Bangkok - 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?

Preschools and nannies both available and inexpensive. I think schools provide after-school care. At the minimum, they provide a lot of extracurriculars after school: sports, theater, etc. - Feb 2023

Pre-schools are available, and they can be costly. We sent our youngest to pre-school at ISB and other than the small early injects of ideology, it was wonderful. - Jan 2023

Bangkok has plentiful and excellent preschools and daycares, though while cheaper than U.S. prices, are still somewhat expensive (at least for the top-notch international ones). Most families have nannies who drop off and pick up young kids so preschools are rarely full-day (tend to be half, or 2/3 day). Thus, before- and after-school care is very rare. - May 2022

Yes. Fairly expensive but there are several options around the Nichada community. - Aug 2019

I have a elementary aged child but I am aware that there are day care options. You have to pay out-of-pocket for preschool. - Jun 2018

Yes, there are lots to choose from. - Aug 2015

Yes. Costs vary as does quality but there are lots of options. Costs range from US$1500/term (12 weeks) to US$15,000/term! But you do NOT always get what you pay for so it is worth exploring the different options, ask for recommendations and most importantly: choose a school that is easy to get to for you and your child! Location is everything here. - May 2014

Many, many preschools. Don't trust other expats when they tell you about their child's great preschool--go spend several hours there yourself and see how the teacher your child will have treats the students. Many of the preschool teachers are young women who want to party for a couple of years in Thailand, many of the Thai assistants are older women who look burned out and like they are there for a paycheck. Some of the classrooms and playgrounds in quite expensive preschools are atrociously maintained with safety issues and very little for the children to do. There are a few truly great preschools, but you must search for them. Also, prepare to pay much more than in the U.S. - Oct 2013

Meh. Mixed reviews on the daycares-daycare providers are not as skilled or qualified as in the U.S., but they aren't terrible. Given the variety of playgroups and associations available, I find preschools unneccesary. Its a better value to hire a competent nanny so you are more aware of who is tending to your child. Daycares are not regulated very closely, so its up to your comfort level. - Jul 2013

ELC is an excellent choice, as is the Australian school, but there are numerous choices and they're not cheap! - Jul 2012

There seems to be a ton available, but I would be careful about making sure they are child-appropriate. - Oct 2011

Not sure. - Feb 2011

There are English-language preschools, but I don't have personal experience with them. - May 2010

Yes they are available but are very expensive. Most people hire a nanny. You could have a live in for less than $400US per month and have this person cook and clean. Can't beat it! - Apr 2010

We reside out in Nichada Thani, and there are several preschools in the area: Sunshine School, Majic Years, and ELC. There are, of course, more to choose from, but these are the three schools that most of the residents here have their youngsters enrolled at. ISB, Rose Marie Academy, and St. Andrews Academy, all of which are located here, offer preschool programs as well. - Jul 2009

Lots everywhere. - Apr 2009

There are many choices for the little ones and most of them are of high quality. They can be a bit pricey (our tuition reimbursement does not kick in until our son is 4 and those "new student fees" are a killer). - Feb 2009

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