CreaKids Nursery is located within the lush family development that is The Sustainable City. The nursery caters for children aged 0-4 and offers the Norwegian early years curriculum, a very unusual choice for the UAE!
CreaKids Sustainable City is housed in a purpose built building in the heart of the Sustainable City development in Dubai. Part of a group of 3 nurseries, CreaKids also has branches in Al Barsha and Damac Hills.
The Sustainable City branch is led by Principal, Nicola Delaney. Working for Ms Delaney, there are nine fully qualified (to Cache* Level 3 or equivalent) nursery teachers, 18 assistant teachers (all of whom either hold a Cache qualification or a degree in Education from their home country). In addition, all members of staff are paediatric first aid trained.
[*Cache qualifications are qualifications awarded by the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education - the UK's leading provider of vocational qualifications for those working in the care and education sectors. Cache qualifications are divided into five different levels, ranging from Level 1 (entry level) to Level 5 (for experienced professionals).]
CreaKids place emphasis on training and skill development, with Ms Delaney commenting that,
“We do firmly believe in upskilling our tea, and supporting them with refresher courses as well as building on their existing qualifications. As part of our group, we have a team of Pedagogues that also support us with regular training opportunities. Six days are set aside each year, as minimum, for whole staff training”.
The nursery has an inclusive ethos, with two members of staff having Special Education Needs training. There is no additional charge to parents for SEN provision.
The nursery describes its curriculum as Norwegian, with their website offering a little more detail on what this entails.
The curriculum is described by the team as being “truly play based and child centred”. Certain personal attributes and characteristics have been given special emphasis through seven “playful” characters who the children get to know as part of their daily lives.
These characters are:
In addition, the nursery offers Arabic classes twice a week and, outside of Covid restrictions, a range of extra-curricular activities including Soccer Tots, Ballet, Multi Sports and Karate. Again, outside of Covid restrictions, the day-to-day curriculum is augmented by a variety of trips. In the past these have been to places such as X-Park Junior, the theatre and the Dubai Miracle Garden.
Class groups are by age; 0-1, 1-2, 2-3 and 3-4. At the time of writing, 31 nationalities are represented in the student body. Covid restrictions have meant some changes to class and ‘bubble’ sizes, but in more normal times a class would typically have 15 children at any one time. The total capacity of the nursery is a maximum of 180 children.
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