DirectorDear Little Haven Nursery Families and Future Families,

I would like to take this time to welcome you to our Little Haven Nursery (LHN). At Little Haven Nursery—all our children and their parents are part of our caring safe ‘haven’ family. We are proud to provide a nurturing community of teachers and staff for our parents and children. Little Haven Nursery is an extension of your family. We are committed to creating a safe, fun and meaningful early childhood experience each day for your child to come and enjoy learning through structured play following the Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS). At LHN and our Parent Partners work together to help instil and celebrate a life-long love of learning.

Children at Little Haven Nursery are treated with integrity, respect, and encouragement to ensure that all children’s unique learning styles and personalities are addressed. In our LHN warm environment, children experience learning activities that are developmentally appropriate for our Little Haven Nursery children to grow and bloom into independent thinkers and problem solvers. Our open area piazza space, outdoor play areas, and classroom areas are bright and filled with natural light that is designed purposely to welcome your child’s bright ideas to grow and develop in a risk-free safe learning environment. At LHN, we also provide extension-learning areas such as ---Mommy and Me Open Art/Crafts Area, Sensory Perception Room, Piazza Smart Board Theater, Open Area Dramatic Play Area, STEM Adventure Area, Piazza Play Area, Outside Water Area, and an external Wonderland Playground that inspire and develop curiosity and interest through exploration and discovery learning.

Obviously, Nursery Care leads to K-12 schooling. Academically all Little Haven Nursery students follow the EYFS system developing the seven main developmental structures of learning through well-developed lesson plans designed to peak curiosity and invite independent learning. Teachers’ lesson plans are based on EFYS learning goals for children 0-5 years old. Our students join at 2 months to 4 years old. By the time, our LHN children move on from our FS1 classes to ‘big’ school FS2/Kindergarten classes, they have developed independent ‘self-help’ and social skills that are important for a successful learning experience in FS2/Kindergarten and beyond. They have also developed a love for literacy and numeracy concepts, understand what it means to be respectful to our friends, and understand how to be part of a team sharing learning experiences.

Children of all religious traditions, ethnic origins, and economic backgrounds are welcomed at LHN. Little Haven Nursery-- staff and Parents as Partners work together to ensure the best preschool experience possible for all children. Communication is one of the most important pieces of our LHN and Parent Partnerships. The ties between parents, teachers, and administration is a living partnership that is consistently growing and developing. Parents are encouraged to be a part of our Little Haven Nursery Community through involvement in events, from Mommy and Me Art/Crafts, Flag Day and National Day celebrations, Coffee Cup mornings, Family Pizza Bake Day, Color Days, Breast Awareness –Go Pink Pumpkin Patch, Breakfast and Lunch Partners, Parents Involvement Committee and our Parent/Teacher Conferences. We invite you to come to visit our Little Haven Nursery and meet our early childhood teachers. I welcome all to our Little Haven Nursery and look forward to meeting you in person!

All the best,

Dr. Sandra Zaher
Operations Director and Nursery Principal


Corlia le Roux  FS1 Teacher

Corlia le Roux
FS1 Teacher

"I was born and raised in South Africa and having worked in Nursery schools in South Africa for 18 years, I moved to Abu Dhabi in 2016 and then joined Little Haven Nursery team in 2017. I have extensive professional training and development and have Cache level 3 training. By viewing teaching as a lifelong learning process, it has helped me as an educator to share my enthusiasm inside and outside the classroom. I love to teach through creative and critical thinking methods as well as implementing problem-solving and questioning into the classroom"
Amenah Qussai Taher FS1 Teacher

Amenah Qussai Taher
FS1 Teacher

"I’m from Iraq and I graduated as a bachelor of business administration from India .then I decide to complete my study in CACHE Level 3 (Diploma early years educator) I have been teaching in early years since 2013. I enjoy being with the children helping them grow step by step. I’m passionate about my job because of the creativity in learning how we can teach the children through play. my aims to make the children to be independent learners and strives to learn more about them every day. "
Loida Cunanan Nabong  Baby Room Teacher

Loida Cunanan Nabong
Baby Room Teacher

"I joined Little Haven Nursery 4 years ago working as a Nursery Chef. I have been blessed to be backed again to this place I call my “Home” and very fortunate to work alongside an amazing team that never fails to put a smile on everyone’s face. I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while they play Having a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, I am confident that I can make positive contribution to your child’s growth and development. It is my noble goal to make sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve. "
Kirsty Hughes  FS1 Teacher

Kirsty Hughes
FS1 Teacher

"I’m from the U.K A city called Liverpool, I have {Cache level 3 in childcare learning and development} were I study in England. I have been working with children for over 15 years. I have been teaching in many different schools in the U.k with ages from 1 year old to 15-year-olds. I have been a nursery teacher in Abu Dhabi for 3 years. I enjoy being a nursery teacher seeing the children grow from such a small age and developing in all different areas of aspects and watching them graduated to big school. MY Aims is to support the children and prepare them for the big school watching them become independent. "
Walaa Saleh Arabic Teacher

Walaa Saleh
Arabic Teacher

"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 6 years, my two children are nine and five years old studying in Repton School. I graduated in 2005 from the University of Cairo with a bachelor degree of guidance. Ranked Excellent with honours and worked as a lecturer for 2 years. After obtaining the UK certified Diploma in Early year’s 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. Looking forward to welcoming you and your children for a successful year."
Nathalie Nassar Classroom Teacher

Nathalie Nassar
Classroom Teacher

"Mrs. Nathalie Nassar is an energetic, loving and enthusiastic teacher who has more than 10 years of experience in teaching young children. Mrs. Nathalie is married and has 2 daughters. She moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2009 where she worked at Sabis International School and Adnoc school of Abu Dhabi. Before moving to Abu Dhabi Mrs. Nathalie worked at Bright Beginnings Nursery at the American Community School of Beirut as a classroom teacher for 5 years. This will be her second year teaching at Little Haven Nursery. Mrs. Nathalie is a Professional Basketball player and high jump athlete and she enjoys spending her free time with her family."
Zaina Zaher Classroom Teacher

Zaina Zaher
Classroom Teacher

"I hold a Bachelor of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies (Early Childhood Education) from Arizona State University. I decided to be an early childhood educator because I wanted to help set the stage for learning through play. A child’s education is the most valuable part of his/her world. I believe Little Haven Nursery is a wonderful beginning for your child’s education and emotional development. My class is filled with well-planned learning through structured play to ensure that your child is academically, socially, and emotionally ready for the world around them. Education is fun! In my class, your child is surrounded with learning opportunities filled with love. As the Happy Hippo Classroom teacher I am pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you and to watch together your child grow, learn, and bloom. "


Fatima I. Humaid  Registrar

Fatima I. Humaid

"I am the Administrative and Registrar at Little Haven Nursery. I work closely with the Nursery Principal and parents to maintain records of all children and process all registrations. I schedule and give parents tour as part of registration process. Our  Nursery is open year round to foster growth and development of your little ones. I look forard to seeing you and your child at our nursery to register for the best learning experience possible. I have been living in Abu Dhabi for 18 years. I hold Diploma in General Secretarial Works from YWCA in Jerusalem and previously worked as an Executive Secretary at The New England Centre for Children, Abu Dhabi University and KPMG"


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