Al-Shumus is pleased to welcome you to our Web Site. We hope you will find the contents informative and helpful. Al-Shumus Nursery was established in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on February 1993. It is unique and premier as one of the foremost Omani Private Nurseries to be owned and run by Highly Qualified Omanis. The owners and Director are M/s Laila M.S. Al-Lamki, BSC in Sociology and Anthropology. The vision was to provide the very best quality Early Childhood Care and Education. It is successful because it remains true to its original Vision.
Al-Shumus always puts the child first. We are interested in the whole child. In all vital areas of development – Physical, Social, Emotional and Intellectual. We approach child development as a Holistic process and the child’s needs as interrelated. We believe that quality Early Childhood learning experiences and Education lie at the very heart of all human development.
We wish to welcome you to Al-Shumus Nursery. It is our hope that we provide the best possible care for your children while also providing them with excellent social and pre-school learning experiences. Understanding each child’s needs and meeting those needs is our goal. Academic readiness, even though very important, is not the only issue, we, at Al-Shumus are interested in the whole child. We begin with practical and social skills, keeping track of belongings, putting things away, sharing an adult, sharing materials and respecting the limits of the community are some of the many aspects of total development. These are the foundations for growing independence.
A copy of our curriculum is available on the web site; this gives more details of the kind of skills and learning experiences fostered at the Nursery. Al-Shumus is a bi-lingual Nursery; the programs are both in Arabic and English. It is important for parents not to be over-ambitious and not to push skills on children to make them ready.
Our goal is to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment for total child development physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. We provide a broad and balanced range of experiences / activities to encourage each child to develop a sense of achievement and realize his/her potential. Children’s progress will be at different rates. In any group we find a wide range of ability and individual achievement will vary. However all children should be able to follow a curriculum which enables them to make maximum progress.
Early childhood years are not the time to emphasize and limit learning to only facts and information. Education, especially so, at this stage, is about more than just subjects. Equally important is personal and social development. We should ensure children feel loved, secure, valued and confident. Children should be encouraged to share, cooperate, have moral values, know and respect boundaries and be able to function in a group beyond family.
Due account should be given to how children learn, their interests and their developing physical, intellectual, emotional and social abilities. They should be provided with a responsive, varied and rich environment where they are exposed to new experiences, new situations and encourage to explore new materials. Doing and attempting to do is at the heart of children’s natural acquisition of knowledge.
They should also be given appropriate periods of time for learning through sustained involvement in concentrated activities. Approaches to teaching should include recognition of the value of providing first hand experiences, of giving clear explanations and of using play and talk as media for learning. A curriculum is not a limiting document , it should be neither rigid nor restrictive. It should be seen as a guide, be reviewed regularly and be open to new ideas and developments and accommodate changes for the better.