Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) will launch 10 new public nurseries over two years with a total capacity of over 4,000 seats. The launch is part of ADEK’s Public Nurseries Project, which was approved by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
Registration for the first intake opens in October 2023 to accommodate 2,000 Emirati students aged between three months and four years, with priority given to children of families benefiting from social support.
The 10 new public nurseries will have a lasting impact on enrolment rates of Emirati students in early education institutions. Over the next five years, these nurseries will cater to approximately 10,000 Emirati children, reaching over 32,000 children in the next ten years.
“This initiative plays a crucial role in stimulating job creation as well. We’re paving the way with increased demand for dedicated and skilled early educators, carers, and support staff in our nurseries. This surge in education and caregiving roles not only expands our workforce but also contributes to a diversified and resilient economy,” Ms. Musallam shared.
The new nurseries will allow Emirati students access to quality early education services, which are essential for their growth and academic progress. Children who benefit from a quality early education show 70 percent improvement in their language, math, and social skills. A quality early education will also instill a deep sense of national identity and foster the Arabic language at younger ages.
Additionally, nurseries also lead to positive economic dividends by providing employment prospects for Emirati educators and enabling parents to work and actively contribute across diverse sectors.