Dubai: Parents in the UAE have many options when it comes to selecting a good nursery for their toddlers, but a new e-gate for UAE nurseries has just made the selection process much easier.

The new website,, was launched yesterday by Mariam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, to help parents find out all about nurseries and their locations and services.

"The e-gate is an educational tool and comprehensive, trusted and interactive channel of communication offering the latest information to the targeted audience under the supervision of the Child Department of the ministry," Mouza Al Shoumi, Director of the Child Department, said in a speech.

"Opening this gate enhances the concept of partnership between all sectors of society in offering social services and identifying the needs of children."

The site aims to link all concerned parties and facilitate communication between them, while offering guidance and introducing the latest in this field.

The Arabic and English website includes many sections, including a nursery guide, which allows users to find nurseries in any emirate or area, browse the available nurseries, read about their services and see pictures of what they have to offer.

There is also a services and products guide and an investor's guide, which contains all the laws and regulations related to setting up a nursery.

The website's discussion forum is where parents, teachers, consultants and owners of nurseries can discuss their needs.