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Jumeirah International Nursery Ghoroob Review

Jumeirah International Nurseries (JINS) group is owned by Fortes Education, who own and run the popular Regent International and Sunmarke schools. There are nine nurseries in the group.
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School type
International
School phase
Nursery
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2022/23
Availability 2023/24
Status
Open
Opening year
2022
School year
Aug to Jul
Owner
Fortes Education
Community

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Jumeirah International Nursery Ghoroob
School type
International
School phase
Nursery
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2022/23
Availability 2023/24
Status
Open
Opening year
2022
School year
Aug to Jul
Owner
Fortes Education
Community
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Jumeirah International Nurseries (JINS) group is owned by Fortes Education, who own and run the popular Regent International and Sunmarke schools. There are nine nurseries in the group.

The story so far...

Jumeirah International Nursery School (JINS) Ghoorob is the fifth branch of the nursery group which is owned and managed by Fortes Education, owners of Regent International School and Sunmarke School.  The group has been operating in the UAE since 1981 and is one of the most established and trusted nurseries in Dubai.

Amira Salem is the Head of Early Years at JINS Ghoroob. She shared with us that she has more than twelve years experience in early childhood education, much of which has been in Dubai. She holds a postgraduate qualification in Education. Ms Salem is fluent in both English and Arabic, something that is likely greatly appreciated in this particular community. Our reviewer was impressed by the depth of understanding and compassion for parents Ms Salem demonstrated while talking about her role; as a mother herself, she is clearly able to connect with families and provide ample support.

What about the curriculum?

JINS Ghoroob uses England’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, a popular choice in UAE nurseries. EYFS focuses on the development of seven core areas: communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. 

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An imaginative play corner, using real kitchen utensils

This nursery has also taken influences from the Reggio Emilia approach, incorporating natural materials and using ‘real’ objects to support the developing independence of the children, as well the Curiosity Approach. 

What about the facilities?

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Part of the nursery's outdoor play space

JINS Ghoroob is a nursery that makes careful use of its space and in doing so, is able to provide a wide range of learning and development experiences for its children. Facilities, while not vast, are unusual and beautifully designed, and are likely to create a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in children visiting the setting for the first time. 

Interestingly, this nursery has been a pioneer in the JINS group in the way it utilises space, which significantly influences the daily experiences for the children. The nursery is made up of seven ‘learning pods’, which have been 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’. Rather than having a classroom ‘base’ for each group of children, each class of children moves from pod to pod with the same teacher and assistants, with 50 minute sessions in each environment, throughout the morning.

In our view there are potential pros and cons to this approach. The regular transitions may affect the engagement of children in activities, particularly as JINS favours the child-led ‘in-the-moment’ approach. These transitions may also prove challenging initially for younger children settling in to nursery life for the first time. 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 truth of the matter is that many early years settings needlessly timetable activities, whether this involves a transition from one space to another. JINS Ghoroob is at least balancing this with child-led provision within these ‘pod’ sessions. 

In addition to the nursery’s seven learning pods, and a dedicated ‘baby pod’, the nursery also offers spacious and attractive indoor and outdoor play areas, including planting stations, climbing equipment and water play. Our reviewer was particularly inspired by the outdoor play space in this nursery.

What about the timings?

The nursery offers flexible programmes and wraparound care from 7 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday.  These include 3, 4 or 5 day options for mornings, afternoons and full days.

What about the fees?

Fees vary dependent on the number of days (three, four or five) and the hours that the child attends. The lowest termly fee level is for three days between 8am and 1pm which is AED 11,290.  A full day (from 8am to 6pm) is  AED 14,790. For an additional AED 700, the child may start an hour earlier, at 7am. 

For families needing full-time care from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, the fee is AED 17, 290, with an early start option at 7am available for a further AED 700. Fees for children doing a half day (from 8am to 1pm) will be charged to parents at AED 12,290. 

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