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Child care in Thailand


If you are moving to Thailand with children under 5 years old, you will need to enroll them in kindergarten. Here is some information to inform you about it.

Kindergarten is not mandatory in Thailand. But if you are moving there with children of less than 5 years old, you may need to find someone to look after them, or simply to register in a nursery or kindergarten. Thai nurseries welcome children as from the age of 3 years old. You can also find nurseries looking after children aged between 1 and 3 years, or you can hire a nanny.

You will find English medium nurseries in most major Thai cities. You will be able to entrust your child to trained, qualified and competent care givers. Your child can socialize and grow up among other children of the same age, learning to sing, play music as well as other activities.

Here are some links that will help you:


Acacia Centre

Garden International School


The education system

The Thai education system is governed by the Ministry of National Education. The system is similar to that of many European countries, the first three years of pre-primary schooling equal to KG1, KG2 and KG3. The school year is divided into two semesters, from mid-May to September and November to mid-March. During his schooling in kindergarten, your child will learn both alphabets, Thai and Latin. The first English start only at the primary level.

If you do not have the means to afford the services of a nursery school, you can still apply for a scholarship for your child at the Thai Ministry of Education.

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Small earth, Mauritius
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2 years ago

I wish also the info for homeschools was so nicely organized.... My son goes to a homeschool in Phuket and I find it very beneficial. I believe this prepares him for the big school later by growing love to learning, concentration and diligence. There are homeschools out there, just how to find them. Usually is info by mouth...


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