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 below in red).
However, these are amongst the ones in Moscow 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.
American Embassy Day Care/Pre-School
9 Devyatkinsky Pereulok
Tel: 728 5354
Located on embassy compound but open to non-embassy children (priority basis). High teacher/student ratio.
Anglo American School of Moscow
British Embassy Playgroup
10 Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya
Tel: 956 7332
Located on embassy compound but open to non-embassy children (priority basis). Excellent facilities.
British International School Kindergarten and Pre-Schools
Bolshaya Akademicheskaya d. 24
Busy Bees Playschool
Korpus 10, 32 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya
Tel: 8 916 175 4316, Sara
Small, friendly playschool run by individual British teacher. Very popular and well regarded by the other international schools, but she has been wary of being given any publicity as she had not been licenced by Moscow authorities.
English International School
66a Zeleny Prospekt
Tel: 301 2104
(see details in Moscow schools considered by expats)
English Nursery School
Location One: 4 Ulitsa Obrucheva, Building 3
Closest Metros: Prospekt Vernadskovo & Kaluzhskaya
Tel: 933 32893
Location Two: 8/10 4th Dobrininsky Pereulok
Tel: 987 1552
(2.5-5 years) Morning and afternoon sessions. Works towards English National Curriculum Early Learning programme. Native English speakers may be offered discount on fees. Said to attract a good staff complement, English, American, Russian and Canadian. Parents seem to think owner does best to invest profits into school which recently added a colourful, safe and new playground, lots of toys and a soundproof music room. The school has a ‘non-aggression’ policy – children have to sit on a chair to ‘think about’ their misdemeanour. Toy guns are not allowed. The school is said to have a good security system. Some parents thought the fees were on the high side. Location Two opened in 2009.
Greenwood (Montessori) School
Located in Sokolniki Park. Early Years program, Montessori, English National Curriculum, multi-sport activities, playground. For children aged 2-7. Open seven days a week with a full day service all year round, including weekend daycare.
French School, Lycee Français
7A Milioutinsky Pereulok
Tel: 514 1546
Kindergarten at 12/16 1st Spasonalivkovsky Pereulok
Tel: 237 4636
German School, Deutsche Schule Moskau
103 Vernadskogo Prospect
Tel: 433 4111
Embassy of Germany school and kindergarten, education in German.
Hinkson Christian Academy
37 Varshavskoye Shosse
Tel: 733 9740
Elementary and secondary school (K-12) that primarily provides education for the children of Christian missionaries and other Christians working in Moscow.
62 Mosfilmovskaya Ulitsa
Tel: 143 8611
1-8 grades, education in Hungarian.
10/2 Bol. Dorogomilovskaya Ulitsa
Tel: 240 6437, 917 0820
Embassy school, for children of diplomats and businessmen. Education in English, intensive studies of liberal arts and mathematics starting from 10th grade.
International School of Moscow
12 Krylatskaya Ulitsa
Tel: 149 4434
(see details in Moscow schools considered by expats)
78A Leninsky Prospect
Tel: 131 8700
1-8 grades; education in Italian in accordance with the state educational program of Italy, kindergarten.
78 Leninsky Prospect
Tel: 131 8733
Japanese education for children of embassy staff.
JCC (Jewish Cultural Centre)
47/3 Bolshaya Nikitskaya
Tel: 787 4565
Open Sun-Fri 9am-9pm. Montessori teaching for 8 month to 3 year olds. Learning Studio with classes for children including music, art, dance, animation, fitness, chess and computing. After School and weekly Family Sunday programmes.
32A Vvedenskogo Ulitsa
Tel: 420 2377
Located at Embassy of Korea, for children of embassy staff.
Little Angels Kindergarten
49 Ulitsa Novocheryomushkinskaya
English-speaking kindergarten with French, Russian options. For children from 18 months to 6 years.
Magic Castle Early Learning Centre
13 Kostiansky Pereulok
Metro Chistye Prudy
Tel: 545 8081
English-language preschool development programme as well as preparation for school. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm.
5A Ulitsa Vinnitskaya (and two other locations)
Closest Metros: Prospekt Vernadskovo & Universitet
14/4 Leningradsky Prospect
Tel: (985) 928 2088
Most of the staff are Russian and they apparently lapse into Russian even if they promise to speak English; so might be a problem for the child who speaks only English. Quite a mixed intake of students, with only about 30% Russian.
Moscow Montessori Preschool
1 Nezhinskaya Ulitsa
Metro Slavyanskiy Bulvar
Tel: 721 5004
Infant, toddler and primary school programs (up to 7 years old). English, Russian. Lead teacher is British, trained by AMI and the North American Montessori Centre.
Park Place Childcare Centre
113/1 Leninsky Prospekt
Metro Jugo Zapadnaya
Tel: 956 5272, Katia Borisova
Montessori basis. English, Russian.
Petit Cref Kindergarten
41 Bolshoi Afanasieysky Pereulok
Tel: 203 2006, Virginie Durand
Popular pre-school and kindergarten, age 2 - 6. Trilingual English, Russian, French. Option of half or full day and after-class activities can be exercised on a daily basis - in other words, no need to commit long term to any particular option. Food said to be good, class sizes small.
Playschool Moscow, Early Childhood Educational Centre
Leninsky Prospekt d.87A
Metro Novye Cheryomushki
Tel: 134 20 06 (office) or 998 35 25 (mobile)
Email: Galina Khoudiakova, email@example.com
St. Andrew’s Church, 8 Voznesensky Pereulok
Metro Okhotny Ryad
Tel: 8 916 676 2803, Masha Leonova
Popular friendly ‘family’ run kindergarten. Russian teachers, mix of international children (mainly English speaking). Art, music, art & craft, preparation for school etc. (Previously located on Sadovaya-Samotechnaya Ulitsa, from where the name originates - this isn’t a church kindergarten.)
Tel: 143 2903
Private school at the embassy, 1-12 grades, education in Swedish, English and Russian as foreign languages, admission from the age of 6, for children of embassy employees and businessmen only.