Early Years Programme
Early Years Framework
Every child is full of promise and ideas and our early years framework encourages children to play and explore, to discover and grow, to persevere, learn and understand in an environment full of language, communication and creativity. Everything we do starts with the child and we use the environment to stimulate their imagination, curiosity and sense of wonder. We give them the praise, encouragement and confidence to see themselves as successful learners on their life-long learning journey. We support children in developing a positive sense of their own identity and culture and help them to establish personal values as a foundation for the development of a moral sense and understanding of a wide range of cultures.
Partnership with Parents
Being a parent is very special and all parents want the very best for their child. Parents are children’s first educators and we work closely together to learn as much as possible about their child’s needs and interests so that there is a smooth transition from home to school. We keep parents well informed about how their child is developing and learning and help them to understand what to expect in their child’s development during these vitally important early years in school. At The Children’s Garden parents are welcomed, valued and respected as part of our learning community.
The Taaleem Early Years Framework is influenced by Research into Brain Development
The brain grows phenomenally in the first years of life. Learning occurs from every experience, involving all the senses and the richer the experiences, the deeper will be the learning. The pathways linking brain cells increase and thicken directly in response to the level and quality of the experiences. Like a string of fairy lights, each new sensation helps to light up the individual fairy lights, the signal along the connecting wires strengthens with every new experience, thus children’s minds are like a million fairy lights and the Taaleem Early Years Framework plays a vital role in switching these on and making the lights glow stronger. At TCG we value these development and skills and foster them in creative ways. Our children spend time on developing their physical coordination, strength and balance as well as their creative and critical thinking skills. All of these area will support strong brain development and support and build firm foundations to support your child’s learning.
Bringing the Vision to Life
We bring the Company vision and values to life by making sure that our top priority is always on ensuring the best possible outcomes for children. We pay particular attention to developing children’s language using conversation and story- telling to enable children to articulate and create meaning from their experiences.
We encourage children to make their own choices and decisions and to find their individual passions and talents. We create a rich and varied environment which supports children’s learning and development and gives them confidence to explore and learn in secure and safe, yet challenging, indoor and outdoor spaces. You will see, hear and feel our langauges being used to communicate in every corner of our school. We nurture their independence and self -confidence by making sure that they can readily access resources. We provide visual aids to help children who cannot yet read through photo labelling and visual timetables so they can follow daily routines. We offer stimulating resources, relevant to all the children’s cultures and communities.
Above all, we make time to talk to children and listen to what they have to say, we value their opinions, thoughts, feelings and desires. We understand that shared conversations are among the most powerful interactions adults can have with children, especially when they are talking about their own ideas and interests.
The Early Years Framework encourages a love of learning, promotes success and develops in each child the skills for life-long learning and personal growth. These include diligence, persistence, resilience, concentration, attentiveness, determination, independence and problem solving. The development of key personal attributes such as respect, thoughtfulness and adaptability helps prepare children for transitions within the early years classes and getting them ready for the primary phase. The Early Years Framework encapsulates the Characteristics of Effective Learning identified in best international practice. These are the building blocks for skills in innovation – a crucial part of the UAE National Agenda.
Key Elements of Taaleem Early Years Framework at The Children’s Garden
- A deep understanding of child development from birth to five years, informed by research into brain development and based on the belief in a competent child, full of promise
- A secure, supportive and stimulating environment where children have the time to learn through play and explore materials so that they can develop their own ideas
- Skilled and committed staff who have the highest expectations of every child
- Strong partnerships with parents
- Frequent observations of each child to assess progress, identify needs and to plan the next steps for learning
- Careful planning which supports the highest outcomes for children and responds to their spontaneous ideas.
- Provision that ensures that children have ready access to quality resources and materials to pursue their individual interests, exercise choice and develop independence.
- Valuing children’s achievements by collecting and annotating what they produce or taking photographs of these
- Periodic age-appropriate assessments of each child which provide a summary of the child’s achievements at a particular point in time so that their progress can be monitored and used to plan the next steps of their learning
- A strong emphasis on preparing children for the next and subsequent phases of education
- A creative, loving, nurturing environment where every child will meet their potential
The Early Years Framework in Practice
Children enjoy a rich, varied and stimulating framework that is relevant to their needs and celebrates the school’s international setting in the UAE. The Framework equips children with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to foster their all round development. It develops their curiosity, exploration and play, which lie at the heart of their creative and expressive experiences. It encourages active and collaborative learning within a secure and supportive environment where children acquire confidence, begin to take responsibility for their own learning and relate constructively and harmoniously to others. It recognises that every child is different and children develop in different ways and at different rates.
Integrating Indoor and Outdoor Learning
We use the environment as a place of learning and discovery where indoor and outdoor areas flow into each other. No one space is an island. The outdoors and indoors offer children the opportunity to learn in different ways and in different places so that there is a balance of child-initiated independent play and adult – guided learning. To achieve this balance, we plan out and present an ever-changing environment to meet the needs and interests of young children, while stimulating their intellectual development. We see the environment as a “second teacher” supporting children’s learning. Our outdoors environments provide a wide and varied range of challenging and exciting opportunities for children in all areas of the framework to ensure that their needs are met, their ideas are fostered and they are able to practise and consolidate their existing skills and develop new ones relevant to their next stage of development
Outdoors learning offers challenging and accessible learning opportunities including those that promote and encourage thinking, feeling, doing, being and enjoying. Using the outdoors is almost always about language. Children use language to express their thinking and to communicate actively what they are doing. Outdoor spaces are environments where young children learn about the world around them including nature and the seasons. We ensure places are safe and secure, offer challenge, and promote exploration investigation, fun and adventure.