Colombo - 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?

There are several preschools, including ones that are closer in town to where people live. I don't know whether they are expensive. Our school (OSC) does not really provide before- or after-school care. But there are after-school activities (from sports to crafting to community service) that can fill this gap if you need. A lot of working parents employ housekeepers or nannies to help with childcare. - Sep 2020

Preschools are available. Day care tends to take the form of a nanny. OSC provides after-school care in the form of free after-school activities on most days, except Wednesdays (early dismissal day). - Apr 2020

The Overseas School has a preschool, and there is an American preschool that many embassy families use. - Sep 2017

Plenty of preschools, two specifically that most expats send their kids to: the American Preschool & a Montessori school (can't remember the name). - Mar 2017

There are three preschools that the expat community uses: First Step (where I send my daughter, the director is from California), The American Preschool, and the International Children's House. All have their benefits and families seem happy with all of them. - Sep 2013

No experience with this as I am single; however I know most families have a full-time maid/nanny. - Dec 2011

There are plenty of preschools. Lots of Montessori schools. I have a child at the Pre-OSC and that has been a good experience. This school will close down in the summer of 2010 and the children will move to the main campus outside of town. - Feb 2010

Yes e.g., OSC,and other good Montessori schools. - Feb 2008


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