Jebel Ali Village Nursery Arabian Ranches is a private nursery for children from six weeks to four years of age is located in The Arabian Ranches, Dubai. Opened in 2008, the nursery is also known as the Polo Club nursery.
The nursery is one of six owned and managed by the Jebel Ali Village Nurseries group. Its first school opened in 1977.
The group as a whole employs mainly British and European trained teachers and claims a low child to teacher ratio. Strong teacher parent relationships are also said to be encouraged.
Jebel Ali Village Nurseries follow a British, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Music and movement are also used to teach and encourage language and listening skills through rhythm, singing and playing instruments.
Located on the grounds of the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, the nursery is surrounded by large green polo fields, horses and birds, the perfect location for nature walks. The Arabian Ranches branch also has an art room and a large outdoor shaded play area.
Fees are approximately 33,300 AED per year, depending on how many days per week the child is enrolled (not including any additional fees).
The school is open from 8am to 5:30 pm Sundays through Thursday.
The nursery offers flexible hours to help meet the needs of each parent.
Small classroom sizes have put off some visitors to the school, however most parents report that in practice this matters little, with very happy young students, great teachers and support, good use of the outdoor space, and a very good learning environment. Most parents we spoke to seemed very happy indeed with their choice.
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Children are regularly fed chocolate, oreo cookies and gummy bears as classroom activities. There seems to be an 'anything goes' attitude. Children are spoken down to. Not a very healthy environment for children.
At first visit to Jebel Ali Village Nursery in Arabian Ranches we were told that the school has a strict TV policy, maximum 15 mins a week, and only educational shows. Since when is 3 - 4 times a week watching Dora the Explorer or Tom and Jerry 15 mins a week? When raised to the Principal we were given a bemused look and told maybe teachers were off sick so we had to blend classes.
Not to mention that each week treats in the form of sugar were given to my 2 year old, again when questioned the response was oh it was probably someones birthday... just today a sugar cone with marshmallow and candy was given to the class... the cone was bigger than a standard sized one from Baskin Robbins.