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As parents on the go, we need a little help sometimes in finding the best, most reliable preschool or kindergarten for our children. And given the importance of those early years, we cannot settle for anything but the best. We know this, 'cause we're parents too.
We have prepared a list here for you that should help you decide.
Kangaroo Care Preschool and After Care which started on July 3, 2017 has as its mission: "To provide premium quality childcare services that will foster boundless cognitive and substantial growth and development for the children in our care." That's a good start. They accept children from 3 months to 3 years old and offer healthy meals and a great extracurricular program which includes swimming, football, ballet and Spanish club.
Open: Mon - Fri: 7am to 7pm
Smurfs has been in operation for 29 years and they cater to children from 3 months to 6 years. Their mission statement says they are committed to the development of every child’s full potential. They claim to be able to achieve this objective through, among other things, their emphasis on planned activities, which are age appropriate fun and interesting. They do potty training for the young ‘uns and they use the ministry of education curriculum for the pre-schoolers. They offer Spanish, swimming, music, karate, gymnastics and more, so kids should be fairly rounded.
Open: 7am to 6pm
Jamaica House Basic School was established in 1974 and is the first institution in Kingston and St. Andrew to be certified by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC). What this means is that the school has met the required standards in respect of the 12 areas stipulated. These relate to staffing, developmental and educational programmes, interactions and relationships with children, physical environment, indoor and outdoor equipment, furnishing and supplies, health, nutrition, safety, children’s rights, protection and equality, interactions with parents and community members, administration and finance. It’s just a basic school so children have to be 3 by December to start in September. After care may be accessed next door from a facility called Mom’s love.
St Richards Early Childhood opened its doors on September 9, 1985. It operates a child care service and pre-school. They claim to be committed in fostering good values and attitudes in the minds of young children. They offer sign language, Spanish, swimming, smart room with interactive white board, fully operational computer labs and clean spacious learning environment.
Open: Mon - Thu: 7am to 1pm; Fri: 7am to 12noon
Closed: Sat and Sun
Crayon College claims to provide an interactive, age-appropriate education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. And these days, the importance of age-appropriate cannot be overstated. They are registered with the Ministry of Education and the Early Childhood Commission and offer dancing, drama, football, sign language and potty training. They have diploma trained teachers, and there are doctors on call. And they offer 3 hot meals daily.
Open: Mon - Fri: 7am to 7pm.
Little Busy Bee describes themselves as an ideal institution for busy parents on the go. They are open to ages 6 weeks to 6 years old and they offer after care services for which you are invited to call for details. One happy customer had nothing but kind words: “I love this place ! I have a 2 year old n she been there for over a year now,she has improved greatly, not to mention the teachers,they are like family to my daughter n I.”
Open: Mon - Fri: 6.30am to 8pm
Closed: Sat & Sun
Kids Choice has a cool mission: “To create a place of safety; so that every child can not only have fun, but grow in a loving - spiritually fulfilled environment.” And that’s just a part of it. Check their Facebook page for more on that. Services provided include: Daycare, Preschool, Early Childhood, After- School Care, Saturday class/care, Extra Lessons & Extra Curricular Activities. Extra Curricular activities include Computer Class, swimming, dancing, football, track & field, netball, rugby and music.
Open: Mon - Fri: 6.30am to 6pm; Sat: 8.30am to 3pm. Closed: Sun.
Address: 8 McArthur Ave. & 65 Waltham Park Rd. Kgn
Phone: (876) 758 181
Bright Start claims to be an innovative preschool and child care company focusing on the individual needs of each child. They invoke the mantra from the Bush era, no child left behind which is dead in the US where it started, but it would be good if they can keep it alive here in Jamaica at Bright Start. They assert that they understand that the early years of childhood development are the most critical for the success of every child. They accept children from 3 months to 5 years and offer real time monitoring camera system where parents are allowed to securely access the rooms appropriate to their child only.
Open Mon - Fri: 7am to 6pm; Closed: Sat & Sun.
Address: 20 Mona Rd, Kgn
Phone: (876) 970-4330
Kidz R Us Academy launched August 11 this year is a childcare facility which is committed to providing a warm and positive home-like environment for children aging from 0-4 years old. Having just started, they do not have much of a track record, but their offerings are a big pull. These include social skills, early math, exciting reading programme, kindergarten readiness, physical development, small class size and A/C rooms. From its website (one of only two on this list) it is an international company, which should be a plus.
Open: Mon - Fri: 6am to 6pm
Building Blocks began operations on September 1, 1995. The mission of Building Blocks is to introduce toddlers to the learning experience by providing a loving and comforting environment while academically and emotionally preparing them for the next stage in their educational journey. They offer football, ballet, tennis, swimming, sign Language, Spanish and more.
Open Mon - Fri: 7.30am to 2.20pm
Address: 82 Lady Musgrave Rd, Kgn
Phone: (876) 978-8150