Early years education

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Every step in education is important but it has been scientifically proven that pre-school years are the most crucial as they lay the foundation for future learning and success. Children who experience high-quality early education can make significantly greater progress in school than children without that experience. That’s why our experts in early years education developed the unique approach we call Little GEMS.

Individual development for each individual child

Our experts have blended the English Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum or the International Baccalaureate curriculum with our own research and methods to create Little GEMS. The result is a program that is relevant for every child's stage of development.

Find out more about our 7 key learning areas.

Affordable options for every family

At GEMS Education we believe all children should have access to a quality education. That's why we have a range of Little GEMS early childhood schools to suit every family's budget. You can search and compare Little GEMS pre-schools here.

Change buildings not schools

As part of our global family, Little GEMS children receive special consideration for placement at GEMS’ award-winning schools. Choosing a Little GEMS pre-school means your child can retain their friends and continue to learn in a familiar location when they are ready to start primary school.

Expert practitioners

Our Little GEMS teams in pre-schools around the world are highly trained educators who are experienced and passionate about early years education. They know how important it is to work in partnership with parents and for young children to have secure attachments with people who care about them and want the best for them.

A family of educators

In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariama, arrived in Dubai. At the time, Dubai was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. The Varkey family had left Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family. What they found was a real need to educate children arriving in the city from around the world - read more about their story here.

From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education is today an international company with schools and education services in 16 countries. Our expert early childhood educators still share the same vision: to make a quality education available to everyone - especially small children.

Find out more in our approach to learning and start looking for a pre-school that is right for your child.