Contributor: Jess O’Mahony
Ladybird Early Learning Center will move its Umm Suqeim branch in Jumeirah Village Circle, starting September 2016. The new venue will serve the residents of Dubailand and Al Barsha area: Jumeirah Village Circle and Triangle, Jumeirah Park, Motor City, Sports City, Victory Heights, IMPZ, Arabian Ranches, Mudon etc.
Education and Afterschool team had a tour of the new facility and had a talk with Helen Taylor Shaw, Principal of the nursery, and Monica Valrani, CEO.
The new purpose-built nursery aims to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified in the region for Early Years Learning Facility. A green and sustainable initiative is also planned to play a huge part in making this nursery self-sufficient and help lead the way for a greener Dubai. This wide-open space allows the children to explore and involve themselves in independent play. The nursery will be equipped with
Ladybird Early Learning Center follows the Montessori curriculum and caters for children from 4 months to 4 years. Children are encouraged to become curious, confident and independent learners by the time the big school starts. To ensure this ethos is attainable for each child, only 216 kids will be enrolled each year. Such a small number will allow flexibility for the children to choose their activities and will also allow the staff to give more individual attention and monitor each child so no one is left behind. The beauty of Montessori curriculum comes also from the fact that children of different might get mixed so the older one to be able to teach the younger one, creating bonds between kids of different ages, Mrs. Shaw pointed out.
We really loved that the classes for 2 to 4-years-old kids are in open spaces to the kids will not feel confined in a small area. The toilets are hidden in small houses, making the trip more fun. The kids will be taken to the library, placed in an open corner, were they will enjoy the books and can even take one home and bring it back after a week.
Every parent will have to download an app where they can see the development of their children through various reports provided by the teachers. This along with high security measures and regular checkups from onsite medical staff will ensure a safe, healthy and eco-friendly environment for the children.
Ladybird Early Learning Center will also offer afternoon classes for kids not enrolled in the nursery. Mums can enjoy great quality time with them in a learning environment.
Welcome in Jumeirah Village Circle, Ladybird Nursery!