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Children are spending more and more time staring at a screen, be it a computer, television or video games.  It is important for parents to engage their children’s time with hobbies.  Besides filling up their spare time, hobbies can also be the start of a lifelong passion.  Hobbies give children confidence and a sense of accomplishment, boosting their self-esteem.  In order to choose the right hobby for your child,ask yourself what natural talent does your child already have?  Is you child creative, athletic, etc..  (more…)

INBOX-18923878Physical activity is a very important part of growing so why not start early with a sports program that is designed specifically to be safe & fun for young children? Active Sports Academy run a series of different activities catering for toddlers, some with & some without parental involvement as little ones develop at different rates. Don’t push your child into a program that they are not ready for – head for one that is geared especially for them & watch your junior sporting superstar flourish! Active Sports run Mini Kickers Soccer, Mini Stars Tennis and Mini Bunnies Gymnastics all from 3yrs, plus Parent & Toddler Swimming from 2 years, to complement our Baby Swimming program. Check or call 050 55 970 55 for info.


swimming_clipartIf you are living in Dubai, it may be useful to know that children below the age of five years are subject to a considerable risk of drowning. It is common in Dubai to have a swimming pool in your backyard, or to spend an afternoon at Kite Beach playing in the water. The chances of drowning increase when your child, who is completely untrained in swimming, is invited to a friend’s pool party. Due to this, it becomes important to organize swimming classes for your little kids to prevent any kind of accident.

Dubai counts more than 40 swimming schools. However, not all of them can be compared in quality. And most of the time, going to the closest one might not be the best choice. A little research is required to be done for selecting the best swimming school in the area. So, while selecting an appropriate swimming institute for your little ones, you must ensure the following factors.

1. Look for the student/teacher ratio
Many swimming institutions work with a mere objective to enroll more and more children for their swimming classes. As a result, it becomes complicated for the swimming instructor to give to personal attention to every child present out there. In order to be more confident about the safety and security of your children, you must check for the student-instructor ratio (how many students per class) which should be no more than 5:1. However, the ideal student/ teacher ratio is supposed to be 3:1.

2. Patient and Inspiring coach
The coach is an integral part of any training process. If he masters efficacious skills along with a pleasing personality, your child is half way through the learning. On the other hand, if he is ruthless or becomes impatient easily, it’s the right time to say a big NO to that institute. A toddler demands true motivation and direction, which can be delivered only by an instructor who possesses great patience. Further, the skills of the instructor can be verified by taking a look at his certifications. This is a mere way to check if your child is going to get an authenticated swimming teacher or not.

3. Temperature Controlled Pool
While deciding for the reputed swimming school for your kids, another aspect that you need to consider revolves around temperature controlled pool. Whether the pool is located indoor or outdoor, an accurate measure of curbing temperature should be strictly followed and implemented by the schools. If this approach is being followed by the institute which is already complying with your standards, don’t forget to include it in your ‘Favorites’ list.

4. Make sure you can park your car close to the pool
It is mostly seen that most of the swimming schools in Dubai fail to provide convenient parking facility. If you are taking up your child to some swimming institute and don’t find space for parking up your vehicle, things turn out to be messy anyhow. To save yourself from this, it would be better to opt for the school that offers you amazing conveyance parking services.

5. Professionalism of the school
Swim School professionalism can be easily checked by looking at the school website. A beautiful and informative website is a sign that the managers care about their services and their customers. Also, small details such as rewards, and certifications are provided depending on how seriously a school takes the child learning. Every person is influenced to work harder, when some incentives are given after the accomplishment of a certain objective.

6. Lesson Activities
If you are searching for a reputed swim school in Dubai, you should be able to match what the institute offers in terms of programs, learning goals and how it will all complement your child’s style of learning. There are many cases where the children feel stressed while learning something new. They should be motivated to achieve the set objectives in an innovative manner. Ultimately, this will enable them to have a strong hold on what they are currently learning and will prepare them to make way for the new things to be learnt in future.

7. Organizing Special Classes for the ones your child missed
There may be situations when children are unable to attend the swimming classes. The reasons may include bad health, school event and so on. In these cases the best swim schools offer extra classes to the children so that they don’t miss even a single step involved in the course. So, you don’t have to take pains while thinking about ‘What if’ your child misses that birthday party or his important swimming classes.

Written by:
Matteo Vitali
Waterwow Swim School


Summer Camps  4Are your children bored and looking for a summer camp to go to,  see our Summer Camp directory.
One of the camps is an all-singing, all-dancing, all-acting SUMMER CAMP which will resume at HAYLEY’S COMET on Sunday 26th July from age 6 years. For more information contact today or send a facebook message if you would like to sign up your little budding star to this performance camp! Read more

If you have recently moved to Dubai or are intending to relocate soon, you may be wondering what activities the kids can do when temperatures hit the 40’s? Most of the schools are geared up for the heat and offer after school activities such as gymnastics, ballet, drama, basketball etc. that can all take place in-doors but what do you do with the kids at the weekend and holidays? Babies and toddlers can keep cool in the excellent play centres that are dotted all over town, but ever wondered how to entertain the older child? Can’t bear to see your child wasting hours in the arcade areas of the malls or worse – staring blankly at the TV? Expat Echo Dubai have put together a list that will help you so that, hopefully, you’ll never hear the words “Mum I’m bored!” Read more

Kids Fair Flyer-page-001 (1)If you are contemplating moving to or you are actually living in the Dubailand area of Dubai the forthcoming Arabian Ranches Education Fair maybe of great interest to you.  This event organised by Business Women of Arabian Ranches and Strawberry Events will be the first Education Fair in the Dubailand area.

Over the past 4 years the Dubailand area of Dubai has become a very popular choice for newcomers relocating to Dubai as it offers a good array of housing options catering to families with every budget and now an excellent road system connecting the area to the rest of Dubai.  The district Read more

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