Advice, Guidance & Information for Parents


Busy Bees Nursery

Information for Parents 2017 – 2018


About the Nursery

Busy Bees is a hive of activity, located in a villa situated off 4th street (between 9th and 7th).

It has five classrooms and the classes are divided according to the age of each child on 15th September of the academic year:

  • Owls (Mrs. Mona)
  • Butterflies (Mrs Vesna) 
  • Ladybirds (Mrs Bisma) 
  • Kittens (Mrs Tatiana)
  • Bunnies (Mrs Imrana) 

The nursery is equipped with indoor and outdoor play areas, role play area, library, interactive whiteboards and supermarket area.


The Busy Bees Staff


All staff are highly qualified and expreienced teachers. All classes are conducted in English langauge. Children have Arabic classes

four or five times per week, where they are introduced to basic Arabic language, songs and stories and Islamic studies once a week.


The Nursery Day

The nursery day runs from 08:00 – 13:00, with early morning drop off from 07:30 and afternoon pick-up until 14:00. Parents are

encouraged to ensure that the children are picked up between 13:00-14:00, to avoid unnecessary upset and distress. Outdoor play

takes place between 08:00 and 08:30 (weather permitting) and we finish this session off with a whole-group singing session. Extra

time is available on request at amn extra charge.

Each class timetable is planned around indoor and outdoor learning blocks involving the use of the full nursery facilities and the children

have two breaks in the kitchen for healthy snacks to refuel and keep the energy going.

We ask parents, in the best interest of the child, to establish a routine very early on and drop off / pick up at the same time each day. Familiarise

yourselves with the timetable, so that you know what your child is up to each day – this is especially important when it is

water play days, as children will need swimming clothes, towels etc.


The Busy Bees Calendar

At Busy Bees, we pride ourselves on the range of activities, special days and trips that we undertake and this has been a constant

source of positive feedback from the parents. As each event approaches, parents are provided with the appropriate consent form and information which will need returning to nursery by set dates.

The full and detailed calendar is available under the calendar section and the full breakdown of the planning is available under the Long Term Plan section

The Busy Bees Curriculum

At Busy Bees, we operate a themed curriculum, which incorporates elements of the Core Knowledge, a US system reflecting

evidence-based and best practice in early years and child development.

Throughout each theme, children are introduced to letter sounds, numbers, shapes, colours, motor skills and concepts / opposites.

Each theme covered throughout the year lasts approximately a month and introduces the children to a variety of experiences that

are tailored to their ages and abilities. 

Core Knowledge Foundation

The idea behind Core Knowledge is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are

able to learn. This insight, well-established by cognitive science, has profound implications for teaching and learning.

By outlining the precise content that every child should learn in language arts and literature, mathematics, science, music, and

the visual arts, the Core Knowledge curriculum represents a first-of-its kind effort to identify the foundational knowledge

every child needs to reach these goals. At Busy Bees we base our curriculum on this concept that children can learn and build

on knowledge gained. This curriculum concentrates on 3 basic areas that are separated into sub-areas. These are:

Physical Well-being and Motor Development

ï  Movement and Coordination

ï  Social and Emotional Development Autonomy and Social Skills

ï  Approaches to Learning Work Habits

Language and Literacy Development

ï  Oral Language

ï  Nursery Rhymes, Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs

ï  Storybook Reading and Storytelling

ï  Emerging Literacy Skills

Knowledge Acquisition and Cognitive Development

ï  Mathematics

ï  Science

ï  Music

ï  Visual Arts

Communication at Busy Bees

At Busy Bees, we communicate with parents through SMS, website / email notifications, Facebook and notices in the display areas.

It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that we have the correct contact information at all times. Teachers contact parents

directly for updates and important information.

We regularly upload pictures and videos to the following social media platforms:


Instagram: follow us 'busybeesnursery'

Snapchat add us @bbnursery

youtube BusyBees Nursery


Fees at Busy Bees

The nursery fees for 2017 – 2018 are as follows:

·         500AED registration fee

·         500AED deposit (deducted from the first term fee)

·         22,230AED nursery fee (full year), per child (please note we do not offer discounts for siblings)

-         7,410AED per term nersery fee, per child        

·         1,500AED transport fee per term, per child (please note we do not offer discounts for siblings)

·         160AED uniform fee (pack of 2 uniforms)


Please visit our website for further information:

or contact Administration on:

02 621 9492 /



 Nursery Registration Form Busy Bees.pdf

 parents handbook.pdf

  Biting in the Toddler Years



Biting is very common among groups of young children, for all types of reasons. But whatever the reason for biting, most parents find it shocking and disturbing, and they want it to stop – quickly! Understanding why the young child bites is the first step in preventing biting as well as teaching the child alternatives to biting.

Most common reasons and solutions for biting

The Experimental Biter: It is not uncommon for an infant or toddler to explore their world, including people, by biting. Infants and toddlers place many items in their mouths to learn more about them. Teach the child that some things can be bitten, like toys and food, and some things cannot be bitten, like people and animals.

Another example of the Experimental Biter is the toddler who wants to learn about cause and effect. This child is wondering, ‘What will happen when I bite my friend or mommy?’ Provide this child with many other opportunities to learn about cause and effect, with toys and activities.

The Teething Biter: Infants and toddlers experience a lot of discomfort when they’re teething. A natural response is to apply pressure to their gums by biting on things. It is not unusual for a teething child to bear down on a person’s shoulder or breast to relieve some of their teething pain. Provide appropriate items for the child to teeth on, like frozen bagels, teething biscuits, or teething rings.

The Social Biter: Many times an infant or toddler bites when they are trying to interact with another child. These young children have not yet developed the social skills to indicate ‘Hi, I want to play with you.’ So sometimes they approach a friend with a bite to say hello. Watch young children very closely to assist them in positive interactions with their friends.

The Frustrated Biter: Young children are often confronted with situations that are frustrating, like when a friend takes their toy or when daddy is unable to respond to their needs as quickly as they would like. These toddlers lack the social and emotional skills to cope with their feelings in an acceptable way. They also lack the language skills to communicate their feelings. At these times, it is not unusual for a toddler to attempt to deal with the frustration by biting whoever is nearby. Notice when a child is struggling with frustration and be ready to intervene. It is also important to provide words for the child, to help him learn how to express his feelings, like “That’s mine!” or “No! Don’t push me!”

The Threatened Biter: When some young children feel a sense of danger they respond by biting as a self- defense. For some children biting is a way to try to gain a sense of control over their lives, especially when they are feeling overwhelmed by their environment or events in their lives. Provide the toddler with nurturing support, to help him understand that he and his possessions are safe.

The Imitative Biter: Imitation is one of the many ways young children learn. So it is not unusual for a child to observe a friend bite, then try it out for herself. Offer the child many examples of loving, kind behavior. Never bite a child to demonstrate how it feels to be bitten.

The Attention-Seeking Biter: Children love attention, especially from adults. When parents give lots of attention for negative behavior, such as biting, children learn that biting is a good way to get attention. Provide lots of positive attention for young children each day. It is also important to minimize the negative attention to behaviors such as biting.

The Power Biter: Toddlers have a strong need for independence and control. Very often the response children get from biting helps to satisfy this need. Provide many opportunities for the toddler to make simple choices throughout the day. This will help the toddler feel the sense of control they need. It is also important to reinforce all the toddler’s attempts at positive social behavior each day.

As with almost all potentially harmful situations involving children, prevention is the key. Adults must be active observers of children to prevent biting in those times when close supervision doesn’t work, the adult must intervene as quickly and as calmly as possible.

When intervening before the potential bite has occurred.......

  • Talk for the child by offering words like, “I see that you wanted that toy!”

  • Demonstrate patience and understanding for the frustration the child is experiencing.

  • Offer solutions like, “We have another red truck right over here. Let’s go get it.”

  • Demonstrate alternate ways of interacting and say something like, “She likes it when you rub her arm.” Try to stay focused on the positive behavior you want to see, without reminding the child of the negative behavior.

    When your child bites......

  • Comfort the child who was bitten.

  • Cleanse the wound with mild soap and water. Provide an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling.

  • Provide comfort for the wounded child by saying something like, “That really hurt! You don’t like it when your friend bites your arm!”

  • Calmly approach the child who bit. Many times these children feel overwhelmed and afraid after they bite. They need comfort, too.

  • Comfort the child who bit by saying something like, “You seem sad that your friend’s arm is hurt from the bite.”

  • Help the child who bit to understand the hurt their friend is feeling by offering to let her talk with her friend. Say something like, “Would you like to see Sally now? You can tell her that you hope she feels better soon.” Older toddlers can learn a lot from being allowed to comfort their friend after a bite has occurred. The child who bit may want to see the injury. That’s okay if the injured child wants to show it. But do not force either child to have this interaction, unless both are willing.

  • Reinforce the rule that we don’t hurt people. Help both children understand that your job is to keep everyone safe. Say, “I know you are angry. But I can’t let you bite people.”

  • When the environment is calm again, remind the children what they can do to assert themselves, like say “No! That’s mine!” or “Back away!” or if they are preverbal, teach them to ‘growl like a tiger’ to express themselves. The goal is to teach assertiveness and communication skills to both the child who bites and the child who gets bitten.


    Young children need lots of practice to learn the fine art of interacting with their friends in a positive way. They need positive guidance and support from parents. When children gain maturity and experience, and become preschoolers (3+ years old), they will likely have developed more appropriate ways of interacting.

    Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children


  Sleeping habits in children


The importance of sleep

Sleep is important to everybody

When we sleep, we rest and gain energy for a new day. Sleep is, however, much more than that. When we dream, we process all the events of our daily life, and it helps to lay down long term memories.

After a night without enough sleep, one feels irritable and exhausted, but after a good nights sleep, one feels rested, refreshed and full of energy. This is why it is important for all that a child gets a good nights sleep. It can influence the whole family, as, if the child is not sleeping through the night, neither are the parents.

Important sleep facts


  •  Sleep is important for a child’s health and well being
  •  At night, the body produces more of the hormone that stimulates growth, so sleep is important for your child’s development as well.
  •  Newborn babies sleep up to 16 hours per day. At first they wake every 2-3 hours to feed.
  •  From 4 months old, babies often sleep for longer periods, sometimes through the night.
  •  From 6 months old and up to 1 year, they will sleep for 5-6 hours continuously
  • Children between 1-5 years need to sleep up to 12 hours each day, either in 2 sessions or once at night.
  • A school age child sleeps around 10 hours per day.
  • It’s important to remember that each child’s sleeping pattern is different. If a child is 1 year old and sleeps 10 hours per day, it may be enough, providing that the child is happy and healthy.
  • It is a good idea to look at other members of the family to see if there is a connection between sleeping habits.

How to develop good sleeping habits

  • Get into a routine as early as possible.
  • Try to keep to the routine every day, even during weekends and holidays.
  • Encourage a wind-down at the end of the day, try a bath or shower, and then read a story before sleeping.
  • Let the child sleep in her/his own bed, try to avoid them falling asleep on the couch or in the parents bed.
  • Put a small light if the child requires and encourage them to sleep alone. If they get out of bed, tell them it is bed time and they will have a fun day tomorrow, but they need to sleep now, then take them back to their bed and stay with them until they fall asleep.


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