Dhaka - 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?

Most people have full-time nannies or do child-swap day groups. I'm not aware of a formal day care. - Jul 2023

They are fairly inexpensive, look at the French school (takes kids from about 2.5). Pixieland and Jinglebells were also open before COVID, and lovely! - Sep 2021

Home help including nannies are readily available and affordable. I don't have any direct experience though. - Jul 2018

Yes, but most people use an ayah (nanny) rather than daycare. - May 2016

Yes - Jun 2015

Yes, there are several for different age groups: Jinglebells, Grace, French School. Many kids are in school, even the under 5 kids. It's getting much better where more of us keep our kids home and there is an abundance of playgroups (most run by the ayahs). I don't know exact cost but it was not worth it for me especially wanting flexibility to travel out without worrying about school schedule. - Sep 2014

We sent our youngest to a private Bangladeshi-owned/run preschool which was really good. - Aug 2014

Expensive. Parents complain a lot. - Jul 2014

There are a couple pre-K or playgroup programs around the dip zone. Other people hire nannies (ayahs) to stay at home with their kids. - Aug 2013

No personal experience, but people seem to have no trouble finding inexpensive nannies (live in our out). - Apr 2013

Preschool at AISD ($7000-$8200 per year) or another preschool Jingle Bells (local and unsure of price). There are several others locally, but those these are the main ones. A full-time ayah (nanny) is widely available for about $150-200 a month, 6 days a week. - Aug 2011

Ayahs (nannies) are ever present and inexpensive. Probably about $100-$150 a month. - Feb 2011

AISD has a preschool for kids 3 and older. Nannies are cheap. - Jan 2011

There are several local facilities in Baridhara including Jingle Bells. Both French and American schools have pre-schools. - Jan 2011

AISD has a preschool, and I have heard good things about it. I think there are other preschool options available for expats as well. - Oct 2010

Most people send their preschoolers to the French school or to the American School, both are fine. - Apr 2010

The French school's preschool seems popular, as it is less expensive than other international options. Ayahs are inexpensive and generally very good. - Oct 2009

n/a - Aug 2009

People with small children have nannies called ayas. I think their average pay is about US$100-200/month. - Mar 2009

Pay more and get a local individual that comes highly recommended. - Nov 2008

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