Jumeirah International Nurseries (JINS) group is owned by Fortes Education, who own and run the popular Regent International and Sunmarke schools. There are now nine nurseries/ECCs in the group
JINS Early Childhood Centre is owned by Fortes Education, also owners of Regent International School and Sunmarke School. With over 40 years of experience, Jumeirah International Nurseries is one of the most established and trusted nursery groups in Dubai. Other locations include JINS JVT, Al Safa, The Greens, Downtown, Ghoroob, Villanova, Ibn Battuta and Palm Jumeirah.
JINS Early Childhood Centre JBR opened in December 2022 and is conveniently located on the mezzanine level of Rimal 1, a populous residential building in Jumeirah Beach Residences.
The nursery is led by Head of Early Years, Laura Partanen, who has extensive experience working in nurseries and early years education, across the UK, Finland and UAE, and has held leaderships roles in the JINS group for the past five years, having moved from JINS Al Safa. Ms Partanen holds a Bachelors in Education, and clearly has a wealth of knowledge on early childhood. She also has a very compassionate and 'human' approach that will likely be a comfort to parents feeling anxious as they explore nursery options for their children.
Our reviewer visited the centre, shortly before its opening, and felt Ms Partenan and her team's huge levels of excitement and passion for this new early childhood centre. She explained that although she has worked in early years leadership for around 15 years, this is the first centre she will lead from inception, an opportunity she relishes.
JINS Early Childhood Centre JBR caters to children aged between 45 days to 6 years. The team have gone to considerable effort to support the many Russian speaking families who have relocated to this residential area in recent months, and have hired a bilingual Russian/English speaking registrar to ensure ease of communication, in addition to providing Russian language classes at the nursery.
JINS Early Childhood Centre JBR uses the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework with principles of the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and the Curiosity Approach up until FS2/KG1. For the centre's eldest children (Year 1/KG2), the centre has adopted the International Preschool Curriculum (IPC).
Catering to children in Year 1/KG2 is unusual in a Dubai ECC. While Dubai's education regulator, the KHDA, has enabled ECCs to cater to this age group since 2020 (provided they have the required qualified staff, resources and a strong curriculum in place), few ECCs have taken the leap and done so. JINS Early Childhood Centre JBR provides a great alternative option for families who are not eager for their children to attend a larger school setting at a young age, and for those seeking a convenient location in a residential community.
JINS is a project-based learning environment where children play a very important and active role in constructing their own learning. The projects which the children work on throughout the year are inspired by the questions which they ask their teachers, the thoughts and ideas they share with each other and the many interests that they display throughout their day at nursery. Long-term projects connect core academic areas in and out of the classrooms.
While the centre uses the English language, children also receive Arabic and French language lessons weekly, with an optional Russian Language Kids Club for children up to age 6, that aims to enhance and build the Russian mother-tongue language.
JINS JBR aims to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to engage in the curriculum and routines. As such, the nursery team develops practices to ensure that all children who have a special educational need are identified, assessed and the curriculum is differentiated to meet individual needs. This SEN provision is free of cost.
While not at all apparent from the outside of this early childhood centre, JINS JBR is really quite expansive and impressive. While located in a commercial unit within a residential tower, the space has been purposefully designed with a clear vision and style. Rooms are spacious and well resourced, using natural materials throughout, and have been expertly designed. Some of the centre's shared play spaces provide a real 'wow' for children, with large multi floor play houses and climbing equipment.
While outdoor space is somewhat limited, it is well utilised, with an inviting mud kitchen, tunnels and climbing equipment and space for open ended loose parts play.
JINS JBR uses the 'learning pod' model, which is now fairly tried and tested in the group's Ghoroob and Villanova nurseries. While children will be grouped together according to their age groups, with consistent teachers and assistants, they will not be classroom-based.
This innovative approach to utilising space divides the setting into ‘learning pods’ rather than traditional classrooms. These learning pods are themed and named according to the areas of learning and development that the space caters to supporting: the ‘Wellbeing Pod’, ‘Adventure Pod’, ‘Communication Pod’, ‘Wisdom Pod’, ‘Number Pod’, ‘Innovation Pod’ and ‘Creative Pod’. Each class of children moves from pod to pod, with 45-minute sessions in each environment, throughout the morning. This provides considerably more variety to children in terms of learning spaces and resources.
Ms Partnenan explained that JINS JBR has benefitted from the learning of JINS Ghoroob and Villanova, and developed the pod model accordingly. Each class will have a 'base' pod, where they begin each day and settle in, in order to promote feelings of security and comfort, and the scheduled use of pods will only begin when children are sufficiently settled into nursery life. The setting has also been divided into two sections, for older and younger age groups (over 3s and under 3s), allowing for pod resources to be suitable for the needs of each age group.
In our view there are potential pros and cons to this approach. The number of transitions in a morning may be troublesome for some children emotionally (although will provide considerable excitement and engagement for others). The flow of children's learning also has the potential to be disrupted with these movements, although scheduling in many more standard nurseries can equally have this effect.
On both of these points however, if this is expertly handled, with some allowance for flexibility to ensure children’s individual needs are met, it could significantly enhance the children’s learning and development experiences.
The team at JINS JBR all have either a Cache Level 3 diploma in early years education and care, or a Bachelor’s in Education, PGCE or PGCEi. Educators in the JINS group also benefit from access to a range of professional development and training opportunities, utilising expertise from within Sunmarke School and Regent International School, as well as from the highly qualified JINS leadership team.
|Class name||Age range||Adult to child ratio|
|Little Learners||45 days – 12 months||1:3|
|Curious Beginners||12 months – 17 months||1:3|
|Inquisitive Adventurers||18 months – 2 years||1:5|
|Confident Explorers||2-3 years||1:6|
|Active Discoverers||3-4 years||1:8|
|Creative Achievers||4-6 years||1:12|
The nursery offers an early class from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, a morning programme from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and an afternoon programme: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm and children may attend over three, four or five days from Monday to Friday.
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