What attracted you to work at Aga Khan Early Learning Centre in Dubai?
Whilst doing some consulting work, I developed a quality assurance programme and visited the Aga Khan Early Learning Centre to assess their quality. I was blown away with the nursery; it was a peaceful place where all the children and staff were engaged and calm. I was searching for the best practice nurseries, and when I visited Aga Khan, I knew this setting was what I’d been looking for.
I left my job in consulting to manage the nursery; I’ve been there three years.
Why does Aga Khan Early Learning Centre deliver the EYFS curriculum?
When the nursery first opened they were following the US based High Scope Programme, but the children leaving the centre were struggling getting in to school. They were not prepared enough, and the parents were not satisfied with the level the children were attaining.
We adopted the EYFS which is recognised by parents and popular in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A lot of schools in the UAE are British, therefore easier for children to transition from a British nursery curriculum.
It is also holistic, easy to explain to parents and easy to use. We use an emergent curriculum so are able to adapt it in response to children’s individual interests, needs and skills.