03 Apr
Posted by SBS Education Press Team

Schools Compared review

We’re delighted to see that our client IDEA Early Learning Center (ELC) has received an excellent review from Schools Compared.

Schools Compared is a website that has been built from scratch to help parents in the UAE make direct comparisons between schools. The review focuses on IDEA ELC’s curriculum, facilities, play equipment and scholarship programme, and has given IDEA ELC an ‘A-‘ rating, with an ‘A’ user rating.

Serving the Victory Heights area of Dubai Sports City, IDEA ELC follows the highly regarded Creative Curriculum from the US and is licensed in Dubai to operate from ages 1 to 6 with a total capacity of 240 children. The catchment is Dubai Sports City, Jumierah Golf Estates, Motor City, Arabian Ranches and Jumierah Village Circle.

Complimenting IDEA ELC on its ‘outstanding school leadership’, ‘highly structured, inspirational curriculum with a strong focus on literacy’ and ‘significant investment in high calibre teaching faculty’, Schools Compared has ‘no hesitation, despite this being a new school, in recommending its being shortlisted by prospective parents’.

The review calls IDEA a ‘very special school’ and believes ‘the potential here is best-in-class’.


IDEA ELC receives an ‘A-‘ rating, with an ‘A’ user rating


IDEA is Dubai’s first Creative Curriculum center

IDEA Early Learning Center – an inspiring facility

Children develop quickly in the early years and their experiences between birth and age six have a major impact on their future life chances.

The KDHA/ADEC accredited facility is an attractive, welcoming and stimulating learning environment that encourages children to explore, investigate and learn through first-hand experience. Activities are planned for both inside and outside learning, including water, sand, creative workshops, ICT, numeracy activities, drawing, with a strong programme for literacy, writing and reading, including languages.

The curriculum helps to create a learning environment that enables each child to become a creative, confident thinker. IDEA prepares children for the more formal curriculum, aligned with the English National Curriculum and the American Core Standards.

Find out more about the Creative Curriculum in this fantastic Q&A with Which School UAE and IDEA founding director Ashleigh Thompson.

About our Pre-Operations Project for IDEA ELC

SBS Education supported the Pre-Operations Phase of the development of IDEA ELC and we’re proud to see the vision, approach, hard work and curriculum delivery of Ashleigh and the team at IDEA has been recognised by Schools Compared and Which School UAE in recommending it to parents.

To provide a comprehensive and thorough plan for IDEA ELC, we applied an analytical framework involving areas for action, which ensured that each aspect of pre-operational requirement was addressed. This approach enabled the pace of planning to be maintained, while providing a comprehensive check list for coordinated action. We set KPIs at each section of development with clear milestones.


IDEA ELC serves the Victory Heights area of Dubai Sports City

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