Current thought is that there are 13 requirements for schools and families to achieve to raise successful children.
Parents and teachers:
- Make children do chores to understand task lists, struggle and collaborating with co-workers – 2016 Stanford University.
- Teach children social skills in early years – 2015 Pennsylvania State university and Duke University
- Have high expectations – Pygmalion effect – 2001 University of California
- Teach children maths concepts early – 2007 North Western University.
- Value effort over avoiding failure – let them try to do it themselves – 2014 Stanford University
- Teach tenacity and determination – 2013, University of Pennsylvania.
- Have healthy relationships with each other–2014 University of Minnesota
- Have mothers attaining higher educational levels – 2014 University of Michigan
- Have parentsthat develop a relationship with their children – 2014 University of Minnesota
- Have parents that show little stress – 2015 Bowling Green State University
- Have mothers working outside the home – 2015 Harvard Business School.
- Have a higher socioeconomic status – 2001 Stanford University.
- Have parents who are authoritative rather than authoritarian or permissive – 1960, University of California, Berkeley
We have a parent app that is used for you to receive information during the day regarding the child and information on upcoming events. It is sent to your phone like a Whatsapp message and it is the easiest way to stay connected.
There is a section on the parent app named rules and regulations for all our policies, so if you as a parent want to look up anything, it is right there for you.
Yes, parents are welcome to drop in at any time of the day to sit in our comfortable reception, have a cup of coffee, watch CCTV with your own mouse to see anywhere in the school so you can see your child playing and you can speak to the registrar. If they want to speak to the principal or deputy, as long as they are not previously engaged, they will be more than happy to meet with you. If the key worker is on prep or assessment time, you are welcome to speak to them too. However, if the key worker is on the floor with her class, this will not be possible and an appointment to meet with her will need to be made or she can phone you later in the day to discuss your issue.
Current guidelines require each child to have 3m of space for children in the school. Most classes have 18 children, except for our younger children. Our one year old classes groups of 12children. Our infants and our cruisers classes have 14 children each. We strongly recommend booking your place in these classes as early as possible as these classes are usually oversubscribed.
As per ministry guidelines, the following adult/child ratios are adhered to:
- Babies and Cruisers under 1 year – Ministry ratio 1:4. Falcon ratio 1:3
- Cruisers and Toddlers – above 1 year and under 2 years – Ministry ratio 1:5. Falcon ratio 1:4
- Pre-schoolers above 2 years and under 3 years – Ministry ratio 1:8. Falcon ratio 1:6
- KG above 3 years and 4 years old – Ministry ratio 1:10. Falcon ratio 1:9
As per the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, children cannot remain at Falcon after the age of 4 years old.
No. Please read the sickness and exclusion policy for information on what illnesses are excluded for what amount of time. Children are temperature checked at the start of the school day and the end of the school day as well as when going to sleep and waking up. All parents are required to sign a medical consent form for medicine form as part of the registration documents. Should your child get sick at school, the policy will be followed.
At the start of the day the children will move into the assembly area. This is either inside or outside depending on the weather.
Your child will be ready for collection at the end of the afternoon and midday sessions depending on your requirements at registration. You need to collect your child before the time you requested. Example, if you paid until 2pm you can collect your child any time up to 2pm. When you arrive the admin staff will call for your child. If you are parking and wish for staff to bring your child out to the gate, please call ahead of time and the admin staff will have a staff member bring your child to the gate. Please ensure you pay the late collection fee before leaving. If you need the timings changed, please inform the registrar. We close at 6pm, so please check the timing.
All children’s registration files have photos and ID attached of who is authorized to collect your child. Should another person not included on this list need to collect your child, they will need to provide your parent pass word and a copy of their ID. The school will confirm the change of collection plans with you before allowing the child to leave the nursery with the person coming to collect the child.
All children are different. A child’s ability to transition from home to school depends on their personality, emotional fortitude and their past history. Often a child’s greatest fear is that they will never be picked up from school. Once they feel safe in the knowledge that they are cared for and you are coming back to get them, they usually settle.
Help your child by being strong enough to let go. Once you have done your research and chosen a school that is safe, fun and academically engaging, get prepared for the big day – the start of school.
A settling in period of two weeks is recommended for children who are new to a nursery setting. Speak to the principal, deputy or your child’s teacher to plan ways to help your child settle.
Some tips that have been proven to reduce parent and child stress are:
- Role play going to school with your child before the big day.
- Let your child choose their new bag, lunch bag and stationery.
- Talk to your child about what to expect at school.
- Attend orientation and let your child meet the staff and see the classrooms.
- During the first week, drop off a little early and collect a little early.
- Come into class, settle your child and meet the teachers.
- Show your child the amount of time you are going to be away for on your watch, say “goodbye and see you later”. Some children cry, but know that our teaching staff are trained to support your child in separating successfully in order to enjoy their school days at The Falcon. There is a parent seating area (Hangout Hide) where parents can watch their children on CCTV during the transition period. In the first week/s parents may be asked to do limited timings until their child settles.
- Be aware that a parent showing distress will cause the child distress and anxiety.
For a trouble free day, please pack the following items :
- Nappies, pull-ups, wipes, cotton wool, wipes, nappy cream in a labelled bag (if required):
- Two spare sets of labelled clothes including items like a shirt, shorts, underwear etc.
- Labelled sun hat and sun cream (if required) and special clothing required for the day (colour coded t-shirt for sports day as an example)
- Parent provided snack in an insulated, labelled box/bag for morning break, lunch and afternoon break. Please pack water. Food will be kept refrigerated until snack and lunch time. Please ensure all items are labelled so that there is no chance of items getting mixed up
Please ask to see our healthy food policy.
Please pack any of these healthy snacks and drink examples:
Cereal / porridge, yoghurt, fruit, sandwich
- Wraps and Crackers
- Sandwiches and Buns, Bread sticks, pancake
- Falafel, kibbe
- Noodles, Pasta, Rice, Potato
- Cheese, humus, mortabal, vegetables, chicken, egg, meat, okra
- Seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, Egg, Cheese,
Cut Vegetables and fruit including apples, pear, kiwi, banana, grapes (cut in half) apricots, raisins, dates, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, tomato (cut in half),
Date makmoul or date cookies
- Yoghurt, Laban/Milk,
- Cold tea infusions (chamomile), water, Juice (no sugar)
Please do not pack these unhealthy snacks and drinks:
- Candy, Chocolate (spread, candy or milk) Cake, Soda (Eg: 7-Up, Mirinda, Coke, Pepsi)
- Cookies, Nuts , Fast Food (Eg: McDonalds, Burger King) and processed food (Eg: nuggets and fries)
Please be aware that we are 100% a nut free zone which includes Nutella (made from nuts). It is the parent’s responsibility to check what is being packed in the child’s lunch box to ensure it complies with our Food Policy. The policy can be accessed from your parent app.
Children enjoy snack time as part of a social experience as well as a time of learning. Teachers and children sit together to eat and discuss the food the children have brought while linking it to the 7 areas of learning. Eating in a relaxed social group often helps a fussy eater consume foods sent from home. Teachers will also suggest food your child shows an interest in during snack time.
The Falcon uses numerous positive reinforcement techniques including traffic lighting, the thinking chair and golden time at the end of the day. Speak to staff about the home / school agreement which helps support parents.
This is a set of expectations and promises the school makes to you and you make to the school to support your child to be the best that they can be.
Parents need to give advance warning of a birthday cake being brought into school. They need to check it has no nuts or Nutella on it. We have a permission form that will need to be signed. Children with an allergy or who have parents that do not want their child eating cake need to be catered for too. Ask your child’s teacher if there are any children that cannot eat cake. For these children a healthy alternative can be provided – speak to your child’s teacher about healthy alternatives to cake. The party cake can be served after mid-morning or midday snack to ensure minimal impact on the class. Children will be The Falcon Leader of their day on their birthday. Teaching staff will help your child feel very special. If gifts for children in the class are being brought to school, these need to be safe and age appropriate including having no nuts (or Nutella) or chokeable items. Admin will let you know if there is anything the children cannot have in party bags and will return these items to you.
If you have any issue you wish to discuss, please speak to the parent liaison or to the deputy or the principal. Additionally, you can email our quality assurance team on email@example.com to provide support on any issue not resolved in a timely manner. A reply from a quality representative and plan for resolution should be communicated back within 24 hours of the issue being raised.
I paid my school fees for the year in advance, but I have to relocate to another country at the end of term 2. How do I get a refund for term 3?
Please refer to the fees payment and refund policy for all discounts and corporate discounts available.
Please refer to the fees payment and refund policy for all discounts and corporate discounts available.