Our sensory room can be calming, with its music, lights, textures and thought challenging activities, fostering an atmosphere of relaxation, which is good for children’s emotional health. It gives your little ones a chance to explore their feelings and to become interested in their environment. As well as being fun and relaxing, our sensory room induces sensory stimulation, enhances learning and play, improves balance and stimulates our children’s brains, leading to endless learning opportunities. The sensory room environment is thought provoking and the children enjoy the physically manipulative challenges, it also encourages language and communication.
In our art studio we encourage the children to experiment with a wide range of media and materials exploring methods and textures using different tools and stimuli.
Research supports the holistic benefits that arts and crafts have on children. It develops hand-eye co-ordination and fine and gross motor skills in preparation for writing. Arts and crafts encourage children’s speaking and listening skills and language acquisition. In young children, artistic activities lead to the formation of well-rounded personalities, good attachment, self-esteem and better mental health.
Children’s artwork is displayed throughout the nursery to celebrate their achievements and give them a sense of pride in their work.
Exercise and physical activities play an essential part in children's health and wellbeing. From birth, movement is essential for brain development. Babies make sense of their world through sensory exploration, play and learning to move. As children gain control of their bodies and become more active, then climbing, running, jumping, catching and throwing become a significant part of their lives. Music and Movement allows each child to express themselves freely whilst learning rhythm and dance.
Our gym offers:
- Balls, quoits and bean bags to develop throwing and catching skills.
- Apparatus for physical games.
- Hoops for jumping and playing.
- A parachute for fun activities.
- A range of musical instruments.
- Programmes for music and movement.
Playing outdoors promotes well-being and wholesome physical development. Our fully shaded outdoor area has been designed to be a safe and exciting space where our children can play and develop a wide variety of skills. It allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. Playing actively outdoors increases flexibility, fine and gross motor skills as well as social and emotional skills. Our outdoor area is equipped with age appropriate resources, including bikes and trikes but also allows plenty of free space in which to run, skip, jump and play.
Throughout the cooler winter months, the children are encouraged to plant and care for our nursery garden. This not only teaches the children about sustainability, but also promotes valuable life skills and a gentle form of relaxation and exercise. Our gardening club encourages creativity, an appreciation of healthy eating and develops those all-important fine motor skills. In addition to this the sense of pride that the children get from nurturing their plants and the experience of sharing something they have grown with their friends.
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE
Our LRC is a multi-purpose space that encourages language and communication along with social skills. The library, small world area, role play and stage/dress up area are all carefully configured in this space, to encourage children to engage in imagination and storytelling. Children may replay their own understanding of life events, or a story they have read, they may step into character and be the star of their own show, or they may read and listen as they enter their own world of fantasy, heroes and princesses. Through these play experiences children will confidently explore and experiment with language and develop their imagination.
WET PLAY AREA
Babies and children learn and develop through play, especially through exploratory play. Our wet play area is the place to do just that. We have purpose built sand and water stations as well as tuff spots and water trays where the children can explore and enjoy a variety of textures, such as gloop, pasta, rice, cereals and shaving foam. Not only do the children enjoy getting messy and develop their fine motor skills, it also encourages speech and language, for example by describing sensations and textures and providing many opportunities for asking open-ended questions.
All the children in Horizon Kids Nursery have a daily Arabic class. They learn shapes, colours and numbers, sing songs and listen to stories, immersed in the Arabic language they play and enjoy art and craft activities. We follow the latest teaching guidelines within the UAE, and promote our nursery commitment for the children to learn through play.