Dubai Early Childhood Development Centre organises summer activities for children
The Dubai Early Childhood Development Centre (DECDC), one of the initiatives of the Community Development Authority in Dubai (CDA), organized numerous field trips for DECDC's children and their families. This initiative reiterates CDA's commitment to provide children with disabilities with a healthy social environment and encourage them to participate in a wide spectrum of social activities outlined by CDA.
"These educational and entertaining activities encompass recreational aspects with multiple positive effects on the lives of children with disabilities, including developing basic skills and identifying some crafts in a natural environment. The field trips are focused on merging education with entertainment but the priority remains on learning, communicating, and acquiring new skills" said Dr Bushra Al Mulla, Director of DECDC.
The children and their families visited a number of places including KidZania® in The Dubai Mall, an award-winning edutainment concept that provides the ultimate in role-playing experiences for children, and Magic Planet in Mall of the Emirates. The children also celebrated Hag El Laila, which is held on the 15th day of the Month of Sha'aban, marking the arrival of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The children toured some of the government departments and hospitals distributing sweets. The celebration was held to highlight the spirit of camaraderie that marks the ocassion, among young minds, and introduce them to the region's rich cultural heritage.
The Dubai Early Childhood Development Center is a unique early intervention program, to provide state-of-the-art, comprehensive, family-focused, community-based, trans-disciplinary services to children (from birth to age six) with disability or children and their families who are at risk for developmental delays. DECDC was established after a long and extensive benchmarking exercise of best practice early intervention programs across the world in addition to literature review and research activities in the field of early intervention and disability.
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