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Help!! Kindergarten!

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    Help!! Kindergarten!

    I am sure this is a topic that is talked to death in many different forums (have just posted this exact topic on the other site as well!). I have read a few threads and followed up on some leads. I really want to ask this question though as I am getting a huge headache about the whole thing! I have a son who has just turned three. We arrived in HK about 2 months ago with no idea about the schooling system, so hence no pre-applications for schools. I have been avoiding the whole thing as it is stressing me out, but sadly the 'head-in-the-sand' approach has not led to answers (no surprises). Have decided it is time for action.

    We are living in Tsim Sha Tsui, so are looking for something Kowloon and possibly Central area. I also have a 1 year old daughter so ease of access is important! My son is extremely shy, and I am concerned that if he attends a school with a very low attendance by westerners that he will be even less likely to talk/interact in the class. He has very, very white blond hair and has a taken a dislike to the attention this gets him as a westerner here! I want to avoid having him stand-out at school as well if possible. Poor kid - but he has a good heart and I want to find him a school that will nurture his active, spirited side and love of rhythm and music.

    Any suggestions on schools in the Kowloon/Central area with a reasonable number of western kids and affordable fees! I am about to place his name on the list for YMCA kindergarten as it is close to us and I think okay?! Have also looked at Woodlands Montessori, which seems good but starts at 8.30 so hard to get there in time from TST with a 1 year old in tow.

    Would desperately LOVE some advice so I can stop worrying needlessly. Usually nothing bothers me, but this has my head in a spin.

    Thanks
    Alanna :)

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    Also interested in schools which allow kids to attend 2 or 3 days instead of 5.

    Alanna

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    Woodland Montessori Pre-School at Caine Road is good. You can try the afternoon class if time is a concern. My sons attend the morning classes and there are quite a few westerners there. It's fairly multi-racial and the teachers are great. You may ask if your son can attend 3 days instead of 5 days.

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    Hiya,

    Here's a list of Kindergartens in Kowloon:

    http://www.geobaby.com/directory/edu...nd-preschools/

    There are a number of schools in Hung Hom. Best would be call and visit the schools. There's also Tutor Time in Kowloon Tong which has an excellent reputation.

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    Muffkitt,

    I am interested to let my girl to study in Woodland Mid-Level, if study in Woodland's pre-school, is that high rate to get in ESF primary? And how many kids per class?

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    there is one PIPS right above Kowloon Station, at TST
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    http://pips.edu.hk/kln/index.html

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    A lot of woodland kids get into ESF primary, but if you are so keen, you could try ESF kindy. Althought there are not garantee, but the chance is very good.
    Bear Lau:

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    hi joliana,

    my daughter is trying 2 this sept and never of heard of PIPS till now and it looks great. do you know what are the chances of getting into local stream, nursery class at PIPS in sept?

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