Parents' Handbook 2020/2021

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                                    Message from the Director

Welcome to Blooming Buds Nursery, a home away from home. Blooming Buds Nursery understands the
pressure that parents face in finding a suitable childcare provider for their children, therefore we have
created a safe, educational haven for our little ones where they can learn while playing. At Blooming Buds,
our vision is to create a happy, safe, and stimulating environment with the aim of helping each child thrive
socially, emotionally, and developmentally.

Our goal is to provide the very best nurturing education and care for each child. This is done through hands-
on and active playing combined with specific learning intentions which allow the child to gain constant
progress. Our curriculum is structured around the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and delivers research-
based practice for education in the early years.

Our staff is of high calibre. They are qualified and professionally trained in Early Years’ Education and given
opportunities to develop in the field of childcare. Our staff takes into account each child’s social, cultural,
and developmental needs in order that they may reach their maximum potential.

We believe that each child is unique and special in their own way. Our main priorities are the wellbeing, safety
and happiness of our children and the satisfaction of our parents. We hope that your experience with us will
be enriching and beyond satisfactory.

This handbook serves to outline what we do at Blooming Buds. It is important for parents to understand that
we are a British nursery and ALL communication between the nursery and parents is in English. It is the
responsibility of parents to ensure that they know the key dates of the nursery, days on which important
events are happening and when a child is scheduled to have water play, physical play and messy play so that
they can be dressed accordingly. It is easy for parents to forget these things whilst juggling life, children and
work; but it has a big impact on a child when they cannot join in because they don’t have what they need.
Communication between the Nursery and parents takes place through:

        Daily reports and notifications through the parent App iEducore
        Monthly newsletters
        Emails
        Facebook and Instagram
        Class notes as and when needed
        Tapestry Observations
        All information is displayed on our notice board in the reception or outside the classroom

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1.0 About the Nursery

1.1 Location

Blooming Buds Nursery is located at Villa Number 13, Al Ikleel Street, between Khaleej Al Arabi Street and Al
Bateen Street, intersecting at Shakhbout Bin Sultan Street. We are a 10-minute drive from the centre of Abu-
Dhabi, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

1.2 Accommodation

The nursery is a wonderfully decorated villa with classes on the ground floor and first floor only. Classrooms
for our youngest children (1-2 years) are situated on the ground floor, as it is harder for them to use the stairs.
All classrooms have been equipped with safe, anti-bacterial flooring. The nursery is fitted with a secure door
entry system and CCTV both indoors and outdoors for your complete peace of mind. CCTV footage is
monitored by the Nursery Director; parents do not have access to CCTV footage as we wish to maximise child
protection and safeguard all children against unwanted attention.

The children’s play areas can be found indoors and outdoors. Indoors, we have an open (dramatic) play area
on each floor as well as a fully equipped gym for our little athletes. The indoor areas are changed to match
the learning themes undertaken at the nursery. Outdoors, we are fortunate to have a magnificent space that
has been developed to promote learning in various ways. We have designed areas which allow children to
explore, experiment and to move within the garden in full view of staff at all times. These areas include:

        Bloomsville, our wonderful purpose-built village for young children to explore
        tricycle area
        water splash play area
        sand play area
        playground area with slides
        outdoor Mud Kitchen area for budding chefs
        construction area for little builders
        art area where children can express their creativity
        vegetable garden with agriculture boxes to grow our own organic vegetables and herbs
        music garden to allow the children to be taken on rhythmic journeys
        various reading areas around the green spaces
        tortoise garden, home to Billy the nursery tortoise

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We have a fully-stocked library where the children can foster a love of reading, an appreciation of the written
word and enrich their imaginations. Each classroom has a reading area so that children can have the
opportunity to have quiet time and explore books appropriate for their age.

An interactive whiteboard is located on the ground floor level where the children can get acquainted with
the latest technology that schools all around use. This gives them a head start in building their ICT skills and
promotes a sense of understanding of how ICT is used educationally. The children are encouraged to draw
and write on the whiteboard, watch educational movies, listen to interactive stories and music, and play
educational games.

2.0 Parking:

There is a specific parking area for the staff on the side of the nursery and adequate parking for
parents/guardians in front of the nursery which is restricted to dropping off and picking up times. We ask
that parents and drivers are respectful of others whilst parking and do not obstruct the entry gates.

3.0 Hours of Opening:

Blooming Buds Nursery is open 46 weeks of the year; opening at 7:30 am and closing at 14:30 pm, Sunday to
Thursday. The administrative team will be available until 3:30 pm. The nursery follows the ADEK / Federal
calendar and is closed for public and national holidays as announced. A calendar is provided as part of this
handbook and it is strongly advised that parents make note of nursery closures. Fees are payable all year
round following registration. Upon registration, it is assumed that a child is registered for the FULL academic

Please note: Nursery working hours are subject to change during the holy month of Ramadan. Exact hours
will be communicated before the beginning of Ramadan. There is no refund/reduction of tuition fees due to
reduced hours.

4.0 Curriculum:

At Blooming Buds, we follow a theme-based curriculum which uses key documents from the Early Years
Foundation Stage (EYFS) as its framework. The underpinning philosophy of the EYFS is that every child
deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children
develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact
on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right.

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The seven areas of learning and development are:

Prime Areas

    Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This area involves developing positive attitudes to learning, social skills, respect for others and emotional

    Communication and Language
This area involves developing good listening skills and maintaining attention. It covers how children speak
to their peers and adults, using new vocabulary and understanding what has been said to them.

    Physical Development
This area involves improving skills in movement and coordination, manipulation and control. It covers
developing basic skills in handling sports equipment and selecting and using simple tools safely and with
control. It also encourages children to understand the health benefits to being physically active.

Specific areas

This area involves developing communication skills such as speaking and listening, enjoyment of stories and
poetry, practising phonic knowledge and beginning to read and write for different purposes.

This area involves basic mathematical skills of counting, matching and ordering numbers. It develops early
ideas about adding and subtracting. Children are also encouraged to use mathematical equipment to find
out about shape, measuring and collecting information in order to solve problems.

    Understanding the World
This area involves developing knowledge, skills and understanding about the world in which they live. It
encourages them to observe and ask questions, noticing similarities and differences around them. Children
learn about science and technology, regularly using ICT. They find out about themselves and their families,
including different cultures and beliefs.

Expressive arts and design
This area involves developing and extending children’s creative skills, making connections between one
area of learning and another. It covers skills in art, music, dance, drama and imaginative play.

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Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the
most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. With an emphasis on learning through play, our curriculum
provides learning opportunities through various activities including:

        Circle/carpet time activities
        Indoor learning (group / individual activities)
        Messy play
        Music
        Fun in French (for Brave Buds and Brainy Blooms children)
        Physical play
        Letters and sounds
        Creative play
        Cooking
        Outdoor art
        Dramatic play
        Library time
        Arabic & Islamic studies* (*Islamic studies is only offered to children in the Brainy Blooms classes of
         Muslim faith)

At Blooming Buds, the Early Years Practitioners work in planning teams and formulate an overall scheme of
themes to be explored each year. A ‘Learning Focus’ of each week and for each age group will be shared
with parents through iEducore.

Themes for the academic year 2019/2020 were:

Brilliant Branches 1 & 2

        All About Me, Healthy Little Me, People Who Help Us, Living Things, We’re Going On A Journey, Little
Brave Buds 1, 2, 3 & 4

       All About Me, The World Around Me – The UAE, Journey Through Books – Exploring Habitats (e.g.
        Ocean Creatures, Mini-Beasts), Healthy Living, The Farm, Transportation

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Brainy Blooms 1, 2, & 3
        All About Me, The World around Us, Travel, Nature (Plants & Animals), The World of Imagination

Following on from each theme, the planning teams produce lesson plans for each day of the week which are
used as a guide of intended learning for every indoor and outdoor activity. These are linked to the key EYFS
documents to ensure that they are embedded in purposeful play. Whilst the planning forms the basis of the
intended learning for each day, the class practitioner and assistants understand the importance of
uninterrupted learning and are flexible in their practice to allow a new learning journey to be made, led by
the children. We don’t believe in being so rigid that the children feel that they are not listened to, nor
encouraged to be independent learners.

4.1 Key Principles

Our curriculum actively includes and promotes the following principles of the EYFS:

These principles express important, underpinning effective practice in the care, development and learning
of young children. Each principle is supported by four Commitments which describe how the principle can be
put into practice.

        A unique child
         Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-
        Positive Relationships
         Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with
         parents and/or a key person.
        Enabling Environments
         The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
        Learning and Development
         Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and
         Development are equally important and inter-connected.

4.2 The Principles of Effective Learning

The EYFS identifies three principles of effective learning, which Blooming Buds nursery adopts as its
overarching philosophy for our practice:

        Playing and exploring – engagement
                           Finding out and exploring
                           Playing with what they know
                           Being willing to ‘have a go’
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        Active learning – motivation
                           Being involved and concentrating
                           Keeping trying
                           Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
        Creating and thinking critically – thinking
                           Having their own ideas
                           Making links
                           Choosing ways to do things
5.0 Staff information

We have an excellent staff of highly trained and experienced class practitioners working with the Blooming
Buds children. In every classroom, assistants are present to help with delivering the best care for the children
and every child will have a named ‘key worker’ responsible for their individual needs. The key worker will
liaise with parents and carers to ensure that they are kept up to date on nursery events, class activities and
most importantly, the children’s progress and development. At Blooming Buds, our priority is that staff
employed are qualified and experienced in Early Years so that they can fulfil their role and all staff undertake
a comprehensive programme of continuing professional development (CPD) annually to ensure that they are
up to date on current Early Years practice.

Blooming Buds truly invests in its staff and has a team of highly motivated and friendly class practitioners
and assistants who are given the opportunity to reach their full potential in creating the best care and
learning environment for the children. We do not experience a high turnover of staff, as we care for them
and in turn, they commit to care for the children of the nursery.

5.1 Blooming Buds Age Groups and Staffing

Once a child joins the nursery, they stay with the same group for the academic year. This ensures that they
form close friendships and secure relationships, whilst developing alongside other children within a very
close age range. Blooming Buds caters to three different age groups in a warm, safe and secure environment:

        Brilliant Branches
                           For children between 12 – 23 months
                           Children must be able to walk
                           1:3 ratio (adult: child)

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        Brave Buds
                           For children between 24 – 35 months
                           Children must be able to climb stairs independently
                           1:4 ratio (adult: child)
        Brainy Blooms
                           For children between 36 – 47 months
                           Children must be fully toilet trained
                           1:8 ratio (adult: child)

All children are placed according to their age on 31st August 2020. They will stay with their class for the full
academic year so that they can grow and develop together whilst forming strong friendships and secure
attachments. The nursery cannot accept children who have turned 4 years old by 31st August 2020, as they
must be registered within the schooling system at this point. Children with Special Education Needs can be
accepted but must have prior approval from the Ministry of Education. The nursery will work with any
parents needing this service to ensure that the best for the child is achieved, where possible.

5.3 General Objectives

                 Ensuring that each child is equally valued and reaches their full potential
                 Providing a safe, stimulating environment, both indoors and outdoors
                 Planning for and delivering a broad, balanced curriculum
                 Recognizing and recording individual children’s progress and achievements
                 Establishing a positive, on-going partnership with parents and families, acknowledging the
                  vital role they play in their child’s education

6.0 Behaviour management
We believe that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are understood,
supported and met and where there are clear, fair and developmentally appropriate expectations for their
As children develop, they learn about boundaries, the difference between right and wrong, and to consider
the views and feelings, and needs and rights, of others. They learn the impact that their behaviour has on
people, places and objects. The development of these skills requires adult guidance to help encourage and
model appropriate behaviours and to offer intervention and support when children struggle with conflict
and emotional situations. In these types of situations, key staff can help identify and address triggers for the
behaviour and help children reflect, regulate and manage their actions.

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We use an initial problem-solving intervention for all situations in which a child or children are distressed or
in conflict. All staff follow the High Scope Conflict Resolution Steps through:
      -    Approaching calmly and stopping any hurtful actions
      -    Acknowledging children’s feelings
      -    Gathering information
      -    Restating the problem
      -    Asking for solutions and choosing one together
      -    Being prepared to give follow-up support

We apply the ABC method of behaviour observations resulting in Incidents
              A – An event/activity that occurred immediately before a particular behaviour.
              B - What behaviour was observed and recorded at the time of the incident.
              C – What were the consequences following the behaviour.

By applying this method, we can:
      -    Determine the cause of the behaviour.
      -    Determine the function of the behaviour.
      -    Apply suitable individual support.

The class teacher, Nursery Manager and Nursery Director will:

      -    attend relevant training to help their understanding and implementation of the role;
      -    help implement the Nursery’s behaviour procedures including the stepped approach;
      -    have the necessary skills to advise other staff on how to address behaviour issues and to access
           expert advice, if necessary.

At Blooming Buds Nursery, children are never to be labelled, criticised, humiliated, punished, shouted at or
isolated by removing them from the group and left alone in ‘time out’ or on a ‘naughty chair’. However, if
necessary children can be accompanied and removed from the group in order to calm down and if
appropriate, helped to reflect on what has happened.

We also do not use physical intervention. Forceful physical contact by an adult to a child such as grabbing,
pulling, dragging, or any form of restraint of a child such as holding down is not allowed. Where a child is

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upset or angry, staff will speak to them calmly, encouraging them to vent their frustration in other ways by
diverting the child’s attention.
                   We always take a child by the hand and not by the arm.

7.0 Sample Timetables

You will be able to see a copy of your child’s timetable through the parent’s App iEducore. It is useful to note
when physical play and water splash take place so that your child can wear appropriate clothing.

                                                              Brilliant Branches 1

                        Sunday                  Monday                   Tuesday              Wednesday            Thursday

  07:30 – 08:15         Indoor Learning         Indoor Learning          Indoor Learning      Indoor Learning      Indoor Learning

  08:15 – 08:45         Dramatic Play (GF)      Circle Time              Dramatic Play (GF)   Circle Time          Dramatic Play (GF)

  08:45 – 09:15         Snack Time              Snack Time               Snack Time           Snack Time           Snack Time

  09:15 – 10:00         Outdoor Play (W)/ (P)   Outdoor Play (S)         Outdoor Play (G)     Outdoor Play (B)     Outdoor Play (M)
                        when no water play

  10:00 – 10:30         Physical Play           Arabic                   Physical Play        Arabic               Physical Play

  10:30 – 11:00         Interactive WB          Dramatic Play (GF)       Circle Time          Dramatic Play (GF)   Circle Time

  11:00 – 11:30         Circle Time             Indoor Learning          Messy Play           Music                Indoor Learning

  11:30 – 12:00         Creative Art            Cooking                  Interactive WB       Creative Art         Library

  12:00 – 12:45         Snack Time              Snack Time               Snack Time           Snack Time           Snack Time

  12:45 – 13:15         Quiet time              Quiet time               Quiet time           Quiet time           Quiet time

  13:15 – 13:45         Indoor Learning         Indoor Learning          Indoor Learning      Indoor Learning      Indoor Learning

  13:45 – 14:30         Story Time              Story Time               Story Time           Story Time           Story Time

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                                                                       Brave Buds 2

                            Sunday                  Monday                     Tuesday                Wednesday                   Thursday

 07:30 – 08:15              Indoor Learning         Indoor Learning            Indoor Learning        Indoor Learning             Indoor Learning

 08:15 – 08:45              Physical Play           Circle Time                Arabic                 Circle Time                 Arabic

 08:45 – 09:15              Snack Time              Snack Time                 Snack Time             Snack Time                  Snack Time

 09:15 – 10:00              Outdoor Play (G)        Outdoor Play (B)           Outdoor Play (M)       Outdoor Play (W)/ (P)       Outdoor Play (S)

 10:00 – 10:30              Dramatic Play           Interactive WB             Franch                 Music                       Circle Time

 10:30 – 11:00              Circle Time             Physical Play              Circle Time            Physical Play               Dramatic Play

 11:00 – 11:30              Library                 French                     Dramatic Play          Creative Art                Creative Art

 11:30 – 12:00              Cooking                 Arabic                     Messy Play             Dramatic Play               STEM

 12:00 – 12:45              Snack Time              Snack Time                 Snack Time             Snack Time                  Snack Time

 12:45 – 13:15              Outdoor Learning        Dramatic Play              Indoor Learning        Interactive WB              Outdoor Learning

 13:15 – 13:45              Indoor Learning         Indoor Learning            Indoor Learning        Indoor Learning             Indoor Learning

 13:45 – 14:30              Story Time              Story Time                 Story Time             Story Time                  Story Time

Outdoor play: W = Water splash, S = Sand, G = Green space, B=Bloomsville, P = Play and pretend area, M=Mud Kitchen

                                                                     Brainy Blooms 3

                            Sunday                Monday                     Tuesday               Wednesday                  Thursday

 07:30 – 08:15              Arabic                Indoor Learning            Indoor Learning       Indoor Learning            Indoor Learning

 08:15 – 08:45              Arabic                Physical Play              Circle Time           Circle Time                Circle Time

 08:45 – 09:30              Circle Time           Circle Time                Interactive WB        Physical Play              Dramatic Play

 09:30 – 10:00              Snack Time            Snack Time                 Snack Time            Snack Time                 Snack Time

 10:00 – 10:30              Outdoor Play (G)      Outdoor Play (B)           Outdoor Play (M)      Outdoor Play (W)/ (P)      Outdoor Play (S)

 10:30 – 11:00              Dramatic Play         French                     Physical Play         Islamic St.                Arabic

 11:00 – 11:30              Cooking               Creative Art               French                Dramatic Play              Arabic*

 11:30 – 12:00              STEM                  Dramatic Play              Music                 Library                    Messy Play

 12:00 – 12:45              Snack Time            Snack Time                 Snack Time            Snack Time                 Snack Time

 12:45 – 13:15              Interactive WB        Maths Enrichment           Dramatic Play         Show & Tell                Creative Art

 13:15 – 13:45              Indoor Learning       Indoor Learning            Literacy Enrichment   Indoor Learning            Indoor Learning

 13:45 – 14:30              Story Time            Story Time                 Story Time            Story Time                 Story Time

Outdoor play: W = Water splash, S = Sand, G = Green space, B=Bloomsville, P = Play and pretend area, M=Mud Kitchen

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     8.0 Extra Curricular Activities

At Blooming Buds Nursery we offer ECA’s in different areas and for different age groups.

Music Monkeys – Singing, Dancing and Music Making for children 18 months and older. Tuesdays from 12:45
– 13:15 in the gym.

Mini-Kickers – first steps to become a professional football player. Lots of fun included. Wednesdays from
11:30 am-12:00 pm for children 2 years to 2 years 6 months and on Mondays from 1:30 -2:00 pm for children
2.7 years and older, outdoors or in the gym (depending on the weather).

Children can join these extracurricular clubs by registering with Ms Joan at Reception.

*Days and Timings are subject to change and will be confirmed shortly before the term commences.

9.0 Clothing at Blooming Buds

Whilst we appreciate that children like to wear their favourite clothing to nursery, we advise that parents
bring children to nursery wearing clothes that are comfortable, allow freedom of movement and that are
easily washable. The children wear aprons whilst undertaking messy activities, but clothing can sometimes
get messy and dirty. Children have a right to explore and discover and we cannot guarantee that they will be
sparkling clean at pick up. The staff ensures that hands, faces and bottoms are kept as clean as possible, but
we cannot make the same promise about clothes. Blooming Buds cannot accept liability for damage to
expensive/precious clothing whilst at nursery. Footwear MUST fit comfortably and be appropriate for
nursery, please no party shoes, or laces!

All children must have a pair of crocs or plastic shoes to leave at Nursery to be used during Messy play time.
Kindly ensure your child is able to walk comfortably in these shoes and label all items sent to the nursery

Please note that jewellery is not permitted. Only studded earrings are allowed for girls. The nursery
reserves the right to remove jewellery to place it in a small envelope and return it with the parent or
guardian or keep it stored at the accountant’s office. A notification will be sent through the parent app at
the end of the day, if necessary, to let you know what and with whom it has been returned. We cannot be
held responsible for any lost earrings or jewellery that has been handed over after pick up time.

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10.0 Healthy Eating at Blooming Buds

We operate a healthy eating policy at nursery and ask that all parents support us in our aim of nurturing
healthy, well-fed and active children. We operate a non-sharing policy at nursery and encourage the children
to eat what has been provided for them by their parents. We are a NUT FREE nursery and ask that the
following foods are not brought on to site:

        NUTS
        Muesli bars (some may be healthy, but most contain nut-derivatives)
        Chocolate
        Chocolate spreads
        Candy & Crisps
        Fizzy drinks, Flavoured Milk, Boxed / Bottled Juices
        Processed Food
        Cakes, Biscuits, Cookies, Cupcakes
        Deserts like Crème Caramel, Pudding, etc.

Each child has two meal times throughout the nursery day, snack and lunch. It is anticipated that the children
will have their breakfast before attending nursery and that their main meal will be at dinner time at home. It
is advised that lunchboxes should contain enough healthy food to sustain energy throughout the day. Cakes,
biscuits and doughnuts do not support children’s growth and we ask that fruit, yoghurt, vegetables, rice,
pasta and healthy snacks be brought in their place. We reserve the right to return this food to the parent
with a note from the practitioner sent through the parent app and a paper note attached to the food item.

Some food may be a choking hazard for little ones. We kindly ask parents to cut any food which is round
(grapes, hotdogs, cucumber, carrots, etc…) in half first and then lengthwise. This is to minimize any choking
incidents that may cause alarm.

10.1 Celebration of Birthdays at Blooming Buds

Birthdays can be celebrated in nursery at the end of the first snack time. Should parents wish to celebrate
birthdays, they can bring decorations (strictly no balloons of any type allowed) for the classrooms and
SMALL, INDIVIDUAL cupcakes for the children. Please note that birthday cakes are not allowed and will be
sent home immediately.         Any goody/party bags given out to the children will be sent home with
parents/carers at the end of the day. Please note that birthday celebrations do interrupt the nursery day for
all children in the class and we ask that parents are respectful of this by limiting the celebration to 30 minutes.

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11.0 Toilet Training at Blooming Buds Nursery

We actively support toilet training for children when the time is right and they are showing clear signs of
readiness. We advise parents to initiate toilet training during a holiday period and liaise with the class
practitioner and key worker upon returning to nursery so that we can follow the same routine throughout
the day. Please feel free to make an appointment to speak to the class practitioner when you feel that your
child is ready to start. Parents may find that the class practitioner initiates the conversation about training
as they will see how the children behave amongst their peers. Please note that potty training can only start
upon discussing the process with the practitioner.

Most children at Blooming Buds start this process during the Brave Buds phase of development (aged 2 – 3
years). Research shows that attempting to train a child before they are ready, usually leads to a child putting
up barriers to training and can often result in phobias, repeated wetting and delayed toileting into the school
years. For this reason, we do not recommend toilet training in the Brilliant Branches classes, mainly due to
the children not being ready. However, if your child is showing strong signs, we will advise that the process
is started at home over a vacation period.

When your child is ready, the class practitioner will provide you with a toilet training advice sheet for
reference. It must be noted that children CANNOT be accepted into Brainy Blooms classes unless they are
toilet trained.

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12.0 The Nursery Calendar & Important Dates

12.1 Term Dates and Holidays

Please note, the term dates, holidays and events are still subject to change by the Ministry of
Education or ADEK, depending on the current COVID-19 situation and the future impact on the
Academic Year 2020/2021.

Term One 2020

Sunday 1st August – Tuesday 3rd September                 Settling in for new students only
                                                          (08:00 – 10:00, 11:00 – 13:00)

Wednesday 4th September                                   Settling in for returning students only
                                                          (09:30 – 12:30)

Thursday 5th September                                    All children to attend (09:30 – 12:30)

Sunday 9th September                                      Term 1 starts

Thursday 29th October                                     Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday (tbc)

Monday 30th November – Thursday 3rd December              Commemoration Day & UAE National
                                                          Day (49)

Thursday 10th December                                    Term 1 ends

Term Two 2021 – Winter break (3 weeks)

Sunday 2nd January                                         Term 2 starts

Thursday 11th March                                        Leilat al – Meiraj (The Prophet’s

Thursday 25th March                                        Term 2 ends

Term Three 2021 – Spring Break (2 weeks)

Sunday 11th April                                          Term 3 starts

Thursday 13th May                                          1st day of Eid Al Fitr (tbc)

Thursday 1st July                                          Term 3 ends

Summer Holiday Programme is scheduled to begin July 4th, 2021

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Please note that ALL religious and public holidays are to be confirmed and are therefore subject to change.
Blooming Buds cannot be held responsible for any changes to these dates.

12.2 Important Event Dates

Term One (August 30th – December 10th)

        Sunday 4th – 8th September                            Pink Week & Pink Day (Thursday)
        Sunday 18th – Wednesday 21st October                  Book fair
        Monday 25th – Tuesday 27th October                    Photo Days
        Wednesday 28th October                                Autumn Dress Up Day
        Sunday 3rd November                                   UAE Flag Day
        Thursday 12th November                                Parent conference (14:30 – 17:00)
        Thursday 19th November                                49th UAE National Day Celebration
        Saturday 5th December                                 Winter Bazaar and Santa’s Grotto

Term Two (January 3rd – March 25th)
        Sunday 17th – Thursday 21st January                   Art Week
        Monday 1st – Wednesday 3rd February                   Sports Days
        Thursday 25th February                                International Day Celebrations
        Thursday 4th March                                    Parent conference (14:30 – 17:00)
        Wednesday 17th March                                  Dress Rehearsal for Mother’s Day (Fathers only)
        Thursday 18th March                                   Mother’s Day Concert (Mothers only)

Term Three (April 11th – July 1st)
        Sunday 18th – Thursday 22nd                           Recycle for the Planet & Gardening Week
        Thursday 14th April                                   Ramadan to start (tbc)
        Sunday 30th – Thursday 3rd June                       Book Week / Book Character Day (on Thursday)
        Tuesday 1st – Thursday 3rd June                       Little Thinker Book Bookfair
        Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th June                       Graduation Ceremony for Brainy Blooms
        Sunday 21st June                                      Father’s Day

Please ensure that you make a note of important dates on your family planner at home so that you don’t miss out
on the fun! N.B.        The dates of some events may change depending on the weather or any unforeseen

Blooming Buds Nursery                      Parents’ Handbook                                         2020/21
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