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Advice, Guidance & Information for Parents

 

Busy Bees Nursery

Information for Parents 

 

About the Nursery

Busy Bees is a hive of activity, located in a villa situated off 4th street (between 9th and 7th) just off Najda Street.

It has five classrooms and the classes are divided according to the age of each child on 15th September of the academic year:

  • Butterflies - 1-2 Years 
  • Dolphins - 2-2.5 Years
  • Ladybirds - 2.5-3 years
  • Kittens 3-3.5 years
  • Bunnies 3.5-4 years

The nursery is equipped with indoor and outdoor play areas including classrooms, library, gym, kitchen, interactive whiteboards and supermarket area.

 

The Busy Bees Staff

 

All staff are highly qualified and experienced teachers. All classes are conducted in English language. Children have Arabic classes

four or five times per week, where they are introduced to basic Arabic language, songs and stories, and Islamic studies once a week.

 

The Nursery Day

The nursery day runs from 08:00 – 13:00, with early morning drop off from 07:30 and afternoon pick-up until 14:00. Parents are

encouraged to ensure that the children are picked up between 13:00-14:00, to avoid unnecessary upset and distress. Outdoor play

takes place between 08:00 and 08:30 (weather permitting) and we finish this session off with a whole-group singing session. Extra

time at the end of the day is available on request at an extra charge.

Each class timetable is planned around indoor and outdoor learning blocks, involving the use of the full nursery facilities and the children

have two breaks in the kitchen for healthy snacks to refuel and keep the energy going.

We ask parents, in the best interest of the child, to establish a routine very early on and drop off / pick up at the same time each day. Familiarize

yourselves with the timetable, so that you know what your child is up to each day – this is especially important when it is

water play days, as children will need swimming clothes, towels etc.

 

The Busy Bees Calendar

At Busy Bees, we pride ourselves on the range of activities, special days and trips that we undertake and this has been a constant

source of positive feedback from the parents. As each event approaches, parents are provided with the appropriate consent form

and information which will need returning to nursery by set dates.

The full and detailed calendar is available on the parent portal and the full breakdown of the planning is available

under the Long Term Plan section

 

The Busy Bees Curriculum

At Busy Bees, we operate a themed curriculum, which incorporates elements of the Core Knowledge, a US system reflecting

evidence-based and best practice in early years and child development, and the Washington Early Years Framework .

Throughout each theme, children are introduced to letter sounds, numbers, shapes, colors, motor skills and concepts / opposites.

Each theme covered throughout the year introduces the children to a variety of experiences that are tailored to their ages and abilities. 

  

Communication at Busy Bees

At Busy Bees, we communicate with parents mainly through our parent application - HiMama and also through our website, email notifications, social media, and notices in the display areas.

It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that we have the correct contact information at all times. Teachers contact parents directly for updates and important information.

We regularly upload pictures and videos to the following social media platforms:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BBeesnursery/

Instagram: follow us 'busybeesnursery'

Snapchat add us @bbnursery

youtube BusyBees Nursery https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8P_7hZfgt1O12D7DES2Pg

 

 Fees at Busy Bees

The nursery fees for 2019 – 2020 are as follows:

  • 500AED registration fee
  • 22,230AED nursery fee (full year), per child - this can be paid in one, two or more payments. Please ask at reception for details
  • Monthly payments are available -please ask reception for details 
  • 3 day options are available - please ask reception for details      
  • 500AED transport fee per month, per child
  • 50AED uniform - 1 Piece
  • 100AED communication fee

 

 



Parent Handbook

Dear Parents,

Please read through the handbook on the parent portal for all information in the nursery. If you have any questions please call the nursery.

Thank you



Biting in the Toddler Years

 

BITING IN THE TODDLER YEARS

Biting is very common among groups of young children, for all types of reasons. But whatever the reason for biting, most parents

find it shocking and disturbing, and they want it to stop – quickly! Understanding why the young child bites is the first ste

p in preventing biting as well as teaching the child alternatives to biting.

Most common reasons and solutions for biting

The Experimental Biter: It is not uncommon for an infant or toddler to explore their world, including people, by biting.

Infants and toddlers place many items in their mouths to learn more about them. Teach the child that some things can be bitten,

like toys and food, and some things cannot be bitten, like people and animals.

Another example of the Experimental Biter is the toddler who wants to learn about cause and effect. This child is wondering,

‘What will happen when I bite my friend or mommy?’ Provide this child with many other opportunities to learn about cause

and effect, with toys and activities.

The Teething Biter: Infants and toddlers experience a lot of discomfort when they’re teething. A natural response is to apply

pressure to their gums by biting on things. It is not unusual for a teething child to bear down on a person’s shoulder or breast

to relieve some of their teething pain. Provide appropriate items for the child to teeth on, like frozen bagels, teething biscuits,

or teething rings.

The Social Biter: Many times an infant or toddler bites when they are trying to interact with another child. These young

children have not yet developed the social skills to indicate ‘Hi, I want to play with you.’ So sometimes they approach a

friend with a bite to say hello. Watch young children very closely to assist them in positive interactions with their friends.

The Frustrated Biter: Young children are often confronted with situations that are frustrating, like when a friend takes

their toy or when daddy is unable to respond to their needs as quickly as they would like. These toddlers lack the social

and emotional skills to cope with their feelings in an acceptable way. They also lack the language skills to communicate

their feelings. At these times, it is not unusual for a toddler to attempt to deal with the frustration by biting whoever is nearby.

Notice when a child is struggling with frustration and be ready to intervene. It is also important to provide words for the child,

to help him learn how to express his feelings, like “That’s mine!” or “No! Don’t push me!”

The Threatened Biter: When some young children feel a sense of danger they respond by biting as a self- defense.

For some children biting is a way to try to gain a sense of control over their lives, especially when they are feeling overwhelmed

by their environment or events in their lives. Provide the toddler with nurturing support, to help him understand that he and

his possessions are safe.

The Imitative Biter: Imitation is one of the many ways young children learn. So it is not unusual for a child to observe a

friend bite, then try it out for herself. Offer the child many examples of loving, kind behavior. Never bite a child to

demonstrate how it feels to be bitten.

The Attention-Seeking Biter: Children love attention, especially from adults. When parents give lots of attention for

negative behavior, such as biting, children learn that biting is a good way to get attention. Provide lots of positive attention

for young children each day. It is also important to minimize the negative attention to behaviors such as biting.

The Power Biter: Toddlers have a strong need for independence and control. Very often the response children get from

biting helps to satisfy this need. Provide many opportunities for the toddler to make simple choices throughout the day.

This will help the toddler feel the sense of control they need. It is also important to reinforce all the toddler’s attempts

at positive social behavior each day.

As with almost all potentially harmful situations involving children, prevention is the key. Adults must be active

observers of children to prevent biting in those times when close supervision doesn’t work, the adult must intervene as

quickly and as calmly as possible.

          When intervening before the potential bite has occurred.......

  • Talk for the child by offering words like, “I see that you wanted that toy!”

  • Demonstrate patience and understanding for the frustration the child is experiencing.

  • Offer solutions like, “We have another red truck right over here. Let’s go get it.”

  • Demonstrate alternate ways of interacting and say something like, “She likes it when you rub her arm.”

  • Try to stay focused on the positive behavior you want to see, without reminding the child of the negative behavior.

    When your child bites......

  • Comfort the child who was bitten.

  • Cleanse the wound with mild soap and water. Provide an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling.

  • Provide comfort for the wounded child by saying something like, “That really hurt! You don’t like it when your friend bites your arm!”

  • Calmly approach the child who bit. Many times these children feel overwhelmed and afraid after they bite. They need comfort, too.

  • Comfort the child who bit by saying something like, “You seem sad that your friend’s arm is hurt from the bite.”

  • Help the child who bit to understand the hurt their friend is feeling by offering to let her talk with her friend.

  •  Say something like, “Would you like to see Sally now? You can tell her that you hope she feels better soon.”

  • Older toddlers can learn a lot from being allowed to comfort their friend after a bite has occurred. The child who bit may want to see the injury. That’s okay if the injured child wants to show it. But do not force either child to have this interaction, unless both are willing.

  • Reinforce the rule that we don’t hurt people. Help both children understand that your job is to keep everyone safe. Say, “I know you are angry. But I can’t let you bite people.”

  • When the environment is calm again, remind the children what they can do to assert themselves, like say “No! That’s mine!” or “Back away!” or if they are pre-verbal, teach them to ‘growl like a tiger’ to express themselves.

  • The goal is to teach assertiveness and communication skills to both the child who bites and the child who gets bitten.

    NEVER HIT OR BITE A CHILD WHO HAS BITTEN. THAT WILL TEACH THE CHILD....THAT VIOLENCE IS OK.

  • Young children need lots of practice to learn the fine art of interacting with their friends in a positive way.

  • They need positive guidance and support from parents. When children gain maturity and experience, and become preschoolers                  (3+ years old), they will likely have developed more appropriate ways of interacting.

  • Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children

 

 


 Useful help and advice for parents



 
Some websites to help with picky eaters

 

Below are some useful sites for nutritional help that may be useful if you have a picky eater or for some ideas for lunch boxes.

http://www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/healthy-people-and-families/child-care-food-program/index.html  This is a Child Care Food Program in the USA that helps children to receive healthy meals.

http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_children_teens.htm   This site is for children and teens and helps to get them involved in their eating habits and encourage healthy eating

http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/healthy_eating/eating_tips.html  These are top 10 tips for parents to help them give their child a nutritious and healthy diet

http://www.wfp.org/school-meals  This is a worldwide program that sends school meals in third-world countries to ensure that children are getting good nutrition

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/117/2/544.full  This is a website for practitioners (but could be used by parents) to help them set up a program for infants and children according to the lifestyle. It has links in the page that bring tables recommending exercises, food and way of living

 


 

Breastfeeding - benefits for all

Please read this article about breastfeeding benefits for both mother and child. Breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first year of life. 

 


 

Websites to share with your child

 
Dehydration and how to prevent it
Presentations in English and Arabic from the ministry of health to help us keep our water level up and prevent dehydration