TickiKids' Educational Guide: Top preschools in Hong Kong
Published 01 July 2021 at 15:17
Choosing the right preschool for your child can be a daunting and tad stressful task for most parents living in a big city like Hong Kong. However, it will be well worth the investment of time and energy in the long run. Receiving a good preschool education is vital during a child's formative years, as children in this tender age group absorb and achieve more than at any other stage in their school life. This crucial first step on the educational road fosters an interest, enthusiasm and confidence that has every chance of persisting through their subsequent time in school. At TickiKids, we pride ourselves on our understanding of the things that really matter to parents when it comes to childcare and preschool education. You want your child to be happy, confident, challenged and able to reach his/her potential physically, socially, emotionally and, sure enough, academically, before moving on to the next school. Fret not, because we have done the hard work for you. For our educational guide, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the top preschools and daycare options in Hong Kong.
Step inside a brand new school, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong, backed by the heritage of its 450-year-old British sister school, to experience the unique blend of traditional English educational values and innovative teaching methodology. Serious ground has been gained since its opening in August 2018 – the finest teachers and staff have been recruited and provided with the resources to nurture outstanding students and exemplify the pioneering spirit and traditions of Shrewsbury School.
Shrewsbury Hong Kong provides an inspirational English education for carefully selected children aged between 3 and 11 primarily from an international background. The School offers a British curriculum that delivers a rich academic and extra-curricular experience for students in the great tradition of its sister school in the UK. Parents enthuse about the world-class, purpose-built premises nestled in idyllic Tseung Kwan O district. Shrewsbury School in Hong Kong is complete with a library and study spaces offering 6,000 English books and 1000 Chinese books plus a range of electronic resources to help pupils with reading, research, homework and independent discovery. High speed WiFi runs seamlessly throughout the school campus, supporting one-to-one iPad and laptop programmes. The array of performance facilities include a 470 seat auditorium and a 100 seat recital hall, both hosting concert quality grand pianos. The music school, with its two music rooms and six peripatetic rooms, is equipped with a range of musical instruments, a dance studio with wood-sprung floors, a black box drama studio and two playgrounds. Furthermore, the school's impressive sports facilities provide possibilities for the attainment of notable successes. An indoor sports hall features a range of court markings and a 90-meter running track, seven-a-side rooftop football pitch, and a double-storey gymnastics centre equipped to Olympic standard. Plus there is an aquatics centre featuring a splash pool and a 6-lane 25-meter swimming pool.
Academically, Shrewsbury School is flying high on every front: it benefits from an 8:1 overall child-academic staff ratio with specialist teachers supporting language development, music and physical education. They also offer scholarships to exceptional students. The food is sublime: the main canteen serves a selection of freshly prepared hot lunches and snacks every day.
Ages: 3 - 11;
Full Day schedule for Nursery and Reception: from 8am to 3pm;
Term fees: Nursery - HKD 143,500, Reception - 154,000, Year 1 to Year 6 - HKD 177,000;
Principal: Ben Keeling;
Contact details: +(852) 2480 1500 , firstname.lastname@example.org;
Location: 10 Shek Kok Road, Tseung Kwan O.
The school is soaring under Livia Tang's leadership, with a tailored curriculum developed by experts in both local and international educational environments, incorporating the best international practices for the early years. Based on Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory, Mighty Oaks also follows world’s best early-years curriculums – the UK's Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Canadian Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Programme (FDK), which set standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5-6 years old. Parents rave about Mighty Oaks Kindergarten's engaging curriculum. Each month, the children are provided with an opportunity and encouragement to explore a new theme from their unique Character curriculum based on the “Fruit of the Spirit” programme, corresponding to nine attributes of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Expect little ones to mostly learn through games and play in English, Putonghua, and Cantonese. Due to 16:2 staff ratios, every child is given as much individual attention as they need in order for them to realise their full potential. Mighty Oaks prides itself on incorporating American PATHS® programme which develops pupils’ social and emotional learning, and allows them to be ready for life beyond. As a result, Mighty Oaks kids aged 2-6 learn the benefits of teamwork, cognitive, moral, physical and creative development, grow in courage and thrive within this vibrant community with an emphasises on logical reasoning skills, languages, Mathematics, arts and music. Their leavers head to the top-notch international and local schools. Good news: Mighty Oaks also offers two full scholarships a year.
Ages: 2 - 6;
Opening times: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Principal: Livia Tang;
Term fees: 5800 per month;
Contact details: +(852) 2806 8383, email@example.com
Location: 1/F, Lungga Mansion, 46A Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong.
For over 40 years, Woodland Pre-Schools have been carefully building the foundations of independent learning, step by step, preparing children for a successful transition into primary school following the English Early Years Foundation Stage with English, Mandarin and Bilingual options. With 7 campuses around Hong Kong, including Mid-levels, Happy Valley, Kennedy Town, Pokfulam, Repulse Bay Beachside, Repulse Bay Montessori and Sai Kung, each offering a unique learning environment and community for families to choose from.
The Woodland Journey has six stages: Rollers (6-12 months), Wrigglers (12-18 months), Playground (18 months – 2 years 4 months), Stepping Stones (2-3 years), Preschool (2 years 4 months – 6 years), and Prep for Primary (5+ years). Each stage carefully builds upon earlier stages, to support the child’s natural dispositions and curiosities. Their inquiry-based curriculum is beneficial for future studies as it places the child’s questions, ideas, and observations at the centre of their learning experience. Children learn to be responsible for their own learning and build their knowledge through experience and exploration. They develop collaboration and problem-solving skills, which will bring them primary success.
One key element that Woodland emphasise is language development. Children are immersed in an English learning environment with dedicated Mandarin sessions, environmental Mandarin or full bilingual classroom depending on their programme. The Woodland Mandarin curriculum is taught using a play-based inquiry method. They believe that only through authentic experiences and the process of exploring the language will children learn the language for life as learning from memorisation does not last. Woodland’s goal is for children graduating from their Prep for Primary programme to be confident and competent speakers of both English and Mandarin.
A love of learning cannot be taught, but by respecting the image of the child, Woodland Pre-Schools inspire and foster a lifelong love of learning in their children.
Woodland Pre-Schools is currently enrolling children 6 months to 6 years old to start in August 2021. School bus services are available for children 2 years and above. Please contact the school for more information.
Ages: 6 months – 6 years.
Term fees: please contact the schools for more information on hours and fees.
Contact details: +852 2526 9478, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Beachside Repulse Bay;
• Kennedy Town;
• Happy Valley;
• Sai Kung;
• Repulse Bay Montessori;
• Mid Levels Montessori.
- Island West
- Coronation Circle
Founded in 2008 as a non-profit international preschool and nursery, Zebedee has been providing a warm and friendly English speaking and learning environment for children aged 2 to 6 living in Tai Po and the surrounding areas. A teacher to child ratio of 1:9 ensures delivery of individual attention to an international cohort of children and enormous fun whilst playing. Its teachers are early childhood specialists from the United Kingdom trained in the Early Years Foundation Stage, the UK's statutory curriculum, however, they also offer Mandarin as a second language. Happily, little ones are encouraged to talk and express their thoughts, practise the language and humour they have gained, and have a huge amount of fun along the way. The personal needs of children are considered and respected.
Principal: Sarah Neale;
Opening times: Monday - Saturday 8am - 5.30pm;
Location: Ground Floor, Yat Wing House, Yat Nga Court, Tai Po, Hong Kong.
Inspired by various educational approaches including Montessori and Reggio Emilia, La Chouette Ecole welcomes children from 2 to 6 years old from Monday to Friday. The activities are carried out in English or French by native speakers in order to provide a truly foreign language education. They also offer a Mandarin option on Wednesdays mornings. La Chouette Ecole follows the standards of the French Education Department. This is why La Chouette Ecole offers a rich and varied programmes in art, music, theatre, sport and information technologies in addition to traditional education. Each evening, once class is over, children may remain in after-school care or join extracurricular activities. Their teachers introduce the children to painting, drawing techniques, arts and crafts and also provide singing, rhythm and percussion classes. As a part of a regular programme, they offer a wide range of sports and gross motor activities adapted to the age and ability of the children.
Fees: HKD 11,800 per month / Family fee; HKD 14,160 per month / Company fee;
Principal: Aurelie Conort;
Location: 356 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Entrance G/F Western Street.
By Anna Khan