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Nurseries and pre-schools in Bahrain

There are numerous pre-schools and nurseries in Bahrain. Your choice will depend on where you decide to live, waiting lists (which can be long) and whether you wish your child to go to a small pre-school or the nursery section of one of the large international schools. Most of the pre-schools are situated in the popular expat residential areas of Budaiya, Saar and Hamala in the west of Bahrain, or in Adliya, close to central Manama.

NB We don't necessarily visit playschools, nurseries or kindergartens and definitely don't look at them as thoroughly as we do primary and secondary schools. However, these are amongst the ones in Bahrain recommended or mentioned by parents. We list them here just to give you a place to start, to help you make up your own short list. 

We always appreciate any feedback from parents (contact us), and we'll remove schools or add them as we hear about them or receive updates, even from this informal list.

Bright Beginnings Daycare and Childcare Development Centre

Salmaniya Avenue, Building 57
Block 327
Adliya, Manama 327
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1771 0405
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.bb-daycare.com

National Curriculum for England Early Years Foundation Stage; ages 3 months to 6 years.

Housed in a brightly painted converted villa in the central location of Adliya, this is one of the only pre-schools that also offers daycare for babies from 3 months. 

British Preparatory School

Rahim Villas
Entrance 300, Saar Avenue
Al Markh 533
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1779 2010
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.britishprepbahrain.com/

National Curriculum of England Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; ages 18 months to 6 years.

The school opened in 2008 and is owned and run by the former head of St Christopher’s Infant School (one of the leading international schools) and is situated in two converted villas in Saar, a popular residential area in the west of Bahrain. Teachers and assistants are UK qualified and the school specialises in preparing children for larger British curriculum schools. Uniform is required. 

British School of Bahrain (Infants School) 

Building 1080, Road 1425
Block 1014, Hamala
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1761 0920
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.britishschoolbahrain.com

National Curriculum of England Early Years Foundation Stage; age 3 to 5 years.

The school is in a separate building on the same campus as the Junior and Senior Schools in Hamala, a residential area in the west of Bahrain. Uniform is required. The infant section is known to be friendly and caring and is a popular choice with expats wanting their children to move on to the junior section of the school. 

Budaiya Pre-School

Building 811, Road 1726
Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1779 1491
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.budaiyapreschool.com

National Curriculum of England Early Years Foundation Stage; ages 2 to 5 years.

The school was established in 1994 (with its current building being purpose built in 2004) and is in the popular expat area of Saar, in the west of Bahrain. Social Arabic is taught to children aged over 3 years twice a week. Children are required to wear school t-shirts. 

Children’s House Montessori Nursery School

Building 208, Road 57
Block 557
Janabiya
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1769 9844
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.thechildrenshouse.com

Montessori method; ages 3 to 6 years.

The Children’s House was established in 1997 and was the first Montessori School in Bahrain. The school is in a converted house in Janabiya (close to Saar and Budaiya) and has three classes with multi-age grouping in class 3 for five and six year olds.  

Early Learners Nursery

Building 817, Road 2926
Block 529
Saar
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1361 3972
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.earlylearnersnursery.com

National Curriculum of England Early Years Foundation Stage; ages 15 months to 4 years.

Founded in 2010, this friendly school, in the expat area of Saar, is owned and run by a fully qualified British primary teacher. Half hour French and Arabic classes are offered twice a week and weekly swimming lessons are available. Popular with expats and awarded 'outstanding' by Bahraini government inspection agency.

EtonHouse International Pre-School & Kindergarten

Pre-School

Villa 539
Road 7908
Block 579 Hamala
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1749 0333
Email: [email protected]

Kindergarten

Villa 1318
Road 7921
Block 579 Hamala
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1731 0777
Email: [email protected]

Website:  http://.etonhouse.me

School adapted curriculum based on Reggio Emilia; ages 18 months to 7 years

The first Middle East branch of the Singapore owned EtonHouse group, which runs over 120 schools across the Far East. Opened in 2017 and planning to open a primary school in 2022. 

Little Gems Pre-School

Building 73, Avenue 21
Block 517
Saar
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1769 4356
Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.little-gems-preschool.com

National Curriculum of England Early Years Foundation Stage; ages 21 months to 5 years.

This privately-owned pre-school was started in 1993. In 2007, it moved to purpose built premises in Barbar in the west of Bahrain. The school is well-established, with a good reputation and popular with expats. Uniform is required. 

Madeleine’s Pre-School

Building 530, Road 3211
Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1772 0290
Email: [email protected]

Website: mps-bahrain.com

Montessori method; ages 2 to 6 years.

Established in 1982, this privately owned nursery and pre-school in the central area of Adliya offers a bilingual programme (50/50 time spent in Arabic/ English speaking environments) incorporating the Montessori philosophy. Teachers are employed locally and it is popular with bi-culture (Arabic/Western) families. 

Nadeen School

(Postal address)
P.O. Box 26367
Adliya
Kingdom of Bahrain

(Street address)
Road 3748
Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1772 8886
Email: [email protected]

Website: www.nadeenschool.com

National Curriculum of England supplemented by activities and learning from Australian and New Zealand schemes; co-ed day school; ages 3 to 11 years

Nadeen School has a reputation as a caring and nurturing school and its younger year groups are particularly popular. Established in 1978, its premises are a collection of refurbished villas in central Adliya. There are adequate play areas for all years and the school is British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspected. Uniform is required. 

Riffa Views International School

(Postal address)
PO Box 3050
Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain

(Street address)
Building 407
Road 4303
Block Al Mazrowiah 943
Riffa
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1656 5000
Email: [email protected]
Website: rvis.edu.bh

American curriculum college preparatory school; day school; co-ed until middle school; ages 3 to 18 years

Offers  a nursery and pre-kindergarten, with a programme including Arabic lessons, P.E. and Music. Opened in 2008, RVIS is a non-profit school housed in impressive, purpose-built premises in the Riffa Views Signatory Estate (a large golfing and housing development in the centre of Bahrain). The school has a large local contingent, but is also popular with expats. Uniform is required. 

St Christopher’s School Infant and Junior School 

(Postal address)
PO Box 32052
Isa Town
Kingdom of Bahrain

(Street address)
Gate 790, Road 1322
Maqabah 513
Saar
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 1759 5101
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.st-chris.net

National Curriculum of England; co-ed day school; ages 3-11.

Founded in 1961, St Chris is a non-profit making British-style school. The junior and infant campus in Saar was purpose-built in 2006 and is bright, airy and well-equipped with spacious outdoor play areas. The teachers are predominantly British. The school is very popular with expats and has a good reputation and consequently there are often waiting lists for entry. Uniform is required.

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