Professional and qualified staff

Our Staff are Guided by the Principles of

  • Knowledge and Human Development (KHDA)
  • Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Montessori International Association (MIA)

Above and beyond our already stringent code of ethics and guidelines for continuing education, our professional staff are guided by the principles and ethical codes of the following clinical and educational organizations.


You are our main partners!

The consistency is a fundamental necessity for a child to develop happily and smoothly. For this we work in correspondence to prompt better advantage for the child improvement and progress. In Minds of Smiles we prepare lots of open days as part of our responsibility to educate parents about child development, we also offer them many training opportunities to raise awareness about various topics such as safeguarding and wellbeing. You can do the below to help with your children learning :

  • Being generous with cuddles and love
  • Reading books together
  • Playing games
  • Talking about their explorations and observations
  • Participating in their children’s important events

External Providers :
We supports you with many services to smoothen parenthood.

Transport company :
An approved RTA company buses are present to help you with commuting task for all children 2 years plus. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for admin staff to better know about covered locations and prices.

Catering Company :
Nutrition is a very important sector for children health and wellbeing for this we have partnered with a specialized company that will cater our designed menus with love and passion and high levels of hygiene and safety.

After School Activities :
The various and daily events that happen within the day enlighten us about some interests and hobbies for children for this we extended their learning opportunities by providing specialized individuals to enhance their sports and art skills.

Get to know our staff

Dedicated Teachers & Staff

Our staff are dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with diverse special needs by providing evaluations and other services for children to achieve full and independent lives.

Léa Vandendaele


Hello everyone! My name is Léa, I am the founder of Miles of smiles Nursery and kindergarten, I have a double master of sciences in international business from Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France, as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Management (CACHE level 5) from the Hi fliers Institute in Dubai. As a mother of 3 children, I have always been passionate about Montessori education. When my first son was born, I opened my first Montessori nursery.
Five years of experience in the management of nurseries has allowed me to acquire different working methods that reflect a keen sense of how to empower our facilities to meet the needs of children and parents.
Miles of Smiles reflect our passion for teaching and our international experience while combining between the UK curriculum and the European method of Montessori!

Looking forward to meet you soon in one of our nurseries.

Paul Vandendaele


Hello everyone, I am Paul Vandendaele, the co-founder and co-owner of Miles Of Smiles nursery and kindergarten.
I hold a Master of Sciences in Purchasing & Innovation Management from Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France, as well as a Bachelor in International Business Operations & Management from the University of Irvine in California.

After many years of expertise in financial sector in Switzerland, Geneva. I decided to recruit this experience and explore the several opportunities United Arab Emirates may have through searching for new premises, conducting the design and architectural work of settings, selecting ressources and materials to show the best practices our practitioners do in the setting.

Léa Vandendaele


Hello everyone, as you know, I am Léa, the founder of Miles of Smiles Nursery and Kindergarten. My role in the head office is to ensure that each of our nurseries runs smoothly, maintaining the highest standards so that your children always have a unique experience at Miles of Smiles.
You can find me at each of our nurseries one day a week.
I look forward to meeting you soon


Head Of Education

Hello I’m Farah, head of operation and education at Miles of Smiles nursery & kindergarten.
With a Masters Degree in Education from University of Derby, UK, Diplomas and Certification in leadership and Tranings from Cache and Pearson BTech, UK besides a numerous continuous professional development courses about all aspects of child development and a bachelor in Nutrition and Dietitian, I am happy to share my knowledge and experience with you as a Head of Education in Miles of Smiles Early Childhood Centre. I have more than one 17 years experience in giving educational advices for practitioner and parents in various early learning centers in Dubai to meet the different needs of children from
Academic and developmental process.

Established an approach the combine between a variety of curriculums to deliver best practice and high quality standards to empower children and enhance their milestones thus raising resilient children. Coordinated numerous professional trainings for practitioners and parents to assure that plans are followed and targets are met. Assessed some setting to meet the local and international standards for safety and well-being of children. All of this experience combined with experience and knowledge and the team members should leave rest assured that Miles of Smiles if the place where your children will learn, develop and build up skills from all different areas of development.

Tala Bader

Parent coordinator

Hello, here is Tala Bader the admin and parent coordinator at Miles of Smiles ECC. I hold a double BA in Business Marketing from an American University and a Teaching from Saint Joseph University, a French University. I have five years of experience in teaching at schools with a passion for working with kids. I decided to implement both my business and teaching skills in the field of education. For me, the best achievement that I got is being a mother to two boys. What I learned through this experience is that kids need to socialize. Parents always worry when their kids start their journey at the early childhood centre so, I will be responsible for communicating with the parents to reassure them ensuring a soft productive transition and coordinating parental involvement in activities held in Miles of Smiles.

Furthermore, I will keep parents updated on the centre news, events, and activities done by their kids. As an admin, I will be responsible for the daily operations of the nursery.

Parents are welcome to contact me anytime during the working day.

Hiba Zabad


Hello Parents, My name is Hiba Zabad and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, I am the parent coordinator at Miles of Smiles Nursery and Kindergarten, Dubai. Holder of a Bachelor degree in Business Management and Administration and a mother of 2 years old girl. It is understandable how we as parents would be nervous for our kids as they enter into new endeavors such as Nursery, Elementary School, nevertheless my role is to ensure that the communication channels with parents is open and effective, built on credibility and reliability and to support parents with any concerns regarding their child’s wellbeing be it academically or socially. I will be there to walk you through this new journey from the very first day whilst instilling our Nursery Mission, Vision and Values.

Furthermore, providing parents with various resources from attending online webinars and participating in Nursery Events to garner knowledge and embed parenting practices.

Parents are welcomed to contact me at any time during our nursery working hours and looking forward to welcoming all the families in our little heaven.