This is Souqalmal.com’s inaugural report on the most viewed nurseries on our site, covering the first half of 2014.

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Cost, while obviously having a huge impact on their wallets, seems to be less of a factor for parents when searching for a nursery – fees in the most viewed nurseries across both Dubai and Abu Dhabi ranged from 14,400 AED to a whopping 56,250 AED.

Emirates British nurseries take the no.1 and 3 most viewed spots in Dubai, while British Orchard nurseries take the no.2 spot in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Unlike schools, there are no waiting lists with nurseries, so what tends to be important to parents is the age range of children that a nursery will take, what hours it can cover and the teacher/ kids ratio.

In both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the most viewed nurseries have teacher/ kids average ratios of between 1:4 and 1:9 (we take this as an average number across the age range each nursery covers, including teaching assistants within the final number). For three-month-olds it is usually 1:3; 1:4 for the 18-month to three-year age range; and 1:5 for three- to five-year-olds. The cost then varies greatly depending on the teacher/ kids ratio.

Ambareen Musa, CEO and founder of Souqalmal.com, says: “As nursery is not compulsory, parents have the choice whether or not to send their kids to one – therefore teacher/ kids ratio and quality of care seem to overtake fees as the key to their decision.”

In both emirates, nine of the 10 most viewed teach in English; only The Children’s Garden in Dubai and Redwood Montessori in Abu Dhabi teach in three languages, English as the main language but also Arabic and French.

Dubai’s most viewed nurseries

Nursery name Age range (mths) Teacher/ kids ratio Annual fees (AED) Timing
1 Emirates British Nursery, Mirdiff 3 – 48 1:6 21,300 – 39,000 Full-time More details
2 British Orchard Nursery, Al Mankhool 6 – 48 1:4 29,100 – 51,000 Full-time More details
3 Emirates British Nursery, Motor City 3 – 48 1:5 24,600 – 43,500 Full-time More details
4 Toddlers International Nursery, Al Mankhool 1 – 48 1:4 34,350 Full-time More details
5 Ladybird Nursery Dubai, Al Wasl Rd 12 – 48 1:4 28,500 – 37,050 Part-time More details
6 Blossom Village Nursery, Umm Suqeim 6 – 54 1:5 25,830 – 56,250 Full-time More details
7 The Children’s Garden, Barsha 24 – 72 1:6 30,500 – 46,000 Part-time More details
8 Blossom Nursery Dubai, Umm Al Shief Rd 6 – 54 1:5 25,830 – 56,250 Full-time More details
9 Jebel Ali Village Nursery, JBR 16 – 48 1:5 27,000 – 36,000 Full-time More details
10 ARTKID Nursery, Al Mankhool 6 – 48 1:9 16,800 – 18,000 Full-time More details

Abu Dhabi’s most viewed nurseries

Nursery name Age range (mths) Teacher/ kids ratio Annual fees (AED) Timing
1 Al Dana Nursery, Al Mushrif 1 – 48 1:4 16,000 – 23,000 Part-time More details
2 British Orchard Nursery, Al Muroor Rd 18 – 48 1:6 43,650 – 46,200 Full-time More details
3 Giggles Nursery Abu Dhabi, Airport Rd 18 – 48 1:8 18,600 Part-time More details
4 Redwood Montessori Nursery, Khalifa City A 12 – 48 1:4 17,550 – 47,400 Full-time More details
5 Noah’s Ark Nursery School Mussafah, Mohd Bin Zayed City 20 – 48 1:6 17,400 – 26,100 Full-time More details
6 Al Dana Nursery, Khalifa City A 3 – 48 1:5 14,400 Part-time More details
7 Bright Beginnings Nursery, Al Mushrif 1 – 48 1:5 30,000 Part-time More details
8 Noah’s Ark Nursery Abu Dhabi, Najda St 20 – 48 1:7 14,400 Full-time More details
9 Jigsaw Nursery, MBZ City 12 – 48 1:6 17,745 – 35,070 Full-time More details
10 Al Dana Nursery, Bani Yas 1 – 48 1:5 14,400 Part-time More details

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