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Is your little one is finally ready to start nursery school?

Don’t fret, there are plenty of wonderful nursery schools available in Dubai to help you with this new transition in childhood. Expat Echo Dubai has compiled a list to help you on your way! (more…)

Teacher-view-blogSchool fees are on the rise; gaining access to the top institutions requires registering your child’s name on a waiting list years in advance and the government is now proposing to lengthen the academic year by 10 days.

With parents increasingly flummoxed by the UAE school system, it’s interesting to find out what the educators think? spoke to two Dubai-based teachers, who are also parents, to gauge their thoughts on education in the emirate.

Both teachers work at outstanding secondary schools in Dubai – Teacher A at an English curriculum school and Teacher B at an IB curriculum school – and both have two children attending outstanding primary schools. Here, they answer a series of questions: Read more

school-fees-in-dubaiAlmost Two Thirds of Expat Parents in UAE Pay Total Cost of Their Children’s Education

‘Full Expat Package’ Is Granted ‘Only To the Privileged Few’

One in Five Families Spend More than 30% of Their Household Income on School Fees

The strain that education imposes on expat family finances was revealed today with the publication today of a survey by, the UAE’s first dedicated school guide. 62 percent of respondents said that they cover the entire cost of their children’s school fees in the UAE. A further 24 percent receive a contribution from their company while just 13 percent have their school fees paid in full.

The survey was conducted on-line over a period of five weeks through March and April with 596 responses from parents around the UAE. 45 per cent of respondents live in Abu Dhabi, 43 percent in Dubai, 8 percent in Sharjah and the remainder spread through the other four emirates. Read more

khda- rankings2013Dubai Schools Report Card: 12 outstanding; 13 unsatisfactory; where does your kid study?

Nine of 12 outstanding schools offer UK curriculum; half of Dubai’s students receive outstanding/good education

The much-anticipated Dubai School Inspection Bureau’s (DSIB) report card for the year 2012-13 was announced by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) today.

“Twelve schools were rated ‘outstanding’, of which nine are UK-curriculum schools, two offer Indian curriculum and one offers a curriculum based on US standards,” reads the report card.

The percentage of students attending ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools has increased by 19 per cent since 2008, according to the latest results.

A total of 108,098 children are now enrolled at these schools, accounting for 49 per cent of Dubai’s private school students. Read more

moms-and-tots-dubai-Play is at the core of any child’s development, they learn about themselves, relationships, environment and almost every life skill they will need from playing when they are toddlers. Along with building gross and fine motor-skills, cognitive development and emotional stability.

Toddlers are well named they toddle around everywhere examining everything with curiosity and determination, they begin to examine their toys and take a lot of things apart in the process of understanding how things are built or put together. Tiny toddlers do not play with their peers, rather they play next to each other and mimic and learn from each other. As they move towards the preschool years though they start to practise coordinated play – that is play were two or more toddlers play together. Read more

new-school-opening-in-dubaiFour new schools have recently announced their planned openings this September in Dubai which hopefully will take some of the pressure off for school places in Dubai.  The new schools that are opening offer both the English National Curriculum and International Baccalaureate Curriculum and are based around “new Dubai” Read more

humming bird nursery dubaiHummingbird Early Learning Centre is now expanding its offering with a brand new and purpose built pre-school centre located in the business hub of Dubai, DIFC.   This will be for children aged 2.5 – 6 years of age. The centre’s convenient location in DIFC means that parents working within the DIFC precinct can  feel more involved in the day-to-day care and education of their children without a long commute.

Hummingbird Early Learning Centre first opened its doors to the public in June 2008 to serve the growing community of working parents and now the addition of Hummingbird Pre-School, will offers an after school program, which supports children with their homework, provides special designed homework logs to help track children’s homework progress, academic enrichment activities including book club, creative writing, science and technology as well as involvement in extra-curricular and age appropriate activities.

The Hummingbird Pre-school is located in Limestone House business precinct, DIFC, the business hub of Dubai. Read more

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