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If you have moved to Vietnam with your young children, you might be looking for a safe and nurturing place to look after them whilst you are at work. Some expats prefer to look for a nanny, while others prefer to entrust their children to a nursery or kindergarten.

Your choice might be influenced by your schedule, your child's age as well as your proximity to local childcare services. It is not difficult to find French or British childcare centres in the country. There are also private international schools where your child can benefit from a familiar education system. You can find these schools by word-of-mouth or online.

The education system in Vietnam

Some nurseries, such as Smartkids, cater to children younger than the age of 3. However, the majority are available for children from 3-5 years of age. Education in Vietnam is compulsory from six years of age; however, children are generally enrolled in primary schools when they are five.

Formal education consists of twelve years of basic education, which commences after primary school. The full education system consists of a preschool, primary school, secondary school, high school, and higher education. The main educational aim of Vietnam is stated as 'improving people's general knowledge, training quality human resources, and nurturing and fostering talent'.

Your choice of school will depend on your child's social environment. If their socialization begins in a Vietnamese environment, the Vietnamese education system might be more suitable. Otherwise, you can enrol him/her at an international school. The cost of education is affordable both for local and international schools.

Learning in Vietnam

During their early childhood care, your child will grow up in a professional environment and framed by trained and qualified professionals. They will enjoy many activities and learn the English language, numbers, letters of the alphabet as well as songs. Occasional outings will also be organized.

Kindergartens and nurseries usually provide breakfast, snacks, and lunch which are all included in school fees. Many of them also have a security service.

Useful links:

Smart Kids International Child Care Center

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