Creating Memories at Kid’s Island Nursery in Dubai 

Kid’s Island Nursery in Dubai invests time in providing food exploration and kitchen creativity opportunities for the children. Purpose built Creative and Sensory Studios are filled with items that children may not normally have access to, to entice them to explore.

Under the guidance of their teachers, they are encouraged to cut, pour, sift, taste and laugh as they immerse themselves in the moment. Sensory words like melt, sprinkle, sift, fold, scrape, roll and blend are used by teachers to describe the sensory play.  Children are encouraged to describe what they see, feel, hear, taste, and smell.

Apart from exploring new tastes, these sessions also allow children to create new positive food experiences similar to those they may have already experienced at home, like when families bake together.

Think back… Do you remember the time as a child when you were baking the tastiest chocolate cake with your grandmother or your mum? Do you remember the melted chocolate cake smell when you walked in the kitchen?

Close your eyes and you are there, in the kitchen. Grandma is seated at the table and mum is standing next to you, holding the dish while you stir in the sugar, the eggs then add the melted chocolate. The flour is sprinkled on the swirling mass of chocolaty goodness. Then the miracle of watching this chocolate cake baking in the oven, rising, cracking, steaming begins to unfold in front of you until it eventually cools down and you can have a piece.

Keep your eyes closed… can you see yourself cleaning the dish, scraping the leftover chocolate on the side of the dish and accidentally, on purpose, covering your fingers with cake mix, so you can enjoy licking it off later. You will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

These are priceless sensory filled memories which is why taking time to create childhood memories, which shapes our lives and make us who we are, will stay etched in our minds for all time. As a nursery in Dubai who has been established in Jumeirah for the last 27 years, we are honored to welcome the next generation of students into the Kid’s Island Nursery family and it is rewarding to hear parents say “I remember what it felt like when I experienced this at the nursery for the first time”.  It is important to cherish your warm childhood memories and even more important to create new ones with your child.

About Kid’s Island Nursery

Kid’s Island Nursery is a well-established pre-school center located in Jumeirah. Its ethos centers on being an extended family for its parents. Delivering the British Curriculum for over 27 years, Kid’s Island Nursery has enriched the program with innovative and exciting educational approaches.

Press Contact

Name: Kids Island Nursery
Phone: +971 (4) 394 2578
Email: info@kidsislandnursery.com
Website: https://www.kidsislandnursery.com/

Give the gift of Time the Festive Season - Kid’s Island Nursery in Dubai

It’s the most wonderful time of the year or so the songs on the radio keep telling us. But for parents around the world, the festive season can be the most stressful time of the year.

Thoughts of shopping, cooking and entertaining can often times overshadow the beauty of the festive season.

Agathe Jameson, Principal at Kid’s Island Nursery in Dubai, comments, “One way to bond with your children during this festive season is to practice being mindful. You can be mindful with your children by staying present and fully engaged in the activities that you do together. Carve out quality chunks of time and give your full attention to the task at hand. Your time is more precious than any gift you can give this festive season”

At a recent parent presentation morning at Kid’s Island Nursery in Dubai, parents were given five ways to practice mindfulness as a family this holiday season:

Get Messy in the Kitchen Together the best memories are the unexpected ones. Pick an easy and quick recipe that the children can help with. Let them help mix and stir ingredients. It may be messy but it’s worth it to see how proud they are of their decorated Christmas cookies.

Go Outside what better time than the present to go out and enjoy Dubai’s winter weather. Leave the cell phones and tablets inside and spend some time collecting leaves, throwing a Frisbee on the beach or going for a bicycle ride next to the canal.

Be Playful being a parent doesn’t mean you can’t be silly or have fun with your children. Let loose and just be in the moment, you’ll be surprised how much fun you will actually have. Dance to a silly song or see who can sing Jingle Bells the loudest.

Movie Night make a big bowl of popcorn and settle next to your little one to enjoy their favourite Christmas movie. It’s a time to cuddle, focus your attention together, and share the experience of seeing and hearing the same thing, just like story time.

Make Festive Decorations take some time this holiday season to make some adorable homemade ornaments with your children. Your children will love seeing their baubles hanging on the tree, and you will treasure these keepsakes for years to come. Embrace the imperfectly perfect tree and enjoy making memories.

“It’s what we played, and who we played with, that often leaves a mark on our memories long after childhood passes. Given the positive effects it has on our well-being and happiness levels, family play should be the most important ‘homework’ of all.”

Kid’s Island Nursery in Dubai, believes bonding time is important for healthy brain development in children. It is through parent-and-child-bonding-time that children at a very early age, learn how to engage and interact with the world around them. For parents, the pressures of hectic schedules and technology have changed the meaning of bonding time for many families. Throw in the countdown to the holidays and a perfect storm of distractions can occur. So this festive season, take a moment, slow down and be present!

More about Kid’s Island Nursery in Dubai

Kid’s Island Nursery is a unique nursery/preschool in the heart of Jumeirah/ Umm Suqeim. Its ethos centres on being an extended family for its children and parents. Delivering the British Curriculum for over 27 years, Kid’s Island Nursery Dubai has enriched the program with innovative, nature-inspired, eco-friendly and child led educational approaches.

About Kid’s Island Nursery

Kid’s Island Nursery is a well-established pre-school center located in Jumeirah. Its ethos centers on being an extended family for its parents. Delivering the British Curriculum for over 27 years, Kid’s Island Nursery has enriched the program with innovative and exciting educational approaches.

Press Contact

Name: Kids Island Nursery
Phone: +971 (4) 394 2578
Email: info@kidsislandnursery.com
Website: https://www.kidsislandnursery.com/

Inspire your Child to Eat the Rainbow

At Kid’s Island Nursery, we understand that healthy eating is easier to say than it is to put into action within the home. Time constraints can in many cases steer families away from healthy eating options. The Nursery regularly provide parent presentations regarding this topic to help provide parents with a framework to introduce healthier eating options.

Lyndsay Bettles, a cook, food stylist, writer and creator of the I eat my peas website, says “Feeding a young family can be an extremely stressful time. It is easy to get caught up emotionally when feeding our family.” Eating should represent a social time for children and adults. Eating in a relaxed and positive environment allows a child’s healthy relationship with food to flourish. An enjoyment of food and company creates a special bonding time and helps children to learn about healthy eating. It is important to remember that adults are the most important influence on a child‘s eating behaviour.

At a recent Inspire your Toddler to Eat the Rainbow presentation at Kid’s Island Nursery, it was suggested by Lyndsay that parents should focus on making mealtimes “SIMPLE, FRESH & COLOURFUL!”

Simple: Cook simple family meals and enjoy the process of preparing it.

Fresh: Remove processed foods and encourage children to learn about real food and how it is grown.

Colourful: Eat the rainbow! Feed your child nutrients and vitamins. Stock the fridge and cupboards with a variety of fruits and vegetables, which will expose your child to those foods and help shape their understanding of good food forever.


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Lyndsay’s viewpoint on healthy eating is mirrored within Kid’s Island Nursery. Snack time is an important part of the Nursery’s daily routine and is organized so that it’s a social occasion in which children and staff participate together. Children are encouraged to develop independence through making choices and feeding themselves. Suitable containers are provided to parents so a variety of food can be packed for a healthy and colourful snack box.

Lunchboxes need not be dull and boring and once you get into a colourful mindset you may even get a bit creative. Lyndsay suggests different shaped rolls or cut sandwiches with a cookies cutter into fun shapes. It makes snack time in the nursery a lot of fun. A child’s favorite pasta or some mini pizzas will also encourage a little one to eat independently. Start with carbohydrates as the backbone and continue with protein and fruit & veg to provide additional nutrients and minerals. Rather than looking at the specific foods you pack in the lunchbox try to concentrate on giving at least 2 handfuls of fruit & veg and capture at least 2-3 colours daily.

Encourage children to help choose their own healthy snacks. Empower them to be involved in cooking and the preparing of food. Be adventurous and never stop exposing children to new foods in fun ways. Keep them interested by not venturing too far our of their comfort. Most important, MAKE IT FUN! Children love to feel in control so let them explore and experiment with food in their own way.

About Us

Kid’s Island Nursery is a well-established pre-school center located in Jumeirah/ Umm Suqiem, Dubai. Its ethos centers on being an extended family for its parents. Delivering the British Curriculum for over 27 years, Kid’s Island Nursery has enriched the program with innovative, nature-inspired and exciting educational approaches.

The Learning Garden Award - Kid’s Island Nursery Receives Recognition for its Nature-Inspired Teaching Methods

This year Kid’s Island Nursery received the Learning Garden Awardpresented from the BeUnique Foundation,in recognition of our unique nature-inspired curriculum. Our Nursery community has grown immensely over the last three decades. During this time, we have firmly established our reputation as a trailblazer amongst early years providers in Dubai by continuously enriching the British Curriculum with innovative ideas aimed at meeting our community’s diverse and changing needs.

Our vision is to reinforce that learning can occur anywhere and should not be strictly confined to the classroom. We have created learning experiences which span across the curriculum and which flow between the indoors to the outdoors. We build on children’s innate curiosity and enthusiasm by providing a variety of inspiring settings. We have developed rich and varied opportunities to make learning concepts less abstract and more relevant by placing them in a more realistic, nature-led context. Children are exposed to limitless resources within the Nursery setting. The nature enhanced environment creates a platform for the children to discover and collaborate while they develop a life-long love of nature and the outdoors.

Vibrant, lush nature-based outdoor areas at Kid’s Island Nursery spur non-sedentary learning through active movement and provide for different learning styles. Childrens’ minds are free to explore and develop a sense of wonder. Imagine listening to a story while birds are chirping and shadows from garden trees play against the walls. Imagine sorting sticks and leaves to construct nests and create fascinating structures. Imagine the excitement of watching sand and water travel through colourful pipes, creating mud pie recipes while becoming a Nature Detective. When children are engaged, relaxed and happy they are more open to learning new concepts. Early mathematical concepts, literacy and language development are introduced within outdoor activities involving a garden trail, a fully equipped mud kitchen, exciting multi-sensory stations and a sorting/counting woodland terrace. The curriculum at Kid’s Island Nursery continues to embrace the traditional values of communication, working together, manners, respect, honesty and empathy, while instilling an appreciation for nature.

Building an appreciation and understanding of the world around us is as essential as traditional learning. Our aim at the Nursery is to plant seeds of curiosity within the children, while creating an awareness of nature. We believe that our children should be taught to be environmentally responsible as one day, they will be the eco-warriors of our future.

For more information about Kid’s Island Nursery please visit our website www.kidsislandnursery.com or complete a simple enquiry form on our contact us page www.kidsislandnursery.com/contact-us/

Helping Families Settle in an Expat World

Becoming an expat parent comes with its own set of challenges, none more so emotionally charged than settling family in a new country. Moving abroad typically means leaving behind extended family, friends and close neighbors, who form a web of support on a daily basis. The prospect of relocating and rebuilding close friendships can seem daunting to parents let alone the children involved in the move. The initial transition can prove to be tumultuous, filled with tears and tantrums.

Navigating through parenthood is hard enough, but when relocation is added to the mix there is no telling how children will adjust or adapt to new situations. While children do adapt easily, many parents know that the experience is hard on them especially in the initial transition. Parents may yearn for the stability they left behind, but how can they recreate the network of support again in a new country?

Isabelle Amatoury, founder of Kid’s Island Nursery in Dubai, has dealt with many families transitioning into the region. She prides herself on the fact that the Nursery is known for working closely with families to ensure that a stable foundation is created from which the family can grow. “Our belief at Kids Island Nursery is that children thrive on love, laughter and security. When there is no extended family around, the Nursery takes its place. We provide an inspiring, progressive, nature- themed environment for our children to learn and explore, while helping them settle into their new routine. However, it’s not only the children we are concerned about but the parents as well. Moving is stressful especially when moving abroad. We understand that parents may be feeling overwhelmed and our goal is to give guidance and support where needed. We also offer cuddles on the really rough days because nothing beats a cuddle from someone who cares!”

Isabelle recommends that new families find ways to connect to the city, “Set aside time within the week to explore the beaches, parks and malls around the area. Accept invitations to dinner or play dates. Join local clubs or Facebook groups. The sooner the family feels settled, the sooner they will find that Dubai is filled with many like-minded, caring people, who will start to help rebuild the network of support that has been left behind.”

Kid’s Island Nursery has been in Dubai for 27years, and has provided a stable network of support to thousands of families over the years. The Nursery is an extension of the family, providing parents support to settle in an expat village, while offering guidance and stability. Their team of caring staff strives to create a loving, nurturing environment from which the families and children can grow. 

About Kids Island Nursery

Kids Island Nursery in Dubai was founded over two decades ago by Isabelle Amatoury. The philosophy of the nursery centers on the fact that each child is unique and should be given the opportunity to explore and learn. The Nursery follows the British Curriculum and caters to children starting preschool and kindergarten. They provide a safe and nurturing environment helping children gain social skills and increase self-awareness.

Nature Inspired Learning at Kid's Island Nursery

 Imagine a Nursery where children are encouraged to incorporate elements of nature into all aspects of their play and learning. Where dry leaves & twigs are used for painting and rocks are used for counting.  Where classes are mindful of all that surrounds them and are encouraged to stop and watch a caterpillar munching on a crunchy leaf or observe a busy bird making a nest. This rich description refers to everyday moments at Kid's Island Nursery in Jumeirah, Dubai.

Kid's Island Nursery believes that nature based learning teaches children to be curious which in turn allows them to express greater creativity. Introducing children to a nature rich environment such a mud kitchen equipped with real pots and pans, vegetables, water and mud, facilitates the role playing that will take place and provides endless teaching moments. The environment triggers their curiosity, while creating opportunities for sharing and getting dirty leading to a total sensory experience. Learning moments like this are intended to foster a love of nature and learning within the children.

Nature centered learning also provides teachers with a platform to educate children about environmental responsibility. This may manifest itself in children growing herbs in recycled plastic pots, or creating wind chimes from recycled items from around the home. Teachers will use these learning moments to initiate conversations about where things come from, how they are made and how they should be disposed, to create a greater awareness of the importance of nature within their lives. It is with this goal in mind that Kid's Island Nursery strives to nurture a positive attitude towards learning and the environment.

Founder of Kid’s Island Nursery, Isabelle Amatoury, offered us a glimpse into their practices: “We believe that each child is unique and deserves the opportunity to experience the best start to their educational journey. We offer a diverse nature-based learning program that fulfills the requirements of the British Curriculum, while nurturing a love and appreciation of the environment. Our aim is to plant seeds of curiosity and awareness while inspiring creativity.”

About Us

Kid's Island Nursery in Jumeriah, Dubai, was founded over a quarter century ago by Isabelle Amatoury. They follow the British Curriculum and cater to children ready for nursery, preschool and kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to visit the Nursery and explore their nature-based learning facilities. For more information, call +971 4 394 2578 or email  info@kidsislandnursery.com

 

How we communicate with parents every day!

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This year Kid's Island Nursery is introducing a new means of communication for our families. Your teacher will use an app called Seesaw to share and communicate with you throughout the year! The messages will be individualised and relate to your child’s learning. In addition, regular reminders regarding your child’s class and Nursery activities will be sent to you through Seesaw.

The great thing about this program is that you will only see posts about your own child so you can enjoy their educational journey.

“Mum, read me a story”

In this technology-driven world, curling up with your little one and a good book is increasingly rare. Some reasons you should make time for it and benefits it can have for you both are;
 
1. Bonding
Story time with your child on a regular basis, whether it’s each evening before bed or during the day, can help further strengthen your relationship with your child. The physical closeness of sitting together and hearing your voice with no distractions is hugely comforting to them. Many children look forward to this undivided attention as much as they enjoy the actual story. Reading together can also improve a child’s confidence as they are secure in their bond with you. 
 
2. Exploring emotions
Story books are an excellent way for your child to see how other people deal with new and challenging situations. Whether the plot covers positive or seemingly negative emotions, using a character to explore them opens up the communication lines with your child. Ask questions like “What do you think they are feeling? What do you think is going to happen next? How would you feel if…?” Books can be especially useful as a way of starting the conversation or dealing with situations such as starting school, moving house or a new sibling.
 
3. Boosting language, interest and curiosity
Even if a book doesn’t have many words, the images held within are fantastic for teaching children new terms and sounds. You may look at the same book time and time again and by describing the illustrations it can be a new experience every time. By prompting your child to tell you what they see in the picture, identify letters or numbers and by praising them, you will begin to build positive associations with reading.
 
4. Understanding real vs make-believe
From magical lands to outrageous beasties, books can open up a whole world of imagination for children. By identifying what they see around them in the real world and what appears on the pages of their books, your little one will become aware of what’s possible and be inspired to use their imagination. Encourage them to take the story further, draw their own pictures and even spot subplots or characters in the images for older children.
 
5. Improving listening and concentration
It’s no secret that people of all ages are experiencing reduced concentration. With our children growing up in times dominated by screen time and countless choices, this situation is unlikely to improve unless we take major steps at home. Setting up boundaries for screen time is essential. By sitting quietly with a book a child’s listening skills improve as well as their concentration and their ability to remember details. Ask them about characters, the story so far and descriptions to further boost their visual memory.
 
6. Learning other languages
Books are also a way to introduce second or even a third language to your child. Those aimed at younger children, with sing-song styles or rhyming, are a fun way to explore new words and vocabulary. Books set in different countries can also help children understand the wider world where a multitude of cultures can be explored and respected.
 
7. Social and communication skills
Sitting, listening, taking turns to choose a story all contribute to your child’s social skills development. As they grow older their concentration levels will improve and they will continue to thrive at school. Remember that by reducing screen time and increasing reading they will have a head start in their growing up years!

Exploring at my own pace

As parents it’s so easy to rush and push towards the next milestone, and walking is the big one, with mums and dads using it as a benchmark for so-called progress. However, every stage that our children go through is precious and critical, helping them develop in specific ways, and only when your baby’s nervous system is ready and operating at its full potential will they move on to the next activity.

By the time your baby is 12 months old, their brain will be 50% of its adult size, and it will continue to expand, with experiences and movements creating connections between nerve cells. You might not realise it, but the most simple (and fun!) activities can have brain-boosting capabilities.

Floor time and movement on the floor is essential for learning. Your little one must be able to spend up to 20 minutes of ‘tummy time’ per day from around 3 months old.

Why is it so important?

It strengthens your baby’s neck and shoulder muscles - as they will want to look up to see what’s happening around them. This will encourage your child to sit up, roll over and crawl earlier and this can prevent “positional Plagiocephaly”, which is flattening on the back of the head.

Between car seats and strollers, today’s babies spend most of their time on their backs or upright. You might find that your child initially resists floor time and persistence is key, building up from even just a few minutes.
To have the best of Tummy Time, position a favourite toy or child-proof mirror within their gaze and encourage them to reach for it.                            
Avoid tummy time shortly after eating to make sure it’s as enjoyable and comfortable for them as possible.

Building up strength

You might also see your baby push off the floor using their hands, which is the beginning of rolling over and crawling. It will assist in developing their will and determination to take action and complete a task. Their hands will become strengthened, assisting with holding a pencil when a little older.

Floor time also builds spatial awareness

Informing babies of their environment and helping them to build an internal map of their physical position in the world, such as next to a toy, on the rug, in the playpen, which helps with movement and navigation later on in life.

So what happens if your baby doesn’t get enough floor time?

Skipping the crawling stage can have a major impact later on. While this may appear inconsequential from a brain development angle, it can lead to challenges once your child reaches school age. By not crawling, their eye tracking can be compromised, and there might be less integration between left and right sides of the brain, which can inhibit fine motor skills such as tying shoe laces, cutting paper and doing up buttons.

How to get the most from floor time:

  1. Do a little every day, building up the time to around 20 minutes.

  2. To stimulate, regularly change the toys.

  3. When they’re ready, offer a smooth space where your baby can try to move (leave hands and feet uncovered for grip).

  4. Get down to their level. Eye contact and talking will help with bonding and model each other’s movements for fun.

  5. Use this opportunity to safely stretch and massage your baby. Gently try cross-body movements to introduce the brain to patterns for crawling.

  6. Floor time can be continued into childhood, with families interacting on the same level, playing, reading and discussing topics.

Independence

The importance of teaching our children to be independent

As parents it’s tempting to do everything for our children and often WANT to do it, as well as it being easier and faster! Teaching them independence from an early age has the most impact to build a child’s self-esteem and confidence.
 
A child’s brain starts developing from day one and by acknowledging that they’re capable of doing things for themselves, we as parents can have a positive impact on their overall development, understanding of the world, self-confidence, as well as emotional maturity. When a child feels empowered, they want to do more.

Children learn by watching those around them and model their parents.    

For example, when a child starts to feed themselves, it not only helps with sensory development, and meal times become a social event. They might start by eating with their fingers and progress to cutlery once their skills develop over time. We might need to deal with a ‘mess’ and should welcome this as it is about the experiences for the child.
For children there is no right or wrong way to eat. Eating with the fingers is the best way to start. www.babyledweaning.com

So what small changes can we make every day to nurture independence?  

Set realistic targets. Allow the child to go through the process over and over to make the experience a learning curve and fun.  Enjoy the time with your child and bestow a lot of praise. Adding pressure builds up stress for parents and children.
 
Very early on we should be encouraging children to eat by themselves, wash their hands and sit at a table with their parents for mealtime with the family. There are some activities that children can help with too, such as packing toys away and pushing a baby shopping trolley. As children get older, their independence grows along with their self-confidence, therefor they will want to participate and contribute more.                                                                                           

We should encourage this from little things like, throwing their bib in the laundry basket, fetching shoes when it’s time to leave the house, putting their shoes on by themselves, wiping their face with a wash cloth and happily playing alone.
 
We can stimulate the children by singing together as we clean up (sing ‘Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share’) and appreciate these moments with your child. Give them your full attention and focus. Take a break from your phone and your laptop.  It might take a little time - a child learns to talk by being spoken to, by experiencing and articulating sounds / words and then one day a sentence will form.
 
As our children navigate their way through life, learning right from wrong, forming opinions and personalities, the independence they acquire from an early age can put them in great stead for taking on challenges with confidence. Support your child, by encouraging them to help themselves.