General Comments about Nurseries:
There are many good nursery schools in
Dubai and you should be able to select one that meets your needs. However
they fill quickly so try to get in early with your child's name. Most nurseries
require the children be at least 18 months of age. The school day is usually 0800-1300
but some now operate in the afternoons ( check individual pages above) with the same holidays as full time schools. Nurseries do not therefore constitute a
full-time day care option for small children, because your decision will most likely be
based on location in relation to your residence, I recommend that you choose a nursery
quickly after you have arrived in Dubai or if possible contact them through the
above links beforehand. Ask around for opinions and make appointments to
visit before selecting the nursery.
Specific comments re nurseries are on their
individual pages where I have some.
General Comments from Parents:
I am British. "Having looked long and hard last year for suitable pre-schooling
provision for my son, who was 3, I would like to offer the following comments. Nursery
schools, playgroups, crèches and so on (let's call them schools) generally follow the same
pattern. They can provide transport to the school if you can get your toddler up by about
6 am. Alternatively you can drop off your child at a time of the school's convenience.
Most of the schools are fairly committed to providing a good learning environment, but
most follow an objective-based, lockstep, disciplined approach. However, you can find
schools with a 'Montessori' approach. Your child will be often be transported from the
school at a fixed time, and if you want to provide your own transport it is wise to be at
the school at the right time. It seems that very few schools want to take any kind of
responsibility outside school hours (e.g. 8.00 to 12.30). Naturally, with all
generalisations there are exceptions. We were fortunate enough to find a school that was
flexible regarding the time that we could drop off and pick up our child, and was still
quite serious about giving the children some measure of a learning experience."
I am British. It seems to me that a lot of people don't think that through very
thoroughly before they get here and then get into all sorts of traumas with housemaids,
A note on childcare: Finding a childcare
solution for the working hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is tricky but it can be done.
Nannies are one solution. If you want a childcare center but are having trouble
with the hours (many of them either open too late or don’t stay open late
enough), make sure to ask around when you first get here. I found a list of
childcare facilities on Zayed University’s HR webpage, For more info click
here . Incidentally we also ended up using the Smart Children’s Nursery, as
mentioned in the list above.
I have no idea if this is an option or if it is
appropriate to put on the webpage, but it would be helpful for people moving to
Dubai with children to try to be located close to schools and nurseries. If it’s
at all possible, it would help people to know in advance to make sure to find a location appropriate for their family situation.
This is not just a HCT problem, but one for all people
relocating to Dubai. Ask/ make enquiries before you come...Leigh.
This page was last updated by Leigh
October 01, 2013