In KIPS, safety is considered as the first priority and the first core value. KIPS follows all safety requirements stated by Civil Defence in state of Qatar, Canadian Pediatric Society and Canadian Childcare Federation. As a requirement, all safety features go through regular checkups by Civil Defence, staff and parent committee members and the status is reported to the management for required or immediate action depending on the nature of observed problems.
Some of the safety features and highlights are:
- KIPS has all of its classrooms and playgrounds on the ground floor with 6 emergency exits which are clearly marked and regularly maintained to be clear of any obstacles.
- KIPS is equipped with a certified and centralized fire extinguishing and smoke detection system. Each year, a fire drill is performed to make sure that all staff understand and follow the evacuation procedures.
- All classes and playgrounds have static-proof, fire-proof and soft vinyl carpets.
- Tables, chairs, and all toys used within the classrooms and all the larger toys in play areas, are disinfected with white vinegar which is a strong but healthy disinfectant. Chemicals are used to disinfect the floors and toilets only after school hours.
- At least one qualified nurse is present in the center at all time.
- The center is visited by a pediatric doctor on a regular basis.
- The center has a dedicated nurse room for temporarily caring for sick kids.
- KIPS follows a strict sick policy.
- KIPS is a Bullying free environment.
- Outdoor playground is safeguarded with a soft and high quality child-proof vinyl carpet.
- KIPS is a Nuts free environment and all parents are advised about the policy at the time of registration. Foods or birthday cakes brought to school by parents are not accepted if it has traces of nuts.
- All staff holds medical certificate attested by supreme health court of Qatar.
- KIPS is equipped with a CCTV security camera system.
For a more comprehensive safety features and checklists, please visit KIPS and talk with one of the representatives.
We believe eating well adds enjoyment to life, at KIPS the children eat their meals around the table as we believe having meals regularly together as a family is linked to better nutrient intake and lifestyle habits in children.
Our guidelines make sure children get the nutrients they need to grow. To foster healthy eating habits that include fruits and vegetables to their diet. We suggest families view the Canadian Food Guide website in order to gain ideas inpromoting healthy eating habits for the whole family.
- Get prepared for different stages of their life.
- Become autonomous. In the other words, they develop their capacities to feed and dress themselves, rest and acquire good hygiene and eating habits.
- Develop a sense of the world. They learn the relationship between objects & events, find solutions, and learn differences & similarities.
- Express themselves, acquire a greater vocabulary, and progress towards a better understanding of language in all its forms.
- Develop a sense of self. They develop their self-confidence, learn to live with others, respect the
rules and resolve conflicts.
In KIPS, parents are considered as partners. We believe that by working with parents through continuous, open communication and sharing the information, we can provide a safe and home like environment for our children. Hence, being flexible and open with parents is always an essential point in KIPS.
KIPS curriculum is mainly a mix of British
and Canadian curricula. Our curriculum designers
picked up the best of the both curricula. Therefore,
after finishing in KIPS, children would continue their
educations either in British or Canadian systems. It is
worth to mention that KIPS curriculum has been
strongly affected by the two leading educational
theories, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia. Below
is a short explanation about these brilliant theories.
This pedagogy is based upon Steiner’s educational
philosophy, which follows a
developmental model of education, and on
anthroposophy, a spiritual philosophy founded by
Steiner. Waldorf schools emphasize creative learning
with the goal of developing the child as a whole child –
academically, emotionally and physically. School days
follow a dependable routine within a home-like
atmosphere with a variety of play materials. Television
is strongly discouraged for younger children.
Reggio Emilia Schools:
This program is based upon the preschools developed by Loris Malaguzzi and the people of Reggio Emilia, Italy in the 1940s. Their emergent curriculum reflects the interests of their students and learning is collaboration between teachers and students. Teachers document their students’ learning and play through pictures and words. Reggio Emilia programs emphasize creativity and artistic pursuits, and they consider the educational environment as the “third teacher,” playing a crucial role in the education of their students.