Aga Khan Early Learning Centre
The Aga Khan Early Learning Centre (AKELC) Dubai is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) which is well- known and highly regarded world wide for supporting early childhood development initiatives across Africa, South and Central Asia as far back as the early 1900’s.
This purpose-built facility, for young children ages 12 months to 4 years, is located in Oud Metha within the Ismaili Centre Dubai, a building designed to promote cultural, educational and social programmes. For ongoing support, guidance and oversight, AKELC-Dubai draws on the extensive experience of the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), one of the many agencies within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).The AKELC provides nursery, preschool and educational programming that follows the highest international standards of excellence.
As a secular, non-denominational institution, its programmes are offered to members of all communities, reflecting AKDN’s strong belief in the positive value of pluralism and diversity.
The Centre’s curriculum, based on international High Scope practices aligned with the Early Years Foundation Stages framework (EYFS-UK), is:
-bilingual Arabic/English with an emphasis on nurturing the child’s home language,
broad in scope, holistic, non-denominational and developmentally responsive
-based on well researched approaches to early childhood education,
-taught by competent early childhood educators,
-implemented through active participatory learning where children are encouraged to develop knowledge and skills through interactions with the world and the people around them. The Program includes: Active Learning
The AKELC Nursery Programme for children aged one to four years is based on the principle that the early years are the most critical in a child’s development. Scientific research has highlighted that 85 percent of brain development occurs during the first five years after birth. Every aspect of the programme is designed to support and encourage active learning. Young children learn best when they are actively engaging with people, materials, events and ideas. They learn when they have objects they can manipulate, have opportunities to explore and experiment with and when they can learn through trial and error within a safe and stimulating environment.
The Learning Environment
The indoor classrooms and outdoor spaces are set up to promote active learning and encourage different types of play. Each room is divided into areas that support specific types of activity and learning. Materials are logically grouped and clearly labelled so that children have independent access to them. The materials are chosen to reflect children’s natural interests and the diversity of experiences in the lives of their families. The Daily Routine
A predictable yet flexible daily routine responds to and encourages children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. It provides consistency and helps children gain a sense of security and confidence enabling them to anticipate and engage with the different parts of the programme.
Children are encouraged to develop their planning, implementing, decision-making, problem solving and reflecting skills through the plan-do-review cycle of the daily programme. They also have the opportunity for individual, small and large group interactions through adult initiated activities.
The programme is offered in both Arabic and English to support children’s integration and appreciation of local culture while preparing them for full participation in global society.
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Admission fee AED 500
The Aga Khan Early Learning Centre accepts children between one and four years of age. Priority is given to siblings of children already at the Centre. Parents are requested to complete an Admissions form to being the application and enrolment process. Tours of the Centre can be scheduled by contacting the Director by phone or email. Parents are also welcome to stop by the Centre to arrange a visit and to meet with the Director.
Parents and children are invited to participate in an informal play-based “getting to know you” activity prior to being offered a place.
Very good school
I am very grateful to the staff here for being so caring and loving with my son who is not very easy to handle especially now that he undergoes his terrible twos stage...