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A nursery is a specialized organisation that falls under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Development. It provides educational services to children between the ages of 6 months and 3 ½ years. Specific nurseries are established and administered by the government. Private nurseries are established and/or administered by Omani individuals, groups, or organisations. Community nurseries are those established and administered by non-Omani communities’ residents in the Sultanate.


Who can request this service

Children between the ages of 6 months and 3 ½ years

Steps to follow to request the service

A. Process Steps:
  1. Submit an application to the concerned Directorate requesting to establish a nursery. The application must be attached to Form 1.
  2. The concerned Directorate reviews the application, if all requirements in Clause (3) are met; the applicant is issued a no objection certificate valid for three months.
  3. After initial approval (item above) is received, the applicant must apply for the approval of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for the proposed name of the establishment.
  4. When the approval from the Minister is received, the nursery must be registered in the Commercial Registry at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  5. The owner of the nursery must forward a list with the names and qualifications of all candidates of employment in the nursery for approval before processing documentation with labour and immigration. departments. The Directorate has the right to withhold approval of one or more employees if warranted.
  6. Unless the owner intends to manage the nursery, a director must be employed, upon approval of the Directorate. The director is considered the official representative of the nursery to the concerned directorate and any other organisation. Appropriate Ministries must be informed of any changes to the director and his/her residence and address.
  7. The owner must deposit not less than 200 Omani Rials and no more than 500 Omani Rials as set by the Directorate. The amount could be in the form of a bank draft and is considered insurance.
  8. Periodic medical supervision of the children is mandatory. If the number of children is more than 100, a resident medical professional must be employed and first aid equipment must be available at all times to treat minor emergency cases.

What documents are needed to process

  • Copy of passport or ID.
  • Application Form For Establishing A Nursery.
  • A good conduct certificate stating that the applicant is not convicted of a crime or has been exonerated of all charges
  • If the applicant is a government employee, a good conduct certificate can be replaced by a certificate from the employer
  • Complete forms 1, 2 and 3
  • Copy of the educational qualification of the applicant
  • A financial statement (e.g. bank statement) proving the capability of the applicant
  • Approval of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the name of the establishment

Special conditions if any applicable

  • Applicant must be an Omani national.
  • Applicant must be legally capable.
  • Applicant cannot have been fired from any establishment within the last two years.
  • Must possess at least a high school certificate proving graduation status. An exemption can be approved if the applicant is of a certain cultural standard and conditions warrant the exemption.

How the service is processed

The applicant is notified of the receipt of the application in a period no more than three month of the date of application and applicant is notified by phone.

How long will it take

Applications are processed within 30 days from the date of submission. Applicant is notified by phone

Fee to be paid

Description Fee to be paid Places of Payment
An insurance deposit not less than 200 Omani Rials and no more than 500 Omani Rials as set by the Directorate. The amount can be in the form of a bank draft. RO 200 -500

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the requirements to establish a nursery?
The answer to this question is found within the regulations for establishing and administering nurseries (attached).

Service Provider

Ministry of Social Development

Child Care Centre

For Help

  1. Tel
    ‎+968 24 69 66 08

Service Locations

Operating Hours
Directorate General of Woman and Child Affairs
From Saturday to Wednesday
From 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Department of Child Upbringing
From Saturday to Wednesday
From 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Child Care Centre – Al Khuwair
From Saturday to Wednesday
From 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM