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Director/Nursery Manager

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Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Job Type

Full Time


In Person

About the Role

We are seeking a Centre Director to join our exceptional team at The Ivy, a premier Early Childhood Education and Care center located in Dubai. At The Ivy, we foster and encourage children aged 45 days to 5 years to embrace their unique selves. Our vision is to nurture development that allows every child to grow into their true potential in a setting that discovers and supports their unlimited possibilities. Our facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art resources, and our team is devoted to cultivating young minds in a nurturing and innovative environment. We advocate strongly for each child's right to learn and adopt a holistic approach to childcare that integrates mind, body, and spirit. We value collaborative reflection on our practices and continuously evolve our educational programs to enhance learning outcomes.
As the Centre Director at The Ivy, you will:

Lead and manage the overall day-to-day academic and operational functions of the Nursery, including delivering the vision of the group, maximizing the number of children enrolled in various programs, and overseeing the recruitment, retention, and development of staff.
Ensure high standards of care and early education are delivered to children across all age groups from 45 days to age 5.
Develop and deliver a balanced Reggio-inspired curriculum, underpinned by developmentally appropriate play-based activities and enriched by advanced learning programs.
Maintain the highest quality standards of premises, resources, and equipment, ensuring compliance with the regulations of the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Municipality (DM), and other government authorities.
Drive operational excellence and high performance by evaluating and implementing strategic business operations with all stakeholders.
Foster innovation and continuous improvement in educational practices and service quality.
Commit to personal growth in early childhood and leadership skills.
Maintain compliance and effective external relationships within the regulatory framework, placing a high value on aesthetics and environment quality.


  • Current First Aid Certificate including asthma and anaphylaxis training.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, ECE, Psychology, or a related field; a Master’s or postgraduate degree is preferred.

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a similar leadership role in early childhood education.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of childcare requirements and regulations, with previous success in managing a nursery.

  • Experience in Reggio Emilia, EYFS, Montessori, or other early education frameworks is essential.

  • Any certification must be recognized against the National Qualifications Framework and meet KHDA requirements.

About the Company

The Ivy is Dubai's premier Early Childhood Education and Care Center, where excellence in education meets nurturing care in a state-of-the-art environment. Situated in the heart of our vibrant city, The Ivy is committed to providing an inclusive and stimulating educational experience tailored to the unique needs of each child.

At The Ivy, we believe in fostering a love for learning from the earliest stages of development. Our curriculum is grounded in the Reggio Emilia approach, ensuring that education is child-centric, explorative, and dynamic. We integrate the latest research and educational practices to prepare our children not just for school, but for life.

Our team comprises highly qualified educators and childcare professionals who are passionate about creating a positive and enriching environment for our students. Backed by Ivy League expertise and global educational standards, The Ivy is dedicated to setting a new benchmark in early childhood education in Dubai.

At The Ivy, our team is central to our identity and mission. We ensure our staff are well cared for with benefits including:

Cutting-edge facilities that foster exceptional educational experiences

Comprehensive professional development through The Ivy Learning Academy

A focus on personal growth and community, not corporate culture

Recognition programs celebrating dedication and innovation

Ability to work with world experts in the field of Education from institutions like Harvard, Oxford, Yale and other top institutions.

The Ivy's Commitment

At The Ivy, we celebrate individuality and diversity with a strong commitment to equality and inclusion, offering a culturally rich and inclusive environment for all staff members, children, and their families. We appreciate the effort involved in the application process and encourage experienced professionals to apply.

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