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 2yr – 4 yrs are able to given lessons in the Arabic 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 Surahs, Duas, Asma Ul Husna, and Islamic etiquettes. 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: 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 warm and shallow. Splashing around in the water helps children to be more coordinated and body-confident. Being in the water feels so different to them – they feel buoyed up. They learn to think and react in new ways. Being with peers gives children a new high and makes them excited, thus providing them with new learning opportunities.
Young children develop rapidly during this time - physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively.
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 children with a creative and innovative environment where they can celebrate the joys of learning.
Our Nursery Curriculum is based around the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
framework – UK which seeks to provide:
ï quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good
progress and no child gets left behind
ï a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned
around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed
ï partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers
ï equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is
included and supported
The EYFS Principles
ï recognizes that every child is a unique child who is consistently learning and can be
resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
ï describes how children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
ï 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.
ï 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
7 AREAS OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT.
These 7 areas are used to plan children’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.
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. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The prime areas are:
-- Communication and Language
-- Physical development
-- Personal, Social and Emotional development
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
The specific areas are:
-- Understanding the world
-- Expressive arts and design