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Kid’s Cottage Nursery, Umm Suqeim, Dubai

Friendliness/Warmth: B+
Able to provide information: A
Availability of Registrar: B+
Overall: A-

 

Kid’s Cottage Nursery is located in a very central place for residents of both Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim, but nonetheless on a very quiet residential street, very near Umm al Sheif road.

Despite its central position, it boasts spacious outdoor play areas, which in a residential area is both unusual and a great benefit to parents who would like their children to be able to engage in as much outdoor play as the Dubai weather allows. From the outside it is not possible to gauge how big the outdoor spaces surrounding the nursery actually are.

The extensive wooden outdoor play equipment looks inviting and there is ample shading to protect playing children.  There is no pool, but there is an indoor play area for children in the hotter months.

A feature that makes this nursery and its sister schools Willow Nursery and Odyssey stand out – particularly here in Dubai – is their strong commitment to environmental education.

The nursery teaches children to protect and care for the environment. The children are taught about composting and recycling, and are actively involved in many eco initiatives. They take part in planting projects and eco awareness activities with the involvement of Mr Peter Milne, an eco educator.

This nursery follows the EYFS curriculum and has capacity for 120 children, in lovely surroundings. The school is not full and there is ample room for more students.

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Staff are predominantly from the UK, while the children are a mix of nationalities, mostly from Europe.  At the time of the visit many children were sitting down having their snack in a clean and well-organized environment.

Class sizes vary depending on age, with a maximum of 20 in the FS1 classes. The nursery takes children from the age of 45 days to 4 years.

Arabic and French are both taught at the nursery, in one session of 30-45 minutes per week, depending on age group. The nursery walls were richly decorated with all manner of children’s  art work.

Nursery hours are in three tiers: 8-1; 8-3; 8-5.

 

Update on June 26, 2015 | Reviewed by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com on March 27, 2015

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