The Aga Khan Early Learning Centre, Dubai

Vision, Mission and Philosophy
The AKELC mission is to offer broad, holistic early childhood education on secular and non-denominational basis that demonstrates internationally recognized standards of excellence.

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Admissions Process

The Aga Khan Early Learning Centre accepts children between one and four years of age. Parents are welcome to schedule tours of the Centre by contacting the Reception by phone or email, or by stopping by the Centre to arrange a visit and to meet with the Head of Nursery and Preschool.

To register, parents are requested to complete an Admissions form to begin the application and enrolment process. A set of documents are required to be submitted as listed on the Admission form. Once the forms are completed and submitted along with the fees, the child may begin their first day of nursery in their registered class.

AKELC is open for admissions all year round and parents are welcome to enrol their child. Should the class be full, we will place your child on a waiting list until a place becomes available on a first come, first serve basis.

Academic Year

The academic year has 3 terms with 3 holiday programmes incorporated, as follows:


Term 1
September to December

Term 2
January to March

Term 3
April to June


Winter Holiday Programme
2 weeks in December

Spring Holiday Programme
1 or 2 week(s) at the end of March or beginning of April

Summer Holiday Programme
8 weeks in July and August

Please note that the term dates and holiday programmes are subject to change each year. Kindly check the Academic Calendar under Practical Information for more details.

The Settling In Process

The settling in period is unique to each child; therefore we recommend that parents (or authorised persons) remain available during this time as the hours of stay for your child may be shortened in length to assist them in their settling in. The staff will work with parents and their child to help smooth this transition period. A parent orientation will also be held with the Head of Nursery and Preschool.
> Please see the Settling In page for more information


Admissions forms can either be downloaded or collected from the Centre.

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