United Arab Emirates / Dubai / Al Barsha / Seashells Nursery

Seashells Nursery Q & A

Seashells Nursery is a long established centre based in Al Barsha 2. The Nursery was founded in 2006 and offers a curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage for children from Walking (under 2) to 4 years of age, incorporating FS1/pre-KG.
At a glance
School phase
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
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Availability 2021/22
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Annual fee average
AED 37,000
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Mrs. Zeina Ghantous
Zeina Ghantous
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Welcome to the Seashells Nursery official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

Our eight different outside areas are magical. We encourage the children to explore and learn in the natural world. We are not only a nursery school, but also an extended family; where parents, children and staff members work as a unit.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

We have about 30 different nationalities currently attending the nursery.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Majority of the children are American and British.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Ratio's vary based on the ages of the children. Our under 2's classes have a 1:3 ration. Our 2-3's classes have a 1:5 ratio and our FS1 classes have a 1:8 ratio.

Does your school have a waiting list?

Some classes may have waiting lists.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

We follow the EYFS curriculum, so a play based approached is used. Certain activities may be teacher directed, while others may be child centered.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

Each one of our eight different outside areas encourages physical development, whether it be exploring the tricycles, climbing frames, pirate ship role play ship, or even climbing the trees. We have balancing logs, slides, ramps, and so much more! We also have a large gym, for the children to have fun using tunnels, balls and gymnastic equipment. We love dancing too.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

The children learn the fundamentals on how to wash hands efficiently, how to clean up and the importance of physical activity and a balanced lifestyle. We encourage healthy eating and explain why it is important to eat healthy food.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Healthy eating begins with the parents. We educate the parents on items they can bring into the nursery to promote each child's health. We ensure the food is cut safely and allergies in the class are taken into consideration. We always carry the children's water bottles to each area, so they are easily accessible throughout the day.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?


If yes, does it serve hot food?


What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?


What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

Our core hours is 8 am until 12:30 pm. We do offer an early bird class starting at 7:30 am and a late (coral club) class ending at 2 pm.

Is there a school uniform?


Please advise on your discipline policy?

We believe in positive discipline. Positive School Discipline is a comprehensive approach that uses discipline to teach rather than punish and, as a result, helps children succeed and thrive in life.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

Parents are encouraged to speak to the teachers daily regarding their child's progress. A variety of observations, reports and learning journey portfolio's are used to track each child's progress over the year and these are shared with the parents termly.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

More formal feedback in written / meeting form is to be discussed termly.

What is your medium of instruction?

Seashells Nursery is an EYFS nursery, where English is our language medium.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

No. We do offer Arabic as an extra-curricular activity in the afternoons.

Which other languages are taught?

We do offer Arabic as an extra-curricular activity in the afternoons.

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Absolutely. Many children join us with English being the second, or even third language and they settle in very well. Children learn through imitation and non-verbal instructions, as well as a spoken language.

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?


Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?


Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of your current Value Added average scores


If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?


Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?


How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Gifted and talented students are recognised and special activities are designed to promote their talent.

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?


Do you have a learning support team in your school?


Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

We encourage integrated learning to children with learning differences where we can.

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?


Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?


Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?


Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?


Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?


Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?


Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

We do organise play dates in the park, cultural days and concerts and other special events in the nursery, where parents can meet and support each other.

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