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?

Plenty of preschools and creshes. They all vary, just have to do research on what suits you best. School teachers and principals can change often and then you're back at square one! - Dec 2018


I had my youngest in a preschool and to me, it was a terrible experience. It was a local school called Kindergarten Bilingual. I had an issue with the way one of the teachers treated my child. I would stick to having your child go to the ISD for preschool or one thats well recommended by a lot of parents. EAB is pretty good from what I hear. Just stay away from local schools with super cheap prices. - Dec 2018


Plenty available, most are French-speaking. Costs vary from US$200/month to US$450. Most of the 'good' ones have long wait-lists. Most of the creches are M-F, all day, but some of the more structured programs follow the French school calendar. - Apr 2016


Plenty of preschools for around the 4 year age. Younger than that and most families choose to hire a full-time nanny. - Aug 2015


There are several preschool options but I did not have any school-aged children, so I don't know about the costs. - Aug 2014


Yes, they are available; my kids are older, I can't really comment on them. - Apr 2014


There are local preschools, mostly French-speaking and I do not have personal experience, but many people use them. - Mar 2012


We have used Ecole en Couleurs which is a French ecole maternelle. It is ok, though typical of French schools, lacks green grass for children to play on. Green grass in Dakar is hard to find in general. - Aug 2011


household help (nannies) very common here and affordable - Jan 2011


No experience - but heard there is a Montessori school. - Feb 2010


Lots: French, bilingual or English. - Jan 2010


Yes. - May 2009


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