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Blossom Burj Nursery Umm Al Sheif Q & A

Established in 2009 and located within Umm Al Sheif (not Downtown!) Blossom Burj Nursery may be one of the older nurseries in Dubai, but that's not stopping it continually coming up with new ideas...
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Nursery
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Availability 2019/20
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Babilou Middle East Education
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Blossom Burj Nursery Umm Al Sheif Q & A

Welcome to the Blossom Burj Nursery Umm Al Sheif official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

Blossom's vision is to "believe, achieve, bECOme" by providing a secure and stimulating environment where each child is cared for and encouraged to reach his/her own potential. Everyday Blossom children learn by doing and exploring to ensure learning is built on the pillars of curiosity and imagination through:
EYFS (British) framework extended by Skygarden sensory curriculum
Smartbook parent interaction program
Pool / water play, gardening, music, indoor play gym
Specialist teachers in Arabic, French and ICT
Open all year with flexible morning drop off of 7:30 am or 8am and pick up options of 1pm/ 3pm/ 5pm/ 6pm
Fingerprint entry system and CCTV of entire site
Healthy hot meals included
iPad stations and interactive whiteboards

Blossom Early Learning Center is KHDA approved for children from 6 months to 6 years and offers FS1 & FS2

Blossom has been awarded the Early Childhood Service Provider of the Year by Arabian Child and Best in Early Child Education by the Mother Baby & Child Magazine where over 90,000 independent families voted to determine the best provider.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

40

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

No there is not

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Babies 1:3 Toddlers 1:7 Preschool 1:8 Foundation 1:8

Does your school have a waiting list?

No it does not

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Blossom's baby rooms for babies aged 6 months to 22 months use on-demand scheduling to assure that each child's specific needs are met. Our caring teachers establish a "home-away-from-home" for your little one by using gentle, reassuring voices filled with love and trust. We do not force babies to reach milestones like rolling over and sitting up. Instead, we allow them to determine when their bodies are strong enough. Each child is encouraged to be an initiator, explorer and a self-learner. Consistency, active participation, freedom to explore and interact with others is provided along with sensitive observation of the child in order to meet his or her needs.

Older babies are given the opportunity to explore various areas of their development through gross and fine motor activities, art, sensory experiences, circle time, outside time and much more. Developing self-help skills such as using utensils at meals, drinking from a regular cup and learning to communicate their needs are vital to starting children on a path to become an independent learner.

Our two year olds work on patience, independence, sharing, potty training and building vocabulary. They paint, tear, cut, pound clay and participate in a variety of activities to stimulate constant learning.

The preschool classrooms encourage self-guided play, responsible learning, respect for self and others, character development, as well as increased attention span and motor skills. In our Foundation classrooms prime and specific skills are taught with an introduction to “big school” skills beginning from age four years to 6 years. These are the days where transition skills are encouraged with many activities that encourage confidence, curiosity and a love for learning.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

With morning play dough discos, outdoor play areas, indoor soft play gyms Blossom is fun central! More information can be found on our website http://www.theblossomnursery.com/space.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Blossom teaches our children to care for their surroundings by recycling, repurposing and gardening. Blossom has received several awards for sustainable practices including the Arabia CSR Award, DEWA Conservation Award, DGrade Plastic Challenge and even has a record breaking enviro-fence at Blossom Early Learning Center!

How do you promote healthy eating?

Healthy snacks and freshly prepared hot lunches are offered to children 1+ years. Encouraging children to eat together helps them to develop healthy dietary habits and understand the practice of good eating. Blossom teaches children about the Balance of Health and the Food Pyramid, we serve Skyjuice (a.k.a. water) and even have our own cooking classes where children make cupcakes, fruit kebabs, mini pizzas and orange juice!

Our healthy menu contains minimal salt and sugar, no fried foods and consists of recipes from Annabel Karmel, Jamie Oliver, The Sneaky Chef and Immunity Foods for Children among many others. We have a weekly clean fridge policy; municipality approved kitchens and include fresh, seasonal produce as part of the eating and learning.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes it does

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes it does

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

Less than 10 AED

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

Blossom is open all year with up to 50 weeks of care. Our Peak Nursery is from 8am- 1pm and we also have Pick up options of 1pm, 3pm, 5pm or 6pm. There is an Earlybird start available at 7:30am with the option of Breakfast Express. Skillplay afternoons from 2:30pm-6pm are filled with programs that incorporate creative dance, cooking, drama, music, sport, waterplay and ICT.

Blossom caters to working parents and we wish to ensure that children who remain with us all day are getting the best of care available. We have cotbeds at each centre so children can rest comfortably without having to nap on floors as well as a combination of high activity and soothing play to ensure children are given the room to relax as well as the ability to enrich themselves.

Is there a school uniform?

No, we do not have a school uniform. Blossom does not require a uniform, however upon registration each child with receive a Blossom polo shirt and a personalized Blossom bag

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

Teachers at Blossom create specialized reports for each child and meet with parents to discuss their child's progress.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

Reports are done 2 times per year. Blossom has an open door policy where parents can request to meet with teachers at any point throughout the year.

What is your medium of instruction?

English

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

Blossom is aware of the importance of developing languages skills in the early years and has always supported children in the learning process. All Blossom children whatever their age are taught French and Arabic from Babies section to Foundation Stage section. Depending on their age group and learning ability, they will become familiar with sounds and vocabulary. through games, crafts and songs.

Blossom Early Learning Center offers a unique language immersion program called "Blossommersion" which will expand the thinking and abilities of young learners and prepare them for a multilingual world.

Which other languages are taught?

French and Russian

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Yes we do

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

Blossom children do not receive homework. However, our SMARTBOOK parent interaction program encourages parents to extend learning with children at home by using Blossom's weekly themes.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Blossom teachers are trained professionals and are able to cater to a range of learning abilities.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Blossom is an inclusive nursery welcoming children from all over the world, who speak many languages, are differently abled and have been exposed to a myriad of experiences that makes us a centre of rich diversity.

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

Blossom is an inclusive nursery welcoming children from all over the world, who speak many languages, are differently abled and have been exposed to a myriad of experiences that makes us a centre of rich diversity.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

Yes it does

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Yes it does

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

No we do not

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes there are. Blossom hosts workshops and events throughout the year for Blossom children and their parents. Each center also organizes field trips which parents are invited to participate in.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

No there is not

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Blossom hosts workshops and events throughout the year for Blossom children and their parents. Each center also organizes field trips which parents are invited to participate in.

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