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Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

– Ezekiel 47:12

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

– James Baldwin

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

– Henry B Adams

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

– Clay P. Bedford

For NOTHING shall be impossible with God

– Luke 1:37

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions

– Anonymous

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm

– Publilius Syrus

I may have said the same thing before... But my explanation, I am sure, will always be different

– Oscar Wilde

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

– Malcolm Forbes

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning Type Questions

What age group of children are enrolled at Busy Minds?
Busy Minds is a school set up for children aged 3 months to 11 years. Our children are grouped into the follow learning units:
a) Creche -                                                        3 Months to 16 Months

b) Early Learners (Pre-School to Reception class) -     16 Months to 4 years

c) Reception class -                                             4 to 5 years

d) Elementary/ Primary School (P1 to P6) -              5 years to 11 years.

Can a child from any school thrive in Busy Minds.
Every child should thrive in our school because we run a system that is individualistic and child driven.

Montessori is a philosophy of education characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development. These amongst others are the building blocks of our school. Our classrooms are child friendly and our curriculum delivery respects the choices and developmental aptitude of each child. Regardless of the School your child has been, they will love our school and have a wonderful time as they Learn, Grow and Explore.

Will my child do anything that is "Hands-On" when in BusyMinds School?
Dear Parent, walking into a classroom in BusyMinds you will find many materials and learning tools that encourage and support "hands-on" learning. Most of these materials can be found in schools that support hands on learning thus, we ensure that as the children go along their daily schedules they have several opportunities to work with these materials. These materials aid the children to develop concentration, eye-hand co-ordination, attention to details, fine motor skills amongst other life skills. At BusyMinds, your child will have a well-rounded learning experience. 


What is your daily schedule?
Our Early Learning model is work through play, thus the atmosphere is very relaxed and the children are constantly engaged in hands on activities. As the children grow older, the learning becomes more structured and formal as can be evidenced in the Elementary classroom.

Classroom time starts at 8:00am and the children work till 11:45 when they take a break and go for recess (Outdoor Play). After lunch, the children work from 12:45 till 1:30pm for the Early learners.

Our Primary school learners' work till 2:00pm.

Does my child spend the whole day in the classroom?
We have daily planned outdoor time when the weather is favourable. However on the days that the children cannot go outdoors, we organize indoor activities during their scheduled playtime.

In addition to play time, the children also have time where they are exposed to elements that occur around us. They explore science by exploring their immediate surroundings.

How do I ensure my child is learning at Busy Minds?
At the beginning of each school year, a summary of learning goals would be sent home with your child. In addition, every Friday our Early Learning parents would receive a detailed report from Busy Minds on the activities your child has been exposed to during the course of the week.


We encourage Parents of children in Primary School to speak with their child and review their school work and homework schedules. In addition, it is important to come in and observe your child in class. This way you begin to understand the peculiarities of our teaching and most importantly, your child’s learning style.

How do I know my child is developing in other areas beyond academics?
At BusyMinds, we have loads of singing, dancing and role-play activities. We also do a lot of speaking and listening thus giving the children experiences beyond paper, pencils, crayons, play-dough and pens. 

What after school clubs do you have at Busy Minds?
The Busy Minds After School Care and Recreational Program (ASCARp) exposes your child to extra skills beyond the classroom. They are fun clubs and usually highly interactive. You can get a list of our clubs by sending an email to info@busymindscenter.com/ busyminds.frontdesk@gmail.com with ASCARp Information as the subject header.

Will my child have homework?
When your child is ready and able to handle a large portion of the work alone, they will bring some work home. It is important to mention here that most academic work will be done in school thus, the quantity of homework when given, will not be indicative of the quantity of work covered in school. We advise that you work with your child at home to further reinforce the concepts learnt at school.

Why do you have homework support?
Homework support is for children who are not registered with Busy Minds but would like to benefit from our homework support service. However, some of our parents who have their children registered in our After School unit will benefit from this service.

After attending Busy Minds, will my child(ren) cope well in secondary school?
At Busy Minds we have three program levels: The Crèche, Pre-school and our Primary Unit. As educators, we prepare all our children to be independent, self-directed, and assertive Learners. Our curriculum is structured to the give the child the depth and richness of Learning across several cultures. This combined with our well trained staff give your child a diverse and rich educational experience. Regardless of where your child applies for secondary school, they should thrive beautifully. Our children who have taken secondary school exams have excelled and are doing very well in their chosen schools.

 

Administrative Type Questions

At what time can I drop off my child and what time is pick up?
Drop off and pick up times are dependent on your child's class.

The appropriate times are as listed below:
a) Crèche -                           7.00am to 2:00pm (Extended care is available till 6:30pm)
b) Early Learners -                 7:00am to 2:00pm (Extended care is available till 6:00pm)
c) Elementary Learners -         7:00am to 3:00pm (Extended care is available till 6:00pm)

Why do I have to pay a registration fee?
The entire process of registering your child involves a number of administrative processes and forms. This fee covers these documentation processes, developmental and security levies and other associated costs. These fees are a part of our entry requirements.

When is the latest that I can pay my Childs’ fees
All fees are due the first day of the month for the crèche and on or before the first two weeks of term for the rest of the school. After this period, a 10% surcharge will be added to all outstanding fees. All new students must pay all fees in full before the first day of school.


When is the latest time I can pick my child from school?
The latest time your child can be picked up from school is dependent on the program chosen. To get more information, please click on the our programs link, under the about us tab or sending an email to info@busymindscenter.com; busyminds.frontdesk@gmail.com

Can I stay with my child in school?
For some of our children we are open to the parents staying with their children in school. We encourage gradual withdrawal whilst giving the child the opportunity to blend in with the rest of the class.


What will Busy Minds do to ensure that my child does not cry during the first days of school?
The reason why your child cries when they just start school is because they have been taken out of the environment he/she is used to. Crying is a natural process in a child’s adjustment to a new environment for example, school. Thus, when your child is introduced to Busy Minds, crying is a natural way of expressing anxiety and his/her confused feelings. The best thing would be to have someone come in who would settle in your child for the first few days. In the event that this is not possible, hand over your child to an adult in the classroom and leave the premises quickly; the adults in the environment will do their utmost to settle your precious child quickly and lovingly.


Remember to let your child know you would be back to pick him/her later. Once your child gets used to the adults and other children, he/she will begin to make friends and enjoy being in Busy Minds.


What are your modes of assessment?
We have several modes of assessments based on the age and level of the child. Our assessments have an oral and a written component. Some of our assessments are listed below:

  1. Whole group assessments/Tests
  2. Daily classroom records
  3. Weekly classroom reports
  4. Termly Exams  
  5. End of term reports
  6. Classroom observations
  7. Individual and Class projects


What is the Busy Minds Music Centre?
Our music centre is part of our ASCARp and it is devoted to theory and practical instruction. The child is exposed to various genres of music and instruments.
If your child is registered with Busy Minds, they will receive music appreciation classes and would also be introduced to playing and caring for the musical instruments.

How do I schedule a meeting with the principal?
You may do this by calling 07031241085 or sending an email to the addresses below:
helpdesk@busymindscenter.com; kaykay@busymindscenter.com; busyminds.learning@gmail.com

You can reach her directly by calling +234 808 7444 764

Does your school provide meals?
Busy Minds provides meals for the children whose parents have requested for this service. The meals are hot and fresh each day. In addition, we have fridges and microwaves in school ensuring that home prepared meals are kept fresh till it is time for the children to have a hot meal. Please place an order with the Front desk Administrator for the term.

What is your discipline policy?
We believe that actions speak much louder than words thus; Children are shown via appropriate modelling techniques how to use words to tell others what they do and do not like. Children role play situations and learn how they can tell another child to discontinue a particular activity that is bothersome to them.

The objective is to empower the child(ren) to handle these situations themselves. Discipline is not generally a concern when children are involved in developmentally apt activities. If a problem does arise, children are redirected to another activity. Whenever possible, we attempt to get involved before problems escalate. Parents could be called in depending on the severity of the situation.

How should my child dress to school?
It is important that your child is dressed comfortably at all times.
For our Early Learning program, we advise against, dungarees, belts and laces (footwear); this is because your child may not be able to handle them with minimum help. All clothing should be clearly labelled with the child’s name.
All primary aged children must come to school dressed in the appropriate uniforms. On Fridays, all the children dress up in Red T-Shirts and Blue shorts. All uniforms are available for purchase in school.

What happens if my child is ill and wants to come to school?
If your child is ill on a school day, we ask that you please keep the child at home so they can get the rest they need to get better quicklyThough we will miss your child, we have to ensure that the other children in our care, are kept safe.

The following rules amongst others apply:

  1. The ailment prevents the child from participating comfortably in classroom activities.
  2. The ailment results in a greater care need than the child care staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of the other children.
  3. The child has bowel movement more than 3 times within 2 hours.
  4. Your child has temperature reading when taken from under his or arm, above 37.2 degree centigrade.
  5. Your child is throwing up in school
  6. Your child has runny nose that is greenish or yellowish