August 31, 2014

Fun Find: Inspire Children's Nursery Dubai

This just sounds absolutely amazing! Inspire Children's Nursery, the Esol Education Dubai-based nursery is leading the way by launching the very first childhood peace education program in the region!

If you are looking for a nursery to enroll your child in, I would suggest attending Inspire Children's Nursery Family Fun Day on September 13th, 2014! Might I add, this place is banana's! It has everything from an indoor splash pool, an indoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, botanical area for gardening, a music room and SO much more! I am super pumped about taking Nate in next month to test it out and do a review! It sounds like a dream come true to any parent!
The nursery team has been working hard over the summer, and I can't wait to see what they have done with it! One of the new discovery zones is an ocean-themed room in their indoor play area, as well as an around-the-world themed community and dramatic play area. How fun! 
You can visit the events page on Facebook {here} to register.
What is OneTribe? It is a unique peace education program for little ones that I just love! It has been researched by organizations such as UNICEF and Yale University. To sum it up, the studies show that we can influence peace building in the world through educating children starting in their early years (as young as two).  OneTribe presents innovative, enriching program structures, which is among a select few around the world. Inspire Children's Nursery being the only one here! It aims to promote tolerance, understanding and cultural diversity through songs, stories, crafts, games & events. At the same time, focusing on peace values through its six core pillars: knowledge of self & connection to others; joy in diversity; imagination & playfulness; care & love of nature; creative conflict resolution & sense of justice; and global awareness.

The nursery team has devised a set of joyful daily and weekly peace rituals such as the Peace Pledge, Tribe Time, Yoganory, Traveling Trekkers, Imagin-o-globe and Hakawati, that highlight play-based learning, while outreach initiatives such as Peace Pals will see nursery children communicating with a class in a different country via the Internet. How cool is that! The program will also have a strong element of geo-literacy, which combines science, numeracy, literacy and geography, enabling little learners to better understand ecosystems, habitats and the world around.

Children of ALL backrounds and abilities are welcome at Inspire:)

Here are the details if you were thinking of joining the tribe:
Villa 8, Street 16a (just off Umm Al Sheif Street, Al Safa)
Jumeirah, Dubai
Some lovely nursery highlights I would like to point out:
  • The Creative Curriculum ® (USA) uses elements from the Reggio Emilia (Italy) approach
  • Qualified early childhood educators with up to 24 years of international teaching experience
  • A sensitive, family-centered, settling-in process
  • Rigorous health and safety standards
  • A full year program (including holiday camps) with flexible timings, from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • Every member of staff fully qualified in first-aid
  • Full-time registered nurse on site
  • Exceptional staff to child ratios

Facilities (is there anything this school DOESN'T have?):
  • Spacious, naturally lit classrooms
  • Quiet, separate nursery for young babies
  • A large, shaded natural garden and play area
  • Nature garden for planting and botanical activities
  • A soft-floored outdoor play area
  • An indoor, temperature-controlled swimming pool
  • Splash pool
  • Music Room
  • Community play area with reading, arts and crafts and construction
  • Dramatic play area
  • Large indoor soft play area for gross motor development
  • "Best in Early Childhood Education Service for 2012” by Arabian Child
  • “Best Education Provider for 2013” by Mother, Baby & Child Magazine
  • "Voted among the best in Early Childhood Education in 2014” by Mother, Baby & Child Magazine
About Inspire Children’s Nursery
Located just off Umm Al Sheif street in Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah, Inspire is an early learning center that provides children aged 3 months to 4 years with a safe place to learn and grow through an engaging play-based program that builds on the American Creative Curriculum® and is inspired by the Italian Reggio Emilia principles. Housed in beautifully-designed facilities, the nursery offers spacious, whimsical classrooms, an outdoor garden with two shaded play areas, an expansive indoor play area, indoor pool, splash pool, music room and several shared community spaces. With an enriching program, offering language and arts, music and movement, dance and more, the nursery is managed by experts in early education and child development, and provides an inclusive, individualized learning environment, with a low staff-to-child ratios, rigorous health and safety standards and a sensitive settling-in process.  Inspire offers flexible enrollment options and provides a full day (until 6 p.m.) and full year program.
About Esol Education
Each Esol Education school follows an American or British curriculum and is accredited by leading bodies: the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) or the Council of International Schools (CIS), or both. With a strong focus on providing the highest standards of educational excellence, Esol Education schools enjoy the benefits of experienced leadership and management, superlative facilities, and caring and dedicated teachers.

August 29, 2014

Fun Find: Toys "R" Us sale

A sale at Toys "R" Us is always amazing news in this household! One of Ruby and Nate's favourite places to shop!
From August 21st until September 6th the world's favourite toy retailer has a part-sale running at all it's stores across the UAE.
You can enjoy 25-50 percent discounts!

August 28, 2014

Fun Find: Clarks Shoe Fitting With Bob Hardy

So can't wait to get my kids fitted by the shoe expert himself Mr. Bob Hardy of the British footwear brand Clarks! Retailer Jashanmal have partnered with Future Kids Accelerated Learning Centre to host an exclusive session with Bob Hardy on August  30th, 2014 at 10:00am (at Future Kids Learning Centre located in Dubai’s Knowledge Village).
This is one event you do not want to miss! 
"An expert on feet and shoe fitting for over four decades, Bob Hardy will treat the audience to a how-to demonstration on shoe fitting. He explains that with summer ending and kids getting ready to go back to school, it’s the ideal period to hold this session and educate parents through a step by step approach on the importance and health benefits of proper shoe fitting. The session allows parents to take back home the knowledge required to make informed decisions and guarantee the best fit for every step of their child’s walking development."
Bob Hardy commented: “It is our responsibility as a leading shoe brand to raise awareness and educate parents about the importance of shoe fitting to their children’s wellbeing. We’ve been in the shoe industry for over 170 years developing and manufacturing shoes for all age groups. Extensive research and studies we’ve carried revealed that shoes that don’t fit properly can prevent natural growth, cause discomfort and lead to long-term damage to joints and posture. Therefore, with our partnership with Future Kids, we aim at sharing this knowledge and experience with the wider community.”
The UAE is home to 13 Clarks stand-alone stores and as part of Jashanmal Home Stores across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Al Ain.