About Us

Early Childhood Learning Center

The Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) is a state of the art, bilingual facility operated on both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai campuses. These facilities serve children from 6 months to 4.4 years of age. The Center primarily serves the needs of the ZU community; therefore, it will be populated mainly with the children of ZU faculty, staff and students. Community members who are not affiliated with ZU may submit a registration form and will be considered, based on available space.

In addition to serving the educational development of young children in Zayed University and the surrounding community; the Center acts as a lab school which supports the training of early childhood educators and serves as a research environment to study child development. Professors with expertise in early childhood education, educational psychology and child development train the faculty and staff and mentor student teachers. ECLC Teachers act as model teachers that implement a high quality early childhood curriculum and serve as mentors to new teachers. Outreach is also an important component of the ECLC’s mission, as it will serve as a Center for parenting information, workshops and training.

We strive to use developmentally appropriate goals for young children as a framework for planning our educational program and assessing children’s progress in all foundational areas necessary for success in primary schooling. Our individualized, developmental approach allows us to meet the unique needs of most children. Similarly, we use theories of adult development to support the lifelong learning of our faculty and staff, family members, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and colleagues that participate in our programs. We hope that the ECLC will inspire innovation and excellence in various disciplines to meet the changing needs of UAE society.

Age Groups


6 months – 1.5 years

Early Toddlers

1 year 6 months – 2 years 3 months


2 years 3 months – 3 years 3 months


3 years 3 months - 4 years

Operating Hours

The operating hours are from 7:30 am to 4.30pm, five days a week with pick-up times at 12:30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Need more information? Want to see the Center or meet the teachers? Please e-mail us at ECLCinfo@zu.ac.ae for AUH campus or ECLCDXB@zu.ac.ae for DXB campus to set up an appointment.

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