Dubai is a fantastic place to raise a family! From world-class educational institutions to uber-safe environments, plenty of recreational activities to a diverse and cosmopolitan culture…Dubai-kids truly are world citizens! The city is also perfectly tailored to cater to the needs of working parents with young children, thanks to several international-level nurseries and early learning centres in Dubai, scattered throughout the city.
These nurseries and early learning centres for kids are a wonderful way to make sure that your child prepares for their first year of formal education in an age-appropriate way, with each offering parents peace of mind when it comes to the care of their child. Several also have open days and offer guided tours of their facilities, allowing you to meet staff and take a look at where your child will be spending the day. One of the benefits of choosing a nursery close to where you work is that you can pop in through the day to make the separation a little easier to bear – for you, that is!
Today, we’re taking a look at some of the nurseries in Dubai, located in business hubs across the city, there to make a parent’s life just that much easier!
dubai international financial centre (DIFC)
For high-flying working parents who work in one of the ultra-modern office spaces in DIFC, or are living in DIFC the Hummingbird Nursery has become a much-beloved place to drop their tots. This early learning centre in DIFC caters to children from three months up to six years old and prides itself on providing top standards in delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum – in fact, Hummingbird is accredited by the United Kingdom’s Pre-School Learning Alliance for the same.
The trained childcare professionals at Hummingbird will make sure that your little ones engage with the world around them in a safe, fun and stimulating way, preparing them for ‘big school’! Hummingbird also offers a Friday Club for registered children – ideal if you need to nip to work for a few hours on the weekend.
Hummingbird Nursery Location: Building 5, DIFC
Hummingbird Preschool Location: Limestone House, DIFC
Sunday to Thursday, 7 am to 7 pm
If you’re looking to lease an office in Business Bay and are wondering how parents with young ones will feel about it, don’t worry! Business Bay is home to the Learning Tree Nursery, an EYSF institution that prides itself on being a ‘neighbourhood nursery’, catering to the needs of the community – providing an “international education to an international community… in a local neighbourhood”.
One of the features of The Learning Tree Nursery that both parents and children love is the Parent’s Lounge. This is a community space where parents meet and can mingle with each other at social events such as coffee mornings, but can also participate in reading groups, toddler-centric events and attend presentations on family and child well-being.
The Learning Tree Location: Executive Towers, Business Bay
Sunday to Thursday, 7.30 am to 6 pm
Dubai Media City
For working parents in Dubai Media City, the British Orchard Nursery is a firm favourite for taking care of their little ones while they’re at work. This nursery is not only the largest chain in the Middle East, it’s the first to be ISO certified and has won awards from the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award, The Dubai Quality Appreciation award and several more! The nursery follows the British National Early Years Curriculum and also offers their wards outdoor play areas, a kiddie gym (where staff has been certified by the British Gymnastic Association), a sensory room and a roleplay area to name a few of their many facilities.
British Orchard Nursery Dubai has several branches all over the city, from JBR to Dubai Silicon Oasis, Jumeirah and Bur Dubai to name a few.
British Orchard Nursery Location: Business Central Towers, Dubai Media City
Sunday to Thursday, 7 am to 6 pm
Sheikh Zayed Road
If you are a parent with an office in one of the Sheikh Zayed Road skyscrapers, you’re sure to be a fan of Safari Kid. This nursery caters to children 4 months and above and was founded in Silicon Valley back in 2005. Thanks to the nursery’s educational ethos that draws from Montessori, traditional Eastern methods, Dr. Howard Gardner, Waldorf Steiner and Reggio Emilia as well as science and technology, this nursery now has over 30 branches located all over the world.
In Dubai, the nursery is in a sprawling 15,000 sq. ft villa that has everything from a pool, art studio, carefully chosen play equipment, a Creative Lab, special developmental toys and more. Every inch of this nursery has been designed to make sure that children are stimulated, excited and safe. Safari Kid also offers customised programme according to each child, to make sure that each child remains happy and develops according to their own abilities.
Safari Kid Nursery Location: Behind Four Points Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road
Sunday to Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm
These Dubai nurseries are sure to make the life of any working parent easier in the city – don’t forget to check out Edarabia though, for more nursery options across the UAE! And for when you have a day off, why don’t you check out these activities for kids in Dubai?