Saturday, February 14, 2009

Childcare in Dubai

If you have just moved to Dubai and you have children then one of the top things to organise would be childcare during the day.There are many nurseries available in Dubai, but the demand for places is stll high and you should try to get your child's name on a nursery's waiting list as soon as possible.Most nurseries do not take children who are under 18 months old. Care is usually provided during 'school hours', i.e. from 8 a.m. until 12.30 p.m.

List of nursery schools in Dubai

If both parents are working, it will be difficult to find a nursery that can care for your child full time and you should instead consider hiring a maid or nanny. As the employer, you will have to pay around 1000 AED in salary per month and you will be responsible for the cost of obtaining a visa for your employee, who will probably be a foreign worker, which amounts to 5200 AED. It is also normal to pay for an airfare to her home country every two years. The visa must be renewed every year.

A number of agencies offer part time home help on an hourly basis, which may prove to be a more economical option. The charges are usually in the region of 20 AED per hour.


If you are looking for childcare for the evening, the best option would be to to ask your neighbours and friends for sitters which they use.At least that way you will have reliable references and end up with good help so your children are safe and you are free to enjoy your evening out.Also the classified advertisements sections of local newspapers may have advertisements from students seeking babysitting work to earn a little extra money.Even in this case always ask for references and follow up on the references to ensure peace of mind.

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