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Jumeirah International Nursery Downtown Review

The Jumeirah International Nurseries (JINS) group is owned by Fortes Education, who own and run the popular Regent International and Sunmarke schools. There are three nurseries in the group.
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Open
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Poppy Loughran
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Fortes Education
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A mix of nationalities
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A mix of nationalities

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Jumeirah International Nursery Downtown

Jumeirah International Nursery Downtown Review

School phase
Nursery
Availability 2018/19
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Availability 2019/20
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Annual fee average
AED 54,000* help
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Principal
Poppy Loughran
Owner
Fortes Education
Community
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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First Published:
Sunday 29 October, 2017

Updated:
Tuesday 21 November, 2017

The Jumeirah International Nurseries (JINS) group is owned by Fortes Education, who own and run the popular Regent International and Sunmarke schools. There are three nurseries in the group.

The Jumeirah International Nurseries (JINS) group is owned by Fortes Education, who own and run the popular Regent International and Sunmarke schools. There are three nurseries in the group.

We visited the Downtown branch on a busy early September morning to find out more about the group and life at a JINS nursery.

We begin our tour by meeting Poppy Loughran, Nursery Manager. Poppy has a genuine warmth and strikes us a natural Early Years leader – she is clearly highly organised and driven but also demonstrates a good connection with all of the children we encounter during our visit.

Poppy is British and began her Early Years career as a Room Leader and then Deputy Manager in a UK nursery. Her husband’s career brought her to Dubai where she has gained experience with Little Gems and the Bloom Management group where she was Operations Director. As Operations Director she was instrumental in the set-up of five new nurseries across Dubai and Sharjah. Keen to get back into a more hand on role, Poppy joined JINS a little over a year ago.

Poppy describes her move to Fortes and JINS as her ‘happiest career move yet’ and this is certainly evident in her enthusiasm for JINS Downtown. Poppy talks about a constant drive towards ‘positive education’ with life inside the classrooms focussed upon building confidence and independence from an early age.

Poppy likes to feel ‘in tune’ with her staff and spends lots of time each day ‘walking the floor’ to ensure that she is up to date with the goings on in every aspect of the nursery. Staff are encouraged to constantly share their ideas, which has recently resulted in some well received changes to the physical development free flow area that all of the classes share.

JINS Downtown follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Click here for a guide on how to assess whether EYFS is fit for your child.



EYFS sees staff primarily guiding three areas of child development: personal, social and emotional development, communication and language and physical development.

Children receive two language lessons per week – one Arabic and one French. Extra-curricular advanced language lessons are also available, at an extra charge.

Other ECA’s include football, gymnastics and ballet, all offered by an external provider during the afternoon session. Dance and the excitingly named ‘Cosmic Yoga!’ are embedded in the regular curriculum (and core hours).



This being a nursery housed in retail units of a large residential building, there is no outside space but teachers are able to take the children to play in outside grassy area (crossing a small service road) when the weather allows. In the hotter months there is a large indoor ‘discovery garden’ with climbing equipment, water and sand play and a soft play area.

Poppy is emphatic about the inclusion of children with additional needs at this nursery. One of their most experienced teachers acts as SENCO, and Poppy describes a slow and collaborative approach to identifying additional needs and working with children, parents and external professionals.

Classrooms are very large. None have external windows but light passes through the main play area and the classrooms have good lighting. We were impressed by how well equipped the rooms are and how thoughtfully the teachers have planned the space to support learning in each area of the curriculum. We especially liked how display boards are created to be a reflection of the progression of the children’s learning journey (as oppose to simply a place to hang completed work). This demonstrates a fundamental understanding and up to date interpretation of the EYFS and is in keep with international best practice.

Teachers here are a diverse group - coming from the UK, the Bahamas, Canada and India. The minimum level of qualification is Cache 3, although most supersede this. Teaching assistants tend to be Filipino and most have a B’Ed qualification. All staff have bi-annual first aid training.

We spend some time chatting to Philippa, who is a class teacher and curriculum lead (Nursery Co-ordinator). Philippa is from the Bahamas. She has been with JINS for four years and her own children attended the nursery. She is currently studying for a B’Ed with Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK. Philippa finds the management team at JINS very professional and feels that they have supported her professional development. Likewise she feels that the staff make a real commitment to the children, parent and to JINS. As a small improvement, she would like to see more natural resources in the classroom. She really feels that the nursery is a home away from home and that staff allow children to ‘follow their own path’.

After our visit we received some feedback from Noha, a mother of a two year old at the nursery. Noha had very supportive comments about the nursery but particulary highlighted how well the team have supported her son with the identification and management of Celiac disease. She feels that entire team from management to classroom staff have taken his condition on board and been a huge help to him and to the family.

Cleanliness is highlighted throughout our visit. Poppy tells us that hygiene is managed by the Head Teaching Assistant with oversight from herself. A rigorous cleaning schedule is adhered to and is visible to parents and staff alike.

Opening hours are supportive of working parents here, with care offered from 7am to 6pm.
Overall we felt this was a good quality setting where the EYFS is rigorously implemented by a professional and committed team.

 

Our View

What we loved

The professionalism and use of up to date best practice.

The large well equipped classrooms 

What could be improved

More natural resources, less primary colours in the decor 

 

Fees, JINS Downtown

Fees

 

Per Year Per Term
5 days per week (8am –13:00pm)
5 days per week (8am –15:00pm)
5 days per week (8am –17:00pm)
  49,026
55,056
58,632
13,250
15,400
16,800
4 days per week (8am –13:00pm)
4 days per week (8am –15:00pm)
4 days per week (8am –17:00pm)
  44,652
50,000
53,170
12,150
14,085
15,345
3 days per week (8am –13:00pm)
3 days per week (8am –15:00pm)
3 days per week (8am –17:00pm)
  39,655
44,000
46,557
10,850
12,465
13,515

Note: - aftercare in JINS Downtown is available till 7pm

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