Director My name is Thalia and I am delighted and excited to be part of the Little Haven Nursery team.  I have been working in Early Years for 25 years, most recently 8 of those years have been here in the UAE. I am a dedicated and passionate early years professional who believes in providing young children with a safe, nurturing and stimulating learning environment, to support them in achieving their full potential. I look forward to meeting you and your children and continuing the outstanding work of the team.

Ms. Thalia Jane Annis


Fatima Azhar    Classroom Teacher

Fatima Azhar
Classroom Teacher

My name is Fatima Azhar and I am very excited to be the class teacher to the three to four-year-olds at Little Haven Nursery. I arrived in Abu Dhabi with my family seventeen years ago, and have been living in this beautiful city ever since!

I am a qualified EYFS practitioner with over 15 years of teaching experience working with different age groups, including pre-school, elementary, and high school students.

My main role as your child’s teacher is to ensure that we at Little Haven Nursery are fostering a warm, nurturing yet safe environment that best enables the social, emotional, and behavioral development of all young children. My creative lesson planning and skill-building activity program also aims to promote quality interactions that allow each child to fully express his or her ideas and feelings, as well as support and encourage critical school readiness skills.

I’ve got an exciting year planned, and am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you as we explore lots of fun learning and play every week!

Soraida Cepeda   Classroom Leader

Soraida Cepeda
Classroom Leader

Greetings Dear parents,

My name is Soraida Cepeda, it’s my pleasure to introduce myself as the lead teacher for Curios Lions Class.

I have lived in the UAE for two years, I relocated here from the USA with my family. I’m a mother of three children. I have been working at a nursery in Abu Dhabi for two years until now. I'm very passionate about my work. I have been in Early Year Education for over 10 years, I received my Child Development Associate in 2015. I always like to better my education to provide the children under my care the best help for their development therefore, I received my Special Need Education Certificate in September 2021.

I believe that children learn through play and I’m looking forward to working with you to help on the development of your children, my main goal is to build a bond with each of them and create an environment where the children feel happy, loved, and encourage to learn.

Please feel free to contact me anytime on the Parents Application, our main communication channel, but bear with me if I’m not replying right away as my main attention will be on the children.

Looking forward to meeting each of you.
Amna Taher Classroom Leader

Amna Taher
Classroom Leader

"My name is Ms. Amna Taher and I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year!! I am holding a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from India then I decided to start my career in education by completing the CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Early Years Educator and CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services England. I have been working as an early year educator since 2013. 

I enjoy being with the children helping them grow step by step and I am passionate about my job because of the creativity in learning how we can teach and enrich the children’s environment through play. My main goal in teaching is to help the children be independent learners and inspire their curiosity and motivation to learn.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at any I am looking forward to this year – it’s going to be great!"

Kirsty Hughes  Classroom Leader

Kirsty Hughes
Classroom Leader

"My name is Kirsty Hughes and I will be your child’s teacher this year as “Bubbly Butterflies” Class leader. I have lived in the UAE for the past 5 years and graduated from College in the United Kingdom with CACHE Level 2, Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner & Level 3, Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Early Years Educator NVQ in childcare, Learning, and Development in 2011.

I am also holding Level 4 in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Leadership and Management in the Early Years. I have worked and trained in Childcare since I finished school at the age of 17 years. My experiences are gained from working in many schools and nurseries across Abu Dhabi and My main strength as a teacher is building a safe, happy, and fun learning environment for my class by building outstanding relationships with children, parents, and co-workers.

In my spare time, I love to travel, swim and exercise and I have a lovely cat called “Snuggles”.

You Can contact me via email: Looking forward to welcoming you and your children to start an exciting learning journey."

Walaa Saleh Arabic / Islamic Teacher

Walaa Saleh
Arabic / Islamic Teacher

"My name is Walaa Saleh. I will be teaching Arabic and Islamic studies to all age groups in our Little haven nursery. I have lived in the UAE for the last seven years, my two children are eleven and seven years old. I graduated in 2005 from the University of Cairo with a bachelor's degree in guidance. Ranked Excellent with honors and worked as a lecturer for two years. After obtaining the UK certified Diploma on Early years’ workforce from EYES and a Leadership and Management Diploma I worked in many schools and nurseries in Abu Dhabi.

My main strengths as a teacher are my ability to create a warm and well-balanced relationship with the students and the use of a variety of innovative and differentiated teaching methods to motivate students. Our Arabic/Islamic Classes will be daily, we will learn the alphabets, Quran, and lots of Dua’a. We will have lots of fun singing songs and playing games!.

You Can contact me via email: Looking forward to welcoming you and your children for a successful year."
Christian Flores Dolorosa  Class Leader

Christian Flores Dolorosa
Class Leader

"Hi My name is Ms. Christian Flores Dolorosa, I’m going to be your child’s Teacher Assistant and I’m so happy to meet and welcome you all in our Nursery. I know this is going to be a great year for all of us to grow and learn together. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education, Specialized in Early Childhood from Pamantasang ng Lungsod ng Pasig, Philippines.

I have been living and working here in the United Arab Emirates for thirteen years now and this is my second home already. I worked for 5 years as a kindergarten supervisor in a nursery in Dubai and I have been working for seven years in Little Haven Nursery.

I am a passionate and energetic teacher and I love to make lessons fun and engaging for the students."
Ligaya Dela Pena Agco Class Leader

Ligaya Dela Pena Agco
Class Leader

"My name is Ligaya Dela Pena Agco. I will be in charge of the Babies room, Little Ducklings, and Cuddly Caterpillar Classrooms. I am from the Philippines and I have two children ages 23 and 20 years and blessed with a one-year-old granddaughter. I have lived in the UAE for the past six years and Holding a Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and graduated in 1996. As well as a caregiver certificate in 2008 and finished CACHE Level 3Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Early Years Educator certified from UK and UAE.

I have worked as a Private Tutor/Carer with a European family in Ireland for five years. I have been working in Little Haven Nursery for 6 years, 2 years from them as babies’ room leader.

The babies room team will be welcoming your babies each day and we will give our best to provide and support all the needs and care of your babies. This year will be filled with lots of fun and learning activities. It might be slightly different this year but we will ensure that your babies are safe and happy.

You can contact me via email: I am so excited to work and meet your children and become part of their everyday growth. I have so many fun learning opportunities planned for your children this year. "

Zahra El-Ghit  Classroom Leader

Zahra El-Ghit
Classroom Leader

"Hello, my name is Zahra El-Ghit and I am so pleased to be teaching your children at Little Haven Nursery! I recently moved to Abu Dhabi from America and graduated in 2018 from Ball State University with a Bachelors's in Child Development.

I strive to create a classroom of learners that nurtures their growth in a positive and fun environment. I am dedicated to the overall development of each child and make it my goal to make sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your children’s lives, and I look forward to working with you all!"

Nathalie Nassar Shining Unicorns Classroom Leader

Nathalie Nassar
Shining Unicorns Classroom Leader

My name is Ms. Nathalie Nassar and I will be your child’s teacher this year. This will be my third year teaching at Little Haven Nursery and I am so excited to meet your children and We are going to have lots of fun while learning.

I moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2009 where I worked at Sabis International School (Choueifat) and Adnoc School of Abu Dhabi. Before moving to Abu Dhabi, I worked at Bright Beginnings Nursery at the American Community School of Beirut (ACS) as a classroom teacher for 5 years. As a preschool teacher, I work with the students at their own pace as each child is different.

I’m holding a CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Early Years Educator. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy providing my
students with motivational and creative learning

In my spare time, I love to read, listen to music and play basketball.

You can write to me at: Looking forward to meeting you and your little ones very soon.


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