An informal list of Beijing nursery schools, play schools and play groups recommended by expat parents.
We don't necessarily visit playschools, nurseries or kindergartens and definitely don't look at them as thoroughly as we do primary and secondary schools. We only include them as a section of a full GSGI write-up if they are part of a primary or K-12 school (schools with basic entries or full write-ups are highlighted in red).
However, these are amongst the ones in Beijing recommended or mentioned by parents. We list them here just to give you a place to start, to help you make up your own short list.
We always appreciate any feedback from parents (contact us), and we'll remove schools or add them as we hear about them or receive updates, even from this informal list.
Beanstalk International Kindergarten
Offers two separate programmes: one based on an international curriculum and taught in English; the other integrating Chinese and English systems and taught in a fully bilingual environment. (See Beanstalk International Bilingual School under 'Beijing Schools Considered by Expats').
Annual Tuition: US$5,900 to 8,800
Century Baby Bilingual Artistic Kindergarten
2108 Houshayu Gahood Villa Area
Offers a bilingual Montessori programme designed to foster language development. Native Chinese and English speaking teachers work as a team to lead class activities including Beijing opera and Chinese kungfu.
Annual Tuition: US$ 8,500 to 10,000
Ivy Academy Beijing
35 Dongzhimenwai Street
East Lake Villas D-101
Teaches a curriculum offering a Multiple Intelligence theory developed at Harvard with a customised set of activities for each child at ages 2-6. Also runs a bilingual program (see Ivy Bilingual Pre-School below).
Annual Tuition: US$ 9,900 to 14,500
Ivy Bilingual Pre-School
36B Dongzhimenwai Dajie
Uses the Multiple Intelligence methodology taught by local and foreign teachers in a bilingual environment. For children aged 2-6. (See Ivy Academy Beijing above).
Annual Tuition: US$ 3,500 – 5,500
1/F Gongti Literary Garden
An Australian organisation using a neuro education program dedicated to the first 4 years of a child’s development. For the ages of 6 weeks to 4 years with an average class size of 10.
Mammolina Children’s Home
Liyuan Xiaoqu A36
Opened in September 2005, a Montessori kindergarten accepting children from 2.5 to 6 years old.
Annual Tuition: US$ 10,800.
The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten
Lufthansa Center Tower
50 Liangmaqiao Lu
Established in 1992 and offers a full Montessori programme for children from the age of 1-6.
Annual Tuition Fees: US$7,500 – 13,000
3E International Kindergarten
Lido Side Park
Jiang Tai Xi Lu
Offers a combination of Western and Eastern style approaches to learning for children ages 2 to 6.
The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB)
7 Sanlitun Bei Xiao Jie
Part of the Dulwich College family of schools (see earlier) offering a montessori curriculum to children from 2 to 6 at two locations.
Annual Tuition: US$ 10,000 – 17,500