Early Education Center at a Glance
The three Early Education Centres serve children aged 6 months through to 3 years. The centres deliver quality programmes in which both the care and education of the children is of the highest order. Learning is hands on, engaging and fun.
Qualified teachers and teaching assistants work together through the Creative Curriculum (developed and published by Teaching Strategies, Washington, USA) to provide stimulating, individualized and developmentally appropriate programming for all children who attend the EEC centres. The program is bilingual with both Arabic and English languages being the focus.
The Early Education Centre is accredited by the International Council of Schools (ICS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and uses the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as its guidelines to creating, promoting and sustaining programs that advance and ensure quality early childhood education in Qatar.
The three Qatar Academy Early Education Centers offer opportunities for every child aged 6 months to 3 years to learn in safe and nurturing
environments through a play-based curriculum. We believe that practices grounded in research support the growth of social, emotional,
physical and cognitive development in young learners.
Teaching and learning in classrooms is driven by our Image of Child, which link to the IB Learner profile.
We believe that children are: Unique, Capable, Risk-Takers, Social, Curious, Persistent, Sensory, Creative, Researchers and Communicators.
We recognize the importance of forming partnerships with families to build home-school connections, in the best interest of the child.
Statement of Belief for the EEC
We believe that a quality early childhood experience requires educators to be well qualified and to work as a team to effectively create the best learning environment for the children in their care.
We believe a quality program creates an environment in which each child’s language, culture, diversity and unique gifts are deeply respected and celebrated.
We believe that children are naturally curious about their surroundings. A quality program encourages and facilitates the child’s interest and exploration.
We believe that children’s learning is challenged and extended through developmentally appropriate, interactive, creative and fun experiences.
We believe that children learn best in a nurturing environment that encourages independence and builds self-confidence.
Welcome to our Early Education Center where your child’s growth and development is our priority.
We believe that every child is unique and precious, that’s why we place them at the heart of everything we do.
At our Early Education Center we embrace best practices in early childhood education and instill positive discipline techniques to ensure your child’s development in a loving and respectful environment where he is challenged through a diverse range of enriching learning experiences.
Our dedicated team of experienced teachers is committed to ongoing professional growth through regular educational workshops.They integrate regular assessments and evaluations to customize the education to every child’s needs, ensuring the highest quality of learning.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our dual-language instruction, embracing both English and Arabic languages along with the values of Islamic faith.
We deeply value the partnership with parents, recognizing the importance of collaboration between home and school for your child’s overall growth and success.
Join us in this exciting journey of nurturing young minds, where your child’s individuality is celebrated, and their potential is limitless. Rest assured that when your children become a part of our center, they are not just joining an educational facility, but a warm, nurturing family where they will find their second home.
Early Education Centers Coordinator
Welcome to Early Education Center!
We are delighted to have you visit our website and discover the wonderful world of early education. At the Early Education Center, we believe that a child’s early years are the foundation for lifelong learning and success. We are committed to providing a nurturing and stimulating environment where children can thrive and reach their full potential.
Our center is designed to cater to the unique needs of children aged 6 months – 3 years old. We are your child’s earliest educational center in the QF Schools community. An EEC educational experience gives your child early access to the developmental advantages and benefits of a stimulating and enriching QF Schools learning journey. As a dynamic network QF Schools are uniquely positioned to offer an inclusive educational experience for all learners. Our benefit from a world class educational ecosystem.
Why Choose our Early Education Center
- Experienced and Dedicated Educators: Our team of passionate educators are highly trained in early childhood education. They are committed to fostering a love of learning, promoting social-emotional development, and nurturing each child’s individual strengths.
- Play-Based Learning: We believe that children learn best through play. Our curriculum incorporates hands-on activities, creative exploration, and interactive experiences, allowing children to learn and grow in a fun and engaging environment.
- Safe and Stimulating Environment: Your child’s safety is our top priority. Our center is equipped with state-of-the-art security measures, ensuring a secure and protected space. We have thoughtfully designed classrooms, age-appropriate learning materials, and outdoor play areas that inspire curiosity and imagination.
- Comprehensive Programs: We offer a range of programs tailored to each developmental stage. From infant care, toddler and junior programs, we provide age-appropriate activities that promote cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
- Parent Engagement: We believe in establishing a strong partnership between parents and educators. We encourage open communication, regular updates, and parent involvement in our activities and events. We value your input and strive to create a collaborative learning community.
- Enrichment Opportunities: In addition to our core curriculum, we offer various enrichment activities such as music, art, language development, and physical fitness. We wholeheartedly support and celebrate our local values, language, and culture. Through meaningful curriculum integration and community engagement, we strive to nurture and foster holistic approach to childhood development. Our approach will further enhance your child’s learning experience, development confidence through a strong sense of self and belonging.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our programs, curriculum, facilities, and the enrollment process. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or to schedule a tour of our center. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to the Early Education Center Community, where education and fun go hand in hand!
Together, let’s lay the foundation for a bright future!
Pedagogical Leadership Team
Joceline t. Samarani
Pedagogical Leadership Team
Ashwaaq J. Abdilahi
HQ & QAD Lead Teacher
Pedagogical Leadership Team
Da’ad M. Batayneh
Lead Teacher – EEC – QAD
The Creative Curriculum
The three Early Education Centers (EEC) follows the Creative Curriculum, a research-based program developed and published by Teaching Strategies. It is a balanced curriculum, designed to enable children to grow in physical, social-emotional, cognitive and language development. Birth to age three is the most important period of development and a period in which children are very vulnerable. Initially, they are totally dependent on adults to meet their every need. When care and experiences are nurturing and consistent, children flourish.
There are five central components that make up the framework from which teachers will be working:
- Partnering with families.
- Knowledge of the development of infants, toddlers, and two- and three-year-old.
- Creating a responsive environment.
- Learning needs of children.
- Caring and teaching.
These five central components encompass a variety of routines and experiences. Routines provide opportunities for children to build positive and trusting relationships. The welcoming and departure routine, in conjunction with diapering, toileting, feeding, dressing and soothing children to sleep, helps children feel secure. Through these secure feelings, children begin to form secure attachments and gain independence. Routines are also used to help children make sense of their world, develop language and guide their curiosity. For each of these areas of learning, the EEC provides children with support as they work to develop skills that are just beyond their current levels. As children acquire the necessary skills, less and less support is offered and children ultimately accomplish tasks independently.
The three Early Education Centers are accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children (www.naeyc.org– NAEYC). Ensuring the quality of children’s experiences in early childhood programs and promoting positive child outcomes is at the heart of NAEYC accreditation standards and criteria.
At the EEC, an environment is created where each child’s language, culture and diversity are deeply respected and celebrated. Our staff is
inspired by each child’s passion, their natural curiosity to make sense of the world around them. We respect and acknowledge each child as an
individual learner and value their uniqueness.
Our centers promote opportunities for parents and children to engage in events that promote learning and fun.
New for the 2023/2024 school year is the addition of Monthly Sports Day and Messy Play Days. Please look at our EEC Community Planner. The possibilities are endless!
We enjoy our parents visiting school for events such as Teddy Bear Picnic, Sports Day, Story Book Character Day, National Day, Little Chef Day and even International Dinosaur Day! Each year the EEC promotes children’s creativity and expression through our now famous Arts Week and Gallery Walk.
EEC is a dynamic and engaging learning environment.
At the EEC, an environment is created where each child’s language, culture and diversity are deeply respected and celebrated. Our staff is inspired by each child’s passion, their natural curiosity to make sense of the world around them. We respect and acknowledge each child as an individual learner and value their uniqueness.
Our centers promote opportunities for parents and children to engage in events that promote leaning and fun.
The EEC special Thursdays are a fun way of promoting learning concepts such as colors, science, math’s, nature. On “Special Thursdays” we encourage children to bring or wear an item from home. It’s a wonderful opportunity for parents to engage with their children and promote language and learning around a particular concept. Balloon day is when we discuss the concepts of air, bring a plant day is when we talk about living things and the cycle of growth. The possibilities are endless!
We enjoy our parents visiting school for events such as Dads Day, Sports Day, Story Book Character Day, National Day and Math Day. Each year the EEC promotes children’s creativity and expression through our now famous Gallery Walk. This is an event not to be missed.
We offer opportunities for parent goal setting meetings, progress reports, portfolio sharing to demonstrate through our documentation how children’s learning and development progresses.
Teachers will communicate with you on a regular basis – verbally, through Daily Connect or in writing – regarding information about your child’s day (eating, toileting, sleeping, etc.).
To foster our parent – center partnership, we invite you to talk with your child’s teacher regularly about your child’s experiences and developments. Communication and continuity between home and the EEC helps to provide a more comfortable experience for your child. Changes at home (e.g., one parent travels, illness in the family, moving houses, when you stop breast or bottle feeding, a parent changes jobs, etc.) often leads to changes in behaviour.
We can care for and work better with your child if we are aware of the changes at home. The more familiar we are with your family, the more understanding, supportive and helpful we can be.
Forms and Publications
At the EEC we believe that children are valuable members of society. The EEC leads the way in creating, promoting, and sustaining programs that advance and ensure quality early childhood education in Qatar.
We value open and honest communication and recognize its importance when working as a team.
Staff will work together with parents to support each child’s learning.
The EEC School Parent Handbook is a valuable tool and recommended reading for any current or potential parent at EEC.EEC Handbook EEC Nurse’s Medical Handbook
The Early Childhood Center is a state of the art facility. It is resourced with the most up-to-the-minute, innovative, and exciting resources, which have been sourced from all over the world. The facility invites creativity, promotes enquiry, and enables children to enjoy learning.
EEC classrooms are built with safety as a top priority. The staff is able to attend to the needs of every child, keeping them safe and secure, both physically and emotionally.
The large light-filled rooms accommodate changing tables, high chairs, cots or sleeping beds. Children’s restrooms are attached to the classrooms of the older children.
The classrooms are equipped with a wide and varied collection of resources that stimulate exploration and discovery by the children and can be updated regularly to create fresh ideas and new perspectives.
Sensory Room (Sensortorium)
This innovative facility provides opportunities for children to participate in a variety of sensory experiences. The equipment, along with our well-trained and experienced teachers, gives children an opportunity to interact with light, colour, texture and sound. As children explore their senses in the many different and changing environments in the sensory room, they become more confident socially and emotionally while having fun at the same time.
From the moment they are born, children gain an understanding of the world around them by looking, touching exploring, and being curious. As children learn, they enjoy communicating their growing knowledge in a number of ways. In the Exploratorium, children have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and explore further ideas by drawing, painting, building, sculpting, and creating collages. This is a room where innovative exploration is encouraged and messes are welcome.
Indoor Play Area
Qatar’s desert climate will not restrict the growth and development of children attending the Early Education Center. As temperatures rise, the children spend more time inside.
The indoor play area is large, light and inviting. It is equipped with an ever-changing collection of innovative, European-inspired equipment, which provides for the physical and social development of each child.
It is an area where children are easily supervised and adults can join in with the exploration of objects and experiences.
Outdoor Adventure Area
Play is children’s work. As they play, they explore, they ask questions of themselves and they find the answers. In the outdoor
adventure area, children challenge their minds and their bodies. The outdoor area provides opportunities to:
explore and investigate.
- push and pull.
- collect, fill and tip.
- build-up and knock down.
- develop large objects of art.
- observe insects and other creepy crawlies.
- take risks and seek challenges.
Whether it’s a teddy bear’s picnic, quiet story-time, or making music with a variety of instruments, the Outdoor Pavilion is the place to go. Children can lounge on soft cushions, reading or creating musical sounds together. Surrounded by plants grown by the children, the pavilion is an inviting place where children feel safe and secure as they explore music, books, or meet socially with a teacher.