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Your Guide To Preschools, Nurseries And Kindergartens In Hong Kong

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Is your little one ready to start his or her learning journey?

More importantly, are you? If your baby is now old enough to attend school (but not yet for primary school), you could find a spot in one of the city’s many reputed kindergartens, nurseries or preschools (the terms and starting ages differ across schools). In Hong Kong, a child’s unaccompanied learning journey can start when they are between 2 and 3 years old. While some parents directly look for a spot at a kindergarten, others start their children in playgroups at six months and the children then go on to unaccompanied nursery classes in the same premises. While not a requirement for children in Hong Kong, kindergartens are generally seen as an essential step for kids in becoming school-ready. Hong Kong’s international presence also means that you have a large choice of schools, curriculums and languages to choose from depending on how you want your child to grow and learn.

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Kindergartens vary by price depending on school curriculum and reputation but if you want to enrol your child in a local and not-for-profit school, the Hong Kong government has the Pre-primary Education Voucher Scheme (PEVS) in which you can apply for subsidies on your child’s school fees. Before you narrow down on a preschool, consider a few points that will help you make your decision:

  • Is your main objective securing a spot in a primary school or introducing your child to learning? Depending on that, you could look at standalone preschools that specialise in early years education or a through-school that goes from nursery to higher education.
  • If you are looking at a through-school, is the kindergarten section located within the same premises (getting kids used to the “big school” feel) or is it at a separate location?
  • If it is a through-school, are you assured of a spot in the primary section or does your child have to go through the same assessment and interview process as everyone else?
  • Are you leaning toward a particular method of teaching, learning and/or curriculum, i.e., Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf Steiner, IB, EYFS, IEYC, play-based, experiential, etc?
  • What are the hours of the school? Most preschools and nurseries run for 2 to 3 hours a day and offer both morning and afternoon slots. Young children often haven’t dropped their day naps yet and the timings of the school could influence your decision.
  • Does the school require your child to be potty-trained? While this is not always a requirement, some schools do lay down certain conditions.
  • Last, but not least, where is the school located? When you have a little one, you want to look for a preschool or kindergarten that is close to your area or a short walk or drive away.

Now that you know what you need to consider, are you in need of some suggestions? These are some of the best kindergartens and preschools all over Hong Kong.

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Preschools And Kindergartens With Locations Across Hong Kong
Preschools And Kindergartens On Hong Kong Island
Preschools And Kindergartens In Kowloon
Preschools And Kindergartens In New Territories
Preschools And Kindergartens On The Outlying Islands

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Preschools And Kindergartens With Locations Across Hong Kong

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ESF Kindergarten

ESF schools were one of the first international schools to land in Hong Kong with five ESF kindergarten locations as well as primary and secondary school streams. All five kindergartens are IB World Schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) to offer the Primary Years Programme. Starting last year (August 2020), all students enrolled in the 2-year ESF Kindergarten programme will be able to secure a spot in an ESF Primary school.

Educational Model: IB Early Years Programme
Language: English and Mandarin
Age: 3 to 5 years

ESF Kindergarten, various locations in Hong Kong, 2574 2351, [email protected], www.esfkindergartens.org.hk

Malvern College Preschool

Based on its long 150-year history in the UK, Malvern College Preschool focuses on learning through play with the EYFS model (though inspired by the Reggio Emilia method in campus design). It has two locations, one in Kowloon and the other in Central. Malvern College offers a unique forest-beach programme that focuses on the importance of kids playing and being outside. Malvern is a through-school but with a different campus for prep and senior school.

Educational Model: EYFS
Language: English and Mandarin
Age: 2 to 5 years

Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong (Island West), G/F and 1/F Viking Court, 165-166 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 3898 4670, [email protected]

Malvern College Preschool (Coronation Circle), G9-12, Coronation Circle, 1 Yau Cheung Road, Southwest Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3898 4660, [email protected], www.malvernpreschool.hk

Nord Anglia International School (NAIS)

Nord Anglia has an Early Years Programme covering the Nursery and Reception years. It has two purpose-built campuses and uses a personalised play-based approach, taught by well-qualified UK trained teachers. NAIS has another campus for primary and secondary school.

Educational Model: EYFS
Language: English and Mandarin
Age: 3 to 5 years

NAIS, 285, Hong Kin Road, Tui Min Hoi, Sai Kung, Hong Kong

NAIS, Redhill Plaza, Tai Tam, Hong Kong, 3958 1488, www.nordangliaeducation.com

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Parkview International Preschool (PIPS)

Parkview International Preschool endorses a fully bilingual learning environment that has three locations. Its Hong Kong Island and Kowloon locations follow the IB curriculum while the Rhine Garden campus in the New Territories location follows the local one. The school offers a diverse environment that helps to bring out a child’s potential.

Educational Model: International Early Years Curriculum
Language: English, Mandarin, and Cantonese
Age: 1 to 6 years

Parkview International Preschool (PIPS), various locations across Hong Kong, www.pips.edu.hk

Sunshine House International Kindergarten

Established in 1990, Sunshine House International offers bilingual preschool classes beginning at the age of two years in three campuses across the city – Tung Chung and Discovery Bay on Lantau Island and Clearwater Bay in the New Territories. Its education model is based on the EYFS while also being tailored for the multi-cultural experience of living in Hong Kong.

Education Model: EYFS
Language: English and Mandarin
Age: 2 to 6 years

Sunshine House International Kindergarten, various locations across Hong Kong,  www.sunshinehouse.com.hk

Woodland Preschools

Woodland has been a staple in early childhood education in Hong Kong since 1978. It has eight locations throughout Hong Kong, many of which are on Hong Kong Island (and one in Sai Kung). Its schools mix the EYFS curriculum from the UK as well as taking from the Montessori method and two of the campuses are accredited Montessori schools. Woodland Schools offer a variety of programmes for kids under the age of six as well as primary school preparation programmes for those nearing the transition age.

Education Model: EYFS and Montessori (Primary school preparation follows the English National Curriculum)
Language:
English and Mandarin
Age: 6 months to 6 years, preparation for Primary school programmes also available.

Woodland Schools, various locations in Hong Kong, 2559 4855www.woodlandschools.com

Other Preschools In Hong Kong With Multiple Campuses:

MAGART Education Foundation, various locations across Hong Kong, www.magartedu.com/en

Tutor Time, WhatsApp: 9866 1228, [email protected], www.tutortime.com.hk

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Preschools And Kindergartens On Hong Kong Island

City Kids Kindergarten

City Kids

Offering playgroups for kids as young as 10 months and preschool for kids up to 5 years of age in the heart of Central, City Kids has been providing an active learning environment community for kids and parents since 1984.

Education Model: EYFS
Language: English
Age: 10 months to 5 years

City Kids, 2/F East Wing, 12 Borrett Road, Mid- Levels, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 4446, [email protected], www.citykidshk.org

Fairchild Canadian Academy

The Fairchild Canadian Academy offers a mix of three curriculums that blends the Canadian (Ontario) curriculum guide as well as taking from the Reggio Emilia method and the local Hong Kong school guide with its play-based approach to learning. It has a playgroup located in Tin Hau (for kids up to 4 years) while its kindergarten location is in Sai Ying Pun.

Education Model: Canadian, Reggio Emilia and EDB Local Kindergarten Guide
Language: English
Age: 2 to 6 years

Fairchild Canadian Academy, G/F & 1/F, Kong Chian Tower, Block 1, 351 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2803 2638, [email protected], www.fairchild.academy

Guidepost Montessori

Based on the guiding principles of the Montessori system, Guidepost Montessori has two locations on Hong Kong Island. Its schools offer playgroups, preschool and kindergarten levels in a knowledge-rich environment that is entirely child-led.

Education Model: Montessori
Language: English
Age: 6 months to 6 years

Guidepost Montessori, 1-2 Floor 554 Queen’s Road West, Sai Wan, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 3619 1136[email protected]www.guidepostmontessori.com/kennedy-town 

Guidepost Montessori,  Harmony Garden, 9 Siu Sai Wan Road, Siu Sai Wan, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 2866 8260, [email protected]www.guidepostmontessori.com/chai-wan

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International Montessori School (IMS)

The International Montessori School (IMS) offers an authentic Montessori dual-language curriculum. It has four campuses that all cater to the Foundational stage (2 to 3 years) and Casa Dei Bambini (3 to 6 years), while the Stanley campus also has classes for kids in the elementary years (up to 12).

Education Model: Montessori
Language: English
Age: 2 to 6 years

IMS, various locations across Hong Kong, 2772 2468, [email protected], www.ims.edu.hk

La Chouette École

Using the French National curriculum, La Chouette École is a fully French and English bilingual kindergarten that also offers weekly Mandarin options. Baby class offerings are also available for kids as young as 9 months. La Chouette École touts small class sizes with after school and extracurricular activities also available.

Educational Model: l’Education Nationale
Language:
English and French with Mandarin options
Age:
9 months to 6 years

La Chouette École, 356 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 6087 1414, [email protected], www.lachouetteecole.hk

Small World Christian Kindergarten

A Christian-centred school, Small World Christian Kindergarten offers an international-based curriculum (IEYC) that is taught in English with a Mandarin programme also available. Its approach is child-centred with an aim to develop children as a whole, as summarised in Luke 2:52: “He grew “in wisdom (academically), in stature (physically), in favour with God (spiritually), and in favour with man (socially).”

Educational Model: International Early Years Curriculum
Language: English with a Mandarin Programme
Age: 2 to 5 years

Small World Christian Kindergarten, 10 Borrett Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 2131, www.smallworld.edu.hk

Other Preschools On Hong Kong Island:

Highgate House School, 100 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2849 6336, [email protected], www.highgatehouse.edu.hk

Mighty Oaks, 1/F, Lungga Mansion, 46A Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2806 8383, [email protected], www.mightyoaks.edu.hk

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Preschools And Kindergartens In Kowloon

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Mount Kelly International Preschool and Nursery

If you’re looking for an all-through British school for your child, Mount Kelly International offers programmes for kids from infancy to pre-university level. Its preschool follows the EYFS model of learning through play. It offers both an international stream (only English) and a bilingual stream (with equal emphasis on English and Chinese). Its primary and secondary school is located on another campus.

Education Model: EYFS
Language: English and Mandarin
Age:
2 to 6 years

Mount Kelly International Preschool, 38 Kwun Chung Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, [email protected]www.mountkelly.edu.hk

Mills International Preschool

Mills International was created from the need of one parent who wanted more out of early years education for children. It emphasises creative education as the ability for children to express themselves without restrictions and while learning through play. Mills uses the EYFS framework while integrating well-known children’s class providers in Hong Kong (such as Kid’s Gallery, Star English and more) for its co-curricular activities.

Education Model: EYFS
Language: English and Mandarin
Age: 2 to 6 years

Mills International Preschool, The Spectacle, 8 Cho Yuen Street, Yau Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2717 6336, [email protected], www.millsinternational.edu.hk

Other Preschools in Kowloon:

Anfield International Kindergarten, 5 Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2794 3668, [email protected]

Anfield International Kindergarten and Nursery, L2, Phase 1, Laguna Verde, 8 Laguna Verde Avenue, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2766 3882, [email protected], www.anfield.com.hk

Infinity Montessori Academy, 8 Somerset Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3589 6366, [email protected], www.infinitychildren.com

YCIS, 3 Somerset Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, 2338 0264, www.ycis-hk.com

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Preschools And Kindergartens In New Territories

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Creativity Kindergarten

Creativity Kindergarten has been based in Hong Kong for over 30 years. It is a Christian-based school that follows both the EYFS and Reggio Emilia framework. Its school offers a robust nature setting and grassland and garden in which the natural world is an important aspect of its pedagogy.

Education Model: EYFS and Reggio Emilia
Language:
English
Age:
2 to 6 years

Creativity Kindergarten, 61 Wu Uk Village, Tai Lam Chung, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2450 3363, [email protected], www.creativitykg.edu.hk

Harrow International School

Harrow International opened in Hong Kong in 2012 and offers early years education from K1 (3 years) to Year 13 (18 years) with boarding school options beginning in Year 6. The Early Years Centre within the campus is a purpose-built section for the littlest students, who spend a full day at school. Harrow integrates practices and traditions taken from its history of the Harrow School in England while immersing the diverse international community here in Hong Kong.

Educational Model: EYFS
Language: English
Age: 3 to 5 years

Harrow International School, 38 Tsing Ying Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2824 9099, [email protected], www.harrowschool.hk

Jing Jing International

Jing Jing International is located in Tuen Mun and boasts having a diverse student body with over 20 nationalities. The school and community activities, along with unique PE classes that include yoga and the diverse food menu that caters to children with allergies is all part of the school’s commitment to inclusion. While Jing Jing International feeds into many of the reputed international primary schools across the city, it has three sister schools that follow a local bilingual curriculum and feed into local primary schools.

Educational Model: EYFS
Language:
English with Mandarin
Age: 2 to 6 years

Jing Jing International, Shop no. 47-54, G/F Chi Lok Fa Yuen, 18 Tsing Hoi Circuit, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2404 5266, [email protected], www.jingjing.edu.hk

Maple Bear Canadian International Kindergarten

Bringing the best of Canadian and Hong Kong bilingual education, Maple Bear offers learning through play as well as a fully immersive language programme. Other than Bear Care (playgroups) starting at 18 months, it offers kindergarten classes for children two years and up. Maple Bear Canadian International Kindergarten currently has over 500 schools in over 24 countries.

Education Model: Canadian and EDB Local
Language: English and Mandarin 
Age:
2 to 6 years

Maple Bear Canadian International Kindergarten, Shop 7, G/F Alto Residences,
29 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2813 4887,
[email protected], www.maplebear.hk

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Mulberry House International Kindergarten (MHKG)

Located in Tai Po, Mulberry International Kindergarten aims to nurture global citizens, both culturally and linguistically. It hopes to develop a love of learning through its child-centred approach and endorsing learning through play. It offers pre-nursery, kindergarten and forest programmes.

Educational Model: Reggio Emilia and EYFS
Language: English and Mandarin
Age: 3 to 6 years

Mulberry House International Kindergarten (MHKG), LG/F Kindergarten, Mayfair By The Sea I, 23 Fo Chun Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, 5598 0909, [email protected], www.mulberryhousekg.com

Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong

With learning spaces designed especially for them, children begin their early years’ education at Shrewsbury at 3 years. In addition to the full-day primary classes, Shrewsbury recently launched a half-day Nursery programme.

Educational Model: EYFS
Language: English
Age:
3 to 5 years

Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong, 10 Shek Kok Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2480 1500, [email protected], www.shrewsbury.edu.hk

Zebedee International

Using inquiry-based learning that is structured around the EYFS, Zebedee International Kindergarten has been serving the New Territories since 2008. It has eight large classrooms, a multipurpose hall as well as a fully equipped playroom.

Educational Model: EYFS
Language: English, Cantonese and Mandarin
Age:
2 to 6 years

Zebedee International
, G/F Yat Wing House, Yat Nga Court, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2650 3339, [email protected], www.zebedee.edu.hk

Other Preschools In New Territories:

Leapfrog, 1 Pak Tam Chung Village, Sai Kung Country Park, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2791 1540, [email protected], www.leapfrogkindergarten.org

Sai Kung Montessori, G/F, Unit SB, 787 Tan Cheung, Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, 
Hong Kong, 5369 8587, [email protected], www.saikungmontessori.com

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Preschools And Kindergartens On The Outlying Islands

EFIL Kindergarten Hong Kong

Ecole Française Internationale de Lantau Ltd. (EFIL)

Based on Lantau Island, Ecole Française Internationale de Lantau is a kindergarten that offers its programmes in French, along with English and Mandarin playgroups and phonics classes.

Education Model: l’Education Nationale and International Early Years
Language:
French, English, and Mandarin
Age: 2 to 6 years

Ecole Française Internationale de Lantau Ltd. (EFIL), Seaview, LG 05-07, Office Block One, 92 Siena Avenue, DB North, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 8191 0813, [email protected], www.ecole-discovery.com

Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Kindergarten

One of the few kindergartens located on Lamma Island, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Kindergarten is a local school that was first established in 1958 under a different name. Its values are in Catholic education and while its class medium is Cantonese, the English and Mandarin programmes are designed by educated native speakers that foster an authentic learning environment.

Education Model: EDB Local
Language: Cantonese, English, and Mandarin
Age:
3 to 6 years

Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Kindergarten, D.D.3 Lot No.1709 Lamma Island, Hong Kong, 2982 0359, [email protected], www.ololckg.edu.hk

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Main image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of zoo_monkey via Unsplash, image 2 courtesy of ESF via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of PIPS via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of City Kids, image 5 courtesy of IMS via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Mount Kelly via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Creativity Kindergarten, image 8 courtesy of Mulberry House International Kindergarten via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Ecole Francaise Internationale de Lantau

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