Acorn Nursery has two branches: one in Ain Khalid (Doha) and the other in Al Khor. Follow the links below to find more detailed information on each branch:
In all our facilities, we strive to provide rooms that offer:
- A clean, safe, welcoming environment with plenty of natural light.
- Age-appropriate furniture of international quality, with a strong emphasis on wood and other natural materials.
- Easy access to outdoor play areas, as this forms a key element of our education programme.
- Toys, activities and themes that are changed frequently, so the environment is constantly evolving and remains stimulating and challenging for our children.
- Resources displayed at child-height, so they can access them themselves and learn the importance of choice, sharing and tidying up.
- Frequently refreshed displays of the children's own work. We believe it is essential to celebrate their achievements by showcasing their work in all its messy glory! This is a way of inspiring them to develop further while sharing their progress with parents.
- Dining areas where the children sit together as a “family group” for their meals and snacks. Eating is a significant social event, and this is a chance for children to learn the basic skills of feeding themselves and tidying up afterwards. This is an opportunity to stimulate their curiosity in the variety of different foods enjoyed by their friends.
We are one of the few nurseries in Qatar to closely follow the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, ensuring your child experiences the same quality of care and education they would receive at a nursery school in the UK. Your children will assure you that "all they do is play" but behind the scenes there is a tremendous amount of planning, tracking and targeted guidance to ensure they are consistently challenged and extended.
We are also influenced by the Reggio Emillia style of teaching, which places great emphasis on natural materials, recycling, and actively encouraging hands-on, play-based learning amongst our children.
In summary, the key “Acorn Differences” you will notice as parents are:
Detailed weekly planning is shared with parents, so they are constantly updated on classroom activities and able to talk about nursery with their children.
Students are encouraged to become actively engaged through doing, building, tasting, making, feeling and contributing to the class learning.
All students are continuously monitored against the EYFS Attainment Targets. This is used for adapting planning to suit the needs of different ability groups in the class.
Our teaching encourages creativity and imagination in the children. There is no rote learning or boring worksheets!
Learning to feed yourself, dress yourself, make decisions, tidy up after yourself: these are essential life skills learnt at nursery.
Parents are regularly invited in to the nursery to participate in and celebrate their children's learning.
Stable learning environment
Children are allocated to a dedicated room and team of teaching staff. For young children, all current research shows that rotating between different rooms and specialist teachers (as is common in some nurseries in Qatar) is highly undesirable.
Feedback to parents
We firmly believe in a close home-school relationship, supported by frequent feedback to parents. This includes informal chats at the end of the school day; a daily Communications Book; a weekly printed report with photographs describing what has been happening in nursery; formal progress reports twice per year; and parent-teacher meetings.More →