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Jumeirah International Nursery JVT Review

The third and newest in the popular Fortes Education owned Jumeirah International Nurseries (JINS) group, JINS JVT is on the same campus as Sunmarke school in Jumeirah Village Triangle.
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Status
Open
Opening year
2016
School year
Sep to Aug
Principal
Nicola Hayday
Owner
Fortes Education
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities

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1.1km   •  All through school
1.8km   •  Primary school
2.3km   •  All through school
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Jumeirah International Nursery JVT

Jumeirah International Nursery JVT Review

School phase
Nursery
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
AED 50,000* help
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
2016
School year
Sep to Aug
Principal
Nicola Hayday
Owner
Fortes Education
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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First Published:
Sunday 26 November, 2017

Updated:
Monday 27 November, 2017

The third and newest in the popular Fortes Education owned Jumeirah International Nurseries (JINS) group, JINS JVT is on the same campus as Sunmarke school in Jumeirah Village Triangle.

This nursery is located actually on the same campus as Sunmarke School, although it is easily distinguished from the school by good signage.  We did however feel that the exterior could be made to feel more welcoming with some planting and trees. The entry to the nursery is via a CCTV monitored automatic gate.  On entering you head into a bright, open plan reception area.

We walked in to meet Nicola Hayday, its Nursery Manager. Nicola is South African born, Dubai raised and UK educated – a true expat!  She has a BSc in Psychology from Leeds University and has been affiliated with the JINS group for over ten years.  Nicola also holds a QCF Level 3 Diploma in Childcare, Learning and Development.

Nicola’s Mother runs a nursery in Wales and Nicola gained significant chunks of her experience there.  We really liked her up-to-date knowledge of Early Years best practice, and we enjoyed a wide ranging discussion about issues in the Early Years industry.  We also liked the fact that Nicola has worked her way up to manager, and felt that she had a real understanding of the challenges of her teaching team. 


Play areas

Links to Sunmarke School

Nicola was keen to tell us about how the links to Sunmarke worked and how she saw the benefits of an ‘all through’ education. (In theory, a child could attend the Sunmarke campus from 45 days to 18 years!)  

Firstly, the children in the nursery simply see the school and students every day.  When we visited the nursery’s indoor soft play area, we saw toddlers watching a group of FS students head to the school swimming pool for their PE lesson. It is highly unlikely that a child attending JINS JVT could feel unfamiliar with the school, making the transition to FS1 much easier for many.  Indeed, in their final term of nursery, children are taken regularly to visit the FS department of the school. 

On a practical note, families moving their children from the nursery to the school are able to take advantage of a number of discounts and benefits We can see how this approach will make the nursery and school a real cornerstone of the JVT community. 


Courtyard play area

In the Moment Planning 

JINS Sunmarke operates the English EYFS curriculum.  In addition, the team use ‘In the Moment Planning’ – a way of following the interests of the children as and when they arise.  It takes highly skilled practitioners to ensure that this way of educating is successful and we saw lots of evidence of this during our visit.  Nicola spoke warmly of her team and praised their efforts throughout our visit.

Parent Experience

As we began our tour of the nursery, we were able to spend a few minutes chatting to Paul, Dad to 16 week old baby boy, Elliot. 

Elliot had been born prematurely, so the right nursery was absolutely key for Paul and his wife to able to return to work in the knowledge that their little one was well cared for. 

Paul was so far delighted with his choice, saying that the staff were always highly attentive and on hand to offer advice and reassurance to the family.   He particularly liked that there is always a qualified nurse on site, plus twice weekly doctor’s visits.  Paul also felt that communication was very strong – he liked the app that the teacher’s use to communicate with parents throughout the day. 

Overall – Paul summed up his experience of the nursery by saying that there were ‘no drawbacks’ at all.

Facilities

Classrooms here are situated around a central courtyard area.  Although outdoors, the courtyard is enclosed and well shaded, with some areas having ceiling fans to help during the hottest months.  Again, we felt that the area could benefit from some greenery, and Nicola told us that plans were in place to do this. 

The play equipment was good quality and mostly wooden and we saw that the staff had decorated and themed the playhouse area as a beach hut and summer scene.    In addition, there are two indoor soft play areas, one for older and one for younger children, which can be used when the weather is hot. 

All of the classrooms had natural light, were well equipped and spacious.  Each room we visited had a range of different activities going on and we observed that children were choosing what they wanted to do.  In one room a highly engaged group were enjoying a lively story time, sat in a jungle themed play den.


Story time

Many of the classrooms have doors to an additional outdoor area on the perimeter of the building.  This area is currently unused but plans are underway to create a free-flow area for messy play and to extend time spent outdoors as much as possible. 

In the baby room there is a gated, carpeted area for crawlers and a separate area had been created for the two very youngest babies.  All of the babies in the room were being played with, fed or cuddled.  Next door is a sleeping room with labelled cots and there is a kitchen area for bottle and food prep.  Parents send in bedding from home which is returned weekly for laundering.  As we toured the nursery Nicola constantly referred to hygiene and cleaning protocols.  We felt that cleanliness was excellent throughout.


Ready for water play

Languages - Russian and more

In an effort to meet the needs and reflect the demographic of the local community, one of the classrooms here has been allocated as a Russian language class



This is optional for parents who want their child to learn Russian and children are taught using a very specific method which links touch and sound to simplify acquisition of what can be quite a challenging language.  The room is incredibly well equipped and has lots of Russian language books.  All children receive regular Arabic and French lessons. 

Teaching staff here have either a Cache Level 3 Diploma or a university degree in an appropriate field.  Each class has a Teacher and a minimum of two Teaching Assistants.  In the baby room, one Teaching Assistant is also a qualified nurse.  All staff who come into contact with children have paediatric first aid training. 

Staff to child ratios are as follows:

  • 45 days to 2 years – 1:3
  • 1 – 2 years – 1:4
  • 2 – 3 years – 1:5

Overall, we were really impressed by this new setting, the option for an ‘all through’ education and by Nicola and her enthusiastic team. 


One of the soft play areas

Fees

PER WEEK 07:30 - 08:00 08:00 - 13:00 08:00 - 14:00 08:00 - 15:00 08:00 - 16:00 08:00 - 17:00 08:00 - 18:00
3 Days AED 715 AED 10,600 AED 11,575 AED 12,120 AED 12,850 AED 13,225 AED 14,165
4 Days AED 855 AED 10,950 AED 12,120 AED 13,020 AED 13,650 AED 14,100 AED 15,225
5 Days AED 950 AED 11,600 AED 12,900 AED 13,900 AED 14,600 AED 15,100 AED 16,350

 

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