Overview of the AKELC Nursery

The Aga Khan Early Learning Centre in Dubai is a part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The AKDN is well-known and highly regarded world-wide for supporting early childhood development initiatives across Africa, South and Central Asia.

This purpose-built facility, for young children ages 12 months to 4 years, is located in Oud Metha within the Ismaili Centre Dubai, a building designed to promote cultural, educational and social programmes. For ongoing support, guidance and oversight, AKELC-Dubai draws on the extensive experience of the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), one of the many agencies within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

The AKELC provides nursery, preschool and educational programming that follows the highest international standards of excellence.

As a secular, non-denominational institution, its programmes are offered to members of all communities, reflecting AKDN’s strong belief in the positive value of pluralism and diversity.

The Centre’s curriculum, based on international High Scope practices aligned with the Early Years Foundation Stages framework (EYFS-UK), is:

  • bilingual Arabic/English with an emphasis on nurturing the child’s home language,
  • broad in scope, holistic, non-denominational and developmentally responsive,
  • based on well researched approaches to early childhood education,
  • taught by competent early childhood educators,
  • implemented through active participatory learning where children are encouraged to develop knowledge and skills through interactions with the world and the people around them.

Welcome to AKELC