19th April 2017

Dubai Nursery Spotlight: Toddler Town Jumeirah

18034693_10158589945450607_872174627_nThis month’s nursery spotlight is all about Toddler Town Jumeirah – and when I was invited in, I was already expecting good things as this is a nursery close to my heart. After all, my son Stanley was a pupil at the JBR branch for two years when he was a toddler – and the day he left, I was the one in floods of tears in the car park. I loved the warmth of the nursery and the fact it felt like a big family – but I also loved the facilities, extra-curricular activities, and the excellence of the teaching staff.

With this second branch now in Jumeirah boasting impressive amounts of space, I knew I was going to like what I saw. And I wasn’t wrong. Here’s the low-down on what they are offering, split down into sections. And if you like what you see, the link to the nursery website is at the bottom of the page.

The Location

Toddler Town Jumeirah is located in Umm Suqeim, just off Al Wasl Road. It’s very close to Al Manara Road – just around the corner from Safa Park 2 and Splash & Party, if you are aware of their locations. It would take a matter of minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road, making it a convenient spot for those on the morning commute – and is located close to a number of top schools in Dubai, if your little one has siblings attending.

It’s a quiet road, with plenty of parking outside the nursery.

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Important Details

The nursery takes babies from 4 months old, right up to FS1.

You can pick the most convenient hours, right from 7.30am to 6pm – and there is a dedicated baby unit to care for the littlest pupils.

If your little one sleeps during these hours, there also several different rooms for them to sleep.

The nursery offers discounts for UAE Nationals, Siblings, and those that pay the year’s fees up front.

There is CCTV throughout the nursery – and parents will be given an individual log-in to be able to keep an eye on their child throughout the day.

There are options for catered lunches, delivered daily to the nursery by a UAE company.

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Facilities

The nursery is located in a large, spacious white villa. The inside seems extremely large and airy (plus notably bright and clean) – and the outside areas are just as vast, with further indoor classrooms dotted around the outside. It’s an impressive facility, with huge amounts of space for your little ones to grow and learn.

Inside, you will find wonderfully clean, spacious and colourful classrooms, alongside a library, IT area, two soft play areas, a role play room, an amazing sensory room, a cookery and music room, and an indoor climbing wall.

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Outside, there is two swimming pools, a water play area, a car track, an outdoor play area, a gardening patch, and a sand pit and sand play facilities.

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In fact, the nursery puts so much emphasis on a rounded education for the kids, that they employ a swimming teacher, dance teacher, an Arabic teacher and a French teacher full-time, visiting each class in rotation.

There’s a separate baby unit too (from 4 months old), complete with their own classrooms, sleeping room, and soft play facilities – and see how happy those babies were in that lovely facility, I would have no hesitations about trusting them with Mabel if I had a full-time job.

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General Overview

Kids at this nursery really are very lucky – and I’ve seen first-hand how happy children can be at Toddler Town. Stanley loved going into nursery every day – and he excelled both academically and socially at the JBR branch. With the same quality of teaching at the Jumeirah branch, coupled with facilities that really are first-rate, I can imagine the children flourishing very quickly.

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For that reason, it really doesn’t surprise me that Toddler Town Jumeirah won ‘Nursery of the Year’ at the Mother, Baby and Child Awards in 2016.

It’s a warm, friendly, and really very impressive nursery – and I urge you to take a tour and check it out yourself.

Get in touch for more information – http://www.toddlertown.ae/ or call 04 362 4550 to arrange a tour.

 

In collaboration with Toddler Town Jumeirah

 

 



16th March 2017

Dubai Nursery Spotlight: Little Champions Nursery

17199180_10158383629575607_88996725_nI have lost count of the times I have been asked to recommend nurseries in Dubai – and the truth is that my knowledge is very minimal, based on the areas I have lived and the facilities my own children have attended. So I’ve decided to start visiting, photographing, and recommending a series of nurseries around the city so I am better equipped to make recommendations in the future – and that starts today with Little Champions Nursery, located in Jumeirah 1. This nursery will suit you if you live or work in Jumeirah or Umm Suqeim, DIFC, Downtown, Business Bay – or any of the surrounding areas.

In the post below, you will find sub-headings for location, important details, facilities, home cooked meals, and general overview – so feel free to scroll down to the sections that interest you. There is a link to the nursery’s website at the bottom of the page.

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The Location

Little Champions Nursery is located on a very quiet, leafy street in Jumeirah 1, just around the corner from City Walk. As I pulled up to the nursery, I was struck by the impressive view of skycrapers in DIFC and Business Bay – just a short hop across Sheikh Zayed Road, which makes the nursery ideal for dropping children off on the way to work in those areas.

You get the benefit of being mere minutes away from them while you at your desk – but over the road in Jumeirah, the children get the benefit of plenty of space, fresh air, brilliant facilities, and lots of time spent outdoors during the cooler months.

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Important Details

The nursery takes children from 3 months old, right up to FS1.

You can choose hours between 7.30am and 6pm (and there is a special room for sleeping if your little one still naps during these hours).

All the staff are native English speakers, with a small teacher/child ratio and a nurse on the premises at all times.

The nursery can arrange transportation via school bus, if you are unable to drop your child.

You can choose a catered food package, where your child will receive up to three home cooked and nutritious meals every day (plus snacks). Read down for more details on this!

There is CCTV throughout the nursery and outdoor areas to protect your little ones.

I was very, very impressed by the fees at this nursery – they are the lowest I have seen for a while in the city, for a facility, staffing, and ethos that is extremely good. The nursery are also offering a 10%  flat discount on all the fees, simply by mentioning ‘Mum of Boys & Mabel’ when you enrol your child.

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 Facilities

Little Champions Nursery is located in a large villa on two levels, with plenty of outdoor space.

Outside, you’ll find a large shaded play area, with slides, climbing frames, play houses, bikes to peddle, and sand pits. Beyond this is a fenced off grassy area, which the nursery uses for sports day and practice. On the other side of the villa, you’ll find a shady area with play tents and picnic benches. The outside area combined is very large and really very nice – imagine lots of shade created by trees gently swaying in the breeze, lush lawns, and the sound of bird song. When I visited, the children were very happily playing outside.

The villa itself is on two levels. On the bottom floor, you’ll find the baby room (such a lovely, cosy space for the littlest nursery members to spend their days), the kitchen and dining room (where the warm meals are prepared), a spacious soft play area for littlies to let off steam, and a few further classrooms with children happily learning.

The classrooms for the elder children are upstairs and I struck by how large they are, giving the kids lots of space to play. These classrooms are located around a central area with a stage (where the nursery hosts regular performances for parents), and a cosy reading area. The office for admin staff is also on this level.

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Home Cooked Meals

When I visited on a Thursday morning, the smell of cooking filled the air downstairs – and it really did smell delicious! I had a nose in the kitchen and found a member of staff making a delicious dish for the kids’ lunch.

I was later shown a menu plan and I really was very impressed. Kids that opt in (the price is 1,500 AED per term, in addition to fees) get up to three freshly prepared, home cooked meals a day (dependent on hours). There are also snacks in between these meals. You can expect hearty dishes, with lots of nutritional value – and having seen that menu, I am very confident children at this nursery will grow up with varied palettes, not at all fussy about food.

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General Overview

I really did love this nursery. Right from the moment I arrived and could hear the happy sounds of children playing outside, to seeing how spacious the facilities were, to feeling a very real warmth and friendliness exuding from all staff.

During my tour, a little girl ran up to the owner of the nursery to give her a hug and a kiss. “I didn’t know your daughter attended!” I exclaimed. “No” she said, “She’s not my daughter. I just love all the children here.” It really did feel like a big family, with every staff member knowing all the children’s names. I felt like I’d stumbled on something very special.

If you are heading back to work – or simply looking for a childcare solution during the week – I can personally vouch for how lovely this nursery is.

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** Make sure you mention ‘Mum of Boys & Mabel’ when you enrol your child to receive a 10% flat discount on all fees **

Get in touch for further information – www.littlechampionsnursery.com or 04 344 6420

 In collaboration with Little Champions Nursery