The Clover School inspires the requisite skills and curiosity to prepare students to become contributing members of the community, the country and the world.
The Clover School provides a nurturing and play-based environment, using the internationally acclaimed High/Scope curriculum to build the skills of decision making, problem solving, creativity, cooperation, independence and persistence while fostering self-respect and respect for others.
Child-focused – All activities, play/work spaces and materials are developmentally appropriate and support active learning for children. Our low teacher-to-child ratio supports personalized learning and age appropriate outcomes for our children.
Whole-Child Development – We foster all aspects of children’s growth and development including large and small muscle development, problem-solving skills, empathy and respect, independence, language, social/emotional development, self-esteem and confidence.
Professionalism – We invest in our staff to provide the highest quality environment through extensive and on-going training and professional development. Our Board of Directors represents a wide variety of professional backgrounds and perspectives.
Accessibility – We strive to provide a welcoming environment and will diligently work to accommodate the unique needs of every child.
Transparency – We strive to have open, respectful and transparent communication between all members of the school community.
Sustainable – We are fiscally responsible, socially aware and environmentally conscious in all that we do.
Community – We attempt to collaborate with children and their families to provide the best quality of service.
Welcome to The Clover School.
We at The Clover School see education as an interactive process between child, teacher, parents and environment. As each of these components is equally important, it is essential to maintain harmony amongst them. The adults; teachers and parents provide support and encouragement to the children who then learn to trust themselves and others. Interaction with the thoughtfully created environment gives the children the opportunity to learn by doing. The curriculum in the early years set up is Highscope inspired, the essential elements of which include active learning, comprehensive whole child goals and child-guided as well as teacher-guided learning experiences.
The purpose of this hand book is to provide relevant information to parents so that the school and parents start to work in collaboration right from the start. Parents are encouraged to ask any question which has not been addressed here. We, at The Clover School are committed to providing the child a very progressive and holistic experience.
Telephone No: 35248156
There are no uniforms for the Play Group and Pre Nursery. The uniforms are necessary from Nursery upward and are available from Ghani Sons Uniform Stores.
The school fee is payable bi monthly at the assigned bank Al Habib branch
Play Group: Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 11.00 am
Pre Nursery: Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 12.00 noon
Nursery: Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 12.30 pm
Pick and Drop:
It is highly recommended that parents or a close family member drops and picks the child. The child’s identity card must be shown to the guard at the school gate to enter the school and to the school staff inside the school to be able to take the child. If the parent/guardian feels like staying with the child in the school environment for the initial settling period, or sometime later on too, the parents can do so. However, please ensure to inform the teacher or school administration of this in advance.
If for any reason, a child needs to be picked up early, a written note from the parent/guardian is necessary for the school to facilitate.
It is important for the child to come to school regularly without absence. A routine is always comforting for a young child. The curriculum at The Clover School is very hands- on and favours experiential learning; hence by missing a day the child also misses an opportunity to learn.
A letter of excuse is need details of diseased when a child comes back to school after an unexpected absence. If a child is absent for more than 2 days due to illness, a doctor’s certificate must be sent to the school.
For any planned leaves during school days, the parents are expected to write a letter to the School Principal at least 2 weeks prior to the leave. The School Principal has the right to accept or reject any leave.
Health and Safety:
If a child is unwell it is advisable for him/her to stay home for that day. If the illness continues, a doctor must be consulted.
If a child suffers any injury at school, he/she will receive first aid at school and the parent/guardian will be informed.
In case medication needs to be administered to a child during school time, it will be done so only if a written note by the parent/guardian is given to the teacher stating all the necessary information.
Common Infectious Diseases:
The following are some infectious diseases for which a doctor must be consulted.
Chickenpox – Diphtheria- Measles- Meningitis – Mumps – Pinworms- Scabies– Cold
The Clover school will require a doctor’s certificate for your child to resume school after an infection.
On any school visit parents/guardians will not be allowed to enter the school premises without their child’s identity card which they are required to display. Other visitors (where necessary) will be issued a visitor card for entry after showing their national identity card.
If a parent wishes to celebrate his/her child’s birthday at school, the class teacher must be informed at least a day in advance. A birthday cake is considered sufficient for the celebration. The cake must reach school by 9.30 am on that day. Goody bags are not allowed.
Snacks and Snack Bags:
Parents are expected to send a healthy snack and a bottle of water to school on a daily basis. Milk and juices are highly discouraged. Each child gets a small cubicle where his/her snack bag is kept.
On the first day of school, each parent is required to send one set of clean clothing, indoor scandals and 4 diapers to school in a bag clearly labeled with the child’s name.
1. Children are supervised at all times. Leaving children alone outdoors encourages rough play that can lead to injury.
2. Outdoor equipment is checked every day. Broken equipment will be repaired immediately. Sharp edges, loosely anchored climbing equipment and other hazards will be fixed quickly.
3. Excessive height for equipment, such as monkey bars or slides, are avoided.
4. A soft surface, where needed is used for ground covering to absorb the impact of falls.
5. Playing equipment for is age appropriate for the children.
6. The outdoor is well maintained; trash picked up, weeds trimmed, no poisonous plants and no standing water.
7. Outside area accessible to children is of one level.
10. Children are taught how to travel to and from the playground safely. Learning at an early age helps children develop a lifetime of good habits.
Parent – School Link:
Parents’ participation in the development and progress of The Clover School is considered vital for its success. We have various channels to make this collaboration possible.
All the necessary information regarding the school is present on the school website. Also, it is regularly updated to keep the parent body well informed.
Our Facebook page; thecloverschoolhelps you look inside The Clover School and get an understanding of how and what your child is learning.
Before your child starts a new year at school, parents/guardians will be familiarized with the school; its curriculum, teachers and environment. Questions will be answered and suggestions recorded.
Scheduled parent-teacher meetings will take place every two months. However, if a parent/guardian has any concern, she/he can ask for an appointment at the reception or send a note. Taking informal feedback from the teacher when picking and dropping your child is highly discouraged.
Parents receive their child’s comprehensive progress report twice a year.
Gifts to Parents
We understand that there may be times when you might want to give a token of your appreciation to your child’s teacher. Please limit your gifts to items that could be shared amongst teachers and staff in order to avoid feelings of favouritism.
Please contact your child’s teacher should you wish to participate in a lesson or volunteer to plan an activity.
In order to develop love of reading, the children are read to on a daily basis. We have a well-equipped library to support this habit. The children of Play Group, Pre-Nursery and Nursery, with the help of their parents may borrow 1 – 2 library books each week which must be returned when due. Non return or late return of library books will result in stopping the issuance of books. Any lost or damaged book must be replaced by parents.
At The Clover School we believe in setting the stage for ‘successful behaviour’ by ensuring that our own behaviour as adults and the school environment helps the child meet his or her needs in a way that will make his/her life happier. Our long term goal is to help our children develop self-discipline.
Suggestions for Parents
- Resist doing for the children what they can do themselves. You could ask them: ‘Do you want me to help you or can you do it yourself?” The children always want to do it for themselves.
- Don’t redo what they’ve done. If your child makes her/his bed etc, resist the urge to smooth the covers.
- Let them solve simple problems. If you see your child trying to assemble a toy or get a book from a shelf that she/he can reach, pause before racing over to help, provided that they are safe.
- Assign a chore. Assign manageable and real work to your preschoolers.The goal is to make your child feel like a capable, contributing member of the family.
- Praise is key. Especially if your child is not in a cooperative phase. Try to catch her/him being good. Kids repeat behaviors that get attention and especially positive feedback.
- Develop predictable routines. Decide on a few routines and stick to them: Everyone gets dressed before breakfast, when we come in from outside, we wash our hands, no bedtime stories until teeth are brushed etc. Eventually, these become second nature to your child.
- Lighten up. If your child refuses to do something, try turning it into a game. Humor and games are two great tools to induce learning.
- Warn of transitions. Tell your child 5 minutes in advance about the transition in her/his activity, “You have 5 more minutes to play outside”.
- Give structured choices. If your 3-year-old refuses to sit at the dinner table, you might offer the choice of sitting and getting dessert — or not sitting and missing out on a treat.
- No ifs. Make requests in language that assumes cooperation. “When you put your crayons away, we’ll go to the park.”
- Prioritize play. Get comfortable saying “Go play.” It’s not your responsibility to see that your child is entertained 24/7. Let her/him get a little bored. But make sure she/he has items like paint and paper, a big cardboard box;play dough, building blocks etc.
- Do it to music. Set a task to music, and suddenly it’s fun.
- Encourage teamwork. If your child is fighting over a toy with another child, set a timer for five minutes. Tell one child he can have the toy until he hears the buzzer, and then it will be the other child’s turn.
- Let your children work out minor squabbles. Stand back and let them work out minor squabbles (unless they’re hitting each other).
- Redirect. If your preschooler is jumping on the couch or grabbing for others stuff, distract her/him by asking if she/he would like to draw a picture or read a short story together.
- Involve your child in righting her/his wrongs. If you find your child coloring on the walls, help her/him wash it off, if she/he knocks over a playmate’s block tower, ask her/him to help rebuild it etc.
- Don’t delay discipline. If you must reprimand your child, do so when you see her/him misbehaving and not later.
Your feedback is very valuable for our continuous growth.
We wish your child a very healthy and fulfilling experience at The Clover School