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Little Wonders Nursery, Dubai

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

Little Wonders is located just off Al Manara Rd in Umm Suqeim, on a quiet corner. It has a sister school in Sharjah bearing the same name.

The nursery has currently 90 children registered, with plenty of capacity for expansion and it follows the EYFS curriculum. While several members of staff are British, the nursery is proud of the large number of nationalities represented both among the teaching staff and the children, making this a unashamedly multi-cultural environment.

The entrance to the nursery is well-organized, with an information board for parents, and beyond it an eye-catching lobby area with stained glass windows. At the time of the visit, this large space had been turned into a Sioux Indian camp-site with tee-pees and camping equipment dotted around. This looked like a child’s role-play dream.
The nursery operates from 7am to 6pm, with 20% of the children staying until 6pm.

Hot food, which is an option for the children, is prepared on the premises. The spacious kitchen is inviting and spotless, presided over by a lovely cook. The food being prepared at the time of the visit for 60 children looked delicious, and there was a batch of fresh banana muffins cooling on a rack. It felt like a home from home.

The nursery manager, Ms Oram, was enthusiastic and welcoming, proudly relating how Little Wonders Nursery had won first prize from DEWA for conservation: they have saved 55% on their electricity consumption compared to the previous year, and 30% on their water use. This is a magnificent achievement and an excellent example to the children, who benefit by understanding the environmental message. Education at Little wonders Nursery is clearly delivered in a more holistic way than in many other nurseries in the region.

This dedication to both the preservation of resources and the environment is evident in the surroundings of the nursery too. There is a bicycle track laid out with used lorry tyres. Along a low fence, a colourful science experiment was being carried out, with coloured liquids in plastic bottles neatly standing in a row.

In a small corner, on the right of the building, there is a section of garden the children look after, in addition to which tall mango trees and other indigenous plants smuggle nature into the rest of the rather large outdoor areas.


Another area of the out-doors is separated to be used by the children for messy, independent play: a mud kitchen. This has logs, sticks, stones, twigs, leaves and all manner of natural things that children in Dubai so very rarely get a chance to play with. It was chaotic and messy at the time of the visit, but looked like a lot of fun. Children here experience too much that is artificial and “tailor-made” for play. This looked like good, old-fashioned, outdoor play.

The nursery has a purple uniform, which is currently optional, although this policy may change.

Children between the ages of 2 months and 4 years are registered at the nursery, which has wheel-chair access. Should a child need therapy of any sort, a therapist would be welcome and an area provided for individual work. There is a 10% discount of fees for siblings.

There is an annual Sports Day, as well as a number of concerts each year, giving busy parents plenty of opportunities to see their children perform. In addition to these, the nursery organizes a number of school trips to the beach and other venues, such as the dinosaur exhibition.

The excellent location and the natural environment make this nursery unique for Dubai.


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

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