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Why Choose Starfish Lane Kids?

More than a thousand happy children have grown, played and developed in our friendly award winning Australian nurseries.

We have worked hard to establish our reputation for the highest quality childcare in the region. With nurseries in Doha and Abu Dhabi, your child will flourish in our holistic environment. We aim to keep each child happy and well cared for in a safe but stimulating environment.

 

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Here are some other reasons, hundreds of parents have chosen
Starfish Lane Kids for their children:

 

  • Winner of “Outstanding Nursery Provider” by Ministry of Social Affairs in 2015.
  • Our door is always open, parents can drop in at any time and feel welcome.
  • High success rate in the highly competitive school placement system due to our school readiness programme.
  • Our amazing staff are full of energy and enthusiasm – and love teaching young children.
  • We have (free) integrated enrichment activities – Yoga, Playball, Kids in the Kitchen, Gardening.
  • Each Starfish Lane Kids has a fully qualified pediatric nurse on duty and all staff are first-aid & CPR trained.
  • With seven classes, your child will be placed in the right class to suit their soc / emo and cognitive needs. 
  • Our Australian EY Framework is excellent for cognitive and social development and learning through play.
  • We have fantastic facilities indoors and out (spacious, sun-filled), top-quality furnishings & equipment.
  • We have a fire warden at each nursery and have monthly fire drills so children are familiar with the procedures.
  • We pride ourselves on the design, aesthetics and size of our nurseries.
  • We are proud of our cleanliness and follow the "Staying Healthy in Childcare" Australian guidelines, 5th Edition.
  • We engage with parents through regular feedback, coffee mornings, parent education meetings etc.
  • Working parents can benefit from our extended opening hours from 6:30am to 4pm.
  • We have high staff / child ratios so your child gets more than enough individual attention every hour of the day.

 Our children learn through play. We want to teach our children to appreciate the simple pleasures in life, and re-enforce respect for all people (parents, teachers, friends) belongings (theirs and others), the planet (environment, animals) and cultures.

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What parents say about Starfish Lane Kids

Here’s what our happy parents have to say about Starfish Lane Kids….

 

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I extensively  searched Doha before placing my child  in care as I had high expectations of a child care provision.  I really enjoyed environment set up by Starfish Lane Kids; not only for the children but also for parents.  It felt like Starfish was a community that was dedicated to children.  I have not been let down and feel that my child has excelled since being in the care of such a great team.  Further, my child was recently accepted into a school and I feel Starfish was instrumental in supporting us through the highly competitive school placement system.

Elizabeth Fleming, mother of Olivia

My 2 year old son attends Starfish Lane Kids five days a week and he loves it! As a parent and speech-language pathologist who specializes in young children, I know that my expectation/standard for his education is exceptionally high. I am consistently impressed by the level of creativity, variety of experiences and nurturing that make up his education at Starfish. I am grateful for the amount of practical training for the teachers, as well as the opportunities available to families (play therapy, speech therapy, languages, etc.). My son's education is richly enhanced by the positive and creative environment that he joins each morning. Thank you and well done Starfish!

Amanda

Our son Said has been attending Starfish Lane for about 2 years now, and we couldn’t be any happier with both the knowledge he has gained and the skills he has developed.  We particularly appreciate the fact that the teaching concentrates on a specific topic in any given month, ranging from animals and shapes, to colors and fruits.  Moreover the arts and crafts activities are second to none.  Said has been accepted into the American School of Doha, and we believe Starfish Lane has prepared him superbly to be able to integrate well into the new environment and to succeed in it as well.  We thank all the teachers, management personnel and other staff as Starfish Lane.  We have already enrolled our youngest son Samuel for this coming September and we are thrilled for him to follow in his elder brother’s footsteps.

Diana & Roger Malki - parents to Said

Julia, mother of 3year old George says: 'Georges' independence has soared since attending Starfish Lane. He particularly loves party days at school and getting dressed up for these occasions'. 

I have chosen Starfish lane because, I like the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere among the personnel. All of the staff are very passionate about their job and I believe that in that kind of environment child will feel happy, secure and will blossom. I like the holistic approach to teaching and variety of activities and classes. I love yoga and think, that it is very beneficial to have in the nursery. I am also impressed with the child /staff ratio. Since coming to Starfish Lane, Ainsley become very confident child , he developed in many different areas. His speech is become very good and he did learn many "big" words in English.  He also learn few words in Arabic, which is very impressive. Every morning he is looking forward to go to the nursery. He is always saying "It is so much fun here, mum!"  He talks a lot about his friends. He loves to play in the Cove :-)

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Kimberley-Anaïs Hamon wrote: I love Starfish Lane for the peace of mind! I never look back or worry that my son is being taken care of properly. Arthur has been blooming since enrolling, due to Starfish's rich in activities curriculum! He is a very happy and contented baby when I pick him up. Overall, an amazing experience for us! 

Ashraf Al-Dajani, father of 4 year old Amir "Our son loved SFL from day one. On weekends we would always have a problem explaining to him why today he can't go to his new favourite place and spend a day there. High level professionals, loving and caring teachers, safe and developing environment. It's the best you can give to your child"

Maria Dorofeyuk, mother of 17 months old Laith "It's just fascinating how attending the nursery contributed to the overall development of my son. He sleeps better, eats better, he is much more social and calm. He is a happier baby now! Thank you Starfish!!!!"

Laith and Amir Al Dajani

Maria Dorofeyuk, mother of 17 months old Laith "It's just fascinating how attending the nursery contributed to the overall development of my son. He sleeps better, eats better, he is much more social and calm. He is a happier baby now! Thank you Starfish!!!!"

Laith and Amir Al Dajani

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Starfish Parents

We work hard to ensure you are involved in your children’s development and growth during their time at Starfish Lane Kids. We have professional teachers and we want you to feel comfortable asking for, or sharing information about your child. Our doors and communication channels are always open.

We also host parent education evenings, where we discuss issues like "Third Culture Kids" or social and emotional intelligence, separation anxiety, or developing confidence. Each Starfish Lane Kids branch holds regular coffee mornings where we invite parents to stop in for a quick chat and look around. Our staff actively take photos of your little one for sending to you and adding it to your child’s individual learning journal. This is a portfolio that collects your child’s artwork, records their activities and also cute photos of them in action.

We also have a Starfish Lane Kids Facebook page for Doha and Facebook for Abu Dhabi with news, events and pictures of our nursery.

 

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Watch Our Video

Take just over 3 minutes to get a good look inside our nurseries with this video. We hope you will come and visit us and see for yourself why kids and parents love Starfish Lane Kids nurseries.

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Health & Safety

The health and safety of children at SFL is our primary concern and we take it very seriously. Each branch has a certified nurse and a dedicated fire warden. All the SF ladies have undergone extensive training in first aid and are all pediatric first aid certified. We have regular training sessions, and safety checks and monthly fire drills are built into the routine of life at the nursery. We have a nut-free policy. Children are trained at an early age to wash their hands regularly during the day, especially before eating or after visiting the toilet.  


Toys and Equipment

All of our toys and equipment are kept fresh and clean. Our extensive inventory of high quality European, American and Australian materials is specially selected for the role it plays in supporting our children’s social development, learning goals, and, of course, the fun factor! Play based learning: a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations.

About

With 10 years of experience, more than a thousand happy children have grown, played and developed in our award-winning & friendly Australian nurseries. Come and visit us to see why hundreds of parents have chosen Starfish Lane Kids.

Call us

SF1 4487 5939
SF2 4411 0355
SF4 4436 3592
Abu Dhabi +971 (0)56 4635187
7am - 4pm, Sunday to Thursday

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