Professional and qualified staff


Our employees follow the following principles

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

In addition to our already strict code of ethics and continuing education policy, our professionals adhere to the following principles and codes of ethics for clinical and educational organizations.

Parent


They are our main partners!

Consistency is a basic requirement for a child’s happy and smooth development. To this end, we strive for the better benefit of the child’s progress and advancement through communication. At Minds of Smiles, we are preparing many open days as part of our responsibility to educate parents about child development. We also provide them with many training opportunities to raise awareness on a variety of topics such as conservation and wellbeing. Here are some things you can do to help your child learn :

  • Generous hugs and love
  • Read together
  • Play games
  • Talk about their explorations and observations
  • Participate in important activities for your child

External suppliers:
We support you with many services to make parenting easier.

Transport company :
Approved RTA company buses are available to help you commute for all children aged 2+. Please feel free to contact the executive for more information on coverage locations and prices.

Catering Company :
Nutrition is a very important area of ​​children’s health and well-being. For this reason, we work with a professional company to prepare the menus we design with love and enthusiasm, as well as a high level of hygiene and safety.

Extracurricular Activities:
The various daily activities that take place throughout the day inspire us to learn about some of the interests and hobbies of children. That’s why we expand their learning opportunities by providing professionals to improve their athletic and artistic 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.

Prachi Balutia

Deputy

My name is Prachi Balutia, Assistant Manager and Teacher at Miles of Smiles Nursery, Dubai.

With six years of experience working as a teacher in an EYFS setting, I am a devoted and qualified Early Years Practitioner with a passion for children’s learning and development. I hold CACHE Level 2 and 3 diplomas, and I am currently working on completing Level 5.

My experience as a teacher has helped me develop a philosophy that guides how I help my students succeed in the classroom and beyond. It is my firm belief that every child is unique and that one-size-fits-all methods do not work when teaching, especially in early childhood settings. I specialize in developing engaging and meaningful activities for children that encourage active participation.

It is only through active communication between parents and teachers that we can provide the best care and education for the child, and I welcome all of your inquiries.

I am looking forward to meeting with you soon!

Adila

Parent coordinator

Hello I’m Adila, the parent coordinator of Miles of Smiles Umm suqeim.
I have a Master’s degree in marketing and have always been attracted to the world of early childhood.
Today at Miles of Smiles, I look forward to being a part of our families’ journey, accompanying you in your search process, and helping you integrate smoothly into UAE educational system, from the Early Years to the mainstream schools.

Prachi Balutia

Teacher

My name is Prachi Balutia, Assistant Manager and Teacher at Miles of Smiles Nursery, Dubai.

With six years of experience working as a teacher in an EYFS setting, I am a devoted and qualified Early Years Practitioner with a passion for children’s learning and development. I hold CACHE Level 2 and 3 diplomas, and I am currently working on completing Level 5.

My experience as a teacher has helped me develop a philosophy that guides how I help my students succeed in the classroom and beyond. It is my firm belief that every child is unique and that one-size-fits-all methods do not work when teaching, especially in early childhood settings. I specialize in developing engaging and meaningful activities for children that encourage active participation.

It is only through active communication between parents and teachers that we can provide the best care and education for the child, and I welcome all of your inquiries.

I am looking forward to meeting with you soon!

Nida Hanif

Teacher

My name is Nida Hanif and I’m from Pakistan. I have been in Dubai for the past 4 years.
I’m having a professional degree in education and Cache level 3.
I will be your child’s teacher and I’m excited to make this year my best year yet. I can’t wait to spend this term growing and learning with your child.
“I love teaching because every single day we make a difference in someone’s life which goes far beyond our knowledge. As a teacher, I can positively influence a child’s way of thinking or doing, Essentially, I can be a positive influence on their lives. I can inspire. I can encourage children to build their self-esteem and belief in themselves no matter their background or abilities.

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

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 .