10 Nov 2015
Quality Improvement Program
JAWDA™ – which means ‘quality’ in Arabic—is the first quality improvement program created for the Gulf region.
JAWDA™ helps childcare centers improve the quality of care and education provided to children and their families in the Gulf region.
JAWDA™ provides families with information that will help them make informed decisions about childcare services.
JAWDA™ enables childcare practitioners to raise standards in early childhood settings beyond minimum licensing requirements and achieve high levels of performance as compared to international benchmarks.
Research shows that quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. Every child’s early years are critical for establishing self- esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity. Quality assurance ensures higher standards for all education and care services in the Middle East so children from birth to age 6 years get the best possible start in life.
JAWDA™ Logo is based on a hoopoe bird (Hud-hud in Arabic). The hoopoe is an elegant bird, mentioned in the Holy Quran as the companion of Prophet Solomon, and in history as a pet to Kings and Queens. Prophet Solomon used the bird for communicating messages, hunting and for other suitable services. The hoopoe bird is known to have a unique skill of being able to detect rich resources. It has key observation skills and is able to assess the quality of a land as it flies over it. When excited, its crest is unfurled and opens out like a fan.
JAWDA™ Quality Improvement Program
Now Endorsed by CACHE
CACHE and Arabian Child are working together to introduce a Quality Improvement Program for Early Years Settings developed for the Middle East, called JAWDA™.
JAWDA™ – which means ‘quality’ in Arabic – helps childcare settings improve the quality of care and education provided to children and their families in the Gulf region, and it helps families make informed decisions about childcare services. Childcare settings receive a tier level certification indicating the level of quality that they have achieved in specific standards in the following domains: Child Learning and Development, Child Protection, Health and Safety, Workforce Qualifications & Professional Development, Citizenship, Community Partnership and Family Relations, Indoor and Outdoor Environments, and Leadership, Management and Administration. The tiered system (tier 1 to tier 5) is a viable accountability measure that supports childcare centres in improving the quality of their service. Each tier builds on the foundation of the previous one, resulting in significant quality improvements at each stage.
Julie Hyde, CACHE Associate Director said: “At CACHE, we are continually investing in high quality for the care and education industry, helping millions of learners raise professional standards across the sector. We are delighted to be contributing to the recognition and raising of quality within the region through the endorsement of the JAWDA™ Quality Improvement Program.”
Samia, M.Ed., General Manager of Arabian Child said: “Quality assurance ensures higher standards for all education and care services in the Middle East so children from birth to age 6 years get the best possible start in life. We are proud to bring this program in partnership with CACHE to all nurseries and kindergartens in the region, and we are confident that it will make an impact on the early years community.”