Nairobi - 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 here. Many also employ full-time nannies and keep their kids involved in regular preschool pods, messy play, and play dates. - Mar 2024

Preschools are available and vary in terms of cost and structure. We enrolled our 3 year old in a local preschool but only for a semester, as the school threw in hidden fees and she didn’t seem to be getting much out of the school. Other parents have sent their kids to other preschools that they seemed to like more, but none stood out as exceptional. - Aug 2023

Lots of preschools but more expensive than you would think. For daycare or outside school hours you need to hire a nanny. - Mar 2022

Yes. There are a lot of options, but I don't have kids so I can't speak to this. - Aug 2021

Most folks we know hire full-time nannies to assist with their children. And there's a Montessori school on Gigiri Lane, only about a 1/4 mile from the Embassy if that's your preference. - Dec 2018

If the children are under three it is more common for them to have nannies. There are preschools available, but they are pricey. - Jun 2018

There are many preschools and day care centers. Compared to other places we've lived, the expense is small. Our son attends a Montessori school, MLC, which has classes for kids from 18 months on to 6 years old. The combined total of the school fees and the nanny's salary are less than we'd pay for child care in D.C.

I'm not certain about before and after care, but I would presume that it's not as necessary here with the widely available household help. - Jul 2016

yes - Sep 2015

Yes, there are some very good kindergartens. The one my child attended was about US$1300 per term. - Dec 2014

I believe so. - Jun 2014

Some use Montessori, but I have not heard very good things about it. I know a couple of people who have sent their children to the German school pre-school (they have an English option) and they love it. - Mar 2014

Most families use nannies (ayahs) for daycare but there are several preschools. I was not happy with the preschool situation. AT ALL. There is also a large contingent of home schooled children here. They make the effort to socialize their kids with structured activities. - Jul 2013

There is s great Montessori school next to the embassy -- Gigiri Montessori House. There are lots of other preschools available as well. - Jun 2013

Yes, ample pre-school choices -- including at Rosslyn Academy. Mostly, though, people get nannies for daycare. - Aug 2012

Lots of preschools available. ISK has a very expensive ($7k+) pre-K.Shop around and be prepared to go to interviews. The schools want to see you before they admit your kid. Local prices are about $3k per year. My child is in a local preschool and I have really liked that experience for her. - Dec 2011

Household help / ayahs are easily available. I've heard from others that there are great preschools. - Dec 2011

My youngest attended the Montessori Plus school. She enjoyed her experience and her teacher seemed genuinely interested in her development. - Sep 2011

There are lots of daycares and lots of nannies. - Dec 2010

Several - many excellent. Many Montessori schools from wihch to choose. My daughter attended Kyuna in Westlands and really enjoyed it. - Dec 2009

I don't know of any. Nannies are cheap, and seem to genuinely care for and even love the children they watch. - Jul 2009

Yes plus nanny help is cheap. - Jun 2008

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