Kingston - 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?

Yes, yes, and yes available, expensive, adequate not stunning. In my opinion the American School provides the best pre-K, K, and grade 1 experience on the island. - May 2022

I don't know anyone who sends their child to a preschool or daycare but I'm guessing they exist. AISK has a preschool. - Jan 2020

They are ok, and more affordable than those in the US. Jamaicans tend to focus on “academics” from a young age. It’s not unusual to sit toddlers down for a classroom lecture or assign them homework. - Jun 2018

Several different preschool options which people seem to be very pleased with. - Mar 2017

yes and most colleagues are happy with the preschools. Reasonable too. - Apr 2016

There are a handful of preschools in the area-CLC (near Powell Plaza), Step by Step and El Centro. My kids went to SBS and enjoyed it. It's in session from 8am-1pm so if both parents work you'll need a flexible schedule or hire a driver to pick up your child. - Oct 2014

Available, but we didn't use them. Nannies are very common and affordable, and tend to be quite good. - Dec 2013

A lot of people tend to use nannies - but there is the Rainbow Daycare Center I have not needed to use this - Sep 2010

I know it's available but do not know much about them. - Jul 2010

There is one at the American School. - May 2010

No personal experience, but all of my neighbors sent their children to Rainbow Land and all have said wonderful things about this school. Very academic focus I hear though. There is also a Montessori school, but I do not know anyone who attends. Stella Maris Catholic Church has a good daycare, prep school as well. Daycare is extremely cheap if you hire a helper/nanny. There are many options in this area. - Nov 2009

There are alot of preschool and daycares. My child is in Rainbow Land and loves it. The cost is about the same as any good city preschool. The teachers are great. - Jan 2009

There are many daycares, the best one is the one at the American School. - Jan 2009

Rainbow land, is supposed to be a good one. - May 2008

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