The health, safety and security of each child in our care is at the heart of what we do. Future International Nursery is one of the only OHSAS and ISO certified early years settings in the UAE.
OHSAS certification means that we have in place the policies, procedures and risk assessments required to achieve the best possible safety standards for our learning environment, aligned to internationally recognised best practice.
Safety and Risk Assessment
Each branch is equipped either with a double gate entrance, or a card security system. We have systems in place to make sure only authorized staff and families can enter the areas dedicated to children. All our outdoor play areas are fenced, ensuring children can enjoy outdoor play safely. We have CCTVs in our indoors and outdoors spaces and all our places are closely monitored.
Indoors, all the doors used by children are equipped with finger guards, and our windows are equipped with child safety locks. All electrical outlets are capped. All our branches are equipped with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. All the spaces and the resources used by the children are being checked on a daily basis, and before each activity, to ensure any potential risk is eliminated or managed.
Our outdoor floorings are safe-fall zones. Our playground equipment is of high quality and weekly checks are carried out to ensure it is in good working order.
Our branches have emergency evacuation protocols in place and we regularly hold training sessions for our staff and carry out evacuation drills. Our procedures are reviewed yearly by the Civil Defense and our sites are regularly inspected to ensure the highest standards of safety.
We take great care in providing a clean environment to our children.
Our learning spaces and our teaching resources are cleaned on a daily basis, with safe, non-toxic cleaning products. We keep our cleaning products locked away from the reach of children. In the classes of younger children, we have special diapering areas, separate from the children’s play areas and we use special nappy disposal bins.
Principles of hygiene are part of our daily routine. We consider it part of our responsibility to model and teach good personal hygiene to our children. Good hygiene is the best way to avoid the spread of infection; current research shows that hand-washing is the single more important factor in the fight against the spread of infection. Children wash their hands before and after handling food, after using the toilet, after outdoor play and after specific activities.
Current research has clearly demonstrated that children’s eating habits can have a dramatic impact on their health, not only during their childhood, but later on in life. We know now that adult health is closely linked to what we eat in the first quarter of life. A nutrient-rich eating plan is therefore essential for our children’s health, right from the start.
We take the diet of the children in our care very seriously at Future International Nursery. FIN’s mission is not only to have a positive influence on the nutritional intake of our children, but also on the knowledge and attitudes the children have towards food and a healthy lifestyle. That is why we consider it essential to model eating patterns that promote positive attitudes to good nutrition.
Our menus of breakfasts, snacks and lunches have been specifically designed by our nutritionist. All our food items are prepared on site. Special dietary requirements are discussed with the parents, and an alternative eating plan can be arranged.
Food as a Learning Opportunity
Every activity is a learning opportunity at FIN. Mealtimes offer an opportunity to extend children’s social and language skills. Children learn the appropriate du’as before eating and after eating, they learn table manners and can practise their speaking and listening skills. The child-sized utensils we use at FIN make it easier for children to serve themselves and learn to eat independently.
Food can be used in a variety of educational ways, for example to teach children about food sources, nutrition, health, growing cycles, etc. We involve children in preparing food and laying and clearing tables. Learning how to choose and enjoy many different nutritious foods in early childhood can provide the foundation for a lifetime of wise food choices.
Workshops for parents
We regularly organise workshops for parents on issues related to child’s health and development. Our speakers are all specialists in their field.
Each branch has a dedicated fully equipped clinic, with a full time licensed nurse, as per UAE rules and regulations. Temperature checks are carried out on a daily basis, and throughout the day, if a member of staff notices that a child is not well.
We also have a visiting doctor coming on a weekly basis to carry out regular check-ups. Our doctor also monitors the health and physical development of our children.
Our staff are trained in paediatric first aid and CPR.
In order to provide a safe and healthy environment for all children, we notify parents when a child is not well, to help prevent an illness from spreading.
We also ask parents/guardians not to bring their child if they display any of the following symptoms:
- Fever, with other symptoms such as rash, vomiting, earache, irritability, or confusion.
- Diarrhea (runny, watery or bloody stools).
- Vomiting (two or more times).
- Body rash with fever.
- Sore throat with fever and swollen glands.
- Severe coughing.
- Abnormal eye discharge.
- Yellowish skin or eyes.
Should your child be absent with an infectious illness, make sure you provide a doctor’s clearance certificate on your child’s first day back at the nursery.
At the time of registration, parents will be asked to fill in a medication form for a specific type of liquid paracetamol, which can be given in the case of an increase in the child’s temperature. This form will state the dose to be given, the circumstances in which this can be given (e.g. the temperature increase of their child), the specific brand name or type of liquid paracetamol and a signed statement that this may be administered in an emergency if they CANNOT be contacted. The Nursery will always try other means of reducing a child’s temperature, e.g. removing clothing, using a wet flannel, etc. prior to administering nonprescription medicine. The Nursery will also always endeavor to contact the parents before administering liquid paracetamol to the child.
If parents want specific medication to be administered to their child, while the child attends the setting, the following procedures should be followed:
- Parents need to fill in a written approval form, available in the administration office.
- Medications must be stored in the original container. The container must carry the following indications: child’s name, dosage, and date of expiration.
- The medication will be administered by our in-house nurse, following the directives on the label or by an authorized physician.
Our buses are specially designed with safety restraints. We use special seats according to the age of the children. Parents of babies, wanting to use our transport service, will have to provide a special car seat to suit the needs of their child.
Our drivers follow an intensive training and our female bus assistants are all RTA certified*
*this is a requirement for Dubai branch only.