Keeping education community safe: Preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Early Childhood Centres in Dubai


Last updated: 03:00 PM – 13 September 2021

FAQs: Updated Protocols for Early Childhood Centres (ECCs) - September 2021

PDF icon  Protocols for Reopening of Early Childhood Centres in Dubai – 13 September 2021

    What are the major changes in the health and safety protocols?

    Provided they comply with health and safety protocols, the following activities may resume:

    • Swimming and sports lessons
    • Holiday camps
    • After-hours extracurricular activities
    • Food catering

    We continue to live in uncertain times, and the relaxation in restrictions is a privilege. To continue to enjoy these freedoms throughout the academic year, it is crucial that children, parents and school staff fully comply with the protocols at all times.


    Can parents drop off and pick up their children in the classroom?

    Yes, parents are now allowed to drop off and pick up their children from the classroom if the centre allows it. However, parents should not have access to the other areas of the building during drop-off and pick-up.


    Does the 1.5-metre physical distancing still apply at early childhood centres?

    From now on, one metre distancing is recommended. Centres must take appropriate precautions to ensure that children and teachers stay physically distanced where possible.

    Are face masks compulsory this year?

    Face masks are compulsory for everyone aged six years and older.


    Can swimming and sports lessons take place?

    Yes, swimming and sports can go ahead. Changing rooms and sports areas must be sanitised after each group of children. All health and safety, and sanitisation protocols must be followed according to Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Sports Authority guidelines.


    What kind of events can resume at early childhood centres?

    Assemblies, performances, and events can take place, in line with Dubai Health Authority guidelines.


    Will buses run at full capacity?

    Yes, buses may run at fully capacity, provided they comply with health and safety protocols around sanitisation and ventilation, among others.

    How will children be kept safe at early childhood centres?

    Centres will still follow thorough Dubai Government health and safety protocols. Similar to last year, these will include guidance on sanitisation, teaching and learning materials. Unannounced visits to check compliance to protocols will also take place. The full protocols are available here.
  Frequently Asked Questions – Early Childhood Centres in Dubai (Archived)

For more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please call:
- Estijaba Service on 8001717
- Dubai Health Authority on 800342 or
- Ministry of Health and Prevention on 80011111


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