Pristina - 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?
I know a couple of families (embassy, other expat, locals) who highly recommend Park School Montessori. It is near Germia Park, and not close to most embassy housing. Most people I know have nannies for young children. The nannies in International Village all know each other and very often the children will play outside together supervised by the nannies. - Aug 2021
Yes, both of the main international schools (ILG and QSI) offer preschool. The rates vary depending on if you're an "Institutional Payer" e.g., from an Embassy/or your employer pays, or if you are paying out of pocket. ILG is a bigger school, and it just became the first IB school in all of Kosovo. There is about one class per grade and each class is about 15 kids. The kids are a mixture of Albanian and foreign mission. QSI is much smaller, but does seem to be growing. It's students are primarily from foreign missions, but that also seems to be changing. ILG is out by International Village and QSI is by the US Embassy, both schools offer busing. There is not before/after school care, but there are after school activities offered. There is also the Park School out by Germia Park, which does Montessori preschool education. It's a bit further out, but the families that I know that have kids there have been happy with it. - Jul 2019
International schools have kindergarten. ILG provides after-school care to 5 p.m. and various after-school activities. - Nov 2016
The two main English-speaking preschools are ILG and QSI. ILG has a two-year old class, QSI's preschool starts at 3 years. Our child attends ILG and we've been happy with it. It's a half-day program, cheap (around US$3,000), and the teachers are very loving. I don't have any experience with QSI's preschool program, but I know it is slightly more expensive. For younger children, people use nannies. - May 2016
They appear to be, though most people hire nannies. - Aug 2015
Yes. Preschool was very affordable - about 160 Euros a month full-time, including food. - Jun 2014