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

Dubai nurseries may be closed, but at some point in the not too distant future they will reopen and ready themselves to care for our little ones again. The good news is that there are some great nurseries out there. These are our current top pick for you to explore...
12 of the Best Nurseries in Dubai - the Big List!
By Jenny Mollon
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With a not too distant reopening of the UAE's nurseries in mind, we thought we’d help interested parents to start to narrow down their nursery shortlist by creating this Big List of great nurseries in Dubai. All the nurseries we feature here have been visited by our Early Years specialist Editor and given the WSA seal of approval.

At the time of writing, it is still unclear when nurseries will reopen, but behind the scenes most are busy supporting their families with online learning and preparing for an eventual return to business.

There is something of a template developing around the world for what the logistics of school and nursery life will look like when reopening is eventually permitted. Having spoken to several Nursery Managers across Dubai, it’s clear that nurseries are learning from these global examples and preparing for a ‘new normal’. Although there is much still to learn about Covid-19, there does seem to be some consensus emerging in what that new normal might look like.

Smaller class sizes look likely in many nurseries as do practical measures such as increased hygiene and the wearing of masks for staff. Staff are likely to be discouraged from mingling with one another in common areas such as staff rooms and it may even be that nurseries are segmented into zones to prevent any possible cross infection.

Time will tell what the future holds for Early Years education, but it is clear that the UAE industry is using this time of closures to get ahead of the game.

A note of our average fee calculations for nurseries. Unlike schools, most nurseries now open all year round. For that reason, we have calculated an average fee for full time (45 hours per week) of care. For most nurseries, there are many attendance and fee options available and we advise you to speak to each individual nursery to determine what will work for you and your child.


Future International Nursery, Al Warqaa

What We Love

There is a lot to love about this purpose built, bilingual (English/Arabic) nursery in Al Warqaa. From the sweet little swimming pool, surrounded by giant toadstools (which are, in fact, the swim facility changing rooms!) to the huge outdoor and indoor play areas and spacious classrooms. What impressed us most however, was the incredible leadership and team and the huge investments that were obviously being made into the development of the team.  Recommended.

Child’s Play Nursery, Al Manara

What We Love

Child’s Play Nursery is owned and operated by the Kings’ Education group, which in turn operates the highly regarded, Dubai stalwart schools Kings’ School Dubai, Kings’ School Al Barsha and Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba. Child’s Play Nursery boasts close working relationships with the group of sister schools and is run by a highly experienced and knowledgeable manager, Aurore Robinot.

Average Fee: AED 29,000

Dovecote Nursery, Foremarke School Campus

What We Love

Dovecote Nursery is owned by Evolvence Knowledge Investments, who also own and operate Repton DubaiRepton Abu Dhabi alongside Foremarke School and Dovecote.  The nursery opened in it's original Jumeirah location in 2012.  In 2020, the team moved to new premises within the Foremarke campus.  The nursery has retained all of it's staff for the past 6 years, in itself something of a record by Dubai standards!

Average Fee: 42,000

The Wonders Years Nursery, branches in Dubai Sports City and Remraam

What We Love

The Wonder Years Nursery is owned and operated by Interstar Advisory Services DMCC which also operates Victory Heights Primary School, South View School and Delhi Private School. The nurseries benefit from close relationships and support from the Early Years leadership at the schools and on our visits, we learnt that in both nurseries strong relationships form the basis of their practice and curriculum. 

Average Fee: AED 40,000

IDEA Early Learning Center, Dubai Sports City

What We Love

Parents should note the distinction between a nursery and an Early Learning Center such as IDEA ELC. An Early Learning Centre is licensed by the KHDA (as oppose to the Ministry of Education, which licenses nurseries) and are able to accommodate children up to 6 years of age. This option is often appealing to families who feel their child will benefit from delaying their start at ‘big school’ or to families in Dubai for just a short period of time and who may wish to keep young siblings together. Whatever the reason, IDEA Early Learning Center offers a high standard of Early Years education in a well-resourced, purpose built building.

Average Fee: AED 35,000

Kangaroo Kids Nursery, Al Safa

What We Love

Kangaroo Kids Nursery sits on a quiet residential street in Al Safa. The nursery is led by Lisa Sherrington-Boyd, a highly experienced Early Years leader with great warmth, commitment and an obvious passion for her profession. The nursery is housed in a repurposed residential villa and benefits from a huge, green garden with cleverly thought out areas such as a sensory trail, mini amphitheatre as well as a swimming pool.

Average Fee: AED 43,500

Creative Nest Nursery

What We Love

Creative Nest Nursery has to be one of the most beautiful nurseries we have ever visited. Good design is not limited to aesthetics here however, with a whole host of incredible facilities on offer to children, including a STEM lab, kitchen, splash pad, organic garden and huge, well equipped indoor and outdoor play areas. Islamic learning is interwoven with the curriculum and the Arabic provision is a standout features.

Average Fee: AED 20,000

Little Land Nursery, Umm Suqeim

What We Love

Offering both the English EYFS and Montessori provision (in separate rooms) Little Land Nursery is one of the longest standing nurseries in the UAE. Run by the very hands on and passionate owner, Siog Moore, the nursery has great warmth and a surety to its principles and ethos that some newer establishments might lack. Classrooms are very large, light and bright and the outside areas are outstanding. 

Average Fee: AED 38,000

Paddington Nursery, Jumeirah Lake Towers

What We Love

Paddington Nursery is a hidden gem in among the sky rise buildings of Jumeirah Lake Towers. Led by knowledgeable and highly experienced manager, Laura Barton-Toyne, the nursery has been cleverly designed to make best use of the ground floor unit in JLT Cluster P. The nursery only has a small patch of outdoor space, but staff are able to take children to a nearby green and shaded play area.

Average Fee: AED 35,000

Kids Island Nursery, Jumeirah

What We Love

Kids Island Nursery is a family affair run by a mother/daughter team. Opened in 1981, the nursery is fast approaching its 30th year in operation. 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.

Average Fee: Kids Island Nursery closes at 2pm each day, making a ‘full time’ care comparable irrelevant. For 32.5 hours per week, the nursery charges AED 15,400.

The Aga Khan Early Learning Centre

What We Love

The Aga Khan Early Learning Centre was the winner of the Best Nursery Award at the 2018 Schoolscompared.com Top School Awards. And rightly so. Housed in stunningly beautiful Arabic style buildings in Oud Metha, the highly qualified team offer outstanding care and Early Years education. Operated by the Aga Khan Foundation philanthropic organisation, the nursery was created to be a beacon of best practice in Early Years education in the region.

Average Fee: 38,000

Home Grown Nursery, Branches in Al Safa and Umm Suqeim

What We Love

These two beautifully designed eco-nurseries have woven green principles with the English EYFS curriculum. Children of the very youngest ages are encouraged to grow their own plants and vegetables in the nursery’s organic vegetable patch. The nursery uses nearly all recycled materials for art and written works, toys are non-toxic and all green cleaning materials are used to maintain hygiene.

Average Fee: AED 51,000

Children’s Oasis Nursery

Children’s Oasis Nursery was a Top 10 Finalist in the Best Nursery category of the Schoolscompared.com. This a nursery with incredible attention to detail and a focus on well qualified staff. Unusually, each classroom has two qualified teachers and a qualified assistant. The nursery offers one Spanish language ‘immersion’ classroom and has fantastic facilities both indoor and out.

Average Fee: AED 50,000

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