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Health and well-being experts you need on your speed dial this year

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Your kid probably looks the part for school – but do they feel it? Check out our latest contact book essentials to start them off in the right direction.

Promoting a healthy body and mind
Visiting the dentist is usually not at the top of kids’ to-do list, as more often than not, they freak out at the thought of going for a check up. However, this task might be easier than you think, as Dr Michaels has designed a practise especially focused on putting anxious kids’ at ease. As soon as you step in the door, you’re welcomed by bright, inviting decor, kitted out with fun green iPads to entertain kids – ultimately taking their mind of the check-up ahead! For more info visit www.drmichaels.com
04 339 7700

Dealing with issues of grief, loss, anxiety or adjustment to a new situation can take its toll on anyone, no matter what age. Professionals at Lighthouse Arabia have a variety of services to help kids’ aged three to 12 deal with these issues, such as Play Therapy, which helps kids by using toys to play and express their feelings, and to develop problem solving skills. For more info visit www.lighthousearabia.com
04 380 9298

Environmental Education Trainer Peter Milne offers exciting environmental trips and programmes for kids that allow them to unwind outdoors, while learning interesting things at the same time. During the course, kids will learn all about important environmental issues and develop a responsibility to work towards a better future. For more info visit www.target-akhdar.com
050 394 8213

Keeping fit and making friends
Offering yoga and karate classes for tykes as young as four, the teachers at Golden Fist International Academy help active kids’ refine their sports skills. Yoga and karate are great activities as they both help to improve coordination skills and reflexes and help them stay fit, while offering an opportunity for kids’ to make new friends. For more info visit www.goldenfistkarate.ne
04 452 5599

Combining swimming and dancing, synchronised swimming is perfect for confident swimmers aged five plus who want to take their water skills to the next level. Taught by a former Olympic athlete, kids’ will learn choreography to music that will help them become underwater ballerinas. Dhs70 for a one hour session. Safa Private School. www.synquatics.com
055 448 5381

Offering a wide range of classes including karate, gymnastics and dance for kids aged three months to 12, The Little Gym is a fantastic venue for kids’ to work out, learn team-building skills, boost their confidence and meet new people. Dhs95 (introductory trial class), Dhs2,200 per semester (20 weeks with one session per week). Open daily 10am-9pm. Inb Battuta Mall. www.thelittlegym.com
04 445 6850

Perfecting prose and building confidence
Is there anything worse than bad mannered kids who lack the basics in courtesy do’s and don’ts? The English Manner believe that good manners are an essential component to gaining respect from others, which is why they offer a range of courses to help teach kids how to conduct themselves properly in public, be courteous, while also boosting their confidence skills. From Dhs200. www.theenglishmanner.ae
050 850 8459

Acting is an extremely beneficial way to build confidence and perfect prose. Learning lines will help improve memory, increase vocabulary and help reading and writing skills. Drama Scene offers a selection of acting, singing and dancing classes including an option for mums and tots as young as two. For more info visit www.dramascenedubai.com
055 310 0984

Problem solving and homework help
If your child is struggling with homework, it might be helpful for them to work with a tutor to better their chances of performing well in exams and not fall behind in school. Metamindz offer tutorials in Maths, English and Science, using multimedia computer programs that will provide them with knowledge to help put them at ease. For more info visit www.metamindz.com
04 368 5604

Let’s face it, all kids’ have different learning abilities. If your little one is struggling with homework, the teachers at The Brain & Learning will help your kid realise their goals. With a range of brain training classes, they will first identify the problem before providing the know-how to make school and home life easier. www.thebrainandlearning.com
04 453 4170

By Time Out Dubai Kids staff
Time Out Dubai,

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