Curriculum Overview

The PPN curriculum is an American curriculum, based on the California Learning and Development Foundation. The Infant and Toddler program of the nursery is

inspired by the Resources for Infant Educarers (‘RIE’); which is also a California based ethos.

The California Department of Education’s (‘CDE’s) curriculum has specifically been developed for early childhood education for children between the ages of birth to 4+ years of age.

In our Infants/Toddlers/Twos, our 3 months to 36 months, curriculum is based on the developmental phases of the following 4 domains:

  • Social–Emotional Development
  • Language Development, which includes Early Literacy Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Perceptual and Motor Development

In our Preschool Classrooms, 36 months to 48 months, curriculum is based on the developmental phases of the following 9 domains:

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Language and Literacy
  • English-Language Development (for English learners)
  • Mathematics
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Physical Development
  • Health
  • History–social science
  • Science

Integrated Enrichment Activities

PPN will offer a variety of enrichment opportunities as part of the early foundations curriculum.

PPN is offering for registered children, these activities will be are included in the tuition fee.  

Arabic language studies will be held three times a week. studies are All the learners, from the infants to preschool, participate in developmentally appropriate Arabic language studies.

Music and movement – whilst music and movement will be incorporated on a daily basis, within normal teaching time; there is a specialist music teacher who will provide classes once a week for all classes  .

STEAM

STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. STEAM is a term initiated by the National Science Foundation of the United States. It refers to an educational approach which integrates one or more of these four disciplines. Science, technology, engineering, art, and math may seem like lofty subject matter for young children. However, in reality, children at all developmental stages spontaneously engage in STEAM activities indoors and out, on a regular basis. With a little guidance from the teaching staff, we will enhance children’s opportunities to engage in STEAM learning and develop their critical thinking skills.

Sample Activities:-While building with blocks, children can build bridges and ramps, incorporating engineering and math. They can add a technology component by researching these topics on the computer. Outdoors, children can help to solve the ‘problem’ of getting water to a garden they helped to plant, drawing on their science and engineering knowledge. Incorporating the use of child sized garden tools such as rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows build on this experience to provide an even broader STEAM experience.

By providing a STEAM lab at PPN, children will be able to build:

Curiosity

Observation

Interaction

Language acquisition

Problem solving

Infants, Toddlers and Twos links to STEAM:

Cognitive Development

Develops memory skills; performs simple actions to make things happen and displays a beginning understanding of cause and effect

Develops problem solving skills

Explores materials and discovers mathematical concepts

Develops early scientific skills through exploration and discovery

36 to 48 Months Links to STEAM:

Mathematics

  • Number Sense
  • Patterns & Relationships
  • Shapes & Spatial Sense
  • Measurement
  • Data Collection &  Analysis

Science and Technology/Engineering

  • Inquiry Skills
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Living Things & Their Environment
  • The Physical Sciences
  • Technology & Engineering

Health Education

  • Physical Development
  • Safety & Health Care

Extended Care Curriculum

The learning does not stop at 2pm – all age groups take part in extended studies across all curriculum domains.

Paid Activities take place during this time: Gymnastics, Karate, Ball Skills, Arabic Storytelling, and Dance (one paid activity per day, optional)

If you are interested in having your child participate in one of our paid activities please speak to the Nursery Director.

Teaching Practices

Play and Exploration serve as the driving force for learning. Child initiated play based activities and teacher-designed experiences are incorporated throughout the child’s day. Competence and skill development in all learning areas are optimized from experiences that promote higher level thinking skills while stimulating curiosity, experimentation, brainstorming, and problem solving. Key concepts of each domain are woven into real life learning experiences, allowing students to develop new understandings by making meaningful connections during hands-on applications. Our goal is to meet each students at his or her developmental level, and bridge our student’s individual developmental differences.

Observations and Assessment

In line with the curriculum, the Desired Results system incorporates observation of children using an instrument called the Desired Results Developmental Profile (‘DRDP’). DRDP is an assessment tool designed to work alongside the California Foundations Curriculum and supports all the developmental domains.

Developmental assessment will deepen the teachers understanding of each child’s strengths and identify where a child may require additional support. Teaching staff will be encouraged to complete profiles by way of observation, gathering information by carefully and systematically observing children within their environment.