We believe that a strong, diversified, and carefully structured curriculum nurtures creativity and intellect. Across our nurseries, we have selected and blended the best curriculums to provide a variety of learning environments that suit each child’s needs, and each parent’s aspirations across our nurseries. Our early years education upholds the highest standards of innovation, which helps sustain the natural curiosity of learning within children.
The Montessori Method
“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him forschool, but for life.”
Dr. Maria Montessori - Founder of the Montessori Method.
Maria Montessori was one of the most innovative pioneers in early years education of the 20th century. As the first woman graduate of the University of Rome, she left behind a legacy in education that remains pervasive to this day. She developed an educational method based on her understanding of children as innate learners who are intrinsically motivated with precise inner guides. The Montessori Method of education offers a unique experience designed to help each child reach their full potential. Highly acclaimed and successful, the Montessori method, has proven to be successful in allowing children to develop their sense of self in the present, while also preparing them for their future.
The early years segment of childhood (conception to 6 years of age) is the most significant period for creating a solid foundation for future learning, happiness and success. During this period, children have the greatest capacity to learn because of their truly absorbent mind. Children enjoy learning with the freedom of movement and choice in healthy and safe boundaries. Self-motivation, self-discipline, independence, and confidence are key attributes of Montessori children, with an emphasis on social values, culture, and respect of others. The Montessori Method fosters cooperation and collaboration in a nurturing and warm environment.
Specific Montessori school learning materials assist children in the following areas: activities of everyday living, the sensorial, numeracy and arithmetic, language, culture, physical activity, arts and creativity. Teachers in a Montessori school have completed rigorous training, and they function as a “director” or “guide” in the classroom to support each child in their learning journey. Through one-on-one, small group observation, and diligently prepared resourced learning environments, a child’s holistic development is nurtured in a Montessori school.
Tri-lingual Education Curriculum
Languages are key to a child’s development. The ability to put thought into a linguistic framework affects the way a child views and interacts with the world. Children in their early years phase of childhood have a natural affinity to acquire languages with relative ease. Research shows a clear relationship between the age of exposure to a language and a child’s success in learning that language. Proficient command of language is both key for communication and other areas of development, such as: neural cognition, attentive ability, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, empathy, cultural awareness, and sensitivity. Across our nurseries, full immersion bi- and multi-lingual program options are available in English, French, and Arabic. Qualified native language teachers provide regular and consistent high-quality education in each language for speaking, listening, and early reading and writing. Learning languages is part of the curriculums in instructive, fun, and enjoyable ways.
- Living in harmony with others
- Discovery of the World
- Linguistic skills
The Reggio Emilia Approach
The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.”
Loris Malaguzzi - Founder of Reggio Emilia Approach
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy that validates children as people with rights, and an unlimited potential for learning. Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, together with the community and local administrators built the Reggio Emilia network of municipal preschools and infant-toddler centres.
This approach recognises children as active participants in constructing their own knowledge and having substantial control over the direction of their learning. The curriculum is flexible in order for it to be directed by the child. It emphasises exploration, creative expression, and active learning in a nurturing and relaxed environment. Resilience, responsibility, self-confidence, teamwork, problem-solving skills as well as creative and scientific thinking are key features of this approach.
The Reggio Emilia environment inspires children, encouraging creative thinking and expression. Educators as well as parents are co-constructors in a child’s learning journey which is stimulating, nurturing and safe. Ateliers (art studios), skilled in-house Atelieristas (Art Educators) and Piazzas (meeting squares) are unique to the Reggio Approach. A focus on the arts allows children to enter into a ‘flow’ state and to dwell with their thoughts. It is the perfect immersive state of balance between skill and challenge. A mindful approach allows the child to pause, reflect and process. Project inquiry, observation, and documentation (video, audio, photo) are crucial to follow and support the child’s process and work, to understand how they learn about the world and express themselves. The many ways children express themselves are all celebrated in Reggio Emilia.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, UK) provides a comprehensive framework and set of standards for learning and development from birth to five years inclusive of development matters (learning and development areas across ages and stages), observation and assessment for Early Learning Goals.
The fundamentals to the framework are four overarching principles: a unique child; positive relationships; enabling environments, and acknowledging that children learn in different ways. A secure, safe, and happy childhood is guaranteed based on standards of quality, child-focused learning, and play for children to reach their full potential during their first five years.
The EYFS is comprised of seven areas of learning and development, and is linked to Early Learning Goals (ELGs): Communication and Language (3 ELGS); Physical Development (2 ELGs); Personal, Social and Emotional Development (2 ELGs); Literacy (2 ELGs); Mathematics; Understanding of the World (3 ELGs) and Expressive Arts and Design (2 ELGs).
Highlighted from this framework are three prime areas of learning and development: Communication and Language; Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Within the EYFS these areas of learning and development are of particular importance for igniting and sustaining curiosity and enthusiasm in learning. In sum, early years education functions as the first building blocks for a child’s development. Observation is used as a valuable tool in order to build an accurate picture of a child’s development, and include a wide range of perspectives: the child, the educators, and the parents/family. An EYFS profile summarises and describes a child’s achievements at the end of the EYFS, and a 2-year check is conducted during the child’s second year based on the prime areas.
There are seven learning areas that the EYFS framework focuses on:
- Personal, Social ad Emotional
- Understanding the World
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Physical Development
- Expressive Arts Design