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Schools in DubaiAlthough the GSGI doesn't do true write-ups or separate entries for nurseries and pre-schools, we know how difficult and nervous-making it is to sort them out in an unfamiliar city.  These are the ones expat parents in Dubai mention most often, some of which (but not all) our editor has checked out for herself.

Some nurseries accept babies from 3 months although most prefer to accept around 12 months.  Fees and timings vary dramatically from school to school.  In general, nurseries are open for four or five hours although some offer early mornings and later evenings.  Some provide lunch and summer classes. 

However, the only way to find out about a school properly is to visit.  The most popular nuseries - in true Dubai style - have long waiting lists.  The ones in Jumeirah and Umm Suqiem are particularly popular because they are the oldest; that doesn't always mean best, but it does mean people know more about them and have more on which to base their opinions.

Al Safa Nurseries

PO Box 3147, Dubai, UAE
(Near Jumeirah Post Office)

Ages: 1 - 4 years
School Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 8am - 12:30pm

Safa Kindergarten Nursery School (SAFA I)
+971 4 344 3878
Fax: +971 4 344 3870

New Safa Nursery (SAFA II)
Tel: +971 4 342 9575
Fax: +971 4 342 9576

Safa I and Safa II, established in 1979 and 1999 respectively, both provide an International Early Childhood Curriculum.  Co-ed, uniform required.

Children's Garden

Green Community, PO Box 211336, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 (0) 4 885 3484
Fax: +971 (0) 4 885 3584
Ages: 2 - 5 years

The Children's Garden is the first completely bi-lingual nursery in Dubai.  Approximately 220 students total.

Emirates British Nursery


Ages: 3 months - 4.5 years

Umm Sequim
Tel: +971 4 348 9996
Fax: +971 4 348 9990

Tel: +971 4 288 9222
Fax: +971 4 288 9611

The campus in Umm Sequim opened in 2000, with the Mirdiff one following just a year later.  The education programmes at the nursery are based on the UK Curriculum.

Jumeirah Nursery School

PO Box 24857, Dubai, UAE
(Opposite Jumeirah Post Office)

Tel: +971 4 349 9065
Fax: +971 4 344 6756
Ages: 18 months - 4 years
School Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 8am - 2pm

Jumeirah Nursery School implemented the Early Years and Foundation Stage of the UK National Curriculum for their learning programmes.

Kids' Island Nursery

PO Box 7994, Dubai, UAE
(Safa Park, Between Al Wasl and Beach Road, near Veterinary Clinic, Street 37b/16c)

Tel: +971 4 394 2578
Fax: +971 4 394 2580
Ages: 14 months - 3 years
School Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 8am - 12:30pm
Early (7:15 - 8am) & Late (12:30 - 2pm) options available as well.

Established in Dubai in 1991, Kids' Island Nursery follows the British Curriculum.

Little Land Montessori

Umm Suqiem, PO Box 53619, Dubai, UAE
(Jumeirah Beach Road, off Interchange 3)

Tel: +971 4 394 4471
Fax: +971 4 394 4320
Ages: 1 - 4 years

Seashells Nursery

PO Box 37739, Dubai, UAE
(In Al Barsha, near Mall of Emirates)

Tel: +971 4 341 3404
Fax: +971 4 341 3403
Ages: 14 months - 3 years
School Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 8am - 12:30pm.
Early (7:30 - 8am) & Late (12:30 - 2pm) options available as well.

Small World Nursery

PO Box 73173, Dubai, UAE
(Between Jumeirah Beach Road and Al Wasl Road, near Dubai Zoo on Al Urouba Road and on Street 5b)

Tel: +971 4 345 7774
Fax: +971 4 345 5706
Web: not currently available
Ages: 11 months - 4 years
School Hours: Saturday - Wednesday, 8am - 12:30pm
2, 3, 4, and 5 day options available.

Super Kids Nursery

PO Box 34153, Dubai, UAE
Villa #99, Street 23c, Mirdif, Dubai

Tel: +971 4 288 1949
Fax: +971 4 288 1959
Ages: 11 months - 5 years
School Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 8am - 1pm.

Tender Love and Care

Boutique Villa #23, Dubai Media City, PO Box 500570, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 4 367 1636
Fax: +971 4 367 2961
Ages: walking stage - 4 years
School Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 7:30am - 5pm
Children may attend 3 days (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday), 4 days (Sunday - Wednesday), or 5 days (Sunday - Thursday) a week; part-time options (7:30am - 1pm, 7:30am - 3pm, 1:30pm - 5pm) available as well.

Yellow Brick Road Nursery

PO Box 34239, Dubai, UAE
(Al Garhoud Road, next to Emirates Co-op)

Tel: +971 4 282 8290
Fax: +971 4 282 8214
Ages: 4 months - 5 years
School Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 7:30am - 3pm, with extended options until 7pm.

The nursery programmes primarily follow the British Foundation Curriculum, but also incorporate other methods including aspects of the Montessori and Steiner learning programmes.


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