Structured, Engaging and Conducive
Environment for your child
Dukesbridge caters for children aged 2 to 5 in Mauritius and currently operates out of four campuses located in Moka, Vacoas, Curepipe and Port Louis. Its origin dates back to 1992 when its sister school, Les Marionnettes, was founded by two primary school teaching veterans to meet the childcare needs of the Quatre-Bornes community. From its humble beginnings, the school has evolved into a full-fledged nursery, pre-primary and primary education hub welcoming children from across the island. Backed by the growing demand of parents, Dukesbridge was launched as an English-Medium preparatory school.
All through fun and play, our educators have been fully trained to care, equip and empower every child according to his or her current developmental stage and needs. We strongly believe in developing a child’s confidence as well as inculcating an awareness of the child’s surrounding environment from an early age. Our all-rounder approach is aimed at nurturing the child’s intellectual and communication skills while at the same time placing value on multi-disciplinary extracurricular activities such as music, dance and sports.
Dukesbridge offers an international proposition to pre-schooling in Mauritius at reasonable rates. The cornerstone of our success is the trusted partnership between the school and the parents. Our differentiated approach is child and parent centered; we listen to your child but we also work with you. Parents have an individual login which gives them access to their child’s daily journal, an opportunity to follow the classroom programme and even suggested activities at home that align with the child’s learning progression. This reflects our commitment to deploy our best efforts in ensuring that your child thrives and flourishes.
people you can trust
meet the Dukesbridge leadership team
Holder of the Laureate Scholarship Award in 1999, Rishi graduated with BSc Economics (Honours) at the London School of Economics and an Executive Management Programme at Wharton Business School. After a successful career in Investment Banking, he returned to Mauritius having spent 15 years across USA, Europe and Australia. The son of the founders of Les Marionnettes, Rishi is passionate about sowing into the early years of childhood which he believes set individuals up for life.
Australian born and bred, Shannon worked as a Cabin Manager for the Qantas airline group until she became a mother in 2009. Her passion almost overnight went from looking after adults to young children, in particular their holistic development by striking a balance between classroom and non-academic activities. Prior to moving to Mauritius in 2014, Shannon lived for 4 years in London where she had the opportunity to become familiar with the early childhood programme in the UK.
Founder and Director of Les Marionnettes and Bethany Primary School, Jaya brings with her over 40 years of expertise in the field of education. Her vision has always been to create a truly open-minded, pleasant and affectionate atmosphere in which youngsters across the island can learn, develop and flourish. She lays particular emphasis on educating moral values and instilling confidence. Jaya is also the Director of Bethany Teachers Training Institute (Sound Values Ltd) and sits on the Board of the Mauritius Association of Pre-Primary Schools.
Ragini started her career with Les Marionnettes in 1997 and has since held several teaching roles in schools in Quatre-Bornes. Over the years, she has developed her own style with children, which involves winning their respect with her tender loving, individual approach whilst maintaining discipline all the same. Her genuine keenness to see the children flourish coupled with her gentle spirit make her a favourite of many of our students (and parents). Ragini holds a Certificate III Children Services from TAFE (Australia).
Excellence at every level
For both Winter and Summer school holidays, we have an action-packed “Vacances Spéciales” schedule for a daily morning session (from 8.30am until 11.30am) as well as a full-day session (from 8.30am until 3.00pm). Our objective is to give the kids a proper holiday experience, one which they will not forget, by combining organised games, fun activities, lots of outdoor play and even a couple of outings. The school holiday programme is also open to children aged 3-11.
The After School Club programme runs from 2pm to 5pm every weekday and involves a series of fun activities for kids to get involved in after school hours. The activities include fascinating story-telling, painting, music, singing, dance, cooking, arts & craft, and a science discovery session. The club is open to children aged 3-11 from neighbouring schools from where transport can also be arranged.
We currently operate out of two campuses, each comprising well maintained buildings with spacious classrooms as well as a clean and secure outdoor space where the children can be free and play safely. Our buildings are designed to the finest detail to provide a conducive environment for the children to develop and flourish, whether it is the size of the classrooms, the choice of school furniture or even the toilet facilities which have been especially designed for small children.
Each campus has a large open grassed space with outdoor playground equipment which provides endless hours of fun for our children. We recognise that the playground is a vital part of childhood that helps children develop physical strength, coordination and balance. Playing in the playground is subject to constant supervision from members of staff who at the same time help develop the child’s self-care skills. Other outdoor activities such as ball games and ride-ons are constantly organised and coordinated by the educators.
We recognise that play is not only a fun activity for kids to unwind and to let off steam, but that it is a rather vital component of any child’s development and education. At Dukesbridge, we teach through play. This is factored into the daily timetable from an early age. Our classrooms are decked out with role play equipment such as the shop corner or the kitchen corner. There is also structured play time with educational toys such as Duplo, playdoh and building blocks which help develop the fine motor skills, enhance creative thinking and learn problem solving skills.
We fully appreciate the responsibility that is attached to being entrusted with the children of our clients. Our premises are all compliant with the Fire Services regulations and are fully approved by the Ministry of Education. All classroom equipment and toys are carefully studied by the administration to ensure that safety norms are met. In addition, our premises are equipped with security cameras which are monitored centrally by the school’s administration.
We dedicate considerable time to dancing, music, singing and acting as we believe they are fundamental to a balanced education and an important aspect of a child's development. Every year, our teachers and students put a lot of effort in the preparation of the various items for the annual year end show. Through learning choreography and dance routines, children develop balance, rhythm, pattern and coordination. Importantly, children develop their self-confidence, team work and self-esteem as they perform in front of a fairly large audience.
We consider nutrition to be a fundamental part of our children’s growth and development. To help parents, we have a dedicated cook and a full kitchen facility in every campus to provide meals to the children. We have noticed that most of our students have a preference for school food not only because it is freshly prepared everyday and kept warm, but they also enjoy eating a common meal at the same table. We also teach basic cooking skills to the children whereby they are taught how to bake a cookie or decorate a cupcake.
To motivate our pupils towards developing an interest in reading, we have a fully equipped library with a collection of children’s books. Pupils are welcomed to read these books at school after normal school hours. There is also the possibility to arrange with the secretary to take them home for a short period of time.
We understand how drop-offs and pick-ups can be a struggle for many parents. We offer transport facilities through partnerships with school van companies. All children using this means of transport are covered during their journey from home to school and back by an insurance policy.
It is our experience that children capture more from what they see than from what they hear. With this in mind, we have set up a media room where children can watch and learn from educational clips ranging from History to Geography and Science during the day. We also often have large screen projections for the children.
Registration Process and Fees
Prospective parents are advised to contact the administrative department of the school for any enquiries and for the enrolment process. Admission is subject to availability of places and is at the discretion of Management. Whilst admission to the nursery takes place once the child turns 2, it is advisable to put the name of the child down for enrolment at the earliest opportunity. The child automatically transitions to the pre-primary school upon turning 3. Children from both Mauritian resident and non-resident backgrounds are accepted, however a commitment to using the English language at home is required by the parents.
Non-refundable Registration Fee of Rs6,000 to be paid upon completing the Dukesbridge admission form
Annual Fees of Rs. 5,100 to be paid at beginning of the year to cover course material.
- 9am to 2pm*
- 2pm to 5pm*
Depends on location
- Organised by School
- Vetted driver & van
- Insured vehicle
- Secure service
Depends on duration
- 9am to 3pm**
- Skills development
* Sessions available during School term dates, on weekdays as set by the Ministry of Education
** Sessions available on weekdays during the holiday period.
Fees are subject to change at Management's discretion and parents will be given ample notice beforehand.
STAY UP TO DATE
It’s Friday afternoon. As the van pulls up outside the Dukesbridge school gates, our little ones squeal with delight. It’s finally time to board. With faces beaming with excitement, we make our way to the stables for our weekly horse-riding lesson.
I love animals. I have two dogs at home and have always thought that they were a man’s best companion. However, since I have started accompanying the children to the stables, I have been pleasantly surprised to see how equally loving and friendly horses can be. The children and I have since developed a strong bond with these animals. Our little pony “Noisette” and a bigger one “Letchi” are our favourites, and it seems that even they are super excited to see us every week.
Out of all the traditional games I used to play a couple of decades ago in Mauritius, my absolute favourite was “La marelle”. Well, I thought it was a traditional Mauritian one until I joined Dukesbridge a few years ago and discovered that it is a widely played game all around the world, the English name for it being “Hopscotch”! As I showed my students how to play it last week, I was taken back to my own kindergarten years and relived some cherished memories of having fun playing with friends in the village.
It’s that time of year again; hurrying the kids out the door for school! With all the craziness in the morning to get the kids ready, along with the madness that happens after school, preparing them healthy snacks can become lost in the mix. Let’s face it… kids as well as adults have some pretty inconsistent eating habits. Snacking now appears to be a necessary part of everyday life as many children seem to burn through food very fast. Growing up as a kid, I still remember keeping an eye on the classroom clock, waiting for 10.15 am for snack time, I felt so eager to open my lunch box and find all the delicious healthy snacks. My dad used to pack biscuit crackers and all-time favourite The Laughing Cow cheese. The fact of the matter is that young children have smaller stomachs than adults, so they need to eat small quantities of food every few hours to keep their energy levels up and get the right amount of nutrients.
Get in touch with us
Dukesbridge holds campuses in Moka (Off Gentilly Road), Vacoas (Saint Paul Road), Curepipe (Royal Rd, Forest Side) and Port Louis (Motorway, Soreze).
- 230 698 0216 / 5290 6703
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