Lilongwe - Post Report Question and Answers

Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

Ask the CLO. - Jul 2020

Pre-schools are available. Talk to the CLO when doing your research. They're pretty good and pretty affordable. - Sep 2018

The Learning Center is excellent and quite popular. It's a mix of Malawian and expat children. Cost is around $1500 a year and kids go from 7:30 to 12. Lilli's and Carmen's are also popular with the expat crowd and are around the same price as Learning Center. BMIS and ABC also offer preschool but it is significantly more expensive. - Jul 2017

Yes there are many preschools and a few which are frequented by expat kids. Also many families have full-time nannies. - Oct 2016

Preschools are available but not numerous. They are not very expensive, but there's certainly a bit of a range. - Aug 2015

Plenty--two or three options in areas 10, 12 and 43 but Rainbow is the preferred school for the longtimers. Acacia is popular too but Rainbow--although on the other side of town--has much better prices and is full of so much more character. - Sep 2013

There are a few different preschools around. Rainbow is said to be good, but it's on the other side of town from most embassy houses. In our area is a new preschool called Kids Corner, which is where I send my son. The tuition is good for here, and he seems happy enough. Nannies are very inexpensive, and there are a lot of baby groups for nannies to take the kids to. - Sep 2012

There are a few different preschools around. My youngest son attended Rainbow and loved it. - Sep 2009

Very expensive for the quality. I have never paid so much for preschool and been so disappointed. ECD is not a developed field in Malawi. Children coming from more advanced nursery school settings are often a bit bored and not very challenged. - Jul 2009

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