Private-Sector Holiday an Option for Nurseries

While Dubai schools must close for a full week over Eid, the KHDA have issued communication allowing Dubai nurseries to work around the needs of families.
Private-Sector Holiday an Option for Nurseries
By Susan Roberts
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While Dubai schools, as well as schools and nurseries in Abu Dhabi and in the northern Emirates, must close for a full week over Eid, the KHDA have issued communication allowing Dubai nurseries to work around the needs of families.

In communication provided to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, the KHDA wrote:

"Early childhood education centres in Dubai may adapt their operating hours during Eid in line with official holidays and the needs of their parent communities."

Employees of private sector companies across the UAE are expected to receive a 3-day Eid holiday, while schools and the public sector have received a directive to close for a full week. Dubai nurseries are alone in receiving this flexibility to align with the private sector, causing parents of nursery-age children to breathe a sigh of relief as other parents grapple to find childcare over these days. 

Unfortunately for parents, many nurseries had taken the decision to close for the full week before being made aware that they would have the option of aligning with the private sector holiday. This variance in parent and child holidays has created considerable frustration among working parents in general, however the discrepancy from nursery to nursery is likely to exacerbate these feelings for those struggling with childcare.

Kids First Group, whose 11 Dubai nurseries include Children’s Oasis Nursery, Odyssey Nurseries, Willow Nurseries, Redwood Montessori Nurseries and Redwood Center of Excellence, have taken the decision to open on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April, providing much needed support to working parents. Group HR Director, Diana Takieddine, told us:

“Considering the private sector is operating normally on Thursday and Friday over Eid, Kids First Group nurseries across Dubai have decided to remain open for those two days to support our working parents, who are approximately 70% of our families.”

British Orchard Nurseries, who have 18 private nurseries in Dubai, have taken the same decision. CEO and Founder, Vandana Gandhi told us:

“Customer service, going beyond for our parents and providing quality childcare has always been important to us at BON. We have many working mothers across our nurseries and we need to support them and the extended community.”

The flexibility of hours that nurseries can provide to families has long been a key consideration for working parents in the decision on whether to send their FS1/Pre-K and FS2/KG1 age children to a school or to a nursery. This further flexibility granted by the KHDA for nurseries in extended holiday periods such as Eid will likely further weigh in the favour of nurseries. 

Dubai-based Mother of two nursery-aged children, Danielle Clarke, told us:

"This is a huge relief and we really appreciate the wonderful ladies who look after our children at nursery, who will be working over these days. Our eldest will start school in September and managing over periods like this will be a challenge for us, as we both have quite hectic jobs that we struggle to take time off at short notice."

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