Dubai: Early childhood centers in Dubai have become the choice of more parents to mark a start to their child’s education. The statistics released by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) provide evidence for the increasing enrollment.
The infographic data shows a 15 percent increase in the number of children enrolled. Dubai private schools reported a 12 percent increase earlier this academic year. Nearly 250 centers, including the 27 opened within the past 12 months, cater to 23,500 children. The number shows an addition of 3000 children to the enrolment previous year.
Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director-General of KHDA, said that, “Early childhood centers are not only about today’s children; they are about tomorrow’s innovators and changemakers. Just as they nurture children to live, learn, and thrive in a city and world that is constantly evolving, they also nurture the growth and prosperity of Dubai.”
The KHDA Director-General stated that the enrolment growth we have seen in the past year is a clear indication of the effort centers have made to improve quality, and of the trust that parents have placed in early childhood centers to provide children with rich learning experiences.
“We’re grateful to early childhood center managers and teachers for giving our children a safe and happy start to their education journey. The foundations they provide lead to more cohesive communities, a stronger economy, and a more prosperous future for all,” added Dr. Al Karam.
Data in the infographics throws light on various elements regarding Early childhood centers in Dubai. One of the elements evident is the diversity of choice available in the case of curriculum and the language used as the medium of instruction.
The centers provide 14 options in the curriculum. The languages used as a medium for instruction include Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and Russian among many others. Children from 20 different nationalities are enrolled in the majority of the centers, while some centers have enrolled children from 41 different nationalities.
The data shows that the age of 66 percent of the children range between two and four years. Nearly 80 percent of the children attend five days a week. The infographics also provide information on the number of teachers and staff employed in the institution.