Kids Island Nursery is a private nursery for children aged between 3 months to 3 years of age located in Jumeirah 3, Dubai.
The nursery was established in 1991 by Isabelle Amatoury and caters to children from a variety of nationalities, with many children coming from French backgrounds.
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The nursery primarily follows a British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum with an emphasis on creating environments that enable children to learn via play and investigation, establishing positive relationships with parents and children as well as learning and development. Kids Island Nursery covers a number of topics and activities which are designed to engage students in learning, including junior chef, music and singing, arts and crafts and role-playing.
The nursery also has a number of facilities including brightly coloured classrooms an outdoor play area, book and audio library, sand and water play areas and an indoor gym.
Fees are estimated to be between 15,000 AED to 21,000 AED per year, depending on the number of days per week the child is enrolled for. Attendance can range from between 3, 4, or 5 days per week.
Arrived 10.30 am. Kid's Island is a well-established nursery headed by Isabelle Amatoury, a French national. A villa style nursery with secure gate opening system (code). As WSA consultant entered she was met by a smiling class assistant wearing a white uniform and was escorted through a play area where small tots were happily climbing on soft-play to the office.
She was greeted by Irene Lelou, deputy headmistress who was very welcoming, friendly and professional. She offered to take our consultant on an impromptu tour and was very enthusiastic throughout describing Kid's Island as 'a unique school'. She spoke of the nursery as 'a place for the community' and was very specific about the aims of nursery education - 'you deal with the complete future of the child not just for the limited time they are with you'. She said she knows all the children's names as well as the parent's first names and can remember these over the past five years. She spoke about the need for a nursery to support families in many areas as the wider direct family support is not available to many expat parents. She was proud to say that Kid's Island was the first Dubai nurseries to receive accreditation.
There are 13 pupils per class with one teacher and two helpers. The atmosphere was lively, fun and the surroundings were colourful. The youngest children were clearly having fun climbing on cushions, giggling and secure with the adults around them.
Our consultant was shown into a class with some older children who were busy with creative activities. The class was set up with various play-stations where children worked in small groups and they were moved from one to another.
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