Why It’s So Important for Young Children to Be in School

By Emma Trevette, Head of Foundation Stage, GEMS Royal Dubai School

In the years that children spend with us in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at GEMS Royal Dubai School, they build positive relationships that form the basis of much of their natural development and success at school. Through high-quality provision, purposeful play and individualised learning, children have access to collaborative experiences with friends and adults – experiences that enhance their language and critical thinking skills and provide opportunities for challenge.

Our school learning environments reflect the children in each class so they develop a strong sense of identity, and have access to resources that extend their own style of play and learning. The awe and wonder we create across our EYFS department brings learning to life, as we believe in championing curiosity, independence and confidence across all areas of the curriculum.

The rich curriculum and skills development we provide at RDS rely heavily on communication with others and relationships with teachers, and these cannot be replicated at home – which is why it’s so important for children to be in school so they can interact with their teachers and peers. The children need access to quality play, challenging resources and different interactive styles of teaching, which promote language, investigation and physical development to support academic progress.

Through our commitment to building positive relationships with parents, we work closely with families to ensure the safety of every member of our school community. We strive to maintain our exciting learning environments, while following all health and safety guidelines. Children play and work in bubbles separated by Perspex screens, they are supported in washing their hands regularly, all resources are sanitised throughout the day, and children’s temperatures are checked as soon as they arrive at school.

Through regular and consistent communication with families, our community feels safe and secure in the knowledge that we continue to provide high-quality education at this unsettling time. We are proud to say that our children have adapted brilliantly to the circumstances. They have learnt how to be safe, and they have a high level of understanding of why it is so important. We have made every opportunity a learning opportunity, and we haven’t let the pandemic stop that. Our staff are all fully vaccinated and follow the protocols with extremely high standards, to ensure our children can be in school, continuing to love learning and making progress.

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