Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kindergarten Kuala Lumpur - Kinderland in Sri Hartamas

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While searching for a kindergarten for our 4 year old son this year, we decided to look at Kinderland Sri Hartamas at 18-1 Jalan 27/70A Desa Sri Hartamas 50480 Kuala Lumpur. The place is easy enough to find but  it is located on the second floor of a row of shophouses with an open space parking lot nearby.  

The kindergarten principal was out when we where there and the teacher that spoke to us was young lady; Teacher Maggie, we were actually more interested in looking at the Kindergarten's facilities and the programmes offered but the teacher can't seem to explain to us well enough and just pass us the fee structure. Walking about the area, I can see 2 classrooms and a lot of arts and crafts materials, musical instruments and there are some kids tricycle / flying turtle, a small slide and a small pool half filled with balls. A small tank housed a very small live turtle while the tank next to it is empty.I would say that the teachers looked kind and treated the kids well and the kids looked happy. Although I find the place a bit dark. Food is also prepared by a Cambodian helper so I am not too keen on that. 

Kinderland Program's Core Curriculum is:

1) Integrated Language Arts Program

2) Math Alive Program

3) Science Discovery Program

4) Activity-based Language Studies Program

They also have a physical curriculum though how and where this is executed in Kinderland Sri Hartamas was not explained to me by teacher Maggie

Kinderland takes in children from 1 1/2 years old to 6 1/2 years old.

Fees structure for 2012 is as such:

Term fee (3 months):
 RM1770 (8.30am - 12.30pm) 
RM2250 (8.30am - 3.30pm with extra language class) and 
RM2700 (8.30am-6.30pm with arts and craft, hip hop, mandarin & extra class)

Other fees such as registration, deposit, materials and uniforms apply too. Fees seems reasonable, curriculum looks good on paper but sadly wasn't explained to us convincingly/ effectively by the teacher and since the teacher can't do it, I just wasn't convinced that the execution will be good. So, we are not considering Kinderland for our kid's kindergarten at the moment. Oh well, the search for a good pre-school in Kuala Lumpur goes on then.

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