Although 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 and remember they almost always operate from Sunday to Thursday.
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.
The Children's Garden Green Community
PO Box 211336, Dubai, UAE
Bilingual school-adapted curriculum; ages 2 to 5 years
Started in 2,005 by Birgit Ertl, together with the UAE education group Taleem. The first truly bilingual school in Dubai, now teaching over 600 children from more than 50 nationalities in its two schools, the other one being in Al Barsha.
Dovecote Jumeirah Nursery School
Al Barsha South 1, Dubai UAE
EYFS; ages 1 to 4 years
Located on the Foremarke School campus and owned by the education group behind Foremarke and Repton Dubai.
Emirates British Nursery
EYFS; 3 months to 4 years
A group of four nurseries based in different locations across Dubai, the newest situated in an impressive brand-new facility in the Villa community, complete with a swimming pool.
Jumeirah International Nursery Al Safa
Al Qassimi Building No.1, Street 19, Al Safa 1, Jumeirah, Dubai UAE
Tel: +971 4 394 5567
Email: [email protected]
EYFS; ages 6 weeks to 4 years
Established in 2000 by Fortes Education following a curriculum based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage. Around 220 children in the school.
Kids' Island Nursery
Villa #101, Al Zoubaidi Street, Jumeirah 3, Dubai UAE
School-adapted curriculum based on Waldorf, Te Whariki, Montessori & Reggio Emilia; ages 14 months to 3 years
Established in Dubai in 1991, with a proactively Eco approach, including the joys of a Mud Kitchen and Nature Zone.
Little Land Nursery
Villa #11, Al Dassi Street, Umm Suqiem 2; PO Box 53619, Dubai, UAE
Montessori; ages 14 months to 4 years
Opened in 1994 by Siog Moore who still works full-time running the school. Split into a nursery and a Montessori based pre-school, parents speak highly of it.
Villa 11, Street 9a, Al Barsha 2, Dubai UAE
School-adapted curriculum, based on EYFS; ages under 2 - 4 years
Divided into four age groups with two to three classes of beween nine and sixteen, dependent on age, with around 120 children in total. 70 per cent of pupils come from British, American, Indian, UAE and Canadian families. Located close to several international schools.
Super Kids Nursery
PO Box 34153, Dubai, UAE
Villa #99, Street 23c, Mirdif, Dubai
School-adapted curriculum based on EYFS and Montessori; ages 6 months to 4 years
Opened in 2004 following Montessori principles but also incorporating elements of the British EYFS curriculum. The majority of the approximately 100 children, divided into five classes, are from Asian or Arabian families.