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Jumeirah International Nursery School The Greens Review

Jumeirah International Nursery School The Greens was relocated from the original nursery at Al Wasl to Regent International School in 2018 and is one of five nurseries within the JINS group.
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Fortes Education
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Jumeirah International Nursery School The Greens

Jumeirah International Nursery School The Greens Review

School type
International
School phase
Nursery
Inspection rating
No rating
Availability 2020/21
No data
Availability 2021/22
No data
Status
Open
Opening year
2018
School year
Aug to Jul
Owner
Fortes Education
Community
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Updated:
Wednesday 17 November, 2021

Jumeirah International Nursery School The Greens was relocated from the original nursery at Al Wasl to Regent International School in 2018 and is one of five nurseries within the JINS group.

The story so far...

JINS The Greens is owned by Fortes Education, also owners of Regent International School (where the nursery is co-located) and Sunmarke School, and was established in the UAE in 1981. With over 40 years of experience, Jumeirah International Nurseries is one of the most established and trusted nursery groups in Dubai. Other locations include JINS Sunmarke School, Al Safa,  Downtown Dubai and a new branch will open at Al Ghoroob Square, Mirdif in January 2022.  

JINS The Greens describes itself as a sensory wonderland, "where the children have free flow play with access to the outdoors at all times. We provide a child-centered approach where the individual needs and abilities of each child are recognised and nurtured."

The JINS The Greens nursery is located within the campus of Regent International School, providing 120 children from 29 different nationalities with a seamless transition from nursery through to the Early Years Foundation Stage at the school. Children are accepted from 45 days to four years and are divided into the following age groups - 45 days to 1.5 years (one class), 1.5 to 2.5 years (two classes) and 2.5 to 3+ years (two classes).

Staff to student ratios are low, with a ratio of 1 adult: 3 babies for children aged 45 days – 1 year,  1:4 for those aged 1 - 2 years,  1:5 for those of 2.1 – 3 years and 1:8 for the oldest children aged  3.1 – 4 years. 

The school is led by Nursery Manager Carol Oliveira, together with a team of highly qualified and certified Early Years Practitioners all of whom have achieved their Cache Level 3 qualification or higher offering a good mix of mid to senior level staff. 60% of remaining classroom staff are Cache Level 1 or 2 qualified. Average class sizes are 15-20 (with appropriate staffing) and maximum class sizes are 10 children per bubble (classrooms with children below the age of 2) and 12 children per bubble (classrooms with children above the age of 2).

The nursery environment is described as very multi-cultural and made up of experienced Early Years professionals from across the globe which all have one thing in common: a passion for teaching and working with young children. This represents a good blend of experience and it allows our staff to learn from each other, whilst also teaching and supporting their colleagues.

While internal training is regularly provided based on the needs of staff and conducted by different leadership team members from across all JINS branches, based on their background and training, ideas and suggestions for these training sessions are taken from all staff members who might as well, on different occasions, be requested to help their colleagues develop a new skill. In addition to the staff induction process, the nurseries work with a ‘buddy system’ meant to help new staff members learn all skills needed for their role in a very hands-on manner and with the guidance of another staff member who has been with with the team longer. All members of staff - including teachers, teaching assistants and admin staff - have pediatric first aid training.

The JINS The Greens team told WhichSchoolAdvisor.com;
"Despite being one of the most well-established and traditional nurseries in the UAE, we always strive to innovate and improve the services which we offer our families by investing in training of staff and resources, and by being up-to-date with what is new and relevant in the education sector."

What about the curriculum?

The Greens offers the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum including FS1 enhanced with principles of Reggio Emilia and the Curiosity approach.  English is the main language used daily but Arabic and French were offered prior to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be re-introduced.

The curriculum is supplemented by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and The Curiosity Approach. Additionally, JINS is a project-based learning environment where children play a very important and active role in constructing their own learning. All of the projects which the children work on throughout the year are inspired by the questions which they ask their teachers, the thoughts and ideas they share with each other and the many interests that they display throughout their day at nursery. Long-term projects connect core academic areas in and out of the classrooms.

The nursery offers an Accelerated Maths Programme which focus on introducing numeracy, problem solving skills and mathematical concepts throughout age-appropriate activities, as well as integrating maths into different parts of the classroom routine. Introducing mathematical concepts at an early age in a fun and stimulating way which can help make maths a little less daunting and more enjoyable for children in the future.

Additionally, the Positive Education™ philosophy which is embraced at the nurseries, emphasizes the development of the child’s personality, social skills, and self-image. This balanced curriculum allows for teachers to differentiate their instruction and encourage the individual child’s strengths and abilities.

To support the children to further develop their listening skills and encourage early development of phonics, following the Letters and Sounds Programme. This programme is divided into six phases, which focus on: Environmental Sounds, Instrumental Sounds, Body Percussion, Rhythm and Rhyme, Alliteration, Voice sounds, Oral Blending and Segmenting.

Additional activities, such as Arabic and French, as well as music, were offered prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and will soon be re-introduced at nursery. These activities are free of cost.

The nursery staff have a child-centered approach where the individual needs and abilities of each child are recognised and nurtured. Teachers and the nursery manager value working in partnership with parents, collaborating to create authentic and meaningful learning experiences that reach across the curriculum and engage the whole child.

The nursery operates an open-door policy and parents are welcome to meet the nursery manager at their own convenience, as well as take part in end of month and end of term meetings with the class teacher to talk about their child’s progress and development at nursery. For those families who are unable to come to nursery for a face-to-face meeting, online meetings can be arranged. Additionally, JINS The Greens works with Parent App and through this application parents receive regular updates on their child’s day at nursery through photos, videos, messages and observations.

What about support for students of Determination?

JINS The Greens aims to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to engage in the curriculum and routines. As such, the nursery team develops practices to ensure that all children who have a special educational need are identified, assessed and the curriculum is differentiated to meet individual needs. This SEN provision is free of cost.

It includes observations done over a period of time and the creation of Individual Play Plans (IPP) which are put in place by the PODCO/ SENCO (People of Determination Coordinator/ Special Education Needs Coordinator) based on the observation of the child and the feedback of the Parent, ECE and the Therapist (when applicable).

An Individual Play Plan (IPP) is drawn up for the child alongside the parents and it will be reviewed as needed. If no improvements are noticed, then PODCO/SENCO recommend parents to have consultation with the external agencies. It’s important to note hat the PODCO/SENCO does not diagnose children with what special needs they may have. However, it provides support and guidance as to how to move forward with the children and involve other agencies e.g., speech and language therapists, to provide information and support if needed.

What about the facilities?

The purpose-built nursery environment is described as a sensory wonderland, with exclusive outdoor play areas located in front of each one of the five classrooms. These play areas, known by the children as Zig Zag Zoom, are regularly updated based on the children’s interests and ideas. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, the nursery team considers the environment as the ‘third teacher’ and tends to use lots of natural objects, open-ended resources and heuristic play to stimulate interest and promote active exploration in all play areas and in the classrooms.

The nursery also has a garden and mud kitchen in the common outdoor play area (Adventure Zone) where children have a chance to develop their imagination and social skills while role playing and exercising their green fingers while planting and watering the flowers. This play area also includes various play equipment meant to support the development of the children’s gross motor skills, including their overall balance and coordination.

The baby room is a highlight on its own: These tailor-made classrooms have been set up to meet the needs of the youngest learners, offering them plenty of space to play, explore and reach their full potential. Babies also have their own private sleeping room so that the routine which they have at home can be fully respected at nursery too.

Each one of the five classrooms is equipped with its own child-sized washroom and changing table. This is particularly helpful during toilet training and in supporting children’s independence while using the washroom.

The nursery received a Health & Safety Rating Grade A from Dubai Municipality during their recent inspection in May 2021.

The Buzz

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com asked the team at JINS The Greens what made their nursery so special. They told us:

"At JINS The Greens, we take pride in how we work in partnership with our families and continuously aim to meet the individual needs of our parents and children. Getting to know the children begins from the Nursery tour. We consider this initial interaction very important - we ask lots of questions and communicate about the child who would be joining us. This provides us with the initial information to help these children transition into the Nursery. We also provide parents with an ‘All About Me’ form where parents can provide information on their child's likes and dislikes, sleep routines, additional people who live in their home, etc.
For the first week of Nursery, we have staggered timings for children. They complete shorter days at Nursery that allow them to become confident and settle into their new routines. There is daily communication with our parents, and staff spend every day observing children's interests in the classroom, especially during the settling-in period. We believe that it is important that close relationships are built with staff and children as it lays the foundation for the child's learning journey."

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What about the fees?

The nursery offers an Early Class from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, a Morning Programme from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and an Afternoon Programme: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm and children may attend over three, four or five days from Sunday to Thursday.

Fees range from  AED 11,290 for the Morning programme three days per week, increasing to AED 12,290 for five days per term. Afternoon programme fees range from AED 3,565 for three days to AED 4,750 for five days. A full day from 8am to 6pm for three days is AED 14,855 and for five days, AED 17,040.

Fees for 45 hours per week based on 3 terms is AED 47,370 per year.

 

 

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