Updated 8 months ago

You might be looking for child care services if you are moving to the United Arab Emirates with children. brings you an overview of child care facilities.

Finding child care services in the United Arab Emirates is possible for expats living mostly in the popular cities Dubai and Abu Dhabi. These child care facilities aim to offer a foundational education to prepare a child for school. They offer a high-quality service and a high the level of education. These child care facilities can be costly, even more than what you would pay in your home country, so be prepared when considering your budget. Take time to look around and get information from schools and kindergartens well in advance.

Some families prefer to make use of nannies who also do the cleaning and other household chores. In fact, it is common for parents in the United Arab Emirates to entrust their children into the care of nannies until the children reach the age to attend primary school.

Childcare facilities

You can find child care facilities from a simple internet search. You can then contact the ones you find interesting to inquire about pricing, and the curriculum if applicable. Note that some childcare facilities will not accept a child younger than 18 months old. Each child care facility has its own way of doing things as well, so make sure that you are satisfied with the type of education your child will get. Not all kindergartens offer lunchtime or naps, so you may be required to pick up your child during that time. If you’re working, make sure that this arrangement suits your lifestyle.

To apply, you might need documents such as a registration or application form to join a facility. There can be long waiting lists so it is best to start well in advance. You might also need to submit copies of your passport and visa, as well as your spouse’s, and your child’s passport, birth certificate, and medical certificate.

Note that most daycare centres and pre-primary schools have adopted English as the medium of instruction. There are also international schools where your child can benefit from international educational standards.

Hiring a nanny

If you would prefer not to go the pre-school route and want to have your child stay home with you or a nanny, there are factors you need to be aware of. When employing a nanny, it also means you could be responsible to sponsor their visa, as most nannies in the UAE come from abroad. This implies fees for the visa, in addition to the monthly remuneration. In other cases, you might need to provide accommodation, transport, and a flight ticket back to their home country for their annual leave. There are regulations in place to avoid exploitation of nannies and domestic help.

The best way to hire a nanny would be through licensed recruitment agencies who will advise you.

 Good to know:

  • Public kindergartens and child care facilities in the UAE are only for Emiratis. For expats, there are several private options,  but those are mainly located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
  • Education in the UAE is free for Emiratis only
  • You can get fined or go to jail if you hire someone without a proper visa

 Useful links:

Jumeirah International Nursery
Kids Academy
Emirates English Nursery

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