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.

Parent


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

Owner

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

Owner

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

CEO

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

Farah

Head of Operation and 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.

Hiba Sayegh

Director

Hello everyone, my name is Hiba Sayegh and I am the director of Miles of Smiles Nursery and Kindergarten, Dubai.

My educational journey in Preschool and Primary Education as well as my 13 years of experience working in different schools and nurseries, allowed me to widen my knowledge and expand my expertise in Nursery and school related matters. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Preschool and Primary Education, a Cache Level 5 diploma in Leadership for health and social care and children’s and young people’s services as well as a Diploma in Educational testing competence. I am dedicated and passionate person, motivated to work around children as well as to guide and lead a team of teachers and staff members to deliver the best practice possible. I am teacher by nature, and that reflects in my leading style where I care to expand the knowledge and experience of my team equally to mine.

I am committed to offering a high quality of childcare and education and I am proud to say that Miles of Smiles Nursery and Kindergarten will be home to a variety of activities and learning opportunities tailored to support all children, embrace their uniqueness and promote their development and autonomy.I will always be available to accommodate your requests, listen to your concerns and together ensure the best future to all our children.

Hiba Zabad

Parent coordinator

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.

Nareman

Teacher

Hello Everyone!
My name is Nareman a Kindergarten Teacher with more than 4 years of experience and excellent track-record of supporting and encouraging students and Special Educational Needs (SENs). My focus is to support their learning, promote their self-confidence and independence and help them develop their social/emotional skills. I hold a special education diploma from Ajman University, ABA Diploma from National Academy Center and Cache level 3 Diploma from Aufuq Al Ebdaa Training Centre.

Jasmine

Teacher

Hi everyone!
My name is Jasmin, I’m from the Philippines and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I am a registered nurse and have worked in Maternity and Pediatrics area during my nursing career. I decided to follow and pursue my dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher, thus I took CACHE level 3. I have an experience working as a learning support assistant for a child with special needs and it motivated me to take up ABA, RBT, and SENCO level 3 courses. Working in an early childhood centre allows me to apply my knowledge to the most vulnerable members of the community to assure they are kept in a risk-free environment with zero hazards and to raise awareness on how to stop the spreading of illnesses and infectious diseases.

Tanvi

Teacher

Hello everyone!
My name is Tanvi, I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education (CACHE level 3) from the Hi fliers Institute in Dubai. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pune University in India.
I enjoy working with children.
It is fabulous to watch them develop and grow while noticing the uniqueness of each

Wisem

Teacher

Hello everyone,
I’m Wisem, language teacher at Miles of Smiles.
I have a Master’s degree in language and five years of experience as a language teacher.
I am fluent in French, English, Arabic and German.
I look forward to seeing you soon with our little children

Nora

Teacher

Hello,
I’m Nora, a passionate and dedicated Early Years practitioner. I have been working in the Early year’s sector for the past 14 years. I hold a Cache Level 2 and 3 in childcare and education as well as a Foundation Certificate in Montessori Pedagogy. I am looking forward to meeting all our amazing children and helping them grow, thrive and progress.

Angeli Estimada

Assistant Teacher

Hello everyone
My name is Ms. Angeli, i spent over 5 years working in Early Childhood Education with all ages, I finished my Cache Level 2 in Hi Fliers Institute.
Children are the precious jewels of life, so I chose this field to leave an impact on the society by assuring that children are always surrounded by a healthy and safe environment.

Maryam Afzal

Assistant Teacher

Hello Everyone
My name is Maryam Afzal. I have done Cache level 2 from Hi Fliers institue in dubai. As i wanted to persue my career in EYFS, I am currently doing Cache Level 3 from the same institute. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in textile Engg from pakistan and have 3 years of experience in same field.

Nassali Sumayiya

Assistant Teacher

Hello everyone,
Iam Nassali Sumayiya, l attained a cache level 2 from Hi Fliers Institute. Moreso l have a bachelor’s degree in Education. Specialised in literature and English from Makerere University in Uganda. I have Five years of experience in dealing and handling children as well.
It is very rewarding how we can apply various activities to enhance the communication and language of children which I have expertise in and will apply at Miles of Smiles while working on all the other developmental areas.

Jamseena KP

Medical

Hello everyone
My name is Jamseena KP , I am a professional graduate in Nursing ( Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Calicut university, India ) , Certified Diabetic Educator , Certified Infection Preventionist ( member of IFCAI – Infection Control Academy of India ) with overall 8 years of experience in Nursing Education and Clinical practice .