Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Which grades does DBF offer?

We offer Foundation Stage One and Foundation Stage Two. DBF is the feeder school to Taaleem's Dubai British School Jumeirah Park (DBSJP), offering Year 1 to Year 13*.

When did DBF open?

DBF opened as scheduled in September 2014. 

How can I apply?

You can apply for a seat for your child/children by completing the Online Application Form. Alternatively, visit us at our Admissions Office, which is open Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 4pm. Click here for the location map.

What are the school days and timings?

FS1: Sundays to Wednesdays 8am to 1.30pm and on Thursdays 8am to 1pm.

FS2: Sundays to Wednesdays 8am to 2.00pm and on Thursdays 8am to 1:30pm.

The school’s administration offices are open Sundays to Thursdays, 8am to 4pm.

What is the length of the school year?

The school year starts in early September and ends in early July.

Does DBF provide transportation?

DBF does not provide school bus transportation.

Where is the school located?

DBF is ideally located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Islands residential development, in close proximity to The Springs, Emirates Hills, Dubai British School and Taaleem's Dubai British School Jumeirah Park. Click here for the location map.

What about Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs)?

A range of ECAs, included in the tuition fee, is offered by DBF teaching staff. ECAs provided by external suppliers are optional and parents are required to pay the supplier directly for these.

Does DBF cater for exceptional children?

Yes, we provide for gifted children and those needing learning support.


Do the children wear uniform?

Yes, DBF has a uniform policy. Uniforms are available at ZAKS in Al Barsha. Click here for further details.

Does DBF have dining facilities?

We offer the RHODES LUNCH BOX PROGRAMME at an additional cost. The meal consists of a healthy mid-morning snack followed by a cold lunch served in our unique lunch box including an organic salad or fruit starter, a balanced main course consisting of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables followed by a wonderful dessert. Click here for details.

Age Cut-off Date?

A child must be 3 years old by 31 August to enrol in FS 1 and 4 years old by 31 August to enrol in FS 2.

Does DBF offer after-school care?

Not in the traditional sense but we are offering Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs) conducted by our teaching staff at no additional cost. ECAs offered by an external provider are at an additional cost.

What is the level of qualifications the teachers are required to have accomplished.

Every teacher at DBF holds an internationally recognised teaching qualification, with experience in Early Years and a minimum of two years' or more qualified teaching experience.

All candidates must have completed 12 years of Primary and Secondary education and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Education or equivalent, specialising in the relevant educational field. Holding a subject degree alone will not qualify you to teach in the UAE. Teachers with extensive experience who hold a Certificate or Diploma of Education may be recognised as qualified. Offers made would be subject to receiving the approval of the UAE Ministry of Education, who must be satisfied that their criteria in the relevant teaching qualifications are met in a formal process.

All successful candidates will be expected to complete the school's medical form, duly certified by a General Practitioner and be passed fit for working overseas. On occasion the authorities will require you to supply a recent chest X-Ray. Finally, candidates will be expected to supply a police clearance certificate or similar proof of non-criminality.

What languages do you offer?
DBF has English as the language of instruction, with the addition of Arabic taught in a unique, innovative and child-friendly manner.
Does the school provide English as a second language?

Young children can integrate quickly into class with support of DBF’s ‘English as an Additional Language’ (EAL) programme, which is one of the unique sets of programmes that we offer to our students. The key focus is to assist students to become proficient in English.

Why incorporate Arabic in the learning programme?

Whether your child has had a wealth of exposure to the Arabic language and culture or hardly any at all, our programme of learning at DBF will excite and inspire your child to go forward and learn more.

Our very experienced bi-lingual Arabic/English specialist teaches Arabic through song and ‘hands-on’ cross curricular learning; capitalising on young children’s natural ability to absorb language through meaningful experiences.

Fostering a love of language and culture, the main emphasis is upon promoting confidence in speaking Arabic and listening to spoken Arabic with understanding.

Your child is exposed to the Arabic language in spoken and written form and to Arabic culture, as a natural consequence of living in Dubai. As your child grows to understand more of the language and culture, he or she will feel increasingly secure and ‘at home’ in their environment.

Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries and there are well over 300 million native speakers of Arabic throughout the world. The ability to speak Arabic is a valuable skill to begin to acquire from a very young age.

Your child will learn about the art, music, literature and cuisine of the region and the values of honour, dignity and generosity that have such importance in Arabic culture.

Our overarching aim is to for your child to love learning Arabic and to move on to primary school with great enthusiasm to learn more.

Does DBF have a clinic?

DBF provides a Health Centre with a full-time nurse and a visiting doctor. Parents are required to complete a Student Medical Form prior to admissions, which they will need to update annually to ensure that DBF can provide the appropriate medical support as and when required.

Where do the teachers come from?

The majority of our teachers are British. We hire teachers internationally to find the best practitioners from around the globe. All our teachers are highly trained and qualified and have all the requirements as per KHDA guidelines. Administrative staff are international and hired locally and internationally.