Muscat - Post Report Question and Answers

Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

Preschools and day care are available and they aren't too expensive. Our kid goes to a Montessori preschool in our neighborhood and we've been extremely happy. It's only half-day but he's loves it and he's learning Arabic. There are a number of other daycares and preschools in Muscat, although I don't know of any places that will take children under the age of one that aren't walking yet. - Dec 2018

Yes but from what I've heard they are almost prohibitively expensive. But I have no experience. There is a Montessori school and a place called Oasis that some people use. - Feb 2018

Preschools are fine, but not great unless you are paying big $$ to go to TAISM. We were hoping for socialization, so we're not disappointed, but the preschools we visited seem to be just a step above glorified daycare. Some parents have nannies to help at home instead; a few go it alone. - Jun 2012

Several families use local preschools. There is not much in the way of Arabic immersion. Omanis want their kids to learn English, and they start them young. There is a preschool located directly across the street from the two main housing compounds (these hold 14 families) and you can walk your kid right across the street. Preschools end around noon. Pretty much everyone has live-in nannies. The sponsorship system makes it tough to try them out, though, as you need to pay for return to their home country if you terminate their employment. Most are from India or the Philippines. There are no native speakers of Arabic working as domestic help here. - May 2012

Plenty around and pretty expensive. - Aug 2011

Yes, but pricey - Feb 2011

It's available but selection varies and most parents end up hiring a Nannie/cook/house keeper. - Feb 2010

Not sure. Most families with small children had live-in nannies. - Jan 2010

Both TAISM and ABA have early childhood classes (3 year-olds and 4 year-olds). The cost can be quite high. There are also many nurseries around Muscat. Many parents opt for household and nanny help to assist with younger children. There are a lot of help available opportunities, be sure to look into all the rules regarding sponsorship issues. Additionally there is a MOPS style program and standing playdate get-togethers. - Mar 2009

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