ADEK to open 10 nurseries across Abu Dhabi

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10 new public nurseries with a capacity of 4,000 seats to be launched over two years 

Abu Dhabi, July 18, 2023: In a new major step to enhance Emirati students’ access to quality early learning services, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has unveiled its plans to launch 10 new public nurseries over two years with a total capacity of more than 4,000 seats as part of its 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. 

“Establishing 4,000 nursery seats is more than just an educational initiative – it’s a strategic investment that will positively affect Emirati families and our workforce. By significantly improving access to early education, we’re providing families with new opportunities, potentially altering their economic pathways, and relieving the burden of childcare, allowing them to fully participate in and contribute to our economy,” says Sara Musallam, Minister of State for Early Education, Chairman of the Federal Agency of Early Education and Chairman of ADEK. 

“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, caregivers 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.” 

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 10 years.