‘Empowering educators to provide strong foundations of all children’
QuEST Direct Professional Services is an educational training company with training rooms and offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Our vision is to work in partnership with the educational community, providing high quality initial training and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. Our aim is to improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools and nurseries, by enabling educators to gain the best UK qualifications accredited by CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) and the knowledge and skills to ensure the best outcomes for every child.
QuEST builds on the strong reputation of our first company, Early Years Educational Services (EYES). EYES was established in 2008 in Knowledge Village in Dubai, as the first (CACHE) centre in the region. Since its inception EYES has grown to work with over 600 schools and nurseries in the UAE. With a highly respected and established successful track record, EYES and Quest have enabled over 2800 learners to gain UK qualifications and further their careers.
We are passionate that every child should receive the best possible teaching and learning and want to promote the understanding that for a school to achieve outstanding, every staff member needs to be valued and given the chance to grow and develop, reaching their true potential. Our trainers are highly qualified and experienced educators with experience gained in the UK and overseas and enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise to help schools and individuals on their journey to excellence.
We delivered Continuous Professional Development courses to thousands of individual learners last year, on a range of practical and exciting courses that included Child Protection, Phonics, Play in the Early Years and Running and Active Games.
We are incredibly proud of all our learners and enjoy seeing them grow both professionally and personally as their learning makes a real difference to the lives of our learners.
To support best practice we also:
- deliver Critical Friend visits to support quality improvement in schools and nurseries.
- work with a range of educational suppliers to share the best resources.
- travel overseas to deliver courses and share our expertise in the Middle East and UK educational landscapes.
- talk at educational shows and exhibitions all over the world.
- host international trainers to share best knowledge practice and ideas.
- work with local partners to deliver short courses to offer our learners a wide range of topics to meet their needs.
How will my course be assessed?
All assessment criteria are shared with you as you learn each unit of your course. Following Cache regulations to ensure assessment of the highest quality we will assess your work in various ways to show that you have met the assessment criteria.
Knowledge: for example, written format: essays, short reports, questions and answers, case study reviews, power point presentations, groups presentations, professional discussions, work products.
Skills: In class observations and/or professional discussions, work products, portfolio of evidence.
Where will the teaching take place?
We have two training centres – one in Barsha Heights, Dubai and one in Addax Tower on Reem Island, Abu Dhabi. Each centre has purpose-built teaching rooms and learner facilities to ensure the best learning environment.
Must I be working or volunteering in a setting to complete the course?
Most courses require you to demonstrate your skills in the classroom, therefore you will need to be working or volunteering in a setting to enable you to show competency and meet the relevant assessment criteria.
How can I organize my placement?
At QuEST and EYES, we pride ourselves in being an independent training provider. This means that we are not linked to any school or nursery but enjoy relationships with hundreds of nurseries and schools within the UAE. If you are already working in a setting then you can be observed within that setting. If you are not currently working, it will be your responsibility to find a placement but your tutor will work with you to find a placement that is suitable.
Who will my tutor be?
Our tutors are a group of highly qualified and experienced educational professionals who enjoy sharing their knowledge to provide interactive and engaging learning experiences. Each tutor has their own areas of specialism in addition to having a good core knowledge of the Early Years in practice.
What happens when I complete my course?
As Quest and EYES are an established Cache Centre with more than 10 years experience of successfully meeting Cache’s high standards, we have direct certification status which means you receive your certificate quickly once you have finished your course.
We have enabled over 2800 learners to complete their courses on time and receive their certificate within 6-8 weeks.
At the end of your course you will be invited to attend a Graduation Dinner, this is an opportunity to celebrate your success with your classmates and our staff team. It is one of the highlights of our year!
Is there any other support provided?
We believe in treating everyone as an individual, therefore we try to tailor the support to meets their needs. You will be expected to work hard but you can expect a reasonable level of extra support in the form of:
Individual tutor support – to give you feedback and more direction.
A learner support clinic that you may be invited to if we think you need more help.
A quiet space with internet connection to study if you need this.
Administrative support, for example if you need a letter for your employer, to take a break in studies or more details about any aspect of your course.
Senior tutor support – if you have any problems or concerns that your tutor cannot meet.
Short CPD courses (at an extra cost), extra support over and above the usual level of support given depending on your circumstances.
Who we are?
We are a team of highly skilled and qualified educational professionals with years of experience in the education sector, specializing in Early Years. Our team members have worked all over the globe including the UK, Singapore, Thailand and India as well as here in the UAE. We regularly upskill our own knowledge and believe in being life-long learners. We are all experienced at teaching adult learners which helps us give you what you need, when you need it, to be successful.