Our learning spaces are designed to take into consideration that children may be staying with us for the entire day. We have carefully created zones that focus on every area of learning of the UK formal curriculum as well as the being aware of the informal curriculum and the hidden curriculum that all children are exposed to on a day to day basis. Although children begin the day in their home room, they are not confided to one classroom for the whole day – they explore specialized areas throughout the day with their key worker. There is no time for boredom when excitement exists around every corner. We understand that your child is the most precious entity in your family. We view safety as the number one criteria for any school. CCTV is available for viewing at the school in the Hangout Hide parent’s lounge (school dependent). Due to child privacy laws, CCTV can be accessed from the school only.
believe that quality British education should not be the domain of the super rich and the VIPs of the world. We aim to deliver quality flexible education that is affordable as well as adhere to the legal requirements for increases.
Children learn best when they feel safe and have access to extensive resources that help them make sense of the sensory world in which they live. We create wonder areas where children feel in awe before starting the busy day of play.
Education is a transient profession in the UAE. We believe that teaching and educating the next generation is more than a profession, it is a vocation. We choose our staff based on qualifications, experience and above all, a calling to impart knowledge and understanding and creating a learning environment that is joyful as well as stimulating. Intelligent happiness is what we are all about.
In the morning / afternoon during a normal session, students are handed over to their key worker / assistant key worker upon arrival at reception and they will be taken to class by the key worker. For children who require a settling period, parents will be able to accompany their child to the class with their key worker. We have a drive through drop off service for busy parents. Staff will be at the gate ready to accept and sign your child into the nursery for the day. The same service is available for the afternoon. Let security know as soon as you arrive in your car and your child will be brought out to you and signed out of the nursery for the day. We value teacher/parent collaboration. Staff is available for informal telephone conferences and teacher meetings during the afternoon. If you wish to discuss anything with your child’s key worker, please call reception to organise a convenient time. Please note that informal telephone conferences / meetings have a time limit in order to allow the key worker to contact all parents. Should you have an issue to discuss in depth, please inform reception when booking the telephone conference / teacher meeting. Parents are invited to an informal drop in “Meet and Greet” mornings and afternoons to meet with the key worker and principal, see your child’s work and ask any questions. Please check with reception for your child’s allocated day.
Well equipped transport facility is available for all children living in Sharjah. Skilled and experienced drivers are selected for running the nursery buses. Trained bus assistants are always there in the bus to help children board and depart the bus.
All children are different. A child’s ability to transition from home to school depends on their personality, emotional fortitude and their past history. Often a child’s greatest fear is that they will never be picked up from school. Once they feel safe in the knowledge that they are cared for and you are coming back to get them, they usually settle. Help your child by being strong enough to let go. Once you have done your research and chosen a school that is safe, fun and academically engaging, get prepared for the big day – the start of school. A settling in period of two weeks is recommended for children who are new to a nursery setting. Speak to the principal, your child’s teacher to plan ways to help your child settle. Some tips that have been proven to reduce parent and child stress are:
Role play going to school with your child before the big day.
Let your child choose their new bag, lunch bag and stationery.
Talk to your child about what to expect at school.
Attend orientation and let your child meet the staff and see the classrooms.
During the first week, drop off a little early and collect a little early.
Come into class, settle your child and meet the teachers.
Show your child the amount of time you are going to be away for on your watch and say “goodbye and see you later”. Some children cry, but know that our teaching staff is trained to support your child in separating successfully in order to enjoy their school days at RAAN. There is a parent seating area (Hangout Hide) where parents can watch their children on CCTV during the transition period. In the first week/s parents may be asked to do limited timings until their child settles.
Be aware that a parent showing distress will cause the child distress and anxiety.
Children enjoy snack time as part of a social experience as well as time of learning. Teachers and children sit together during snack time and discuss the food the children have brought while linking it to the 7 areas of learning. Eating in a relaxed social group often helps a fussy eater consume foods sent from home. Teachers will also suggest food your child shows an interest in during snack time.
Parents need to give advance warning of a birthday cake being brought into class. Children with an allergy or who have parents that do not want their child eating cake need to be catered for too. For these children a healthy alternative can be provided – speak to your child’s teacher about healthy alternatives to cake. The party cake can be served after mid-morning snack to ensure minimal impact on the class. Children will be RAAN Prince/Princess on their birthday. If gifts for children in the class are being brought to school, these need to be safe and age appropriate.
RAAN follows the internationally recognized and standardized British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. For each age group a set of structured benchmarks related to the early learning goals (strands) for every area of learning (subject are used to assess your child in order to drive their learning experience each week. Children are assessed against these age and stage appropriate benchmarks throughout their time at RAAN in order to provide individual tracking of their progress and attainment. “The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years’ providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.” It is topic based learning designed to excite each age group additionally supports inquiry moving your child from potential understanding to actual knowledge.