Sunday, 21 April 2013

English Kindergartens in Korea

You might also want to read about daycare and childcare in Korea. I personally, love Korea, but I know not everyone does. Be aware, that Korean culture maybe different than what you are used to. For example, kids take naps on the floor. You'll have to learn how to adapt or find other options. This info is geared towards Seoul and Gyeonggi-do. Check with your local kindergartens to see if they have other options.

An example of the costs involved: besides the monthly tuition which includes daily lunch and bus service, there is a 200,000 won supplies/materials fee twice a year. This covers all the books and materials, uniforms, and other supplies. Most families pay a one-time enrollment fee over 100,000 won schools may waive this for us as well. Monthly field trips range from 10,000 to 25,000 won.  

Among the regular experiences included are daily English literacy and basic math skills, weekly science labs, story and song times, weekly Taekwondo classes at another nearby school, and monthly Cooking Days (send an apron and plastic container on those days). Birthdays are celebrated with great fanfare, but the students make cards for their classmates at school and parents are asked not to send anything extra.

Drop-Off Service
Available on Saturdays as well. Actually, they said 24/7, but I'm not sure about that. It's a Russian kindergarten, so it's European style and not Asian style. They cook porridge and sleep in beds rather than on mats on the floor. Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 75-11, near the gu office. 5000 won an hour. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They say that they have an English speaker three days a week. 02-454-3418

The time frame for enrollment is often a bit earlier - around November or December for March 1 start.  

English Kindergartens
Local Korean-run kindergartens are likely most affordable and English kindergartens are more expensive. They usually start around 600,000 won a month. (ONE English in Suwon is has great scholarships for English speaking kids) You may be able to get a discount because the school can feature a native speaker in their program. This is fairly common in hagwon kindergartens, so you might consider comparing this option against regular Korean Kindergartens for cost and convenience. It may end up being the most cost-effective option and easiest to manage, due to the fact that the entire staff speaks English, half are native speakers, and they gladly translate all materials for you.  

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