Welcome to Starfish Lane Kids, three gorgeous and friendly Australian nurseries in Doha. We are proud of our 2015 Award for “Outstanding Quality of Childcare” by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Qatar. It is the little Starfish Lane children and parents’ appreciation we prize most. Since 2006 we’ve committed to providing a warm, nurturing and safe environment for your child. We aim to empower children to become confident, respectful and lifelong learners. With Yoga, Playball®, “Let it Grow” winter gardening, Kids in the Kitchen (healthy eating programme) and library time are integrated in the weekly curriculum. We offer fun life-long learning experiences for your children. Our mission is to provide a program where the needs and interests of children come first.
At our Starfish Lane Kids nurseries, babies from 2 months and children feel safe and secure; parents can take comfort in knowing that their children are receiving the highest level of care. At Starfish we offer early learning programs for children from ten months to four years. We strive to provide the best care and learning environment possible for young children. Children are encouraged by our educators to play, discover, create, improvise and imagine through an emergent Australian curriculum.
AREA OF DOHA
- Al Markhiya
- Al Jelaiah
- Ain Khalid
CLOSE TO STARFISH LANE KIDS NURSERIES:
Landmark Mall, Qatar University, West Bay and College of The North Atlantic
SCHOOLS CLOSE TO STARFISH LANE
ACS Doha, Compass Madinat Khalifa, Compass Gharrafa, Choueifat, College of the North Atlantic, Doha College West Bay, Doha English Speaking School, Gulf English School, Lycee Bonaparte, Qatar Canadian School, SEK and Newton International School Lagoon
Admission & Attendance
AGES OF CHILDREN ADMITTED:
From four months to four years
NURSERIES FEES PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
Parents are welcome to visit Starfish at any time. The management will take you on a tour and answer any questions. If a place is not available you will be given a waitlist form to fill. There is no cost involved. Once a suitable place becomes available you will be contacted to come to the nursery to fill the required paperwork.
Please contact Starfish Lane Kids Nurseries for their fee structure
AVERAGE LENGTH OF WAITING LIST:
Parents are kept updated regularly on their waitlist status. The most popular age group is 2-3 years.
Hours & Schedule
HOURS OF NURSERY
7:00am to 2:00pm
NURSERY SCHEDULE OPTIONS
Three, four or five days per week
SUMMER SESSIONS OFFERED
FULL-TIME CARE AVAILABLE
Yes, available for working parents only at additional cost
Naps are offered. A dedicated sleep room is available to meet the individual sleeping needs of children. The sleep room has constant supervision
SCHOOL CALENDAR MOST CLOSELY FOLLOWED
Classroom & Teacher Information
TRAINING & EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS
CPR, college degree, first aid. Teachers are required to hold a minimum of a Level Three Childcare qualification. Starfish Lane kids is a registered Cache centre. We provide an extensive in-house training program to all our team members to develop their professional and personal skills to be able to provide the highest level of care to your children.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN BY TEACHERS
SIZE OF CLASSES
We have a high staff child ratio, classes maximum 22 in our 7 spacious classrooms, each size depends on the ages & stages of the children.
DO THE CHILDREN WATCH TV/VIDEOS?
LIST OF AFTER-HOURS & WEEKEND BABYSITTERS AVAILABLE?
TRAINING & EDUCATION FOR TEACHER’S ASSISTANTS
CPR, first aid and extensive in-house training schedule for all staff
LANGUAGES SPOKEN AND/OR TAUGHT TO CHILDREN
Additional to the Australian curriculum “Learning through Play” activities, we offer weekly Playball ® lessons, a children’s Yoga programme with trained and qualified instructors across all branches, Kids in the Kitchen (healthy eating), “Let it Grow” winter gardening, sandcastle play, aquafun, a dedicated library to encourage a lifelong love of reading and much more. (Parents do not pay extra for the Yoga or Playball lessons).
ARE WEBCAMS AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS TO VIEW THEIR CHILDREN ONLINE?
GRASSY PLAY AREA
DEDICATED INDOOR PLAY AREA
ARE LUNCHES SUPPLIED FOR THE CHILDREN?
No lunches are supplied due to differing dietary requirements & allergies
Parents may only bring in healthy food for birthday celebrations (no sweets or treats). The birthday child will wear a special Birthday crown and choose a special book to read. We encourage parents to send along a new book that we can label with your child’s name. This book can be read on their special day and then kept in the library for the other children to enjoy. You are welcome to send a healthy treat along on your child’s birthday so that he/she may celebrate amongst their friends.
ARE DIAPERS AND WIPES SUPPLIED?
DO YOU HAVE A FULL-TIME NURSE ON STAFF?
DO YOU ASSIST WITH POTTY TRAINING?
SHADED OUTDOOR PLAY AREA
ARE SNACKS SUPPLIED FOR THE CHILDREN?
No snacks are supplied due to differing dietary requirements & allergies
ARE THE LUNCHES (FROM THE LUNCHBOXES) HEATED FOR THE CHILDREN?
OTHER FOOD POLICIES, IF ANY
Healthy food policy
ARE CLOTH DIAPERS ACCEPTED?
DO YOU OFFER ISLAMIC STUDIES?
DO YOU ACCEPT SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS?
Children will be assessed on an individual basis in consultation with parents and professionals