Young children develop rapidly during this time - physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Our aim is to offer a well - balanced curriculum, providing materials and equipment appropriately matched to the child's age and stage of development. Our curriculum is purposefully designed to provide your child with a creative and innovative environment where they can celebrate the joys of learning.
Within the framework of the curriculum, the children will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of learning activities, designed to promote the development of key skills, such as listening, speaking, concentration, learning to work together and co-operate with other children.
Our Nursery Curriculum is based around the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.
The EYFS Principles
A Unique Child - recognizes that every child is a unique child who is consistently learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships - describes how children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Enabling Environments - describes how children learn well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
Learning and Development - recognizes that children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Little Oxford Nursery and Day Care follows the Early Years Foundation Stage ( EYFS) Framework and explains how your child will be new learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals, teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children following the EYFS curriculum, learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
-- Communication and Language;
-- Physical development; and
-- Personal, Social and Emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
-- Understanding the world; and
-- Expressive arts and design.
Additional Learning Opportunities:
Arabic: The national language of the U.A.E is given due importance in the Nursery curriculum. Children from the age of 1yr – 4 yrs are able to understand the language and are able to sing nasheeds in Arabic. These Arabic lessons are generally art/craft based and help the children to develop their vocabulary.
Islamic Studies: Islamic Studies is taught to Muslim children only. The children are taught duas, surahs, Islamic etiquettes and Quranic stories. Hajj is enacted every year at the time of Eid Al Adha, thus, creating an awareness about the importance and virtues of the grand pilgrimage and its historical background through role play.
Excursions/Field Trips: Excursions outside the nursery are planned experiences and parents are always notified of details and permission slips obtained prior to the outing. Without the permission slip the child will not be eligible for the planned excursion.
Water Play: The children’s pool is usually warmer and shallower than the main pool. Splashing around in the water will also help your child to be more coordinated and body-confident. Being in the water feels so different to him – he'll feel buoyed up on the one hand, but his movements through the water will be slower and more deliberate. He'll have to learn to think and react in new ways. Being with peers gives your child a new high and makes him / her excited, thus providing him / her with new learning opportunities.
Farm: Little Oxford Nursery and Day Care, has the unique, specially built - in farm which houses a variety of farm animals such as goats, hens, tortoise, turkey, fish, ducks, rabbits etc.