Category: Education

British Orchard Nursery, UAE’s largest chain of pre-schools, in collaboration with Child Early Intervention Medical Centre, educated parents on young children’s speech and hearing progress and helped them identify the problematic areas with focus on the role of teachers and parents in a child’s early development. Early intervention in the case of speech-sound disorders (SSD) in children could be a differentiating factor in their over-all emotional and physical growth. Experts in the UAE have noticed a rise in the speech and sound problems among young children with prevalence of disorders up to 8-9 percent. Approximately 5-8 percent of preschool children have language delays that continue throughout their school years and adulthood, while 15 - 20 percent of two-year-olds are delayed in their expressive language development.


The interactive session also discussed the tools parents can use to help their children overcome SSD, which included activities such as playing finger games, telling nursery rhymes, singing songs and reading, asking simple questions and story-telling among other measures.

Vandana Gandhi, founder and CEO of British Orchard Nursery said, “Research confirms that the first five years in a child’s life form the building blocks for later life. It is important that we be vigilant in our observation of physical and mental progress at this age. This can only be achieved through a combined effort of teachers as well as parents. We, therefore, encourage such sessions at all branches to identify concerns and educate parents. We take pride in the fact that at British Orchard Nursery, we strive to create a positive environment where every child’s progress is monitored thoroughly”.

Discussing the various stages of speech and hearing progress in children from birth to age five, Rugaiyah Majed Hamidaddin, Speech-language Pathologist at CEIMC explained to parents and teachers the typical speech and language developmental milestones. She also focused on the ‘red flags’ – indications that a child may not be meeting those targets – stressing on early intervention to rectify the problem. Focusing on the most common speech and language disorders she identified common issues, such as stuttering or stammering, which should be taken seriously at a young age.

Research suggests that children with SSD can be at risk of reading difficulties at a later stage due to poor auditory, phonologic, and verbal memory skills. It can also significantly affect their social and emotional functioning including an increase in anxiety, attention problems, depression and low self-esteem. Studies also indicate that the longer it takes to diagnose a functional speech disorder, the less positive the outcome.

“Speech and sound disorders, if not detected at an early stage, can lead to various behavioural issues among children,” reiterated Rugaiyah Majed, adding, “Simply put, the earlier a child receives help, the better his language outcome will be. I’d also advise parents to first get a hearing test done if their child is not responding normally since hearing disorder could be the root of the problem.”


About British Orchard Nursery

British Orchard Nursery is the Middle East's first largest nursery chain to be ISO 14001, 18001 and ISO 9001:2008 quality certified with numerous national and international awards. Dedicated to helping children reach their highest potential, British Orchard Nursery is a well established nursery chain, holding a reputation for excellence and a deep commitment to developing young minds. Their passion for providing quality care and education is evident in their success and increasing number of branches. The nursery now occupies 14 sites across the UAE, with branches in Bur Dubai, Jumeirah, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Media City, JBR, Al Twar Dubai Women’s College, DEWA, Dubai Municipality, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi (AlNahyan, & Al Bateen) and ADCO.

Over the years it has become a well-trusted centre of excellence in UAE for early years’ education. It follows British National Early Years Curriculum, with the addition of structure and progression, whilst still adhering to OFSTED (The British regulatory body) guidelines. The Nursery chain has won 11 international and 10 national awards over the years including the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA) in 2015, and the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award (DQAA) as well as Dubai Human Development Appreciation Award (DHDAA) in 2014. Having highly trained staff and fantastic facilities, the nursery caters to children from 6 months to 4+ years. Remarkably, the many facilities include an extensive gym and fitness centre specially designed for juniors, developing healthy practices through their “Gym-Juniorz” program, expertly promoting children's strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, self confidence and self-esteem.

The curriculum is planned to meet the needs of each child as an individual, ensuring that all seven areas of learning are interlinked throughout the day, providing in-depth and fulfilling learning experiences for children to explore, create, discover and study. The nursery provides extended care for children through their afternoon apple's club and also fun filled and stimulating experiences at their holiday camps.

The Nursery facilities include comprehensive creative spaces that offers role play to develop children’s social and imaginative skills; soft play; swimming pools; construction area where children recreate real life events and situations; a library, a water play area where they can develop understanding of challenging concepts in a ‘hands on capacity’; sand area to explore scientific and mathematical concepts; messy play or painting area to develop creativity; grass area etc. The school offers Arabic and French lessons, ballet, and gym lessons as well as computer classes.


Source: Pulse 360 PR & Marketing Communications