Overview


The Child Care Center is part of the Early Childhood Education Department at the College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University. It was established in 2007 and began to receive children in February 2008. Its main purpose is to provide teachers-in-training with distinctive quality training and experience as part of their bachelor's degree program, in line with international standards for pre-school teacher education.

 


The maximum capacity of the center is thirty children. It offers them a variety of activities designed to develop their skills in various developmental fields, commensurate with their stage of development, interests and abilities and to prepare them for school.


The program applied in the center is bilingual; being in Arabic and English. It focuses on educating through individual teaching according to the child’s capabilities and progress in various skills in order to get him/ her to the top level possible that can be achieved.

 


Mission


The Child Care Center has two main goals. One goal is to provide teachers-in-training with practical experience through observing, interacting with and teaching children, under the guidance of qualified teachers, as part of a Bachelor of Education degree program. Another goal is to provide the most up-to-date program and facilities available for the education of young children.



Philosophy


 

Children’s early learning experiences have a profound effect on their development.  The learning they do at the Child Care Center  provides the basis for the acquisition of literacy, mathematics and science skills and prepares them for successful learning experiences in later grades. Our teachers provide  constructive and consistent learning experiences that will build student’s confidence, encourage them to continue to see learning as both enjoyable and useful, and provide a strong foundation for their future intellectual, physical, social and moral development.



Location


The following map illustrates the location of the Center:


 


Outdoor Play Area



This large central undercover area consists of a large sand area complete with climbing walls, a paved section for tricycle riding and various other activities and a large synthetic grassed area with an adventure playground.



Kitchen


Consisting of all the normal kitchen essentials, this area is used to cook and prepare foods as part of the children’s learning program.  Those children who remain at school in the afternoon also take their afternoon snack there.

Observation Rooms

Two observation rooms overlook each classroom.  Parents, university staff and students can observe the teachers and children at work unseen by the children through the mirrored glass.



Classrooms




The Child Care Center is equipped with two classrooms.  One is utilized for teaching English while the other is used for Arabic.  Each classroom has many learning areas which contain an abundance of manipulative resources.  Each classroom also has an attached wet area with child sized toilets and basins.



Gym Room


This large empty space is used for exercise.  Various activities are undertaken using materials such as balls, beanbags, hoops and scooter boards.



Multipurpose Room




This room is used for parent-teacher meeting as well as for various lectures conducted by the Early Childhood Education Department.  Occasionally it is also used for children’s activities.



Reception




This area contains the coordinator and director’s offices as well as a waiting area.



Entry


In the area parents sign their children in and out for the day.  Various program information can be found on the walls and a photo display of the previous month’s activities can be viewed as well as other information of interest, as displayed on the notice board.  Electronic doors separate this area from the children’s section of the building.  

  

 

Children
In early childhood, children’s receptivity to new influences and capacity to learn are at their peak. During  this period they  acquire a variety of important skills, knowledge and attitudes that will affect their ability to learn, their personal development, their relationships with others, and their future participation in society. The Child Care Center is dedicated to providing staff, facilities, and equipment that are the best available . The services provided for the children are of high quality. The center will be like a home away from home where the atmosphere is an inviting, warm, and comfortable extension to the nurturing family environment.

Attendance and Departure
  • Children may enter the center between 7:15 and 7:45a.m. Parents should accompany the child into the building.
  • Regular attendance by children ensures that they receive the full benefit of the program and that the teachers-in-training will be able to meet the requirements of their teaching practice. Therefore, it is essential that children arrive on time and attend classes regularly.
  • Children will be considered late if they arrive after 7:45 a.m.
  • A child who has been late five times in one month or absent three times in one month without a medical certificate will receive a warning letter. After two warning letters, the child will be withdrawn from the program to be replaced by a child who will be punctual and attend regularly.
  • In emergency cases when the child needs to be away for three days or more, the center should be notified by a written notice.
  • A child who does not attend regularly during the month of May (the last month of the academic year), will not be registered for the following September.
  • Parents may pick up their children between 12:45 and 1:00 pm. If a child is not picked up, he will have  a nap and then he will be supervised by the educational assistant until 3:00 pm. Parents may pick up their children between 1:45 pm and 3:00 pm. The coordinator must be  informed in advance when a parent intends to send somebody else to pick up his/ her child.


Health and Illness

For the health of all children, a sick child should be kept at home. A medical certificate is needed upon return to school. If a teacher suspects that a child is ill, parents will be notified to pick up the child. If a child is required to take medicine during the day, the parent must come to center to administer the medicine.


Nutrition
Each child must be able to eat and drink independently without adult assistance or reminders to eat. S/he will require a snack to be packed in a small lunch bag. There will be an opportunity for the child to eat in each of the Arabic and English classrooms. If the child stays after 1:45 p.m. there will be a third opportunity to eat. 

 


As a part of the health science program, children will be taught to sort pretend food into “Brain food” and “Junk food”. Therefore a snack with small portions of fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, yogurts, sandwiches, meat, cheese, pasta, nuts, milk, and juice is recommended. Please include bottled water in your child’s lunch bag. Please DON’T include the following:


  • Candy
  • Potato chips or crisps
  • Donuts and cakes containing cream or a lot of icing
  • Soft drinks such as Pepsi, Cola etc…
  • Chewing Gum
  • Fruit drink (Fruit juice is appropriate)
  • Hotdogs
  • Chocolate bars or chocolate chip cookies (Nutella spread and dates squares are more appropriate)  


Clothing


  • There is no uniform required for the children. Please dress your child in practical, comfortable clothes that are easy to clean. Children should wear clothes that do not have long trailing ties or laces to avoid accidents, where a child’s clothing is caught on equipment. Please make sure that your child is able to independently take off and put on his clothes when using  the washroom.
  • Shoes must be light, safe and easy to be taken off and put on independently by the child.
  • Jewellery is not permitted except for simple sleeper earrings.


Birthdays & Toys
Birthdays will be celebrated in both English and Arabic classrooms. Food and sweets are not allowed for birthdays. The celebration of birthdays will merge science, math, and social skills. Children are not encouraged to bring personal toys to school. For specific purposes, children will be permitted to bring toys with previous notification of the teachers by the parents.
  



Parents as Partners
With a play-based program it is sometimes difficult for parents to determine what their child is learning or how their child is developing. Therefore parents are invited to the observation rooms to observe their child functioning in the program. A parent-teacher conference will be held on the same day to allow the parents to ask questions and to receive an update on their child’s progress. Parents are expected to be fully involved in the program, and to participate in any required activity for the benefit of their children. 

 

Requirements


 

The Child Care Center accepts applications for interviews with children of any nationality starting from March of each year until the required number of children who have the following qualifications is achieved:


  • a parent who works or studies (postgraduate studies only) in Sultan Qaboos University


  • a minimum of 3 years, 8 months of age by August 31 (verified by a birth certificate or passport)


  • in good physical health subject to a medical examination


  • able to participate in an interview


  • uses a toilet independently


  • eats meals independently



Registration Procedures


Around March time every year, a registration announcement goes out by E-mail to all the employees of S.Q.U.

 


In order to register your child you need to:


1.  fill in the Registration Form and send it to c.c.c@squ.edu.om


2.  fill in the Student Health Form, a medical examination should be done at FAMCO


3.  submit the following:

  •  two photos of your child
  • a copy of the child’s  birth certificate or passport
  • a copy of  the relevant parent’s SQU identification card

4.  pay the application fee

 


Fees


 

  • An application fee  of 15 O.R  is payable prior to the child’s interview and is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the interview.


  • A registration fee of 100 O.R  is payable once the child has been accepted at the center or when promoted from K.G 1 to K.G 2. This non-refundable fee holds the child’s place until attending in September. The registration fee will be deducted from the education fees.


  • Tuition fees of four hundred and fifty Omani Rials are payable as follows:
  1. 100  Omani Rials  as a registration fee (as mentioned above).
  2. 175  Omani Rials payable at the beginning of the first semester.
  3. 175  Omani Rials  payable at the beginning of the second semester.
  • Bus Fees of two hundred and twenty five  Omani Rials are payable as follows:
  1. 125  Omani Rials payable at the beginning of the first semester.
  2. 100  Omani Rials Omani payable at the beginning of the second semester.

 

Transportation


 

  • The Child Care Center provides a bus service for the families who live in Al- Khoud, Al- Mawalih and Al- Hail. A bus supervisor rides with the children to ensure their safety.
  • The bus driver determines the schedule based on the number of children to be picked up and the location of their homes. The bus must arrive at the Child Care Center by 7:30 a.m. Children who are to return home by bus will  leave the Centre at 12:45 p.m.
  • Families requiring bus transport are requested to download the Transportation Form available on the website, fill it in and send it to c.c.c@squ.edu.om by the 25th of  August at the latest.
  • Parents are requested to give the center ten days’ notice in case of any address change. The school cannot guarantee the bus service for the new home address.
  • Parents should notify the center one day in advance of changes to the pick up or drop off of their child. Phone: 24142781. 



Forms


 

 


Withdrawal


To ensure that a child receives the full benefit of the program and the teachers-in-training meet the requirements of teaching practice, regular attendance of every child is expected. A child who has been late five times in one month or absent three times in one month, without a medical certificate, will be withdrawn from the program. He will be replaced by a child who will be punctual and attend regularly. A parent may withdraw a child from the program by giving one week’s prior notice.

 



Curriculum
The Child Care Center offers a program where concepts and skills are not learned in isolation. Children’s challenges are integrated into meaningful experiences, which relate to their real world. Children make natural connections between what they are learning and what they already know. They can thus more easily make links to the real world. These types of linkages can be greatly enhanced through guided learning situations. At the Child Care Center the program provides an integrated curriculum where the traditional subject areas and timetables are merged. 

 



 


How is the program applied?


The C.C.C offers a bilingual program, based on individualized teaching where the unique interests, aptitudes and abilities are met. Children are organized in multi-age groupings between two classes which enable them to take on different roles in the classroom. The curriculum is highlighted by learning outcomes for each subject components. Hands-on activities allow children to handle, explore and experiment with concrete materials. Continuous and formative assessment tracks each student’s achievement through rubric levels associated with these subject components.


 
The Child Care Center offers a program where concepts and skills are not learned in isolation. Children’s challenges are integrated into meaningful experiences, which relate to their real world. Children make natural connections between what they are learning and what they already know. They can thus more easily make links to the real world. These types of linkages can be greatly enhanced through guided learning situations. At the Child Care Center the program provides an integrated curriculum where the traditional subject areas and timetables are merged.
The Child Care Center offers a program where concepts and skills are not learned in isolation. Children’s challenges are integrated into meaningful experiences, which relate to their real world. Children make natural connections between what they are learning and what they already know. They can thus more easily make links to the real world. These types of linkages can be greatly enhanced through guided learning situations. At the Child Care Center the program provides an integrated curriculum where the traditional subject areas and timetables are merged.

Library



The library was established in February 2008 and started its services in June of the same year. It has a children section which contains age-appropriate bilingual stories and non-fiction materials,  and an adult section which contains the most recent books in Early Childhood Education in both Arabic and English.


The library started with a small collection of books,  the collection is continuously increased through online orders and local book exhibition and now we have around 3000 books and other materials.


The mission of the Child Care Center Library is to support Early Childhood Department students and their instructors with relevant materials for their research, teaching and learning.  It also provides an environment where children learn to love and respect books and to develop a passion for reading.


Library system


 

The Library uses DESTINY  software which is the perfect program for serving both children and adults in a small library.  Destiny is used  for Cataloging library materials, circulation of books  in and out of the library and for searching for materials within the library.  All library materials are classified according to the Dewey decimal classification system.


Library Rules and Regulations


 

  • Speaking softly is appreciated at all times as a respect to others.
  • Consumption of food and drinks is not permitted in the Library.
  • Mobile phone should be kept on silent.


Opening Hours 


 The library is open Sunday to Thursday  from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm.  

 


Borrowing Rules
Borrowing privileges are strictly limited to the Early Childhood Education Department students and their instructors, the Child Care Center’s staff and children enrolled in this program along with their parents. Library users have to present their SQU card to the circulation desk. The loan period varies according to patron type as in the chart below:

Borrower

Children’s collection

Adult collection

Total No. of Items

Loan Period (days)

Children

2

-

2

7

Students

2

2

4

14

Faculty Staff

5

5

10

21

CCC Staff

2

2

4

14

Parents

2

1

3

14

 

  • A borrowed item can be renewed once, provided no one else has reserved it.  A renewed item will be recalled before the due date if someone else requests it. Reference resources and current issues of journals are not for loan.
  • No books or library materials may be taken out of the library until the book has been recorded. Unauthorized removal of library materials is regarded as a very serious offence.
  • Library materials borrowed must be returned on or before the due date as another user may need to borrow the same item.
  • As for Children, they will not be allowed to take new books unless the previous ones have been returned. 

 


Loss and Damage


Please make sure that library materials are being taken care of. Books should be safe from dirt, writing, scribbling, gluing, bending or cutting pages!! Damaged or lost books will have to be replaced or paid for. In case you encounter any problem, please bring the book and show it to the librarian and it will be decided accordingly. Please do not try to fix a damaged book; it has to be done professionally. All books replaced must be of the latest edition. If the book is one of a set or series they may be called upon to replace the whole set or series. Parents are responsible for books checked out to their children.

 


Reading Stories


Reading stories to children is a memorable experience for both parents and children and it creates a strong relationship between them.  It develops children’s imagination and listening skills.  In addition, children learn values and behavior while listening to the stories.


Every week, your child will bring books home. This is an exciting milestone for your child; being allowed  to choose stories appropriate to his /her age. The stories are for parents to read to their child. Therefore, we would recommend that you  set a time not more than fifteen minutes every night where you can read both Arabic and English stories to your child for one week.  Parents might get bored of repeating the same stories again and again but please be patient  as this will help your child build  proper language skills and gain new vocabulary while enjoying the stories.


Be careful with the way you are reading the story because it will have a big impact on your child.  A child needs to look at the pictures while you are reading. Try to express the meaning with body language and different sounds to make it clear. Please make the story time fun and enjoyable. Discuss the stories with your child in the last two days before you bring them back. Together we can help to develop the love of reading in our children.




CCC Year Planner 2014-2015

 

 

Sep

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

 

7

Children start

8

9

10

11

12

13

 

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

 

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

 

28

29

30

 

 

 

Oct

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturdays

 

 

1

2

3

4

 

Story reading by parents

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Eid Al Adha Holiday *

 

 

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Practicum for y2 starts

 

 

 

Story reading by parents

19

Parent teacher conferences start

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

Nov

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturdays

 

 

3

4

5

6

Field trip to the Wholesale Center

7

8

9

10

 

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

The end of parent teacher conferences

21

22

National Day holiday expected*

23

 

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

30

Morning walk in the garden

 

Dec

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturdays

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

 

7

Morning walk in the garden

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

Morning walk in the garden + Parent community helpers

15

Parent communityhelpers

 

16

Parent community helpers

17

The end of y2

practicum + Parent community helpers

18

Parent community helpers

19

20

21

Children’s assessments start + Field trip to the Civil Defense

22

Fire Drill

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

Jan

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturdays

 

 

 

1

2

3

 

 

 

4

Scribing a picture

(Ar)

5

Scribing a picture

(En)

6

7

8

9

10

Scribing a picture

(Ar)

12

Scribing a picture

(En)

13

14

15

16

17

Scribing a picture

(Ar)

19

Scribing a picture

(En)

20

21

22

23

24

25

Scribing a picture (Ar) + student teachers holiday starts

26

Scribing a picture

(En)

27

28

29

Field trip to the

farm

30

31

Feb

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturdays

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Holiday for Children

 

 

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

Holiday for Children

 

 

 

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

Semester 2 starts

 

 

 

Report cards issued

 

 

22

Parent teacher conferences + y1& y2 students practicum starts+ show and tell

23

show and tell

-

Parent teacher conferences

24

show and tell

-

Parent teacher conferences

25

show and tell

-

Parent teacher conferences

26

show and tell

-

Parent teacher conferences

27

28

 

Mar

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturdays



1

 

New rego info posted

Parent teacher conference

show and tell

2

Parent teacher conferences -

show and tell

 

3

Parent teacher conferences -

show and tell

 

4

 

Parent teacher

conferences -

show and tell

5

Parent teacher conferences -

show and tell

 

6

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

8

Parent teacher conferences

 

9

Parent teacher conferences

 

10

Parent teacher conferences

 

11

Parent teacher conferences

 

12

Parent teacher conferences end

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

Field trip to Natural History Museum

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

 

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

Apr

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturdays

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

Children’s assessment

starts

5

Interviews with new

children start

6

7

8

9

 

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Field trip to the Science lab

+ Interviews with

New children end

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

May

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturdays

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Field trip to Post office

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

Junior Science Fair

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

Last day for children

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

Jun

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturdays

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

 

 

 

 

 

18

 

 

14

15

16

17

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

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Child Care Center

Sultan Qaboos University

P.O.Box: 32 Al Khoud

P.C. 123 Muscat

Sultanate of Oman

Tel: 00968 24142781

Fax: 24413303

E-Mail: c.c.c@squ.edu.om