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Selected Preschools in Johor Bahru

by on 21/08/2019 35375

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This article is updated on 15th February 2024.

This time, our team had the chance to survey the early childhood education scene in Johor. With various preschools and kindergartens offering different type of education approaches, we’d discovered some of the most promising preschools in the most northern state in Malaysia - all with a similar goal; to nurture the young ones with quality early education that will prepare them to a whole world of possibilities when they grow up. Check out our findings below!

Note: The preschools below are listed in alphabetical order. The sequence in which they appear does not in any way reflect the ranking of the preschool.


Founded by Dr. Liew, an experienced specialist paediatrician, AZ Preschool’s curriculum provides a personalised educational experience that supports children according to their unique capabilities and needs. Dr. Liew’s extensive knowledge about children’s development guides the whole school body in their quest to create an intriguing curriculum that inspires well-rounded growth, creativity and most importantly, an enjoyment of learning.

At AZ Preschool, children are cultivated with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become future leaders. A blended learning approach that combines all the best educational practices – Montessori, S.T.E.A.M., Play-based and Integrated Thematic Learning – is used to lay a strong foundation for children to thrive no matter where they are in life.

An AZ education goes beyond preparing children for formal schooling. It develops children as lifelong learners who are empowered with divergent thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the resilience to tackle challenging situations in their lives.

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AZ Preschool, Taman Molek, Johor Bahru

No.01-06, 07, 08, Pangsapuri Molek Pulai, Jalan Persiaran Molek, Taman Molek, Johor Bahru, Johor 81100
Malaysia
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Parents looking for a preschool for their little ones know all too well today that their choice has to be based not just on their child’s academic needs, but also, that the ideal preschool should also help children to become involved active learners, think critically, be creative, and cooperate well with their peers. With several branches up and running, De Jowitop has embodied such values since 2016 when it first opened its doors to little ones in Johor.

With a combination of structured as well as unstructured approaches of teaching, De Jowitop has come up with a unique curriculum that works well for the different age groups. Language proficiency is given due focus here at De Jowitop, to ensure that students graduate with language skills that will bring them further in their lives.

All in all, De Jowitop is set to pave the way for a smoother, more confident transition to primary school. It is a name that students associate with fun, while parents know that their children are indeed receiving high quality preschool education.

 

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De JowiTop Preschool (Tadika Impian Terpintar), Skudai

No. 149 & 149A, Jalan Seri Impian 1, Taman Impian Emas, Skudai, Johor 81300
Malaysia
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Gem Preschool offers authentic Montessori education to children aged 3 to 6 years old that is integrated with thematic syllabus and fulfilled the requirements needed by Malaysia’s education board. The learning lessons are conducted through various resources, explorations, observations and experience.

Apart from the regular wholesome curriculum, Gem Preschool also holds field trips, festive celebrations, parents seminar, concert, sports days and other enrichment activities to supplement and boost the children’s confidence and awareness.

Gem Preschool, Pekan Nanas (Tadika Estetika), Johor Bahru

No. 28, Jalan Pulasan, Taman Puteri, Pekan Nanas, Johor 81500
Malaysia
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This little happy place for children aged 3 to 6 years old is more than just a regular kindergarten. Happy Villa Kindergarten’s age appropriate syllabus are designed meticulously to prepare the students for primary school transition as well as to support their cognitive, social and physical development.

Together with the extra-curricular activities such as Music, Art and Craft, Arithmetic and Taekwondo as well as annual field trips and concerts, the learning environment is full of encouragement for the children feel appreciated while nurtured to be a better person in life.

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Happy Villa Kindergarten, Taman Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru

No. 1, Jalan Indah 2/1, Taman Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru, Johor 81200
Malaysia
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Hey Preschool, Nusa Bestari, Johor Bahru is always looking to improve and keen to maximise the development opportunities for children under their care. Previously a Superkidz preschool, it will now operate under the name Hey Preschool while maintaining exceptional quality of care and education for children aged 3 to 6 years.

At Hey Preschool, they work towards developing children’s early year’s education by applying the framework set by our national preschool curriculum, as well as practices inspired by the Montessori method of education. Children are nurtured according to their individual characters and personalities as closely as possible. Essential skills are instilled to enable them to transition into primary school, locally or across the border in Singapore, with ease and excel.

Aside from offering a developmentally appropriate curriculum, Hey Preschool strongly emphasises on building positive parent-school relationships, as well as maintaining the standards of their teaching team. By sharing in the belief that a preschool community that works together is the key to Hey Preschool’s success! 10 more years down the road, the preschool also endeavours to offer the same educational opportunities for children in rural areas.

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Hey Preschool, Nusa Bestari, Johor

4-01, Jalan Bestari 4/5, Taman Nusa Bestari 3, Skudai, Johor 81300
Malaysia
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Every child at KLC Preschool benefits from its dynamic curriculum. It is one that is designed to help children develop holistically. The KLC method is all about teaching children how to learn. Notably, a way that sparks joy and interest in learning that will stay with children for life.

A distinctive feature of the KLC education system is the incorporation of the American Sign Language (ASL) into the learning process. It has been proven that children who learn to sign accelerate in their verbal development, retain knowledge better and outperform their peers on IQ assessments.

From an early age, children are guided to think out-of-the-box. They are comfortable to ask questions and express themselves even when they have differing points of views. In addition, KLC Preschool teaches children about the United Nation’s goals for a sustainable planet so that children understand that they need to take action as principled leaders to make the world a better place.

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KLC Preschool, Johor Bahru

No. 32, Jalan Molek 1/4, Taman Molek, Johor Bahru, Johor 81100
Malaysia
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The only preschool in the world to use the Champion Mindset to nurture their students, MindChamps aims to prepare today’s preschoolers for success in the unpredictable and unknown world. Their unique curriculum, world class facilities, holistic programs and dedicated teachers made the preschool a conducive environment to support the development of children as young as 18 months to 6 years old. The preschool’s activities focused on Sensory, Motor (Music and Movement), Intellectual, Linguistic, Emotional and Social (S.M.I.L.E.S).

MindChamps safety and security systems are given the utmost importance here, with health check system and CCTV surveillance and security officers stationed outside the centre.

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MindChamps PreSchool, Adda Heights, Johor Bahru

No. 236, 238 & 240, Jalan Adda 7, Taman Adda (Adda Heights), Johor Bahru, Johor 81100
Malaysia
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MindChamps PreSchool provides a premium preschool experience that equips children with foundations to succeed through school, as well as later in life. With state-of-the-art facilities and a cutting-edge curriculum that’s based on the latest world-class pedagogical research, MindChamps has been honoured with some of the most sought-after awards in the education sector. The preschool brand also remains a highly preferred choice among parents as they see the difference in the integrity and standards of quality encapsulated in the organisation’s culture of excellence.

What truly sets MindChamps apart from other preschools is the MindChamps philosophy, their strong commitment to research excellence, and unwavering passion for turning the latest discoveries into effective educational initiatives. The preschool’s forward-looking curriculum is research-backed by world-leading experts from the four domains of: Education, Neuroscience, Psychology and Theatre. In addition, to deliver the highest standards in early childhood education, all MindChamps teachers receive up to 200 hours of extensive training and accreditation from the Singapore headquarters.

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MindChamps PreSchool, Straits View, Johor Bahru

3, Jalan Tengku Petrie 1, Kawasan Straits View, Johor Bahru, Johor 80200
Malaysia
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Situated in the southern state of Johor, Malaysia, Rainbow Kindergarten is what we’d call the answer to parents’ dilemma on where to send their children for a kindergarten education that will make a difference in their lives. It was founded by Datin Maureen Jafrey 32 years ago and to date, it stands proud as one of the more sought-after early education establishments in Johor.

The unique teaching system does not call for notebooks as one would expect from your typical standard curriculum at any standard kindergartens in Malaysia. Here, the teachers plan out weekly programs which are in line with a specific theme. It is this thematic approach in teaching that makes it work. While there are no homework or assignments to complete, children do bring home books to read every day. After each thematic period, assessments are carried out to determine the progress of each child, and parents are kept informed through regular parent-teacher meetings.

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Rainbow Kindergarten, Johor Bahru

No. 14, Jalan Padi Mahsuri 16, Bandar Baru Uda, Johor Bahru, Johor
Malaysia
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With a clear mission of fostering students aged 3 to 6 years to become excited learners, critical thinkers, problem-solvers and competent leaders using Shambala Leadership Program, Shambala Leadership Preschool in Molek provides a learning experience that prepare their students with essential skills in key learning area and help nurture their confidence and character as well.

The school is equipped with child-appropriate facilities such as classrooms, library, swimming pool, sports facilities, dance studio, indoor playground and many more. The class sizes are small with dedicated and passionate coaches that are not only academically qualified but able to understand and relate to the little ones as well. Parents are always kept up to date with regular communication with the coaches too.

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Shambala Kidz Leadership Pre-School, Molek

No. 37, 37-1, 37-2, Jalan Molek 3/20, Johor Bahru, Johor 81100
Malaysia
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Small Wonder Malaysia’s first flagship kindergarten in Taman Adda Heights, Johor Bahru is located in a lush, green environment with ample space. As part of the esteemed Busy Bees educational institution, it combines proven educational concepts to equip children with the necessary skills for a successful future. The kindergarten caters to children aged 18 months to six years, tailoring education to suit each child’s unique needs. The curriculum is carefully planned to align with international standards while fulfilling local education requirements, integrating elements from Malaysia's Preschool Education Curriculum (KSPK), Singapore's Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (NEL) and the United Kingdom's Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

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Small Wonder Malaysia, Adda Heights, Johor

1, Jalan Adda 1, Taman Adda, Johor Bahru, Johor 81100
Malaysia
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Small Wonder Malaysia, Setia Tropika provides an exceptional and well-rounded educational experience for children, drawing upon a proven curriculum that spans over three decades. The school prepares children for formal education both in Malaysian public schools as well as international schools. It integrates globally recognised curricula including the KSPK curriculum from Malaysia, Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) from Singapore, and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from the UK. This comprehensive curriculum promotes well-rounded development, including intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth, while fostering exploration, creativity and critical thinking.

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Small Wonder Malaysia, Setia Tropika, Johor

No. 2, Jalan Setia Tropika, Johor Bahru, Johor 81200
Malaysia
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Small Wonder promotes holistic development through an approach centred on respecting the individuality of each child. It also provides a balanced and integrated curriculum, fostering strong partnerships with parents and the wider community. Within this carefully prepared learning environment, customised tools and equipment are used to shape meaningful learning outcomes. The preschool incorporates both local and international education standards, encompassing Malaysia’s KSPK, Singapore’s NEL, and UK’s EYFS. The programmes place a strong emphasis on thematic and inquiry-based learning, encouraging children to explore and discover knowledge actively. The integrated curriculum fulfils every child’s need for schooling – both in the Malaysian public school system as well as in international schools – and grooms their love for learning.

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Small Wonder Malaysia, Taman Sutera, Johor Bahru

58, Jalan Sutera Emas 5, Taman Sutera Johor Bahru, Johor 81200
Malaysia
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Small Wonder Malaysia, The Seed boasts gated and guarded premises, ensuring a safe and secure environment for young learners to thrive and explore. With a team of passionate educators, the preschool creates a warm and nurturing environment where children feel encouraged and motivated to explore their interests. The well-rounded curriculum encompasses various subjects and activities, including language development, mathematics, science, music, art and physical education. By incorporating diverse learning experiences, Small Wonder cultivates a joyous and engaging learning journey for every child.

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Small Wonder Malaysia, The Seed, Johor

The Seed Condominium, Taman Sutera Utama, Taman Sutera Utama, Johor 81200
Malaysia
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 Stellar Sand & Stars Kindergarten, Larkin, Johor Bahru

Stellar Sand & Stars Kindergarten is a bilingual preschool that aims to provide a smooth transition for its students to enter national Chinese primary schools. The kindergarten uses a thematic, play-based approach to help little ones between the ages of 3 to 6 build their knowledge, as well as important 21st century life skills. From the academic viewpoint, the young learners are taught and guided to excel in Mathematics and Science, while they build their language proficiency in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin. Sand & Stars is already known as an excellent choice for families who wish to enroll their child into a Chinese Primary School, or SRJK Cina.

The teachers here at Sand & Stars do not expect their students to just sit and listen as they scribble on their boards in front of a classroom. Instead, they engage their students in meaningful activities which are fun, while performing hands-on teaching. They also go the extra mile to guide little ones into becoming polite, helpful, and respectful beings with charming characters to boot.

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Stellar Sand & Stars Kindergarten, Larkin, Johor Bahru

G-09, Bistari Impian, Jalan Serantau, Taman Dato Onn, Johor Bahru, Johor 80350
Malaysia
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Tadika Kastil Bukit Indah was one of the pioneers of early childhood education in Johor Bahru. Enclosed within is a functional space that boasts a multimedia theatre, library, project workshop, computer and audio room, little farm, playground, and dedicated areas for creative and participative learning. This is the starting point for children to grow into happy, outstanding individuals who are creative and confident.

The Tadika Kastil curriculum is designed for 3- to 6-year-olds using the International Creative Teaching Method (ICTM). It is a unique teaching method, created by the school’s own research and development team, that targets on both left- and right-brain development.

To keep the left brain sharp, teachers expose children to lessons such as mathematics, science and languages. These experiences help children pick up the fundamentals of academic learning that is suited for local primary schools. To nourish the creative side of right brain learners, programmes like art, violin, leadership training and project management are implemented. Children develop habits and skills that they can take with them into adulthood when they learn to organise resources necessary to complete a project, perform on stage and present to large groups.

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Tadika Kastil @ Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru

No. 33, Jalan Indah 28/6, Taman Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru, Johor 81200
Malaysia
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Disclaimer:

Kiddy123's reports on the above preschools were based on what we saw and were told at the time of our visit. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is accurate, Kiddy123 Sdn Bhd shall not be liable for damages of any kind that may result from the usage of the information in this article. The best way to decide on the best-fit preschool for your child is to pay a visit to those that you have shortlisted.


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