Curriculum for toddler’s nursery
Our curriculum is based on the WASHINGTON STATE DOMAINS AND DEVELOPMENTAL BENCHMARKS. These standards and benchmarks help us, as educators and parents, to identify children’s knowledge of the real world and more importantly how they encounter new situations, concepts, and challenges. In a few words it is what and how they are learning. Our job in that sense is to provoke, stimulate and help children to make sense of what they are encountering.
It is not about teaching; it is about learning, and they are deﬁnitely not the same.
Our nurseries in Umm Suqeim, Dubai and Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi are the perfect toddler’s nurseries offering kindergarten programs near you along with options of full time daycare and weekend daycare in both cities.
We believe in a real “Child-Centered Curriculum” since we follow the interest and learning style of the children. We listen, observe and follow them. This is why we take photos, videos and notes about what they do during the day. It is not about creating a photo album of souvenirs. It is about interpreting the exploration, the search for answers, and the wonder of learning.
Real learning is about the experience, the social and situational context according to famous psychologists like Vygotsky. This is what we call a holistic approach to education. It is not about learning an abstract color or shape, a number, a letter as a pure sign or learning only music or art. It is about a context where those concepts are applied.
“What is the color of the apple?” “How many chairs do we need for lunch time?”“Which placemat has your name?” Each child might be at a different developmental stage and what seems to be obvious to our eyes is a completely new discovery for them.
The Domains are defined as follows:
Domain 1: Physical Health, Well-being and Motor Development
Domain 2: Social and Emotional Development
Domain 3: Approaches toward Learning
Domain 4: Cognition and General Knowledge
Domain 5: Language, Communication and Literacy
Odyssey Nursery’s curriculum planning and execution is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Reggio Emilia is a town in Italy that has been recognized for its innovative approach to education. It is not a philosophy with a set system of beliefs but rather an approach based on the fundamental values about how children learn.
The fundamental beliefs of the Reggio Emilia approach is:
- Children must have some control over the direction of their learning
- Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing
- Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world, so children must be allowed to explore
- Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves
Though this approach we believe that children have their own voice and rights and they should be given the opportunity to develop their full potential.