Five nurseries with an AMAZING outdoor space

With the beautiful Dubai winter weather upon us, most parents will want their children maximising their time in the great outdoors. Here we feature five Dubai nurseries with fantastic outdoor spaces – it’s the season for Vitamin D!
Five nurseries with an AMAZING outdoor space
By Jenny Mollon
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While there is no doubt a nursery can still deliver the goods without an outdoor component, it is as true that learning and playing outdoors adds real value, as our article, The Importance of Outdoor Play, reveals in some considerable detail.

If you still need convincing, take advantage of the beautiful weather you can almost guarantee for the next six months, and go and take a look at one of the following nurseries for yourself...

Note: If you think your nursery does better, and has a great outdoor space you want to tell us about, either leave a comment below, or send an email to [email protected] We will happily keep updating this article!


Home Grown Children’s Eco Nursery

Curriculum: EYFS
Location: Branches in Umm Suqeim and Al Safa
Further Reading: Full review

This ‘Eco’ nursery has fantastic outdoor space in both locations.  High quality garden areas are now synonymous with the Home Grown brand.  We love the all-natural materials, vegetable garden and carefully designed ‘nature trails’.

Our reviewer says: 

"The grounds of Home Grown Nursery Al Safa have been designed to feel welcoming and above all, natural. Man-made materials have been kept to a minimum and the garden is divided into wide open play areas, a nature trail, wooden play equipment, a sand pit and a large vegetable patch which is tended to by the children. The garden is not cluttered and feels light and spacious. To the rear of the garden is an outdoor classroom equipped with mainly wooden toys for sensory, messy and noisy play."


Willow Marina

Willow Nursery Marina

Curriculum: EYFS
Location: Dubai Marina
Further reading: In-depth WSA review

Willow Marina offers a spacious outdoor area in an otherwise built up neighbourhood.  Staff also take children on trips to the local supermarket for role play activities.  We loved the views of the water and fantastic panorama.

Our reviewer says: 

"Outside, the nursery has a very large garden area – unusual for this built up neighbourhood.  The garden is shaded and loosely split into two areas, one for younger children and one for older children.  Play equipment is mostly wooden and good quality.  There is a sandpit and area for water play.  It was too hot for outdoor play when we visited, but Emma [Nursery Manager] did tell us that the children love to wave to the police patrol boats as they pass by!"


Orange Tree Nursery

Orange Tree Nursery Garden

Curriculum: International Pre School Curriculum
Location: Al Jaffiliya
Further Reading:
In-depth review

A great option for families in ‘old’ Dubai, this good quality setting has spacious outdoor areas with a wide variety of equipment.  We loved the hand-painted murals on the walls.

Our reviewer says: 

"Outside, the children have access to several different shaded play areas – some of which are available for all and some which are for older or younger children only.  There is plenty of varied play equipment, a splash area, sandpit and bikes for all age groups.  The walls are covered in beautiful murals featuring a street with shops, petrol stations and schools – designed to encourage role play and really brightening up the garden."


Little Land

Little Land Nursery Outside Garden
Little Land's new natural wood (balance) playground.

Curriculum: EYFS
Location: Umm Suqeim
Further Reading: In-depth WSA review

We loved the slightly bonkers ‘Teletubby’ garden.  A place where little imaginations can really run wild!  On practical note, ceiling fans in the main playground extend the season for outdoor play.

Our reviewer says: 

"Outdoor play spaces are all shaded and overhead fans are there for the really hot season.  There are colourful climbing frames, wendy houses, bikes, a tent and several areas for sand and water play. A cute grassed area for the little ones known as the Teletubby garden has been developed. It has tunnels for them to climb through, huge palms trees for shade and a wall painted with pretty desert and sky mural. This space is regularly used for groups of children to enjoy a picnic lunch".


Creative Nest Nursery

Curriculum: International Pre School Curriculum
Location: Al Mizhar
Further Reading: In-depth WSA Review

This is a well thought out, purpose built nursery where access to the outdoor areas has been designed with a child initiated curriculum in mind.  In the cooler months, classes can have the doors wide open to allow free flow between indoor and outdoor space.  Perfect for messy play and adventurous art activities!

There is also ‘Wild Wadi’ worthy splash pad where we saw children having huge amounts of fun.  An adjacent shower room is a nice extra touch.

Our reviewer says:

"Outside is equally as impressive, with children having access to a brilliant splash pad (with adjacent shower rooms), a mud kitchen, cycle track and play area and well as areas for planting organic vegetables..."

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