Starfish Lane Kids Nurseries

School Mission Statement

Welcome to Starfish Lane Kids, three gorgeous and friendly Australian nurseries in Doha. We are proud of our 2015 Award for “Outstanding Quality of Childcare” by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Qatar. It is the little Starfish Lane children and parents’ appreciation we prize most. Since 2006 we’ve committed to providing a warm, nurturing and safe environment for your child. We aim to empower children to become confident, respectful and lifelong learners. With Yoga, Playball®, “Let it Grow” winter gardening, Kids in the Kitchen (healthy eating programme) and library time all integrated in the weekly curriculum. We offer fun life-long learning experiences for your children. Our mission is to provide a program where the needs and interests of children come first.

At our Starfish Lane Kids nurseries, children feel safe and secure and parents can take comfort in knowing that their children are receiving the highest level of care. At Starfish we offer early learning programs for children from ten months to four years. We strive to provide the highest care and learning environment possible for young children. Children are encouraged by our educators to play, discover, create, improvise and imagine through an emergent Australian curriculum.


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General Information

Phone numbers: 

  • SF1: Al Markhiya 4487-5939 
  • SF2: Al Jelaiah 4411-0355

Website:  www.starfishlanekids.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/starfishlanekids

Email:  enquiries@starfishlanekids.com

Location of nurseries:  Al Markhiya and Al Jelaiah

Nearby Landmarks:  Landmark Mall, West Bay, College of The North Atlantic - Qatar, Aramex Roundabout

GPS Coordinates of Starfish 1 (Al Markhiya):  25.334019, 51.483135

GPS Coordinates of Starfish 2 (Al Jelaiah):  25.357222, 51.480278

Starfish 3 Qatari Diar:  (Private Nursery)

Schools close to Starfish Lane: ACS Doha, Compass Madinat Khalifa, Doha College West Bay, Doha English Speaking School and Compass Al Gharaffa

 Map to schools: 

  • To Starfish 1 (Markhiya) and Starfish 2 (Al Jelaiah) download here 

Driving directions: To Markhiya and to Al Jelaiah

Nationality of Management:  Australian

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Admission & Attendance Information

Ages of children admitted: 10 months - 4 years

Cost: Please contact Starfish Lane Kids Nurseries for their fee structure. 

Fees are paid: By the term

Registration fee: QR1900

Other fees: None

Refund policy: Non-refundable

Application deposit: None

Average length of waitlist: Parents are kept updated regularly on their waitlist status. The most popular age group is 2-3 years.

Application procedure: Parents are welcome to visit Starfish at any time. The management will take you on a tour and answer any questions. If a place is not available you will be given a waitlist form to fill. There is no cost involved. Once a suitable place becomes available you will be contacted to come to the nursery to fill the required paperwork.


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Hours & Schedule Information


Hours of nurseries: 7:00am - 4:00pm

Care options: Three, four or five days per week

Before-school care:  Yes

After-school care:  Yes

Type of curriculum: Australian

Naps:  Yes, we provide dedicated "Shhhh, we are sleeping" rooms with cots and mini beds.

Summer sessions offered: Yes

School Holidays:  Please visit Starfish Lane Kids Nurseries for more information.

School calendar(s) most closely followed:  DESS


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Classroom & Teacher Information

Size of classes: We have a high staff child ratio, classes maximum 22 in our 7 spacious classrooms, each size depends on the ages & stages of the children.

 Required teacher trainings/education: College degree, CPR and first aid. Teachers are required to hold a Level Three Childcare qualification

Required teacher's assistant trainings/education: Early years Certificate

Languages spoken by teachers: English

Languages spoken and/or taught to children: English

Do the children watch TV/videos?   No

Are webcams available for parents to view their children online: No


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More About Starfish Lane Kids Nurseries

Extra-curricular activities: Additional to the Australian curriculum "Learning through Play" activities, we offer weekly Playball ® lessons, a children's Yoga programme with trained and qualified instructors across all branches, Kids in the Kitchen (healthy eating), “Let it Grow” winter gardening, sandcastle play, aquafun, a dedicated library to encourage a lifelong love of reading and much more.
(Parents do not pay extra for the Yoga or Playball lessons).

Starfish Lane Kids Professional Services: Starfish Lane Kids is now working with three amazing women, Tammy Campbell (Play Therapist), Patricia Rocha (Psychologist) and Amanda Austin (Speech & Language Therapy) and are offering workshops in their areas of expertise.

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Other Information

Grassy Play areas: Yes

Shaded outdoor play areas: Yes

Dedicated indoor play areas: Yes

Are snacks supplied for the children: No snacks are supplied due to differing dietary requirements & allergies.

Are lunches supplied for the children:  No lunches are supplied due to differing dietary requirements & allergies.

Are the lunches (from lunchboxes) heated for the children: Lunches are heated for the youngest class only.

Nut Policy: We do not allow nuts or foods containing nuts.

Other food policies, if any:  No sweets or soda. We follow a Healthy Foods For Our Kids policy at Starfish Lane Kids.

Potty training:  Yes

Are cloth diapers accepted: Yes 

Are diapers and wipes supplied: No

Do you offer Islamic Studies: Yes

We are working with UK trained Nutritionists providing workshops for parents on healthy eating.


I love Starfish Lane for the peace of mind!
I never look back or worry that my son is being taken care of properly. Arthur has been blooming since enrolling, due to Starfish's rich in activities curriculum! He is a very happy and contented baby when I pick him up. Overall, an amazing experience for us!

Kimberley-Anaïs Hamon


I extensively  searched Doha before placing my child  in care as I had high expectations of a child care provision.  I really enjoyed environment set up by Starfish Lane Kids; not only for the children but also for parents.  It felt like Starfish was a community that was dedicated to children.  I have not been let down and feel that my child has excelled since being in the care of such a great team.  Further, my child was recently accepted into a school and I feel Starfish was instrumental in supporting us through the highly competitive school placement system.  


My 2 year old son attends Starfish Lane Kids five days a week and he loves it! As a parent and speech-language pathologist who specializes in young children, I know that my expectation/standard for his education is exceptionally high. I am consistently impressed by the level of creativity, variety of experiences and nurturing that make up his education at Starfish. I am grateful for the amount of practical training for the teachers, as well as the opportunities available to families (play therapy, speech therapy, languages, etc.). My son's education is richly enhanced by the positive and creative environment that he joins each morning. Thank you and well done Starfish!



My daughter loves not only everyone at Starfish Lane Kids but the nursery itself. I fell in love with the nursery and the staff on my first visit. It was bright, happy and caring. The staff just knew what we needed and have gone over and above to make sure my little girl feels safe and happy. I have such high regard for the nursery I'm going to start my little boy who is 15 months there too.
I think what I like the most is that the staff, all of them really love their jobs and the children. My little girl loves her Yoga and the library the best. No other nursery I have looked at has the same feeling of belonging.

Sara's Mum

Our son Said has been attending Starfish Lane for about 2 years now, and we couldn’t be any happier with both the knowledge he has gained and the skills he has developed.  We particularly appreciate the fact that the teaching concentrates on a specific topic in any given month, ranging from animals and shapes, to colors and fruits.  Moreover the arts and crafts activities are second to none.  Said has been accepted into the American School of Doha, and we believe Starfish Lane has prepared him superbly to be able to integrate well into the new environment and to succeed in it as well.  We thank all the teachers, management personnel and other staff as Starfish Lane.  We have already enrolled our youngest son Samuel for this coming September and we are thrilled for him to follow in his elder brother’s footsteps.

Diana & Roger Malki - parents to Said