Salwa Dib Dabbous is the founder of Little Stream Nursery in Dubai, UAE. She is the mother of two. We had the pleasure of sitting down with her to learn more about her business and her personal life. Read the full story here:
Mompreneurs WW: Tell us about your company.
Salwa: Anchored in family values such as honesty, trust, respect, and relationship, Little Stream Nursery strives to create a fun and safe environment where your child is free to explore, learn, and play in a state-of-the-art facility. Every staff member from our receptionist to our teacher assistants will know you and your child by name, fostering an atmosphere where your child feels at home.
At Little Stream Nursery, we believe in teaching children “howto learn” not “what to learn”.
Every day, children will learn new skills, try new activities and play in a cozy, eco-friendly, safe and fun environment.
Little Stream is what we call a “Home Away from Home”.
Mompreneurs WW: How did the idea of starting it come about and who inspired you?
Salwa: All the credit goes to my husband. I’m an early childhood educator and it was always my dream to open a nursery. I worked with children as a teacher and head teacher for over 12 years.
My husband always pushed me to consider opening a nursery. My last role as a head teacher in a new school in Abu Dhabi was to set up the whole KG department, recruit teacher, create the curriculum and buy resources.
After my husband met with the principle of the school he told him: “If your wife can do it for us, she can do it for herself.” And since that day my husband was keen on making it a dream come true.
Mompreneurs WW: What is the best part of what you do and the toughest?
Salwa: The best part is working with children. Watching them grow, develop their skills and achieve milestones is inspirational.
The toughest part is understanding each parent’s needs and being flexible to meet them.
On a personal level, having a new born and being full time present at the nursery is stressful.
Mompreneurs WW: How many kids do you have and how old are they?
Salwa: I have a 3 years old boy, Ahmad we call him AJ. And a 6 months old baby girl, Sarah.
Mompreneurs WW: How do you juggle work and life balance?
Salwa: Before having my second child it was easy, I had a routine and it was working well. Now with Sarah, it is becoming more difficult and stressful.
I feel like I do not have time for myself or my husband and be present full time at the nursery.
Mompreneurs WW: What’s a book you always recommend and why?
Salwa: “Our Iceberg is Melting” by Dr. John Kotter. It taught me a lot about leadership and how to manage a happy and productive team.
I am starting “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” soon, I heard it is a good book as well.
Mompreneurs WW: What advice would you give a Mompreneur who was just starting out?
Salwa: Study your market very well, listen to other people advise and learn from their experience.
Mompreneurs WW: Your favorite quote is…
Salwa: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”