We confirm both the Ain Khalid and Al Khor branches will re-open on Sunday 23 August 2020 for Summer Camp.
All nurseries in Qatar were closed by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Administrative Development on 9 March 2020, as part of the national effort to restrict the spread of coronavirus within the country.
The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management issued updated guidance on 8-Jun-2020 entitled “Controlled Phased Lifting of Covid-19 Restrictions in Qatar”. This plan comprises 4 phases, with nurseries and childcare facilities re-opening during Phase 3 (which has now been announced).
We have responded to the detailed re-opening requirements set-out by the Ministry, the most recent developments being:
- Both branches have had the final inspection from the Ministry, where they check the precautions we have put in place for the return of students. We have successfully passed both these inspections
- All staff have been for Covid-19 testing, and all have been certified as free of coronavirus
- Final documentation has been sent to our inspectors, formally requesting written Ministry permission to re-open to students. This letter was received for the Al Khor branch some days ago. For Ain Khalid, we have just received it (Friday mid-day, 20 August).
We are therefore pleased to confirm that both branches will definitely re-open for Summer Camp on Sunday 23 August 2020.
Refer to our Summer Camp 2020 page
if you are interested in attending our camp. Term 1 of the new academic year is planned to start on 30 August 2020.
Plans for re-opening
We have been working hard during the recent closure to develop enhanced processes and procedures to address the issues raised by the virus pandemic.
A lot of work has been done on enhanced processes for the arrival/departure of children, cleanliness, and preventing infection. This has been submitted to the Ministry as a detailed Re-opening Plan. We will be taking all reasonable preventative measures, based on best practice from around the world, whilst being practical about the needs and abilities of such young children.
Prior to re-joining the nursery, all parents will be asked to complete our "Covid-19 Parent Agreement"
. This outlines our revised expectations of parents during this difficult period of increased social distancing and infection control.
We want the nursery to remain familiar to the children, despite the changes we will be making, and we aim to provide a safe, positive and supportive environment for your child that meets international standards.
We appreciate that many adults will be feeling anxious, afraid, calm, excited and also looking forward to the reopening. Children are very resilient, and although their world has grown smaller over these last few months, some will be very upset leaving their family they will be excited at seeing their friends again.
The guidelines below give parents an overview of the coronavirus precautions we have put in place at each nursery, and how the working day will change for children, parents and staff to ensure everybody stays safe. Please read it carefully and feel free to contact us if you have any questions:
Both nurseries have now been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected against Covid-19 by a professional contractor. The classrooms are all set-up and ready to welcome your children back. Have a look at the videos below to get an idea what you can expect:
The nursery office has now re-opened for telephone enquiries. We are unable to receive visitors for the time being, due to Ministry restrictions. However, senior staff continue to update our social media accounts and respond to emails.
If you need to speak to anybody, please contact us
and somebody will respond to you promptly.