Choosing preschools for your little ones can be a challenge as you are not only considering the quality of the school, but you also must take traffic and your location into major consideration in Jakarta as well. We’ve tackled the traffic and scouted the top pre-schools and kindergartens throughout Jakarta and Jakarta Selatan to help make your decision a bit easier and clear-cut! Check out the Little Steps guide to the best preschools and kindergartens in Jakarta!
Editor Note: Due to COVID-19, the schools vary in their application process and online learning programs. Be sure to enquire with them directly on ongoing updates.
Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH) offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to Early Childhood Education with their program for children ages 1 - 6. Kindergarten programs at SPH are carefully designed to be age-appropriate and boost child development in four areas: (1) Cognitive, (2) Socio-emotional, (3) Physical, and (4) Spiritual. Children will start to learn about themselves and others through sensory activities, speaking, listening, role play, early experiences of words and letters and their sounds, as well as outdoor learning. Children are encouraged to have a go and gain confidence through specially crafted learning activities.
Sekolah Pelita Harapan, 5 locations over Jakarta, https://sph.edu
HighScope Indonesia follows an early childhood education framework based on Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget’s principles of cognitive development, where children are encouraged to analyze, learn and gain knowledge from what’s around them. Established in the US, HighScope has 25 years’ of experience in Indonesia. It has 13 branches across the country, 7 of which are in Jakarta at TB. Simatupang, Alfa Indah, Bintaro, Kelapa Gading, Kuningan, Pluit and Bekasi, which is opening in January 2022.
Global Sevilla Preschool Curriculum involves a range of interactive activities and materials to help students acquire and develop literacy, numeracy, and communication skills. Teachers prepare fun and practical activities that ignite students’ curiosity, creativity, and understanding of their environment. Students will participate in mindfulness-based activities to help them stay engaged and have a good disposition in doing class tasks.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum nurtures the developmental needs of young children, which include their mental, physical, emotional, and social well-being, to help them grow to be holistic learners, equipping them as they progress to the next stage of learning. Click here for application details!
Global Sevilla Preschool - Puri Indah Campus, Puri Indah, Jl. Kembangan Raya Blok JJ no. 1, West-Jakarta. +6283872875027
NAS Jakarta Early Years program is a holistic, community-centered program that places your child at the center of their learning. They stay up-to-date with the best educational practices from around the world and enhance their offer accordingly. Their main curriculum guidance comes from the UK. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is robust, enabling and well-rounded document that values every child as a unique and competent learner who will develop and learn in their way and at their own pace. Qualified and passionate educators will teach your child at NAS Jakarta, and classes will take place in their stunning indoor and outdoor learning environments. Click here for application details!
ACG School Jakarta is an international school and a member of ACG Education (Academic Colleges Group) offering World-class education from Kindergarten (3 year-olds) to Year 13 (18 year-olds). Their academic learning is supported by an innovative, international curriculum and the highest quality teachers. ACG's students become success stories because they’re given individual attention in an environment that celebrates diversity, and fosters growth. Classes are small at ACG, ranging from 15 to 24.
British School Jakarta (BSJ) was founded in 1974 with support from the British Embassy to educate the British and Commonwealth families living in Jakarta. Today, they still have many expatriate families at the school, as well as many Indonesian families, forming a community of over fifty nationalities, with students from the ages of 3-5. They offer a happy, safe and enabling world-class environment with outstanding resources where children are actively empowered to learn.
British School Jakarta, Bintaro Jaya Sektor 9, Jl. Raya Jombang-Ciledug, Pondok Aren Tangerang, 15427, Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 (0) 21 745 1670, www.bsj.sch.id
Located in a stylish and modern building, Bambino Preschool has fantastic facilities. Offering classes for kids aged 1.5 - 6 years old, this school is committed to nurturing students by appreciating their sense of curiosity and wonderment. Not only does it provide a strong focus on your child's healthy and balanced development, they also offer a curriculum aimed to equip children to be ready to face the fast changes in technology and science. Outside of the preschool, this is also a popular after-school activity hub in Jakarta for young kids.
Following an Inquire-Think-Learn curriculum approach and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP), EtonHouse creates a strong framework for children. Their aim is to develop each child into a well-balanced individual through an engaging environment and a Reggio-Emilia inspired curriculum.
A Montessori-based learning, Discovery Center provides a full English-speaking environment. Not only does it offer preschool for kids aged 2 - 6 years old, this school is also open for Parent & Toddler Programs that can be attended by little ones from aged 1 (walking) to 2.5 years old along with their parents. Apart from that, an annual Summer Camp is super popular. Note, they have extended day programs in addition to their regular classes.
Discovery Center Cipete, Jl. Haji Abdul Majid Dalam No. 28, Cipete, South Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 765 7040
Discovery Center Menteng, Jl. Solo No. 9, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 314 5443, email@example.com, https://www.facebook.com/discoverycenterjkt/
Integrated Children's Academy (ICA) offers your children quality education, and their curriculum is based on a holistic approach that aims to develop whole-rounded children who will have the essential skills to succeed later in life. ICA's teachers have dedicated themselves to the vocation of growing young minds while sharing with them the love of learning. This well-established preschool has the main aim of bringing out the best in every child. They offer classes for children from 1,5 to 6 years old. Academic year begins in July, but new enrollees are welcome anytime at any level.
At Mighty Minds, students learn skills and go through remarkable experiences that will turn them into independent learners. Their approach is that children are more successful if they get taught how to think rather than what to think. At Mighty Minds Preschool, kiddos are also challenged to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings. The programs are opened for Infant and Toddler 6 months to 2.5 years old to Kindergarten 4.5 years to 6.5 years.
Toddlers Town was founded by two educators who wanted to create a fun learning space for kids. The lovely Montessori-based Day Care is located right in the heart of Jakarta’s CBD in Mega Kuningan, making it ideal for parents who are working near, who can then peacefully drop off their child, knowing that the child will be looked after by qualified professionals. Toddlers Town covers vital aspects of childhood development; social and emotional, speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, sensorial and cultural but also providing encouragement for positive and age-appropriate everyday problem-solving skills in a fun and engaging way.
Christian-based preschool, ISMILE (International School of Multiple Intelligences Learning & Enrichment), has three locations in Jakarta. Their programs include Infant And Toddler, Nursery 1 and 2, Kindergarten 1 and 2, and the Kidsclub! The focus of the curriculum combines the popular Reggio Emilia curriculum with their own eclectic Multiple Intelligence learnings.
ISMILE, South Jakarta, Menteng, Bandung, +62 21 2992 3623, idn.ismile.sch.id
IShine provides a high-qualified education for little ones from aged 6 months to 6 years old. With a loving and safe environment, this school is open for daycare, kindergarten, and pre-school and is positioned as affordable quality early years education. Students will receive a stimulating learning experience through their top features, such as a Story Atelier, Gym, and trustable educators.
iShine Preschool & Daycare Kertanegara, Jl Kertanegara No 35, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia, +62 21 739 5188
iShine Preschool & Daycare Kelapa Gading, Kelapa Gading Square Blok J No. 29, Italian Walk, North Jakarta, +62 21 4586 7586
iShine Preschool & Daycare PIK Elang Laut, Elang Boulevard Blog F no 29-30, Jl. Pantai Indah Selatan 1, Pantai Indak Kapuk, Jakarta Utara, +62 021 2257 4140, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ishine.sch.id
Offering a British based Early Years curriculum for children aged 1-6 years, JWA puts a focus on holistic development through a broad and balanced learning environment. Their active learning systems feature essential activities that include playing and exploring, active learning, as well as creative and thinking critically. English is the language of instruction, and all students study Bahasa Indonesia and Mandarin. JWA offers a strong Chinese programme in partnership with the prestigious Peking University Kindergarten and Elementary School, Beijing, China.
Part of a regional player in preschool education, Kinderland has educated over 4,000 young learners across Indonesia since 1994, and Kinderland plans to expand to new centers over the next five years in Indonesia. Kinderland believes that every child is unique and has the potential to be the best he/she can be. Kinderland offers playgroup, preschool, and daycare options.
Kinderland Indonesia, Locations all over Jakarta, kinderlandindonesia.com
Welcoming children aged 1.5 - 6 years old, all classes at Jakarta Montessori School are taught in English and follow the British calendar. Their programme focuses on each individual child in order to encourage an interest in learning whilst building independence, self-confidence, and self-esteem in a safe and secure environment with guidance from their specialized teachers. Come to visit them at their campus based in a nice green area in South Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Jayakarta Montessori School focuses on creating independence within limits to help children develop solid self-esteem to face challenges and changes that come along with life. Their preschool learning experience offers a balance of activities that engages little ones both in a sensorial and practical manner. The Jayakarta Montessori School also is popular because of it's low student to teacher ratio. Note, this school is a Montessori-based education (as you could have guessed) and caters to students from 18 months to 11 years old.
A franchise from the United States, Tutor Time has been growing in popularity amongst parents with 6 branches spread throughout Jakarta. Tutor Time is based on three comprehensive curriculums, Learn from the Start, LifeSmart, and GrowFit. Educators at Tutor Time believe that a good education should be based on respect to the child's eagerness to learn and develop a meaningful relationship.
The Independent School Of Jakarta (ISJ) Pre-Prep at Pondok Indah is a purpose-built school in the cosmopolitan area. It offers a remarkable setting for a child’s educational journey. The school welcomes young children aged two to seven years to develop their lifelong love of learning. With small classes, it makes for an exclusive school where your child will have more one-on-one time with their teachers, enabling their individual talents to be found. Some of the facilities include music rooms, a STEM lab, a swimming pool, climbing wool, an outdoor sports field, and indoor sports facilities.
More Preschools In Jakarta
Apple Tree Preschool, www.appletreeps.com
Sunshine Preschool, sunshineindonesia.com
Julia Gabriel Education, juliagabriel.id
Ladybird Preschool, www.ladybird.or.id
Lollypop Preschool, lollypoppreschool.com
Kiddie Planet, http://www.kiddieplanet.sch.id/*Montessori
More International Schools With Early Years Programs In Jakarta
North Jakarta Intercultural School (NJIS), www.njis.org
The New Zealand Independent School, www.nzis.school.nz
British School Jakarta, www.bsj.sch.id
AIS Indonesia, www.ais-indonesia.com
Global Jaya School, www.globaljaya.com
Gandi Memorial School, www.gandhijkt.org
Jakarta Intercultural School, www.jisedu.or.id
Jakarta Multicultural School, www.jimsch.org
Sinarmus World Academy, www.swa-jkt.com
Lycée Français Louis-Charles Damais, www.lfjakarta.org