learning of language through observation and experience. There are 26 Tom and Keri story animations, 13 in each level. Children watch the animations at home to prepare for the lesson using the Home Pack. The Teacher’s Pack provides a full set of materials with which to consolidate learning daily through play with songs, games, craft, the Pupil’s Book pages and some mini dramas. Specially prepared Language Presenter film clips present new vocabulary in the context of each story for the classroom teacher and invite the pupils to join in. These short films set the scene for each lesson and give class teachers a ready resource filmed with a native speaker. Extra online resources make this course rich in content and flexible enough to fit a wide range of school timetables.  There is a Standard Teacher’s Lesson Card pack for any classroom teacher to use and a PLUS Teacher’s Lesson Card pack with advanced lesson plans for expert English teachers to lead. The course is simple, fun and effective, teaching over 500 words and phrases in a balanced and age-appropriate syllabus.

Teacher's Pack Contents

Level B

Film samples

Materials samples


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Level B

Tom and Keri

About Tom and Keri Level B

In Level B of the Universal Preschool Course, we meet more new characters and expand the range of topics. The Teacher’s pack for this level follows the established format with Language Presenter film clips that present the new words. The new vocabulary is reinforced in the lessons with pre-prepared activities of songs, games, Pupil’s Book pages and craft outlined in detail on the Teacher’s Lesson Cards. Both the classroom materials and the Home Pack include film, audio and printed content to present and teach the English alphabet in Level B. Extra online resources make this course adaptable to almost any classroom circumstances.
There is a Standard Teacher’s Lesson Card pack for any classroom teacher to use and a PLUS Teacher’s Lesson Card pack with advanced lesson plans for expert English teachers to lead. Overall, the course prepares pupils for a bilingual future and gets them ready to start English at school in a gentle, fun way.

Teacher's Pack Contents

Level B

Film samples

Materials samples


Guide for Parents and Guide for Teachers

  • Guide for Parents

    Guide for Parents

    The Guide for Parents: How to help your child learn English by Claire Selby answers the key questions parents ask such as when to start learning, what to expect and how to help. An easy to read guide that can help you through your child's primary years.

    Guide for Parents

    This guide is included in the Universal Preschool Course pack.
    Contact us to order the book or e-book.

  • Guide for Teachers

    Guide for Teachers

    The Guide for Teachers: How to help your class learn English by Claire Selby is divided into three parts. They are: background and method, English in the primary educational context; practical tips on using materials in the classroom.

    Guide for Teachers

    This guide is included in the Universal Preschool Course pack.
    Contact us to order the book or e-book.

Home – learning pack

These home-learning packs can be bought privately from the Shop or through a preschool that adopts the Universal Preschool Course.

  • Age 0-4

    4 x Film DVDs
    4 x Song CDs
    4 x Picture books
    Notes for parents
    Colouring book

    This is the home-pack for Starter Level of the Universal Preschool Course.

  • Age 3-6

    4 x film and story DVDs
    2 x Song Books and CDs
    Alphabet DVD
    Alphabet flashcards
    Colouring books
    Pre-writing book
    2 x First writing books
    Parents’ Record Cards

    This box contains the home-pack for Levels A and B Universal Preschool Course.



  • Yellow House English
    5-7 Stert Street, Abingdon
    Oxfordshire, OX14 3JF, UK

  • Creative and Content CEO
    Claire Selby
    Mobile: 00 44 779 2222 131

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