This week I am looking at the curriculum. I am going to start with the preschool curriculum. You might hold your hands to your head and wail at the thought of a preschool curriculum. That’s what I did when I read a newspaper article about curriculum plans for babies in Spain. “What is the world coming to?” I thought. “Leave the kids alone!”
If you read the last post, however, you will know that curriculum is not everything you might fear it could be. The curriculum for the Fuzzy Houbaras Preschool is enlightened, compassionate and reasonable; it is underpinned by the school’s values and Mission. It is guided by sensible childcare provisions and is open to inspection by all relevant bodies.
I shouldn’t have been so judgmental. In the UK preschool education is governed by what is called the EYFS, or Early Years Foundation Strategy, which goes from 0-5. It is compulsory. We cannot get out of doing the assessments because we are a private school. That’s OK. The EYFS is great!
Read the four guiding principles from the Statutory Guidance for EYFS and you will see that they could have come out of our own documentation:
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates
There is no point in rewriting the guidance here, but you should be happy to consider that there is nothing in our approach that is out of synch with the official guidance. We have our own values, but they do not contradict the values of the official guidance.
Fuzzy Houbaras Preschool
A Bridge connecting Families to Bayt Al Tabiea
The family is an important foundation in our lives and culture in the UAE. We aspire to build a strong partnership with our children’s parents and guardians. Our preschool is established to form this connection before the formal education years start in Kindergarten.
Fuzzy Houbaras Preschool will focus on daily play and learning activities. Parents will be involved in the learning process as they will be required to accompany their child to the school. This emphasizes the bond between our school and parents in the eyes of our children.
Our school is small and we want an intimate family feel. Parents have the choice to enroll their child in as many days per week as they wish. There will be a morning and an afternoon session.
The preschool promotes positive values so that children will begin to understand how to become a member of a learning community:
- be willing to share and take turns with others
- be able to relate to others
- be curious and able to explore independently
- be able to listen and speak with understanding
- be comfortable and happy with themselves
- develop physical co-ordination, healthy habits
- participate in and enjoy a variety of arts experiences
- love their families, friends, teachers and school
When it is time for Kindergarten, children will already be familiar with the Hadiqa School and will not have the high stress that is so often a part of little children’s lives during early school years.