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Natalie Dobson

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Head of Nursery - Dragonflies

My journey to becoming an Early Years specialist began 28 years ago in the Primary School I attended in the North East of England. The experience provided; and memories made at such a young age by my own teachers, motivated me to become a primary school teacher, inspire children and provide them with the foundations at the start of their education.

I graduated from the University of Northumbria, England in 2008 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Primary Education. I was exceptionally lucky to have my first ever teaching post in the primary school I once attended, alongside the teachers who once taught me.  

My role in England was very satisfying, however I felt my knowledge and skills held value to a new challenge. In August 2014, I moved to the United Arab Emirates, teaching in a previous international school holding the posts of Curriculum Leader and Head of Nursery as well as classroom teacher.  In 2018, I made my proudest achievement to date by joining the early years team at Nord Anglia Dubai and this year I am very excited to begin my new role as Head of Nursery. 

The outstanding teaching ethos and pedagogy in the early years at Nord Anglia Dubai is truly inspirational and highly innovative.  I am committed to leading the team through the EYFS frame work and through child-initiated play and interests. My environment is created through a natural approach, drawing inspiration from the principles and practice of Reggio Emilia. I believe that children should be equipped with the skills and knowledge that allows them to take control of their own learning through active experiences and enquiry-based play. The children will have opportunities to work collaboratively and creatively, become resilient and confident to express their opinions and interests.

During my spare time I enjoy a good bar of chocolate, cinema outings, socialising with friends and visiting the many delicious restaurants that Dubai has to offer. I also adore performing arts and musical theatre. Over the years I have had the opportunity to take on the roles of various leading ladies within a theatre company in England. My favourite role to date has been fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the character of Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. My passion of singing and drama will be evident in my classroom.

I am extremely proud to be leading the Nursery team at NAS and to be a part of the excellent leadership team. I am very much looking forward to meeting all the eager children and parents, where together we can embark on the fun filled year that awaits.