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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Foundation Q & A

Recently renamed Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Foundation is one of a small number of Early Learning Centres in Dubai. A member of the Taaleem Group, it offers a 'Rising 3' and Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for children aged 3 to 5 years effectively providing the Foundation Stage of Dubai British School Jumeirah Park which is located 5 minutes away by car..
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At a glance
School type
International
School phase
Nursery
Inspection rating
Very good
Curricula taught
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 50,000
Annual fees
AED 50,000 - 50,000
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2014
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Carrie Hoza
Owner
Taaleem
Community
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Main student nationality
United Kingdom
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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Foundation Q & A

Welcome to the Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Foundation 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.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?

Yes, we are currently offering a waiting list for the current year and the 2021-22 academic year.

What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

DBF caters for many different nationalities and celebrates the diversity of our student body. Our distinctive curriculum supports a wide range of learning opportunities that perfectly suit the needs of children from three to five years of age.
We deliver high quality Early Years provision with confidence and pride. Immersed in a language-rich environment with a special focus upon singing to promote effective language acquisition, our students make rapid progress and end FS2 extremely well prepared for the transition into Year One.
Our prime concern is to provide our children with a safe, caring and supportive environment, where they can experience the joy of learning to equip them for future success.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

39 different nationalities.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Yes, we have a high number of British students.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:10

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

We offer an enriched EYFS programme designed to meet the unique and diverse educational and developmental needs of the international and multi-cultural student population of Dubai.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and the care of children from birth to 5 years old.
The EYFS concentrates on 7 areas of learning, defined as prime and specific areas of learning.
The prime areas of learning are:

Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and language
Physical development

The specific areas of learning are:

Literacy
Mathematics
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design

Learning is frequently developed through both child initiated play-based activities, and direct teaching.
The seven areas of learning are interrelated. They are not taught in isolation, but in a cross-curricular fashion. This ensures a well-rounded education for your child.

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

Foundation 1 and 2: Although there is no formal homework at DBF, a daily shared reading activity will be encouraged at home once we have assessed that your child is ready for this. All children learn to read through phonics. This is a systematic approach to teaching children the sounds that make up words. When your child has a sufficient knowledge of phonics, allowing them to begin to read words independently, home readers will be sent home. These readers will be at each child's appropriate reading level to ensure that all children become proficient, independent and confident readers.

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

All children will have 2 PE (1 regular and 1 swimming) sessions a week in addition to outdoor play every day.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

We create lots of opportunities for physical activities for all students at school. We also ensure that food supplied in the school environment promotes healthy eating habits.

How do you promote healthy eating?

We encourage the children to develop healthy eating habits, by providing a delicious and nutritious snack and lunch. Always choosing items that will ensure a balanced meal.
We also have a vegetable garden at DBF. The school vegetable garden is a great way for children to learn about where their food comes from and to get them excited about eating fresh vegetables.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students? How does it promote a balanced diet?

No, however we do have a catering service available. Lunches are available at an additional cost.

What is the approximate average cost of a lunchtime meal?

Students have two 30 minute breaks a day.

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

FS1 hours are 8:00am-1:30pm and FS2 hours are 8:00am-2:00pm. All children leave earlier on Thursdays between 12:45pm-1:15pm.
Students will be supervised by staff in classrooms from 7.45am.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, uniform is compulsory at DBF.
Uniforms are available for purchase from ZAKS at their Al Barsha store. Store opening times are Saturday to Thursday, 10am to 7.30pm. Tel +971 (0)4 379 2575.

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

All parents will receive an end of term report as well as an electronic copy of the child's learning journal. Parents will also be required to attend a consultation with the child's teacher once a term.
DBF has an open door policy for parents who wish to learn more about their child's progress.

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

3 times per year.

Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

We offer French and Mandarin as an ECA at an additional cost.

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

No.

Do you offer a dedicated prayer room/s for students? For which faiths?

Yes.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

An inclusive ethos permeates the school community and is reflected in the school’s Mission Statement which notes the importance of respecting and celebrating the uniqueness of every child.
All staff adhere to inclusive practices and specific staff have been recruited with SEND expertise. Ongoing in-house and out-sourced training is offered to all staff to ensure the inclusive ethos of the school is nurtured and maintained.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes.

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?

DBF can cater for children with moderate learning needs.

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

No.

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

No, however our Deputy Principal/SEND coordinator will be providing all the support children may require. We also work in partnership with Kids First Medical Center who provide in-house therapy for the ones who require extra support (at an additional cost).

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes, at DBF we welcome parents as equal partners in the children’s education and encourage strong links between home and school. It is important to us that parents feel welcome and involved in the children’s education, for research shows that effective parental support helps children to make excellent progress.

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. DBF parents can help us with swimming, reading, mathematics and also on trips.

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

Yes.

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

Yes. We offer two information session for parents before and after the academic year has started.

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