Living in a foreign country can be an unsettling experience for children., especially when the primary language is not theirs. Fortunately, the creation of International Kindergarten Programs helps children to adapt to their new environment while still having a comfortable experience similar to their home country.
Dwight School Seoul is committed to finding and igniting the “spark of genius” in every child. Kindling their interests, they develop inquisitive, informed, self-aware, and ethical citizens who will build a better world. The Early Childhood Division at Dwight School Seoul offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate to children ages three, four, and five. At the center of the PYP curriculum are five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action. The aim of the programme is to help students acquire a holistic understanding of six main themes through the interrelatedness of these essential elements. You can find more information on Dwight School Early Childhood Division through their website here.
The Dulwich College Seoul also has a kindergarten for children from 3 to 7 years old. The kindergarten provides a happy and purposeful introduction to learning. The school engages students in topics in which they express interest and will learn how to communicate their ideas. The kindergarten also promotes teaching the children to listen to others, to solve problems and to persevere with relevant tasks. The school is working closely with parents to provide the children with the best support for their child’s unique learning style. For more information on this kindergarten, please visit the Dulwich College Seoul Kindergarten website here.
Namsan International Kindergarten welcomes children from 2 to 5 years old in a stimulating learning environment. The kindergarten wants to provide children with a child-centered environment, and collaborate closely with parents to ensure that children are given every opportunity to thrive and prosper. Namsan International Kindergarten wants to offer broad and relevant learning experiences in a transdisciplinary context with a focus on the importance of exploratory learning and active play. For more information on this kindergarten, please visit the Namsan International Kindergarten website here.
The kindergarten’s facilities includes:
A garden with grassed areas
A wading pool
An indoor multi-purpose room for physical fitness and other extracurricular activities.
The Seoul German School, founded in 1976, is the only German language school in South Korea. Following German education standards, the school offers the courses in German with the choice to learn English. During kindergarten, the school provides and develops an individual profile in order to address the needs of each child. For more information on this kindergarten, please visit the Seoul German School website here.
The kindergarten’s facilities includes:
3 large bright function rooms
A space for outdoor play
A gym with various sports equipment
A learning environment for preschool and DAFZ lessons.
A differentiation room for small group work and individual support
ECLC International Kindergarten, founded in 1969, is a non-profit organization for children aged from 2 to 6 years old. The kindergarten welcomes children from over 20 different countries and provides a high-quality English speaking program. The kindergarten focuses on developing the cognitive, emotional, social and physical potential of each child. For more information on this kindergarten, please visit the ECLC International Kindergarten website here.
CIK CRADA International, founded in 1998, is a kindergarten that gives children the chance to learn English easily. The objectives of CIK CRADA International are to give the children a proper personal, creative and intelligent development education. For more information on this kindergarten, please visit the CIK CRADA International website here.
The British Education Korea, founded in 2013, offers a British, independent, co-educational preparatory education for children from 2 to 13 years old. The school provides enquiry based learning that taps into the natural curiosities of children to help them learn. The facilities of the school are designed to help the children develop a deep understanding of everyone’s role to care for our world. For more information on this kindergarten, please visit the British Education Korea website here.
Korea Kent Foreign School, founded in 1993 is a school that welcomes students from kindergarten to high school. The kindergarten sets several objectives for the children in different areas such as reading, writing, science, physical environments, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, home skills, social and work habits. For more information on this kindergarten, please visit the Korea Kent Foreign School website here.
The Franciscan Foreign Kindergarten was founded in 1975 and welcomes children from 2 to 5 years old. The aim of the kindergarten is to create a safe and loving environment for the children. The Franciscan Foreign Kindergarten wants to help the children to develop socially, emotionally and academically. For more information on this kindergarten, please visit the Franciscan Foreign Kindergarten website here!
The Franciscan Foreign Kindergarten’s facilities includes:
A napping room
Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
An activity room
Of course, most of the International schools located in Seoul also have kindergarten programs! Here is a list: