WATCH: Qatar Living visits Tot's Corner
Searching for and choosing the right nursery can be a tough job. All parents are looking for a safe, professional and fun learning environment for their children; one that encourages and supports them to grow and thrive academically, socially and personally.
There are a multitude of excellent nurseries and play schools in Qatar. Generally, those nurseries follow internationally recognised educational principles, and offer the integration of faith-based curriculums into their teaching. Many offer flexible hours for working families, and, most importantly, safe, secure and stimulating environments for play.
Tot’s Corner, part of the Kids First Group, is one of Doha’s notable nurseries. They are committed to providing a well-balanced education for toddlers. They foster, not only a child’s academic development, but also their physical, social and emotional well-being. Tot’s Corner provide an opportunity for children to expand their knowledge and skills in preparation for school. They offer this in a stimulating and relaxed environment designed to be a second home for each and every child.
The nursery follows the UK based Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. The EYFS framework was conceived to set standards for learning, development and care for children aged between 0-5 years. The framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care, and advocates learning through games and play.
There are seven areas of learning – physical development, personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, literacy and mathematics, understanding the world, and creative arts and design. Tot’s Corner integrate those areas of learning into their daily routines of circle time, story time, music and movement, group time, soft play activities, arts and crafts, and outdoor play.
Tot’s Corner also incorporate the Montessori methods and principles of teaching into their practice. Montessori teaching ties in with the EYFS framework and is based on child-directed play, in an age-appropriate environment that is fully accessible to the children it serves. Children are free to learn in their own way, to explore their environment as they wish, and to make their own decisions and choices based on their individual interests. This method of teaching promotes confidence and independence, as well as enabling each child to learn at their own pace.
All of the Tot’s Corner nursery staff are fully qualified in child care, and have a wealth of experience behind them in teaching young children. The staff are expert at supporting children in their play, and guiding their learning, their abilities and their views of themselves and the world around them. All staff are well-versed in dealing with children and parents from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Safety and hygiene are paramount at the nursery. In collaboration with Boecker, the Middle East’s largest public health company, the nursery has achieved the Safe Child Care Certificate. In addition, the nursery also undergoes regular audits for health, safety, food handling and infection control.
The Tot’s Corner nursery, located in Al Maamoura, is open daily from 6am, to 4:30pm, providing excellent flexibility for working parents. Teaching hours run from 7am until 2:30pm. The nursery has future plans to offer daily extracurricular activities, such as storytelling, playball and gymnastics, from 2:30pm until 3:15pm.
Summer Cap is also available during the months of July and August.
The nursery admits children from 1 year to 4 years old and admissions are possible all year round.
For preparing today’s children for the world of tomorrow, Tot’s Corner Nursery offers a wealth of knowledge, plentiful experience and an impeccable environment, to ensure children flourish under their care.
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