The long journey that is education does not only start when children enter school. It begins at home, and for many children, it continues in nurseries. The best of these can offer an enjoyable, safe, and smooth transition from toddlerhood to primary school. Here, we take a look at 10 of Cairo’s best nurseries. If your child is attending a warm and loving nursery that you do not see listed here, please feel free to share this information with other parents by leaving a comment below.
1Lads n’ Lasses Nursery
Kicking off the list is Lads n’ Lasses Nursery in Heliopolis. This brilliant nursery scored full marks in almost all our assessment criteria. The nursery is filled with colors and artwork – much of it made by the children themselves. Granted, it is not as posh or as big as some of the newer nurseries popping up around town but it is the friendliest, warmest nursery we came across. The nursery is superbly maintained and constantly updated. The toys and furniture are made from the highest quality materials including natural wood and recycled plastic. They have succeeded in creating a stimulating environment that is ideal for the child’s creative development.
The impressive environment has an equally impressive staff too. The teachers are well trained and qualified. They know how to deliver a unique and tested play-based curriculum that focuses on literature, and is designed to help develop the children’s language skills. Perhaps one of our favorite aspects of this nursery is its one-on-one approach. They go to great lengths to give each child the attention they deserve because they understand that each child is a unique individual. In fact, it is a breath of fresh air to find a nursery that applies the concept of individuality as much as they promote it. We also noticed that they have an extensive collection of imported books that we have not come across in other nurseries. We loved the way the teachers extracted the morals of each story in a way the children can understand.
93% of the parents we surveyed were “extremely satisfied” with the development of their child since joining – the highest of all nurseries in Egypt! Concerning the food, meals are 100% organic, balanced, and locally sourced. Regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, full safety precautions are strictly enforced and the nursery is sanitized far better than other nurseries in Egypt. Overall, we were blown away with Lads n’ Lasses Nursery. This is a shining example of what a nursery should be.
2Sunrise International Nursery
Sunrise International Nursery boasts more than 30 years of experience. They have been one of the most trusted names in the early education sector for a very long time. Sunrise is synonymous with being a second home for children. The nursery is modern, safe, secure, well-equipped, and air-conditioned. Every corner is monitored by CCTV cameras that parents can access through an online system.
The curriculum is based on the International Preschool Curriculum. This is a hybrid between the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC). It essentially combines the best of both to create a superb curriculum fit for a top nursery. In addition, the Montessori method of education is also followed at Sunrise. This is a fantastic approach that develops natural interests and activities rather than only using formal teaching methods. The dedicated Montessori hall at Sunrise is a dedicated space that emphasizes hands-on learning and the development of real-world skills.
The staff is wonderful. They are exemplary in their care and professionalism. They are experienced, qualified, and excellent communicators. They can communicate in English, Arabic, French, and German. Regardless of the experience and qualifications, the friendly staff at Sunrise is hugely dedicated to the well-being of the children. To them, nothing is more important than the children’s happiness, safety, and development.
3Under 5 Preschool
Under 5 Preschool has a whopping 6 branches spread across Cairo. They focus on developing the child’s intellectual, physical, and emotional attributes. Parent feedback is very positive, hygiene standards are excellent, and security is taken very seriously. During our inspections, we noticed that the teachers and staff were very friendly and caring. In fact, their level of support and supervision was truly remarkable. There’s a lot of physical activity to keep your children fit and healthy. During our study, we came across too many nurseries in Egypt where the staff were incredibly impatient, where they viewed the children as incapable, and in the process destroying their confidence in a crucial stage of development. But Under 5 is a breath of fresh air. We were amazed by how the staff encouraged the children to believe in themselves and to carry out certain tasks independently. They spoke to the kids in a respectful and dignified way – an incredibly rare aspect in Egypt. In short, Under 5 Preschool is simply remarkable.
Youpi Nurseries blew us away with their philosophy of Education through Entertainment. The children develop through playing, learning, singing, and other fun activities supported by the best educational materials from US-based companies like Lakeshore. They even have a psychologist for the child’s behaviour. Youpi are renowned for their ability to prepare your child to pass school interviews – both national and international. In fact, they’re so good at it that schools send children that failed their entry tests to Youpi for further preparation. We were happy to see a lot of mutual respect between the children and teachers. Staff members are chosen based on their education and experience – as we saw first-hand during our undercover visits. They were understanding, caring and very loving. Three healthy, balanced meals are provided everyday. Finally, Youpi passed our hygiene tests, safety tests, and security tests with good results. All in all, an excellent nursery we’d highly recommend.
Where: Mohandeseen (3 branches)
Contact: +201151122152, Facebook
With its stellar reputation and unique ability to prepare children for success in academics, Kompass stands out for all the right reasons. It’s a truly international nursery that attracts qualified and trained teachers from around the world. The parents are convinced their children attend the best nursery in Cairo. And whether you agree with them or not, Kompass certainly deserves to be recognized as one of the best in the city. In our observation, the level of professionalism at Kompass is rarely seen at other nurseries, setting the children up perfectly for an education at one of the top schools in Cairo.
Contact: +20223802977, website
Juniors Academy is one of the biggest and most beautiful nurseries in Cairo. Parents take comfort in the fact that their children are always learning in a fun and engaging way under the protective watch of the staff. The staff is continuously praised for their professionalism and the way they handle incidents. Despite its size, the nursery maintains a family-like, tight-knit atmosphere filled with love. The parents we spoke to were very satisfied with the physical and mental development of their children whilst highlighting the facilities as a huge benefit. In short, Juniors Academy is one of the best nurseries in Cairo, and one we doubt will disappoint you or your child.
Where: 5th Settlement (El-Tagamoa El-Khames)
Contact: +201000000035, website
7Fun Yard Nursery & Summer School
There are so many good things about Fun Yard that we won’t be able to cover them all here but the nursery can be summed up with one word: excellent. Fun Yard is arguably the best nursery in the west of Cairo encompassing 6 October, Sheikh Zayed, and the Cairo-Alex Desert Rd. The environment is safe and spacious with a lot of natural features for your little ones to explore. The staff is friendly and professional with a good command of English. Fun Yard aims to give every single child the best care, and the attention they deserve. The children seem to love this nursery, and the parents rate it very highly. Simply put, Fun Yard is a top-notch nursery with a good reputation and one we’d wholly recommend.
Where: Cairo-Alex Desert Road
Contact: +201007000871, website
8Irish School Cairo
To many, the Irish School needs no introduction. They certainly have a reputation that precedes them, and we were adamant to put that reputation to the test. To nobody’s surprise, the Irish School scored nearly full marks in pretty much all of our research criteria. On our visits, we noticed a good amount of care and attention devoted to the kids. Academically, the Irish School is in a league of its own. This is probably the best nursery to set your kids up to enter an international school. Other areas where the Irish School excelled are hygiene, safety, security, classroom quality, play areas, food, and parent communication. A near-perfect nursery experience offered by the Irish School.
Where: Dokki, Maadi, New Cairo
Contact: +201000904968, Website
Trillium takes a holistic approach, meaning they work on the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the child. This nursery loves to flaunt its Montessori method but the parents we spoke to were less concerned about this than what really makes a good nursery. The bottom line is simple. Parents look for a place in which their children can learn and develop in a safe and stimulating environment whilst having fun and being looked after. In that regard, Trillium does very well. With two branches and a new one on the way, Trillium is a first-rate nursery that’s fast becoming the new benchmark in early childhood education.
Where: 5th Settlement (El-Tagamoa El-Khames), Heliopolis, 6 October
Contact: +201011556585, website
10Leap – Development Hub
Before we get into what we really like about Leap, let’s discuss the basics. Safety and security are taken seriously with plenty of guards, CCTV monitoring, child-friendly facilities, healthy food, strict hygiene standards, and a doctor available at all times. We love the huge outdoor area, and the professional gym to enhance the gross motor skills development. The parents are happy with the level of care and did not highlight any concerns. They pinpointed the friendliness of the teachers and praised the teaching approach in a way we haven’t seen from parents at other nurseries. Leap focuses on individuality as opposed to conformity. This means that Leap knows that each child is different and develops in their own way, at their own pace. They’ve surrounded the kids with theme-based environments in open classes, which works wonders in developing their intelligence and creativity. Add in the implementation of “The Leader in Me” program, and you’re left with a uniquely brilliant preschool we highly recommend.
Now it’s your turn. Let us know if we’re missing a special nursery in the comments below. If you’ve had a particularly good or bad experience with any of the nurseries listed above, please let us know in the comments section. Want to get in touch with us? Just click here and drop us a message.