Kids Palace Nursery is a private co-educational nursery located in Umm Suqeim, Dubai.
Established in September 2005 by its Principal Sara Afshar, Kids Palace Nursery caters to children from a wide range of backgrounds aged between 14 months to 4 years of age.
The nursery follows an "active learning program" designed to create a balance between fun and learning. The curriculum is based on the UK's Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and an active learning approach which is used to encourage children to become confident, responsible, successful learners.
Each of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework key areas of learning and development (Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Problem Solving and Reasoning; Knowledge and Understand of the World; Physical Development; and Creative Development) are taught through a range of activities including art, singing, dancing and story-telling. Children are also offered Arabic and French classes which help them to gain extra opportunities for learning.
Facilities of the nursery include both indoor and outdoor play areas which have been specifically tailored to stimulate interest, sensory perception and creativity in children by allowing them to play and interact in activities which will enhance their everyday fine motor skills, gross motor skills and intellectual development.
Also included in the nursery is a water play area used during autumn and spring, a sandpit area, library, sleeping area and dining area.
School starts at 7.30 am and children can arrive from this time until 9am. Activities start from 8 am. The nursery day finishes at 12.30 pm. Afternoon class runs till 3 pm and late class until 6 pm.
Fees are not published by the nursery.
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The nursery is housed in a beautiful white villa with a high wall and ample parking. The exterior is impressive with the symbol of a palace. You are aware that there is cctv so it is well-secured. There is a huge sail awning to allow shady, outdoor play and a great football pitch for outdoor play. The overall impression is of a nursery that’s wonderfully bright and colourful.
All the equipment and play materials appear to be extremely well organized and new. Pretty murals decorate the walls. Outside there is a really exciting driving track with a road layout and petrol station for kids to whizz around on bikes and scooters. There’s a lovely pool for water play with soft rounded sides for extra safety.
The nursery actually houses a dance studio with disco lights and mirrors.
There are 17 children in each class with one teacher and another three adult helpers. There are many different nationalities in the nursery and a specialist French section. The staff are mainly British/European and are recruited mostly locally. Some have been there more than five years. It’s a popular nursery so there is a waiting list. There’s an active parent teacher’s association with coffee mornings and lots of other events such as Dubai Cares, international days, National Day and other charitable events.
The nursery has a specialist psychologist who can help with any behavioural issues. The school monitors student’s progress sending weekly communications supported by regular parents meetings. Each individual child has a portfolio book. There is a specialists ICT room and each child will have two sessions a week there. Music, art and sport all form an important part of the curriculum with specialists coming in to teach drums, dance, sports and swimming.
The school teaches Arabic and it is part of the day to day engagement for even the smallest children. Those attending the nursery appear to come from all parts of Dubai and they do provide a bus service. Parents are kept informed of any news via the school’s website and facebook page. The children move from the nursery to a very varied range of schools embracing all of the major curricula.
It is a huge nursery and our overall impression is that it is excellent, bright with extremely well maintained facilities and a young staff who seem really progressive.
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