StepUp NurseryTM offers weekly specials for all children including Arabic, Music, Dance & Movement, Intro to Cooking, Water Play, Library, Indoor Soft Play Gym, and Confidence Counseling. In support of our CARSTM Approach to growing the child mind-body-soul, these specials were chosen as they help strengthen the minds and bodies of the children and relate to building their confidence, agility, resilience and strength.
Dance & Movement
Intro to Cooking
By playing with toys in the water the children are learning things like cause and effect (when the water is poured in the cup what happens? How does the water make the ball move?); they are learning to share; they are developing an understanding of special awareness; it provides an early introduction to science (What floats? What sinks?); hand and eye coordination improves; it’s a tactile and sensory activity; it promotes movement of their bodies.
Indoor Soft Play Gym
Recycled Arts and Crafts
We have a dedicated area where we take our recycling which is included in our schedule each week. During this time, our teachers not only promote sustainability but also ensure the children understand the processes and why we are doing them. We then use these collected items to create artwork throughout the week!
Sand is a fascinating material for young children as it can be molded, or left soft, it can flow or it can be solid, offering endless possibilities for a child’s imagination.
Our teachers encourage memory games, where students bury animals and objects and then go back to find them. This helps both with cognitive development and hand eye coordination.
Whilst outside, our teacher’s organise obstacle courses where the children climb, crawl, swing and slide.
These are ideal for teaching children how to follow and change rules, share, and take turns.
The playground is also a place for social interactions where your child will learn to practice conversation and vocabulary and pick up on social cues like body language and tone of voice.
Ride-on toys help to build gross motor skills by encouraging the use of large muscle groups, as children engage their leg muscles to push themselves along or move the pedals.
Fine motor skills also come into play with our toy cars.
Manipulating steering wheels or handlebars requires children to use smaller muscles and teaches coordination between the hands, arms, legs, and feet.