For many children, Nursery is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It's an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions and begin the foundation for learning that will continue for at least the next 15 years of their education. Below are some of the benefits children gain when attending nursery and also the reason behind the high demand for high quality nurseries in Doha.
In order to learn, a young child needs to feel cared for, safe and secure with a teacher or caregiver, this is where our Key Person Approach helps to support children within our setting. High-quality nursery programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers and parents allowing young children to learn social skills and emotional self-control on a day to day basis.
Preschool-age children's language skills are nurtured in a "language-rich" environment. In the early years, a child's vocabulary grows from 0 to 2,500 words. In a conversational manner, teachers are highly skilled in helping children extend their language skills by asking thought-provoking questions and introducing new vocabulary through many tasks. A young child's cognitive skills are strengthened by engaging in a wide range of hands-on activities that challenge them to observe closely, ask questions, test ideas or solve a problem.
Well-planned experiences and activities enable development in physical coordination, allowing children to explore their environment and challenge themselves in new ways. Young children are in motion for a good part of the day. Therefore at Park House English Nursery we will provide many opportunities to foster children’s gross motor skills, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and balance. We also have a wide range of materials to support this vital part development.
We believe that allowing children to build pre-maths and literacy skills is vital to later learning. By setting up a solid foundation we help prepare children for the academic demands of school, we offer a wide variety of games, activities and educational materials to help children learn through play. To sustain children's excitement and motivation for learning, high-quality nursery programs introduce early literacy and math skills not only as isolated exercises, but in the context of a variety of fun ways as well as through through activities, these are always interesting and meaningful to children.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, allowing children to make choices is integral to development and an important skill in early childhood that promotes the independence of a child. Therefore both child-led and teacher-led, focused activities, are key in our nursery. Skilled teachers and well-planned experiences, allow teachers to follow the child and teach through individual interests, teaching children to make choices and the significance of those choices.
A child's sense of competence and self-worth grow as they learn to take care of themselves and help others. Throughout their school years, much of children's learning will take place in the company of their peers. In a high-quality nursery setting, children are introduced to the behaviours required to function successfully in a classroom or other social settings.
We use children's interests and ideas to create activities that nurture their curiosity and motivation to learn. Nursery age children have active imaginations and learn through imaginative play. Our teachers know that the line between reality and fantasy is often not clear to a young child. But imagination also fuels learning and our teachers are a vital resource in promoting this.
We have basic ground rules, all based on respect. Respect for the environment, your friends and your teachers. As our classrooms are set up in such a way that children can move freely, choosing activities independently. All activities within our classrooms are constructive, all valuable to children in some respect. The classroom space is set up to encourage social interaction, and minimise congestion and conflicts between children and the environment.
Children develop at their own pace and in their own time. Each child in unique, therefore we treat children independently. It is important to us that we nurture and promote what your child can do and has the ability of developing.
As schools and kindergartens become more outcomes demanding, parents look to nurseries to launch their child on the path to success in school. In Doha today, many of the reputable schools will now no longer accept children unless they have been to nursery. We mainly focus on ensuring children have solid foundations in order to cope at school. It is crucial that they have good strong muscles to support themselves when holding a pencil or sitting at a table to write. It is important to us that children are confident, independent and have appropriate concentration skills before starting school. We do of course incorporate the introduction of numbers and letter sounds but feel the grounding of these vital pre-skills are more important at this stage.