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Nurseries and kindergartens in Dubai

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There are many nurseries and kindergartens in Dubai Expat parents with little ones too young to start primary school will find plenty of options for nursery schools in Dubai, including Montessori nursery schools. Some popular nurseries cost almost as much as regular school and can have long waiting lists, so expats should enquire early.

It's important to check specifics with each school, but most are open for four to five hours in the morning and close at lunchtime. Many allow parents to choose how many days their child attends during the week, allow early drop-offs, provide lunches, or have optional afternoon programmes for working parents.

The most prominent nursery schools in Dubai include:

Alphabet Street Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching Language: English
Website: www.alphabetstreetnursery.com/
Alphabet Nursery is divided into three age groups, including Toddlers (14 months to two years), Nursery (two to three years) and Foundation (three to four years and over), each with age-appropriate classrooms that promote children's creative interaction with their surroundings and teachers. This is a truly international nursery which embraces a mix of Montessori and Early Years (British) curriculum education programmes to encourage positive, stimulating growth and development, free expression and healthy communication skills. All staff members are qualified in First Aid. There is also a school bus with well-trained, responsible staff. Parents are encouraged to visit the nursery at any time.
 

British Orchard Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.britishorchardnursery.com/
The British Orchard Nursery is run by UK-educated staff and is a well-equipped facility complete with sand pit, baby ball room, music and movement room, library, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor play areas, themed classrooms, and even a gym and fitness centre. There's also CCTV to allow parents to be part of their little ones' school day from home. Children are divided into five age groups from six months to four years, with classes based on the English curriculum's Foundation Stage. Activities are based on the understanding that kids learn through play, so the school day is fun and multi-modal.
 

Children's Oasis Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.childrensoasisnursery.com/
Children's Oasis Nursery opened in 2002 in Umm Suqeim, with additional branches in Burj Dubai and Palm Jumeirah. The school accepts children from three months up to four years old. Children are divided into four age-specific groups. The school aims to encourage children to believe in themselves and grow into confident, caring individuals. Daily activities are aimed at stimulating each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth while remaining fun and exciting.
 

Dovecote Nurseries

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.dovecotenursery.org/jumeirah/
Dovecote Nurseries is a group of premium quality nursery and childcare facilities in Dubai. They follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage 0 to 5 and offer the same standard of care and educational experience that parents would expect to find in any accredited British nursery. However, Dovecote Nurseries is suitable for children of all nationalities. Staff are UK trained and qualified, and the schools accept children from one to four years old and are feeders for Repton School and Foremarke School. They are designed and resourced to the highest standards to provide the very best childcare and pre-school preparation. They believe in giving children limitless opportunities to learn through imagination, creativity and play, while offering parents the peace of mind that comes from knowing their children are receiving childcare of the highest standard. Dovecote has strong ethical, environmental and moral commitments that guide its whole approach to childcare.
 

Emirates British Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching Language: English
Website: www.ebnnursery.com/
The Emirates British Nursery is a popular nursery for children aged three months to three years, with separate branches in Mirdif and Umm Sequim. The school follows the British curriculum's Early Years programme and aims to provide a holistic approach to teaching and learning where each child's talents and potential are recognised and nurtured. Teaching staff are multilingual and there is an in-house nurse. Children are divided into four themed age-specific groups, each with its own learning area and age-specific equipment and facilities.
 

Emerald City Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English and Arabic
Website: emeraldcitynurserydubai.com/
Emerald City Nursery is a popular nursery in Jumeirah 2 and is part of the Beautiful Mind Nurseries group, which has four other schools in Dubai. The curriculum is a combination of the British Early Years Foundation Stage, the New Zealand Early Learning programme and Montessori teaching methods. The school accepts children from two months to four years old. Teachers are all trained in First Aid and are highly qualified. CCTV allows parents to monitor their little ones from home.
 

Humpty Dumpty Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.humptynursery.org/
Humpty Dumpty Nursery was established in 1991. With branches in Al Bateen and Khalifa City A, the nursery provides full and part-time care for children between the ages of one and four years in small, well-supervised and age-appropriate groups. It provides a secure and caring environment designed to nurture a child’s social development while learning through play, social interaction, self-discovery and self-expression. The curriculum is a British based, Early Years Foundation Stage programme that is both formative and progressive, and supports children in reaching developmental milestones and age-appropriate learning objectives.
 

Jebel Ali Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.jebelalinursery.com/
The Jebel Ali Nursery Group was established in 1976, making it one of the oldest and best-loved British nurseries in Dubai. The school prides itself on being a friendly family nursery with good facilities in beautiful settings – with branches in Marina Village, Meadows Village, Umm Sequeim, Dubai Healthcare City, Lakes Village and Arabian Ranches Village. Through the British Early Years curriculum, the school aims to allow children to fulfil their potential and grow in knowledge and confidence.
 

Jumeirah International Nursery School

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.jinspire.com/
At the Jumeirah International Nursery School, teaching is based on the British Early Years Foundation Stage of the English National Curriculum. The school accepts children from six weeks to 4 years old and there are four age-specific groups. The school's excellent facilities are custom-designed to be stimulating and fun for young children and include bright classrooms, a bike track, a water play area, soft ball pit and a library. There is also a transport system available for children upwards of three years old.
 

Kangaroo Kids Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: kangarookids.ae/
With branches in Burj Dubai and Umm Suqeim, Kangaroo Kids Nursery focuses on customised learning to fulfil each child's potential, recognising that each child is unique. The curriculum is based on the knowledge that children learn through play, social interaction and hands-on activities, including field trips, games and songs. The nursery campuses are well-equipped with stimulating classrooms, shaded areas, a library with computers, indoor gym, heated swimming pool and CCTV so parents can watch their little ones from home.
 

Kids Cottage Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.kidscottagenursery.com/
Kids Cottage Nursery accepts children from two months to four years old. The school's educational approach is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage, developed to foster independence, confidence, self-esteem and a love for learning. Its experienced and well-trained teachers provide a fun, stimulating environment where art, music and movement are integrated into the daily routine. The school is a spacious, custom-designed facility in the heart of Jumeirah, with separate, well-lit and well-equipped classrooms, a physical education room and a large outdoor play area with Astroturf, grass and a sandpit.
 

Kids Island Nursery & Cocoon Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.kidsislandnursery.com/
The school follows the British curriculum’s Early Years Foundation Stage programme and accepts children from nine months to four years old. Kid's Island School and its sister school, Cocoon Nursery, are on separate campuses but both are in walking distance of each other in Dubai's Umm Suqeim area. The campuses are custom-built, bright and spacious and include a gym, outdoor play areas, activity room, library and playrooms. They also host fun holiday camps during vacations, which follow the same schedule as the school term.
 

Little Land Nursery & Montessori Centre

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.littlelandnursery.com/
Established in 1994, Little Land is centrally situated on Jumeirah Road near the Dubai Municipality building. The school has three nursery school classes for children from 14 months old, and three Montessori classes for children from two-and-a-half years old to four years old. The owner and nursery co-ordinator are both qualified nurses and all teachers hold pre-school teaching qualifications. Facilities include a sand pit, water play area, shaded play areas, and a wide selection of toys and materials.
 

SuperKids Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: superkidsnursery.com/
SuperKids Nursery in Mirdif aims to provide a comfortable ‘home from home’ for little ones. The school's approach is based on the English curriculum’s Foundation Stage and offers a balance between artistic and practical activities to encourage rapid early development and help children overcome any disadvantage. The school has five bright classrooms into which children are divided by age, from 11 months to four years old. The outdoor play area is well equipped with playhouses, a water play area, music area, gym, slides and bicycles. There is also a transport system and optional hot lunches.
 

The Wonder Years Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Website: www.wonderyearsnursery.com/wyn/
Wonder Years Nursery follows the British Early Years curriculum and accepts children from 18 months to three years old. The school has a brand-new, purpose-built facility in Dubai Sports City that provides a natural, stimulating environment to allow children to explore the world around them, both indoors and outdoors, at their own pace. The school's approach is play-centred and thematic, and seeks to unlock the child's potential by stimulating all five senses.
 

Yellow Brick Road Nursery

Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English and Arabic
Website: www.yellowbrickroad.ws/
Yellow Brick Road Nursery is a popular nursery in Al Garhoud that opened in 2001. The school accepts children from two months to four years old and combines the Early Years Foundation Stage programme of the British curriculum with the New Zealand curriculum, as does its sister school, Emerald City Nursery. Facilities are excellent with a fully equipped music room, library, play areas and nursery dining area. The spacious outdoor play areas include a vegetable garden and swimming pool.
 

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