He has grown to love the nursery, and as a mother, I cannot express how grateful I am that I can send him to a place where I am worry free and where he is so happy.
— A beloved parent
 

Organisation of Classes

Classroom sizes vary with a maximum of 13 to 16 children, depending on age groups.

Age Teacher Assistant Support Staff
8m - 1y 2m
1y 2m - 1y 6m
1y 6m - 1y 10m
1y 10m - 2y 2m
2y 2m - 2y 6m
2y 6m - 2y 10m
2y 10m - 3y 5m
3y 5m - 4y

(Age cut-off dates in September of each Academic Year)

 

After completing Nursery/Foundation Stage 1, children then move on to the next level of their education. We are always happy to help guide parents in choosing the right school throughout Dubai which follow the British, American or International curricula. 

 

Timings

Dubai's official school week is Sunday to Thursday with a Friday and Saturday Weekend.

We offer extended hours until 4:30pm as well as

  • Early Drop-Off
  • Late Pick-Up
  • Flexible attendance of 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week!
Early Drop-Off 7:30am - 8:00am
Regular Hours 8:00am - 12:45pm
Extended Hours
Sept 2017
8:00am - 1:30pm
8:00am - 2:30pm
8:00am - 3:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
 
 

Child Safety and Security

At Kid's Island and Cocoon Nursery Schools safety and security are never compromised. Stringent safety policies and procedures govern all areas of nursery life from authorised collection of children, maintenance of fixtures and equipment, fire drills to general safety around the Schools.

  • Main entrances are equipped with security and safety gates and parents are given a private access code to enter the Schools. 
  • The maintenance and efficacy of our fire extinguishers is monitored by an appointed government recognized agency.
  • As part of our annual training, our staff go through a rigorous paediatric first aid course recognized by the Government of Dubai.
  • Each Nursery School has a licensed nurse on duty at all times and a fully equipped Nurse’s clinic approved by the Dubai Department of Health. 
  • We observe a strict nut free policy and will also support any other allergy, intolerance or cultural practice when it comes to food products consumed within the Schools.

In the event that a parent or care giver has not collected their child from the School at pick up time, and no prior contact has been made with the Nursery to inform them of alternative arrangements, the nurseries will make every attempt to contact parents. We provide a Late Class option until 2:00 pm which gives our parents flexibility and peace of mind. Please note that an additional fee will apply for this service.

 
 

Our Facilities!

Kid's Island and Cocoon Nursery Schools are centrally located in the heart of Jumeirah 3/Umm Suqiem. Our Schools are located a short walking distance from each other and are easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road or Jumeirah Beach Road.

The Schools comprise of large and appealing Early Childhood Education Centres. All the facilities are fully equipped to inspire the inquiring minds of our children.
 

Classrooms

All of our classrooms are bright and spacious. Classrooms are amply stocked with age appropriate educational resources, puzzles, books and other equipment. Careful consideration was given when choosing classroom furniture so that it is child-sized and comfortable for children and adults. To complement our classrooms the children also have access to the Gym Room, Outdoor Play Areas, Playrooms, Activity Room and Library.

Outdoor & Indoor Play Areas

The outdoor play areas are a treasure trove of safe, age appropriate toys and equipment aimed at stimulating children's gross motor skills and imagination. They are covered by specialised shades which offer UV protection. When the summers get particularly hot the children are still able to play within our large indoor play areas.

Gym Room

The Gym Room is a large, vibrant room packed with exciting equipment designed to stimulate and enhance children's gross motor skill development. Here children are encouraged to balance, throw, catch, crawl, dance and perform. It is a multi purpose room which is also used for singing classes and Creative Movement sessions. You might even see us doing some yoga exercises together!

Library

Books are easily accessible to the children at our Nurseries. Classrooms and playrooms have mini libraries available with books on display which our children are encouraged to browse through. The teachers read to the children regularly and play CD books to further expose the children to the magic of reading. All these activities help our children develop the motivation, problem solving techniques and skills that will prepare them for future reading and writing.

Our library activity provides an additional opportunity for children to express their individuality through their choice of book which they proudly take home in their library bag to share with their parents. Good habits are encouraged by urging children to take care of their books until the following week when they borrow another one. Library time is invaluable.

Sensory Room

The sensory room is one of our favourite creations. Specifically created to introduce children and challenge their senses to explore the textures that the world has to offer. From textures like GOOP, slime and other unusual and safe materials, your child will love feeling new sensations.

Sand & Water Play Area

Exploration with sand and water is a natural draw for children and helps build multiple skills. By sifting sand and scooping water, children improve their physical dexterity. By joining others in blowing bubbles or making a sandcastle, they develop social skills. At the same time they enhance their cognitive skills as they have fun exploring with the different materials.

Some of Our Activities!

Critical Thinking: Numeracy/literacy/shapes & colour

Through playful activities children are encouraged to understand and recognise patterns to develop their critical thinking.

Snack Time: Independence & routine

Our children are given the opportunity to take responsibility of owning and handling their lunchbox. Children are encouraged to eat independently while socialising with their friends.

Gym Room & Story Yoga Classes

Our children enjoy exercising and stretching through creative play and stories

Clay/playdough modelling

Modelling with clay/playdough exercises children’s fine motor skill development, hand-eye co-ordination, creativity & imagination and provides a therapeutic way of expressing themselves through play.

Building blocks/balance playgrounds

Outdoor exploration plays a major role in children’s gross motor skill development. Children need to explore and experience different motions and movements to improve how they move within their bodies.

Expressive art wall

A wonderful experience for the children to explore creative doodling vertically, using their whole body in the process.

Messy art experiences/Scrap Delights

Working with diverse art materials is a wonderful way for children to experiment with colour, shape, design, and texture. Free painting, drawing, gluing, sticking and other related activities enable children to further develop fine motor skills and creative expression while having lots of fun all at the same time.

Story Box interactive storytelling

Story Box is an engaging way to read to children by bringing stories to life! They are comprised of a large box containing a story book with supporting materials and props. Used together, they prompt role play and stimulate pre-reading skills in children. They are aimed at encouraging children to become life-long readers by stimulating their inquisitiveness and interest in books.

Library

Books are easily accessible to the children at our Nurseries. Classrooms and playrooms have mini libraries available with books on display which our children are encouraged to browse through. The teachers read to the children regularly and play CD books to further expose the children to the magic of reading. All these activities help our children develop the motivation, problem solving techniques and skills that will prepare them for future reading and writing.

Our library activity provides an additional opportunity for children to express their individuality through their choice of book which they proudly take home in their library bag to share with their parents. Good habits are encouraged by urging children to take care of their books until the following week when they borrow another one. Library time is invaluable. Please note that a small charge will be applied for this service.

Show and Tell: Confidence & language building

Show and Tell is a wonderful activity that promotes speech development and social skills. It boosts self-esteem as children learn to ask questions, use descriptive language and tell stories in front of their classmates. The joy children experience pulling special items out of their colourful Show and Tell bag to share with their friends is priceless. Show and Tell Activity takes place once a week in the classroom.

Creative Sand and Water Play

Exploration with sand and water is a natural draw for children and helps build multiple skills. By sifting sand and scooping water, children improve their physical dexterity. By joining others in blowing bubbles or making a sandcastle, they develop social skills. At the same time they enhance their cognitive skills as they have fun exploring with the different materials.

Themed role play

Creative play and dress-up are important activities which activate the imagination and stimulate Role play. Research supports Role-play in its significance towards children's social, linguistic and cognitive development. It further helps children make sense of the world around them and assists them in building problem-solving strategies.

Junior Chef: Food exploration

Junior Chef is a particular favourite with our little ones. These are simple yet incredibly fun sessions in which all children experience the world of food first-hand. It is a wonderful way for them to discover new tastes, textures and smells. They learn not only how food is prepared hygienically, but also how it contributes to their health and wellbeing. Cooking offers children opportunities to experiment with food and to be creative. One of the most appealing aspects of cooking for children is that they get to mimic the adults around them in the kitchen, which is always a treat.

Fun Experiments

All children will have the opportunity to observe and participate in simple experiments. These fun experiments provide an opportunity for the children to observe how things work together and to further develop their problem solving skills. Fun experiments often tie in with the topic the children are currently exploring in class.

Singing, Dance & Rhythm

Singing is of paramount importance to young children as a means of supporting emotional well-being and speech development. Song carries rhythm and inflection, stimulating both sides of the brain to assist children in conceptualising in words. Singing is a big part of our Nursery lives. Each class is led by a singing group leader who, through the use of various instruments, transforms group singing into fabulous sessions of music, sound, rhythm and action. Parents are able to see their children singing during their concerts for which everyone, especially children, put in a lot of hard work.

Reconnecting our body with Brain Gym

Learning is not merely a function of the brain; it involves every nerve and muscle of our bodies. As such, Educational Brain Gym – a branch of Kinesiology - integrates a series of simple, enjoyable and energising movements designed to directly enhance brain function, allowing access to full learning potential, focus and concentration.

For more information regarding Brain Gym visit braingym.org.

Life skills: Manners & self-care

Though the daily routines at nursery, children are encouraged to be polite, independent and respectful of both themselves and everyone around them.

 

Snack Box and Nutrition

We believe that a healthy diet is of the highest value for any child or adult. We advocate and reinforce healthy eating habits in our Schools. Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day to help facilitate their diet. Activities such as in-class topics, Junior Chef and role play, teach children about healthy eating and appreciating food without wasting. 

As a unique service to our parents all of our children receive a practical, transparent snack bag which includes a specially divided snack box that is BPA free. As part of their snack time routine, the children are encouraged to identify, unpack, zip up and pack their snack bags away in the classroom. Snack time is a group activity that involves children, teachers and assistants seated together at the table and is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn by example. 

 

Parents as Partners

Kid's Island and Cocoon Nursery Schools believe that parents are their child’s first educators.

We value respectful open communication to establish and maintain a positive relationship with parents. The synergy of children, parents and nursery, helps to build a strong foundation for children to grow from and reinforces positive attitudes toward learning. Parental involvement is encouraged and opportunities are planned for parents to be included in activities which include:

  • Regular informative workshops
  • Mascot adventures
  • Family recycling projects
  • Festive and spring concerts
  • Event days
  • Learning journals
  • Graduation day for FS1
    And more…

 

How We Communicate!

To keep up with everything that is happening at the nursery schools, Kid's Island and Cocoon Nursery offer the Communicator app to all of our parents free of charge. The Communicator provides important information, news, dates and images to keep you up to date. It also allows us to communicate directly with you without having to get lost in spam folders or lost amongst your busy life. All the Nursery information in one place. Easy!

 

New Aspects and Practical Support to Learning

The endeavour to provide the best possible education is a perpetual process. With this as our benchmark, we embrace innovative methods using a variety of teaching strategies which aspire to stimulate learning and encourage personal development. In our effort to avoid stagnation, we continually seek to progress and grow through concepts and techniques that enhance learning and offer a holistic perspective to support children and their families. Our dedication to providing these new aspects and practical support to learning makes us one of the best nurseries in Dubai.

 

Positive Behaviour Strategy

Kid’s Island and Cocoon Nursery Schools aim to reinforce and model positive behaviour by encouraging the children through optimism and affirming their capacity and ability to achieve. 

Positive behaviour strategy is a set of guiding principles, attitudes and techniques about real-life behaviour. It empowers the child by allowing them to change, adopt or eliminate negative behaviours. This strategy is based on the ability to change communication skills therefore allowing parents and teachers to achieve change in behaviour!

 

Brain Gym® 

Educational Brain Gym: Learning is not merely a function of the brain; it involves every nerve and muscle of our bodies. As such, Educational Brain Gym – a branch of Kinesiology - integrates a series of simple, enjoyable and energising movements designed to directly enhance brain function, allowing access to full learning potential, focus and concentration.

The consistent use of Brain Gym® movements wakes up neural connections in the whole body to make it feel safe and emotionally centred. It is a particularly exciting activity incorporating exercises which blend into creative movements designed to promote better integration between the brain and the body. These movements also integrate the distinctive functions of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. We incorporate Brain Gym® in our daily routine at age appropriate levels.

For more information regarding Brain Gym® visit www.braingym.org.

 

 

What you might be wondering...

What is needed to complete the registration for my child?

The list of required documents are listed on our fees page under 'PRE-REGISTRATION CHECKLIST'. It is of the utmost importance that we obtain as many details about a child as possible so as to ensure a smooth transition into Nursery life and in order to maintain his/her well-being at Nursery. Registration packs contain information regarding parents’ personal contact details, emergency contacts, as well as family and medical information. Included are also forms which require your signature to confirm your authorisation regarding various aspects of our care. The Nursery management will be happy to assist you with the completion of paperwork. All information requested is stipulated by the Ministry of Social Affairs governing Nurseries in Dubai and is kept with the utmost confidentiality.

How to say goodbye at Nursery.

Starting nursery is a wonderful way of gifting your child with the advantage of extending knowledge, stimulation and skills outside the home environment. Saying goodbye and giving your child the knowledge, confidence and trust that you will return, is an important stage in their emotional and social development and part of your journey as parents. Children and parents are provided with sensitive support during this special time and are guided by our step-by-step prompting program.

What do I need to bring with me to Nursery?

Parents need to provide their class teacher with a set of spare of clothes, a packet of nappies/pull-ups if required and a daily healthy snack.

How does the Nursery communicate with parents?

Effective, clear and mutually respectful communication is the key to establishing and engaging positive relationships between parents and staff. Our School management team operates an open door policy and parents are always welcome to seek advice, share information and deliver their input. In general, notifications, announcements, reminders and newsletters will be communicated to parents via the Nursery Communicator (Download app here).

What is the level of parental involvement in Nursery life?

Opportunities are planned for parents to be involved in activities such as presentations, reading and listening to stories or participating in artwork sessions. Parent suggestions and feedback are always welcomed. Our offices operate an open door policy whereby parents can drop in at any time for a discussion. The Nurseries aim to be a vibrant and integral part of the community and hold regular events which require parental participation such as Bake Sales, Open Days, Fairs, Fun Days and Charity fundraising activities. We invite parents and children to these events and welcome the assistance of parents in their organisation.

How often will my child have playtime outside?

As fresh air is very important and children need to release energy and build on their gross motor skills, outside playtime is a vital part of their daily schedules. Children have daily access to outdoor play areas which are shaded, UV protected and cooled by industrial fans to create air flow during the hotter seasons.

How do you plan for and assess each child's learning?

In the core to the EYFS every child is a unique and competent learner whose individual needs must be acknowledged and incorporated within the pre-school setting. Our staff members are trained and qualified to plan for children’s individual learning needs. Observation and assessment are tools practitioners draw upon to assist them in identifying children’s strengths, developmental needs and interests so as to support these through their weekly planning. These tools also enable staff to share information with you about your child's progress at Nursery.

What if my child requires medication?

Our Nursery nurses are able to administer various medications subject to prior written authorisation (Medicine Authorisation Form) from parents. This includes the administration of medications for chronic conditions such as inhalers or external medications such as creams. Restrictions apply to un-prescribed medications. Parents are always informed before our Nurses administer any medication.

How do you manage children's behaviour?

For their own safety and the safety of their peers, it is imperative that children have set, clear and consistent boundaries of behaviour. Undesirable behaviour often occurs when the child’s basic needs are not being met. Our aim is to promote positive behaviour and ensure that all children are provided with guidance, love, care and security. They also have the right to adequate rest/ sleep, the freedom to explore, a positive self-image, suitable adults as role models, opportunities for self-expression and learning. Positive behaviour strategy is a set of guiding principles, attitudes and techniques about real-life behaviour. It empowers the child by allowing them to change, adopt or eliminate negative behaviours. This strategy is based on the ability to change communication skills therefore allowing parents and teachers to achieve change in behaviour!

What happens if I am late collecting my child?

In the event that a parent or care giver has not collected their child from the School at pick up time, and no prior contact has been made with the Nursery to inform them of alternative arrangements, the nurseries will make every attempt to contact parents. We do provide a Late Class option until 2:00 pm which gives our parents flexibility and peace of mind. Please note that an additional fee will apply for this service.

Who should I speak to if I have a concern?

Parent's feedback is always welcome. If a parent has concerns regarding aspects of their child’s life at School this should be raised immediately with the class teacher. If the teacher is unable to find a solution to the concern raised, it will be escalated to the Deputy Headmistress who will listen and endeavour to work with the parent and the staff team to reach a resolution.

Does the nursery have a bus service?

The nurseries do not have any transport bus service available to parents. Parents can organise for someone else to come collect their child. To do so please inform the office beforehand. We will not allow another parent or individual to pick up the child with out explicit authorisation from the parent/guardian.

If I start in the middle of a term, are there any prorated fees?

The nurseries do offer prorated fees to any parent who wishes to register their child in the middle of a term. Should you wish to understand more about the prorated fees visit our Fees page or call us and come in to get more information.

What is EYFS?

Please visit our Curriculum's page which provides and in depth explanation of EYFS. Otherwise we recomend reading the official Parent's Guide 4 Children.

Having trouble with our Communicator App?

Please visit the Communicator Help page which provides you with answers to questions you may have and the ability to contact them directly on an issue not listed in their FAQ.


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