Golden Beach Nursery is a nursery for children between the ages of 6 months to 4 years of age located in Umm Suqeim, Dubai. Classes are split into three age groups, 6 to 18 months, 18 months to two and a half years, and two and a half years and up. Classes are taught in both English and Arabic and follow the English Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Facilities of the nursery include a children’s library, art and craft room, sleeping room, music room, paint room, kitchen and dining area with healthy, hygienic meals and snacks served daily. The nursery also includes a large outdoor play area, indoor play room, outdoor sandpit, pool and outdoor garden. The nursery also comes equipped with a full time in-house certified nurse. The nursery is open to enrollments between 2 to 5 days per week. Nursery fees range between 24,500 to 35,000 AED per year (depending on the amount of days your child is enrolled per week). The buzz New Dubai residents love the central location of the school, good quality care, and the fresh food prepared on site. However, chatter among some parents is that teachers seem to change too frequently. The JWI Test What does WSA discover when it Just Walks In... The nursery is set within a sandy beige coloured villa with a blue painted extension. There’s an enormous outdoor play area within a high walled complex which is secure. There is plenty of outdoor play equipment – a veritable wealth of same including a trampoline under a sail awning with many pretty, well-established trees. The classrooms, although a little dark, had large windows some opening as French doors to the outside. There was an impressive indoor gym with its own ball-pit and slide just like some of the soft play areas in the shopping malls around Dubai. There was a lovely snakes and ladders game painted on the ground as well as large alphabet and number charts. There was lots of colourful artwork, ample play equipment giving the children a great choice of activities. From some of our observations we sensed that there were good child-teacher relationships. The staff seemed to be very international and highly qualified. There are 15-20 children in each class with a broad range of nationalities. They recruit staff locally and their staff retention rate is, they say, very high. The parent teacher association is very involved and there is a regular set of events. There is also a facility to host coffee for parents in reception which gave a welcoming feel. The school monitors student progress with a report books and parents evenings. IT is available but not encouraged in the classrooms. The nursery has an exciting curriculum with music, art, yoga, gym, ballet French, Arabic, karate available with plenty of books on hand in each classroom. The school does teach Arabic and offers the opportunity to take Islamic studies. There is a bus service but children come from several main areas – TECOM, the Marina, the Greens, JLT and The Palm. They have never refused a pupil with any emotional or learning difficulties but they have no specialists on hand. The school keeps parents up-to-date with communication notebooks and they report all details. Teachers do have an opportunity for professional development as they work at the nursery. Most of the children move on to schools such as Raffles, Wellington, Horizon, Regent Star and DAA. Our overall impression is that this is a very good nursery, attractive and with a welcoming atmosphere.
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