10 of the Best Nurseries in Dubai - the Big List!

Sending a little one to nursery is often the first moment a parent hands the care of their child to a 'professional'. This makes selecting the right one a daunting process. The good news is that there are some great nurseries out there. These are our current top pick for you to explore...
10 of the Best Nurseries in Dubai - the Big List!
By Jenny Mollon
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With so many nurseries to choose from, making the right selection for your child can be a difficult decision to make. We’re here to help parents by narrowing their nursery shortlist by creating this Big List of great nurseries in Dubai.

Little Land Nursery and Montessori Centre (Umm Suqeim)

Little Land Nursery

What We Love

Little Land Nursery and Montessori Centre was the winner of the SchoolsCompared.com Top Schools Award for Best Early Childhood Centre in the UAE 2021-22, and quite rightly so; it is an understated but extremely special little haven of early childhood excellence.

This long-standing Montessori nursery (est. in 1994) has a real feeling of warmth and sincerity, with a professional team of early years educators providing a homely atmosphere through their interactions and care. The nursery’s passionate owner, Siog Moore, remains very hands on and is known to each child, parent and staff member. In short, this is a nursery with a lot of heart, but also has the pedagogical excellence and facilities to make it a truly outstanding nursery. With spacious, naturally well-lit classrooms and a very large charmingly designed outdoor space, it’s hard not to fall in love with Little Land.

Future International Nursery (Al Warqaa)

What We Love

This nursery is a wonderful choice for nature lovers, with good old-fashioned muddy-fingered planting and gardening on offer, nursery pets and some beautiful natural garden space to explore.

The impressive facility is purpose-built with the nursery’s ethos in sync with the design. The indoor space includes a unique ‘Discovery Centre’, which is very much a part of the setting’s approach of engaging children’s curiosity and facilitating exploration. We particularly liked this aim of supporting each child’s individual interests, which will undoubtedly be a great tool for social and emotional development. There is a strong focus on bilingualism (English and Arabic are the focus here) with educators working in partnership to deliver learning experiences with both languages used.

Creative Nest Nursery (Al Mizhar)

What We Love

This purpose build facility is truly exceptional, with beautifully designed, spacious classrooms and engaging indoor play spaces that are sure to spark a child’s curiosity and interest, as well as expansive outdoor space with a range of activities on offer, including a splash pad and mud kitchen.

The nursery’s child-centred and child-led approach is expertly carried out by this strong team of early years educators. Creative Nest also goes to great lengths to ensure that the nursery’s community is well catered for, providing a language-rich environment of both English and Arabic.

Children’s Oasis Nursery (Umm Suqeim)

What We Love

As its name suggests, this nursery feels like a haven of nature as you enter its gates. The beautiful and expansive garden area is enough to excite any child, with pet tortoises, trees for climbing (which is very much encouraged), a big grassy hill to run down and a vegetable planting area.

The team are unusually experienced, and clearly love what they do. This nursery prides itself on having a back-to-basics green and 'muddy' outdoor learning approach with activities planned around the interests of the children. Classrooms are spacious with natural light, and house natural wooden resources and loose parts materials for open ended play. Unusually, the nursery offers Spanish language as an alternative to the mainstream English option, with native Spanish speaking teachers utilising the same EYFS framework.

Ladybird Nursery & Early Learning Centre

What We Love

Ladybird Nursery has been offering a much-loved Montessori early learning experience since 1996 in its Jumeirah setting and has since opened its impressive purpose-built Early Learning Centre in JVC in 2016 (with a third setting opening in Barsha soon). While the JVC setting is considerably more modern (a LEED Gold Certified green building), the same ethos and values are clearly consistent in both. 

Nurseries that have operated for 25+ years are unusual in Dubai, and only those offering something a little bit special are likely to last so long. More unusual still is the combination of this history and legacy (where former Ladybird children may well be sending their own children) with the striking modernisation, particularly with the newer state of the art ELC building and impressive efforts to truly 'go green', as well as the nursery's relationship with Arcadia School, where children at Ladybird Nursery are given priority placement. 

Kangaroo Kids Nursery (Al Safa 2)

What We Love

This gem of a nursery has a lot to offer; beautifully created classrooms with natural décor and materials as well as an enormous outdoor space, crafted into a range of interesting play spaces such as a sensory trail and mini amphitheatre. This nursery has wonderful attention to detail, and many little quirks that are sure to inspire curiosity in little minds. It is hard not to be charmed by 'Lucky the Tortoise' as well as a variety of other interesting nursery pets that the children participate in caring for.

Kangaroo Kids Nursery always appears to be adding another feather to its bow, the latest being its 'Curiosity Approach' accreditation, making it the first Dubai nursery to achieve this. The nursery is led by Laura Barton Toyne, a highly experienced Early Years leader with great warmth, commitment and an obvious passion for her profession.

British Rose Nursery (Umm Al Shief)

British Rose Nursery Jumeirah

What We Love

This charming nursery (and its sister nursery in Sharjah) has clearly been a labour of love for this mother and daughter team, Edie and Cherie Basha. They have created a wonderful cosy family-feel in a renovated villa, where children can be comfortable and confident to explore. British Rose Nursery is understated but it is clear to see why families are drawn to it; the little details really make it special and demonstrate that the perspective of the child has been at the forefront.

British Rose offers some special extras with no additional fee also, such as gardening, mindfulness and yoga. 

Home Grown Nursery (Umm Suqeim and Al Safa 2)

What We Love

Two beautiful settings with a very distinct and much-loved ethos, Homegrown have long been a parent favourite and it is clear to see why. With eco-principles at the centre of their practice and green outdoor space a plenty, Homegrown provides a unique learning environment for children. Green materials and non-toxic resources come as standard here, as well recycling, planting and much more.

The nursey even has its own mascot, Pedro the Puerto Rican Parrot, who helps the children understand environmental issues while having fun. On top of the nursery's green values is the feel-good knowledge that the nursery supports street children in India through their charitable organisation ‘Harmony House’.

Kid's Island Nursery (Jumeirah 3)

What We Love

Kids Island has been operating for more than 30 years and has unusually been able to retain its original warmth and a unique style. Following what they call ‘The Inspire Approach’ alongside the EYFS framework, the nursery team provide a very personalised experience, aiming to know and cater to each family and child. The nursery is run by a passionate mother and daughter team who clearly care deeply about the special experiences the children are having.

The attention to detail in the outdoor areas in particular is quite incredible. Furniture, resources and interesting items are collected and curated rather than designed and installed here, creating very special spaces for young children to play and explore.

IDEA Early Learning Centre (Sports City)

What We Love

IDEA Early Learning Centre is set in a single-level purpose-built facility in the residential area of Victory Heights. The setting has a wonderful community aura about it and a friendly and welcoming team. IDEA ELC follows the US 'Creative Curriculum', providing an alternative to the more commonly utilised EYFS.

There is a considerable variety of active play areas available to the children, with an indoor soft play area, outdoor climbing frames and slides, an outdoor bike and tricycle space and a planting area. It is a well-resourced centre with a very capable team of early years educators.

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