03 Sep 2014 16:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today opened a unique aviation-themed nursery in Abu Dhabi, as part of the airline’s commitment to provide world-class support services for its employees.
The new nursery joins a range of
services provided to Etihad Airways’ employees to support their welfare and
wellbeing, including the recently launched ambulance service, a full-service
medical centre, accommodation assistance and education support.
Located directly opposite to the airline’s head office at Etihad Plaza,
the Etihad Airways Nursery was officially opened by Ray Gammell, Etihad
Airways’ Chief People and Performance Officer. Mr Gammell was joined by Moza Al
Shoomi, Director of the Child’s Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs;
Sue Jones, Kids Academy UK Founder; Khalifa Faraj Bin Hamoodah, Kids Academy
UAE Chairman; Samantha McClements, Kids Academy Group Nursery Director; Etihad
Airways’ flying nannies and cabin crew to welcome parents and children to the
“Etihad Airways is a people business and our people are our number one
priority. The new on-site nursery will provide highest quality of care for the
children, while helping our working parents and their families to balance the
roles and responsibilities of parenting with the demands of full-time work.
“This initiative reflects our ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of our
employees and their families, to provide them with the best-in-class support
services,” Mr Gammell said.
As well as a nursery, the facility also operates an out-of-hours ‘stay
and play’ crèche service, allowing parents to
leave their children in expert care during both the working week and weekends.
The Etihad Airways Nursery is operated by the Kids Academy, a multi-award
winning child care provider with more than fourteen years of experience across
the UK and UAE. Kids Academy offers high quality British-based curriculum in
line with the Ministry of Social Affairs guidelines for early years’ education
in the UAE. This operates in three prime areas: communication and language,
physical development, and personal, social and emotional development.
Spanning an area of 740 square meters, the nursery can accommodate up to
100 children between the ages of 45 days and four years, supervised by a team
of 30 highly-qualified teachers and fully-trained nursery assistants.
The state-of-the-art nursery comprises five primary rooms catering for
different stages of development including, babies’ room, toddlers’ room, an
early learning classroom, a reception classroom equivalent to FS1, and an indoor
The interior of the facility is uniquely designed to resemble an Etihad Airways’
aircraft. Each room has windows and doors matching those of an aircraft, fluffy
clouds hanging from the ceiling and colorful walls decorated with aircraft and
cabin crew decals, and with the much-loved collectable Etihad
characters: Zoe the bee, Jamool
the camel, Kundai the lion, and Boo the panda.
Commenting on the new nursery, Nouf Al Shehi, Etihad Airways’ Guest
Services Officer, said: “My daughter adores the new nursery and I love the fact
that she is just across the road in a safe, healthy and interactive learning environment.
The new facility is a tremendous support to working mothers, enabling us to
have a successful career and a family life.”
Sanaa Al Daoumy, Etihad Airways’ HR Business Partner, said: “Parents at
Etihad Airways now have a convenient nursery facility which meets their
requirements and nurtures children according to the highest international
standards. The children are in awe of the aircraft interior design, which makes
them feel part of the Etihad Airways family.”