The curriculum extends all day at our nursery in Dubai until 6pm with our Extra Learning Club: the children enjoy Cookery Club, Science Club, and Yoga for Kids, Boogie Babies Dance, Football, Ballet, Swimming lessons, Arts and Pottery. Our senior British Teachers stay until 530pm to deliver the care and learning in the afternoons.
We run a variety of activities for the children every afternoon which are timetabled and available for the parents to view. We change them each term. We have two different options planned for the children every afternoon.
We are developing our Fitness/Sports provision and have begun working with International Athlete Ismail Ssenyange. We have upgraded the provision in the nursery for sport with a professional running track for children to enjoy. We believe it’s important to establish healthy lifestyle habits for the children whilst they are with us in their early years.
Ismail is working with us to inspire the children to stretch and move daily in a variety of ways and to develop their gross motor skills.
We are the first nursery school in the UAE to join an initiative started in Scotland in the UK called the “Daily Mile” https://thedailymile.co.uk/ (Thedailymile.co.uk). The purpose is to support children being more active. Research carried out by the universities of Stirling and Edinburgh have found that 15 minutes of self-paced exercise can significantly improve a child’s mood, attention and memory (Cox,2018). The children involved will leave the classroom and run/walk for 5 minutes when a fun alarm rings. We are introducing it with our older children. We have a large garden space of 25,000 sq.ft with a running track and the children will do a “daily lap”. We are very excited about this program and the positive impact we hope to see. Children of Determination will be actively involved and we will encourage staff and parents to also join in.
Ismail is a brand ambassador for Skechers. He is a Skechers sponsored athlete representing the brand on local and international events. He is a long distance athlete running distances from 5k to full marathons.
Ismail has set a couple of course records in the UAE including Abras Mina 10km series course (30min:33sec), Zayed Sports City 10km course (30min:47sec) , Dubai Desert Road Race 10km (30min:45sec), Mirdiff Milers 10mile race (50min:37sec) and the Dubai Creek Striders Half Marathon (1hr:07min.00sec).
Keep calm and yoga is a class to teach children relaxation and mindfulness. We begin to introduce the children to basic yoga positions in a fun and creative way through imaginative role play. Yoga can support development of a child’s balance, flexibility and spacial- awareness. This class is held in our sensory garden during the cooler months on portable yoga mats, and then indoors to our dedicated dance room during the summer.
A fun class for our under 24 month’s cohort to introduce music and dance. Our babies enjoy a mixture of familiar songs and repetitive linking actions. They learn to mimic the teacher’s movements, moving their bodies to a variety of music tempos and genres. We introduce instruments, Pom poms, parachutes to create further interest.
Children need to be active in total for at least 30 minutes every day (COX, 2018) and this class is devised to encourage activity in a fun and creative way. We use upbeat music and songs to engage children with imaginative ideas to capture the children’s attention and to get them physically moving as well as enhancing their coordination.
This weekly year-round class introduces children to Ballet as we use imaginative methods to begin to learn ballet positions and steps. We aim for each child to be improve their coordination and balance skills as they are captured by the art of Ballet.
Disco Divas is all about learning fun dance moves from the 70s and getting the children moving and grooving as they have to use their listening skills to follow instructions and increase their heart rates as they jump, twist and boogie. The dance room is lit with a disco ball and the glittery shakers, wings and Pom poms make a welcome entrance to celebrate the weekend.
Football is a highly energetic team sport which allows the children to get active and work with their peers. Football club introduces the children to kicking and aiming for the goal, stopping the ball and working together as a team. This class supports physical development and motor skills, but also listening skills as they follow instructions from the coach.
Babies learn through exploring their environments. Each week is unique, with opportunities to get messy and creative, learning through a variety of senses or looking at different lights and listening to new noises.
At the start of each session the children read a story and then re-create one of their favorite elements from the story using a wide range of arts/craft materials.
We are passionate advocates of children having a healthy diet and we aim to educate the children to understand what is needed for a healthy life style. During our healthy cookery club the children are actively involved in creating exciting healthy snacks to share with friends in the nursery. This class increases the children’s knowledge of healthy foods, but it is also excellent to develop fine and gross motor skills as they cut and mix ingredients. As they share their creations it fosters social and emotional skills across the nursery. We currently have a designated room for cookery.
We use air dry clay to mould and create a variety of pots and objects which the children decorate to take home and display. Clay is an excellent material for enabling a child to use the fine and gross motor skills as they have to use their hands and tools to shape and mould.
Science club is a great opportunity to explore and see what happens in experiments and provides a hands on experience for children. We encourage the children to use their problem solving and critical thinking skills. We believe curiosity and exploration of the world can begin from when we are born and we encourage the babies to explore all 5 senses in our carefully considered activities (Beely,2012).