My name is Ms. Joanne and I am the Owner of Family and Friends nursery (Fun & Play).
I am a wife to my husband David and together we are the proud parents to two young boys, Theodore and Benjamin, who were both born here in Dubai. My husband and I have resided in the UAE since 2005, initially only ever expecting to be away from the UK on a six month adventure. During this time I have worked extremely hard to be renowned as one of the most trustworthy and dedicated child practitioners in the UAE. I have cared for thousands of pre schoolers for more than a decade, some of whom are now teenagers whom I have the pleasure to occasionally meet having continued to maintain strong relationships with past families and children that have been entrusted into my care.
The thing that keeps me focused and ensures I continue to love my job, even after many years, is by simply appreciating that each child is an individual. No child will ever be the same, and no day will ever be the same. I genuinely love helping children to develop, and their individual personalities fascinate me continually. Every child is unique and how they play, learn and grow is so incredibly satisfying for me to not only see, but be such a big part of is an incredible privilege. Each day I feel so very lucky to be able to do what I love, in an environment that I have created, that is so true to me and my childcare ethos. I nurture each child as if they were my own and appreciate each and every aspect of their wonderful selves.
Family and Friends nursery was established in 2011. My core team and I have been together since that day. It is with that passion and commitment to both each other, and the children that attend our setting, that both my team and I have watched the nursery grow from strength to strength. We have developed an extremely strong reputation and a bond with our clients that will last a lifetime.
Family and Friends is a warm and loving ‘home from home’ environment. The children in our care feel calm, happy and stimulated though their time with us. My team continually go above and beyond to ensure that the highest standards of childcare are met. We know each and every child intimately, and this ensures the parents of the children that attend our setting are constantly confident and reassured that Family and Friends is the right place for their children to begin their first stepping stone, on a very long educational journey.