This is the ONE list I struggle with as the years go by…mainly because it’s one of most common queries on the Dubai Marina Mums group, but also because there are so many good ones springing up all the time!
Luckily, the Marina is dotted with many good options, so don’t worry. Some have been there since the beginning of the “Rise of JBR”, while others are very new.
So here goes the list…remember, after reading through our list, if you need some personal recommendations, or want to meet mums whose kids go to a particular nursery, feel free to post your query on the Dubai Marina Mum Facebook group.
Here’s the list for nurseries within JBR and other Marina locations.
Marina Village Nursery, JBR
One of the oldest nurseries, the Marina Village Nursery (Jebel Ali Nursery) is located in the heart of JBR in Bahar.
I still remember how excited we were 8 years ago, as new residents in JBR, when we saw this new nursery being set up. It was walking distance, just a few metres away from our building and just opposite a Starbucks! So many memories of emotional goodbyes, meeting new mums on the same journey as ours and the banter outside the gate at pickup time. The plaza level was the hub of social activity those days!
It’s located in the Bahar Building of JBR, with an outdoor space that’s semi-covered. Super for those who like to take advantage of the pedestrian plaza level. It’s walking distance, no traffic and accommodates the parent friendly modes of transport: push chair, baby bikes, scooters. Another plus point was that the local JBR gym was right opposite as well, perfect for post drop-off workout and coffee.
I have 4 children, and all of them enjoyed their kindergarten years in thisnursery. They had a lovely experience, and, of course, us as parents too. The teachers and all the staff were amazing. And most important, our kids were so excited about going to the nursery everyday. They have classes for babies, toddlers and FS1. For babies and toddlers it is a lovely environment. FS1 has high standard of and large amount of content and activities, the kids have too much fun while they learn up to the highest level. I’ve been living in Dubai for 7 years now and I can tell every experience you have in a service you get, always depends on the person who gives the service (doctors, restaurants…schools). I absolutely recommend Jebel Ali Village to all of you.
Dubai Marina Mum – Pill Frances Munoz
L: Jebel Ali Village Nursery (JBR, Bahar 1) W: jebelalinursery.com T: 04 424 3791/2
Another nursery within the Rimal sector of JBR, is a great option for mums in the neighbourhood. Kidville JBR (Facebook) started off as an after school , or pre school Mummy and Me classes, with its popular music, art and craft programmes along with Baby and me Dance sessions . In 2010 they started their new play based pre school enrichment programme called Kidville University .
Founder and DMM , Monica Malhotra and myself, met after 5 years – that’s where both of our kids started their playschool with KVU
Kidville Marina has a great programme established by Kidville USA, along with a fabulous nursery programme as well. They have both, an indoor and outdoor play space. And they still have Mummy and Me classes in the mornings and afternoons after the school run for kids up to 5 years!! Their birthday packages are worth looking into. They extend the use of their amazing play space for weekend birthdays! It’s super convenient for mums living around the JBR Marina area close to Rimal; just a hop, skip and jump away. USEFUL TIP: The best way to reach Kidville is on foot, as parking is a bit of a challenge.
L: Plaza Level Rimal 5 W:kidville.com/jbr T: +9714-440-1220
British Orchard Nursery (BON), JBR
This popular nursery chain has opened a branch on the plaza level of JBR. It provides Foundation stage curriculum along with options of early or late pick ups for working mothers. Please get in touch with their, Principal Nicola Rutherford, for any information.
DMM speaks: “Super location with ample parking, teachers have been great and they also have a creche option for working mums”
L: Shams 2 Plaza Level, JBR W: email@example.com T: +9714 447 5881
Toddler Town Nursery, JBR
Another strong connection, with the DMM community! The Mum and founder of this nursery – Ziham Moopen, lives right here within the Marina and has been an active member of the Marina Mums Community .
DMM speaks: I LOVE Toddler Town. I can’t fault it. I will literally cry tears when my son leaves at the end of June. He loves it there. The activities and the way they break the sessions up and move the kids to different parts of the nursery are just great and I haven’t found anywhere as good in this regard. The care of the teachers is amazing. They also do some lovely sessions like ‘Kiddie gym’, swimming, dance class etc. I feel sooooo comfortable leaving him there. I know next to me they are the best at caring for him.
I went through the toddler town website – and one thing that struck me was the special page dedicated for SEN (Special Educational) needs – more info can be find by this link here ! Toddler Town / SEN
Ziham, a school mum and a fellow Dubai Marina Mum – known widely as the founder of the Toddler Town Nurseries, works hard in creating a great space for pre school children, toddlers as TT??, offers morning and afternoon sessions, summer camp options and creche facilities for babies 6 months and up.
L: Amwaj 5 Plaza Level, JBR, Dubai Marina T: +971 (0)4 452 8080 W: toddlertown.ae E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fun and Play Nursery, JBR
I have not visited the nursery yet – but the last I investigated, I heard that from the much popular Family and Friends centre thats was in the Al Fattan towers has merged with Fun and Play – and the lovely Joanne Nelson who founded Family and Friends has now taken over this new location – with the new name.
Fun and Play offer flexible hours options for parents/Drop off facility per hour/plus a 5 day Nursery programme. Please get in touch with them here: Fun and Play , JBR , Sadaf
L: Unit P-31, Sadaf 2, JBR W: funandplaynursery.com T: 0503164025 Joanne Nelson
Raffles International Nursery, Marina
Located on the waterfront at Marina Walk, feedback about Raffles is that it has an international flavour with children from all around the globe. Although small, the space is used well and it truly is a really “happy place”. Raffles follow the Early Years Curriculum with a play based approach to learning. The location is fab…within the Emaar 6 Towers, (the first buildings to be constructed in the Marina). Initially it was filled with kids residing in the 6 towers but now it a great location for anyone living in the Marina Walk. Mommies can leave the little ones, jog to Tribe Fit, do their groceries at Carrefour and collect the kids…
L: Dubai Marina Towers, Dubai Marina (near Nicholas and Asp. Dental Clinic) W: email@example.com T: +9714 427 1473
Willow Children Nursery, Marina
Located on the Marina Walk (yacht club side), this is good for people living toward the end of the Marina – as it the only nursery within that area. The outdoor play area overlooking the Marina is another bonus point!
DMM speaks: They were at Willow in the Marina. The staff is unbelievable and they really run the nursery like a second home – not a business. Everyone (even management) is so accommodating. The outdoor space compares to no other in the marina (again my opinion)- and my favourite, when I pick her up at the end of every day, I ask her if she wants to hug and kiss her teacher and the assistants in our language so no one else understands, and she always runs and hugs all of them no matter how tired, cranky she is.
Emma Deakin is the Nursery Manager at Dubai Marina Mums forum and happy to answer any queries.
L: Villa 40 Marina First Building, Dubai Marina Al Seba Street (Exit 29 fromSZR) W: willownurserydubai.com T: +971 45545802 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blossom Nursery, Marina
This will be the 6th branch of this popular nursery chain.
Located at the Dubai Marina Promenade, Blossom Marina will operate on the ground floor of Beauport Tower. With such close proximity to the Marina Yacht club, Marina Mall, Marina Tram and Metro station, Blossom Marina will be the perfect nursery for working families living in the Dubai Marina. The nursery will accept children from 4 months to 4.5 years.
Blossom also offers a healthy meal programme and considers working families with its all year academic programmes with full time and flexible days options.
To register your interest and find out more about this unique new space, please email email@example.com or call 052 853 1447
L : Beauport Tower, Marina Promenade W: theblossomnursery.com T: 052 853 1447