The JWI Test What does WSA discover when it Just Walks In...? Friendliness/Warmth: A- Able to provide information: A Availability of Registrar: B Overall: A This nursery is located directly opposite Kings' Dubai, in Umm Suqeim 3, along a dirt track. It is not easy to see as it is hidden by a rather large new building. The nursery occupies two sizeable villas. Access to them is through a gate where visitors have to check in with a courteous security guard. Despite the rather dusty environment beyond the perimeter walls, the first impression of the outside of the nursery is of its spacious, attractive outdoor areas. Complete with attractive painted murals of a cityscape on one side and space on the other side. There is a large yellow, concrete hillock on one side, with a tunnel through it, which is something little children would love. There is a garden to one side cultivated and in part looked after by the children. Plants in large lorry-tyre plant “pots” can also be seen. At the time of the visit children were splashing about in the shallow, long pool to the left of the main entrance, joined by their teacher and supervised by an additional adult. The four showers sprinkling water into the air looked like great fun on this hot day and the delighted squeals proved that. Indoors, the two villas are joined together, but the classes for the younger children are all in one building, whereas those for the older ones are in the adjacent building. Communal areas, such as the large in-door gym complete with climbing equipment and soft floor, are shared. There is an enormous pink role-play palace, and a puppet theatre. The nursery is decorated in warm colours, tastefully chosen. The nursery currently has around 100 children registered, in 7 groups, ranging in age from 4 months to 4 years plus. The class sizes are reasonable, with approximately 17 per class for the older children, but a maximum of 5 for babies. The children can attend from 7.30am to 6pm, with the majority attending the 7.30am to 1pm slot. Kiddy Planet Nursery follows the EYFS curriculum. Both staff and children are from a range of countries, many of them expatriate Arabs. It has a sister school with the same name in Al Quoz. The walls are decorated with children’s art – some displayed on low-placed boards so that the children can admire their own work. Tables in the classes are often round or kidney-shaped wooden ones, making bumping accidents very unlikely. Arabic lessons are offered four times each week with a part of each lesson dedicated to Islamic studies. Once a week an outside provider gives sports lessons to the children, where they practice various physical skills – such as ball skills – to help and enhance their physical development. At present the nursery does not offer food on the premises, but this is being planned for the coming academic year on an optional basis. There are many nurseries in the Umm Suqeim area, but Kiddy Planet Nursery is certainly one to look at.
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