IVL Property has compiled a list of International schools in case you are considering for your children to continue their education here in beautiful Koh Samui. Some of those schools will also welcome your children if you came to the island on an extended business trip and your children had to get back to class.
This second list are the main kindergartens available on the island that we would recommend should you require some alone time during your vacation here in Koh Samui:
Samui Tiny Steps is one of Samui most famous Kindergarten has it follows the EYFS system described for the previous Kindergarten.
A plus of this kindergarten is also its website that is very user friendly and has a lot of information for parents.
This Kindergarten is much simpler option but offers everything the children might need for his early development. This establishment has received very positive reviews from Russian Families and the kindergarten works at a Thai/Russian ratio of 80/20. The kids are encouraged to play and express themselves throughout the day.
At the end of the day parents are given a report for everything happening that day so you don’t have to worry about knowing if your children slept, played, sang or made amazing drawings.
The Oonrak Kindergarten is attached to the school of the same name so in case you like the kindergarten your children can continue their education in the same establishment. This establishment opened its doors in 2009 and welcomes children from age 2 to age 6. Most of the educators there are English speaking and children are encouraged to communicate in English for about 60% of their time at the kindergarten.
The structure has its own playground with slides, an afternoon nap room with comfortable beds for your children, a computer room available to older children, a library, a large swimming pool where your children can learn how to swim, dance classes. Oonrak is proud to celebrate different holidays by organizing events with the kids.
This Russian kindergarten called "EasyDays" opened its doors in 2013. All teachers have extensive experience working with children and some even have specialized education training. Food and Beverage are both very well adapted to Russian children and toddlers.
Children at “Easydays” are divided into three different groups: 2-3 years old, 3-5 years old and the senior group for children aged 5-7 years old.
The website of this kindergarten is extremely thorough and offers a plethora of information such as schedules, daily menus, pictures of all the employees working on site. They describe their work as follow: "The aim of the company I Aun Nursery Co., Ltd. Is to create a safe and supportive environment that will encourage children to show their talents, develop their self-confidence through singing and dancing, teach them a positive look at the world through an understanding of the difference between "good" and "bad", we believe it will enable their full potential. We accept children from 0 to 6 years old. We provide high-quality care during the day: games and activities in a safe, friendly and caring atmosphere ". The kindergarten divided children by age into four categories; 0-1.5 years old, 1.5-3 years old, 3 to 4 years old and 4 to 6 years old. A swimming pool, as well as swimming classes, are available at this location.
This Kindergarten was first known as Bluewater when it opened in 2006 but was soon renamed the International School. When you will be visiting the website you will be amazed by how much information is available online. Is it proof of seriousness? We believe so. The fact that questionnaires, rates and other documents are available in different languages such as Russian is definitely a plus for parents with difficulties in English.
Here is what the website has to say about itself: "Our goal is to surround each child with a fun, stimulating atmosphere and the knowledge that supports and develops the individual characteristics. We follow the British National Education Program, which is called the basic level program for young (Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum - EYFS). It includes 7 areas to explore: the personal, social and emotional development; physical development; communication and language skills; literacy; mathematics; perception of the world; art and design. We adhere to the principles of equality in school enrollment, regardless of race, nationality or religion. Our evaluation system is designed so that students receive positive emotions, and benefit from the diverse educational programs that we offer. "
This kindergarten is an expensive option but is great as it is recognized worldwide and provides the equivalent of a western education.
Samui Montessori was opened in 2012 as a pre-school but is now only holding playgrounds. It follows the internationally acclaimed precepts of Maria Montessori where Children are encouraged to do things by themselves through a rigorous learning experience.
"The system is based on an individual approach to each child by the teacher: he always chooses the didactic material and the duration of employment, developing at the child’s own pace. Prepared environment - an essential element of the Montessori pedagogy. Without it, it cannot function as a system. The prepared environment gives the child the opportunity to gradually get rid of adult care, to become more independent.”
The Samui Center of Learning School was created in 2004 and is one of the few schools on the island to follow the British Education System and national curriculum (EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum). The program is based on 7 different stages such as exploring personal, social and emotional development, physical development of the children as well as communication and language skills, literacy, Maths, Arts and design.
This school as a similar program as the one at the International School of Samui but is slightly less expensive.
The Panyadee School is recognized and accredited by the Cambridge Examination Center for the Teaching of Elementary School Program. Here is how their own website describes the program:
“The program baseline for early childhood (The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)) is the world-renowned education program, which aims to mental and physical development of children in a safe environment."
Happy Toddlers is a smaller Kindergarten located in Bangrak for both English and Thai speaking children. Its prices are more affordable than most daycare and the quality of the teaching has been praised in many comments and by many parents.
This Kindergarten opened its doors in 2012 and offers swimming classes, Art classes, English Lessons with a Native English speaker as well as science classes. This is one of the only Kindergartens in the Nathon Area.
The Lamai International School has a reputation for excellence and is a great option for your kids if you are staying in the Lamai area. Here is how the website describes its own program: “To provide a safe and nurturing environment, with a core curriculum that promotes academic excellence while creating an atmosphere of cooperation, with respect for individual differences and community values.”
Should you require more information on Kindergartens and International Schools on the Island please do not hesitate to send an email to our Concierge department at firstname.lastname@example.org