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Learning Overview

Here’s an overview of how we learn at JINS.

Jumeirah International Nurseries follows the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS), and the International PreSchool Curriuclum (IPC) to provide a unique educational experience for children.  

Our curriculum is further enriched with the principles of Reggio Emilia, The Montessori Methodology, Positive Education and The Curiosity Approach.

THE KEY TO A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION:

We integrate elements of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy into every part of our curriculum.

This approach views children as capable and competent learners, capable of constructing knowledge through their interactions with the environment and their peers. We provide a warm and inviting environment that supports children’s creativity and expression, using documentation methods to showcase their learning journeys.

For example, parents may see art displays, photographs, or portfolios that capture their child’s progress and development over time. Teachers act as facilitators and collaborators, allowing children’s interests and ideas to guide the learning process. This philosophy values the child’s voice, giving them a sense of ownership over their learning. 

The Montessori Approach is an integral part of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) programme at JINS.

It allows our children to develop independence, self-confidence, and problem-solving skills. Our experienced teachers create a nurturing environment where children can freely explore, learn at their own pace, and discover their unique talents and interests.

We believe in empowering children to take ownership of their learning journey, and Montessori principles play a significant role in achieving this goal.

Positive Education is at the heart of what we do at JINS. We understand that a child’s emotional wellbeing and character development are just as important as academic achievement. Our dedicated team of educators promotes a positive learning environment where children feel safe, supported, and valued.

We actively teach social-emotional skills, resilience, empathy, and mindfulness. By fostering a positive mindset, we empower children to face challenges with confidence, develop meaningful relationships, and cultivate a strong sense of self-worth. 

Examples of how we embed Positive Education into the daily lives of our children include Morning Mindfulness Exercises, Emotional Check-Ins, Empathy in Storytelling and through our Gratitude Practices.

The Curiosity Approach in our programme provides focus on providing natural, open-ended resources and environments to foster children’s curiosity and creativity.

Our classrooms are designed to spark children’s natural sense of wonder and exploration, as we use natural resources and materials like shells, leaves, or pinecones for sensory play, or provide open-ended art materials like JINS made playdough or recyclable materials for creative expression. This wonderful approach encourages children to ask questions, investigate, and make connections, which are essential skills for lifelong learning. 

OUR AGE GROUPS AT JINS

Our classes are broken down into the below clusters:

The Little Learners is where the babies are encouraged to roll and crawl while the older babies learn to walk and attempt to feed themselves.

Babies have daily access to their own outside garden area and sensory playground. Natural objects and heuristic play are provided to stimulate interest and promote active exploration.

Each JINS Nursery is equipped with separate changing and sleeping rooms. We have the perfect setting to provide a relaxing environment to the children with a staff ratio within the baby rooms maintained at 1:3.

As the child crosses from the Little Learners to the Curious Beginners, child-initiated play is encouraged. Focus is given to development of language skills and fine motor skills, enabling children to move about confidently.

Our staff observes the children regularly, offering constant support. Potty training is normally typical during this year and our staff concentrate on helping the children become independent at routine jobs.

Children are most receptive to new information when they reach this age and it is the perfect time to inculcate independence, a love for learning and role-play.

Most of what children learn here go on to become strong habits in the future. Therefore, we pay maximum attention to each child to ensure that they receive the most benefit.

Children learn through role modelling and simulation. Opportunities are provided to help develop their social skills with additional learning techniques including assembly, interactive music, puppet shows and sing-a-longs.

At this stage, children’s play becomes much more evolved. The substantial experience of our staff ensures that the child’s interests are kept in mind while we support, extend and develop their understanding.

The focus is always on keeping the children interested, motivated and enthusiastic to learn and investigate further. Free flow into secure outside play areas, messy play, music, cooking, and creative crafts are some of the key activities utilised at this stage.

The children are provided with a myriad of learning opportunities and encouraged to use their skills in a range of situations and for a variety of purposes.

Through personalised lessons in Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts & Design and Sports, we provide extensive support for the children’s intellectual, physical and emotional wellbeing.

We encourage them to discover the world how they see it, to find the part that they play in it and to learn exactly what they are capable of.

Through personalised lessons following the International Preschool Curriculum (IPC) we provide extensive support for the children’s intellectual, physical and emotional wellbeing giving them the skills and knowledge needed for Primary School.

HOW WE TRACK PROGRESS

Our educators employ differentiated learning to suit each child’s individual development stage.

We closely monitor and track the child’s progress, providing parents with regular written assessments of their child’s accomplishments and attainment against the Early Learning Objectives of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and IPC Principles and Framework.

At the age of two, we provide a complete progress check with consultation and input from the parents.

Our checklist provides parents with a clear picture of their child’s development and enables early identification of development needs, as well as appropriate intervention and support strategies.