Nurseries, kindergartens, and preschools are your kiddo’s first window into the world that extends beyond your loving home. As they step through that door on their first day, they are stepping into a whole new world of exploration, play, learning, and socializing with peers – which is of utmost importance for their long-term development. Understandably, this is a huge step for parents too,
Along with being a wonderful outdoor playground for all age groups in itself, Phuket has a rich and diverse early education offer for English-speaking families. We’ve compiled a diversified list of the best preschools and kindergartens in Phuket to provide you with a snapshot of what your kiddo’s first second home might be like!
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Shining Stars provides an English-language education for Preschool, Kindergarten and Primary 1 & 2, emphasizing the arts, social awareness, love of stories, yoga, and more! By combining a love of books and meditative practices, Shining Stars nurtures curiosity, focus, and clarity in children. Covered “topics” include unique angles such as “Physical Body – Inside & Out,” “Friendship- characteristics of a friend, collaboration”, “Collective Nature: animals, plants, habitats, weather,” to name a few. This school is uniquely creative and its teachers are wholeheartedly dedicated to what is undoubtedly their calling!
Rainbow Trout pioneered Finnish education in Phuket. Their professional team adapted the curriculum to take Thailand’s rich cultural heritage into account, creating a unique, holistic childcare program that facilitates a long-lasting, positive learning experience. The Finnish curriculum relies on a specific belief that parents are the most important educators of children in the early years, which is why Rainbow Trout works together with families and prepares the curriculum with input from the guardians! Besides being jaw-droppingly gorgeous and purpose-built, its classrooms have mixed-age groups with the goal of forming a real-life community and let kids learn from each other as well.
Rainbow Trout Creativity, 23/108 Phuket Boat lagoon, Garden Plaza Moo 2 Thepkasattri Rd. Kohkaew Muang Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand, +66 (0) 7623 8947, email@example.com, www.rainbowtroutcreativity.com
Montessori Education has been ahead of its time since its inception and pioneered child-centered education with a heavy focus on nature, community, compassion, and critical thinking. It is still a leading alternative approach today, with Montessori children across the world continue to score higher on tests than students in traditional schools! MHP International School is the only Montessori school on the island of Phuket and the only one you’ll need if you resonate with its philosophy! The school also offers short stays and a full-time summer school program.
Buds International School Phuket is a boutique Primary, Kindergarten and Nursery. Nursery combines flexibility and structure, varying activities to provide ample opportunities for exploration, promoting independence and responsibility along the way. Kindergarten introduces flexible lesson plans and guides kiddos in developing academic and life skills in key areas in a way that makes them look forward to their next day at Buds!
The curriculum at Indigo Kids follows the English Early Years Foundation Stage, while its approach is in alignment with the globally renowned and progressive Finnish education system. Their classrooms are carefully designed to stimulate children’s sense of purpose and creativity, but learning extends far beyond the classroom and their outdoor playground as Indigo Kids are passionate about community and nature – and introduce young learners to those they share the planet with hands-on during educational days out around the island!
Indigo Kids International Nursery & Pre-School, 80/12 Soi Bang Niao Dam, Moo 7, Si Sunthon Cherngtalay Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand, +66 (0) 91 820 7082, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.indigophuket.com
ABC International Nursery and Pre-school combines their academic syllabus (International Primary Curriculum Early Years Program) with a strong emphasis on creativity and experiential learning in classes such as: yoga, dance, art, meditation, music, gardening, and sports. Teachers pay attention to potentially preferred and dominant learning styles and guide children accordingly. The school also emphasizes the importance of the learning environment, which is in this case an airy, colourful villa surrounded by gardens, 12 students per class max, and an international community!
Baan Kru Jay International Nursery offers a lot of flexibility: monthly, weekly, and daily rates, after-care every day of the week, as well as weekend care, pick up and drop off! Its program is based in self-directed free play and its philosophy emphasizes the variety of preferred modes of learning, stating that they respect and teach to each child’s strengths while providing the chance to experience the world in multiple ways.