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Selected Preschools in Penang

by on 25/11/2020 5303

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This article is updated on 11th April 2022.

Penang, a historical state with a densely populated area (more than 1.767 million people as of 2018) offers excellent foundation for early childhood education. Here is a short compilation of some of the best kindergartens and early childhood education centres in Penang, the Pearl of the Orient.

 

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.


Apple Tree Nursery & Kindergarten is located in Tanjung Bungah, Penang. They offer nursery (2-4 years), kindergarten (5-6 years) and after school care (7-12 years) programmes for children that focus on holistic learning. The centre was founded in 2003 by their devoted principal, Karen Lau.

The centre uses a trilateral approach in their educational programmes. Their method is based around a concept called the ‘Hands, Head and Heart’, where the hands represent behaviour, heart represents emotion, and head represents cognition or knowledge.

Apple Tree strongly believes in these three aspects working together to create a well-balanced child. Their holistic approach shows that a combination of both academic and non-academic growth is possible for young learners.

 

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Apple Tree Nursery & Kindergarten, Tanjung Bungah

No. 1, Lebuh Lembah Permai 1, Tanjung Bungah, Penang 11200
Malaysia
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Castle Kindergarten Minden Heights, Penang is a sister school of Tadika Kastil Bukit Indah – one of the pioneers of early childhood education in Johor. Castle Kindergarten welcomes students 3 to 6 years old in a safe and stimulating environment. To support working parents, the school offers full day programmes from Mondays – Fridays (8am – 6pm) and half day care services on Saturdays (8am – 12pm). A team of warm and professional teachers are always available to work in partnership with parents throughout the child’s learning journey. At Castle Kindergarten, they are committed to building bright futures for students through a curriculum that cultivates creative and confident children who have strong academic knowledge and skills. Utilising the International Creative Teaching Method (ICTM), which is a well-researched teaching approach that’s unique to all schools under the Tadika Kastil umbrella, teachers emphasise on children’s left- and right-brain development. The programmes provide a balance between supporting children to pick up subject knowledge (so that they will be prepared for primary school) and exploring children’s individual talents. Overall, it embraces the concept of the school’s motto: “To cultivate outstanding and happy kids.”

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Castle Kindergarten Minden Heights, Penang

No. 4, Cangkat Minden Lorong 4, (USM Minden Gate) Minden Heights, Changkat Minden, Gelugor, Penang 11700
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Dr Solarise Learning Home, Ayer Itam offers preschool and full day care services for children aged 3 to 6 years. Located within a 2000 square feet shoplot, the preschool is conveniently located on Jalan Paya Terubung, creating a hassle-free pick up and drop off for families. Even before the pandemic, the teachers diligently follow the best practices possible to enhance safety and lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission within their centre.

For the youngest bunch – the 3-year-olds – many multisensory activities are used to introduce the world to them. As they grow older, the eDaya Multimedia Learning Programme and UC Science Programme are integrated into the curriculum. Both are in compliance with the Malaysian National Preschool Standard Curriculum. The eDaya Multimedia Learning Programme features interactive classroom software which comprises animation, songs, stories and entertaining games to boost children’s engagement. Every lesson is well-structured to strengthen the right brain, encourage proper language learning, enhance children’s memory, stimulate their creativity, and improve their thinking abilities.

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Dr Solarise Learning Home, Ayer Itam

No. 1228S-02, Desa Permata, Jalan Paya Terubong, Ayer Itam, Penang 11500
Malaysia
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Funscape Daycare Centre, Bayan Lepas is a Multiple Intelligences-inspired preschool that focuses on the holistic development of children. Full daycare services within a safe and hygienic environment are available.

Since children learn best by doing, the programmes at Funscape reflect a myriad of opportunities designed for children to experience new things with all their senses. Children learn how to learn instead of what to learn in a variety of hands-on ways; they sing, dance, paint, tell stories, role play, do inner reflections, exercise and play games. Every year, children also get to perform in magical musicals. With these experiences, children will grow to become more confident to try different things and creative in the ways they approach challenges in life.

Besides, not all children learn at the same pace. Rather than forcing children to study a subject at the same rate as the rest of their classmates, teachers at Funscape advocate for child-led learning. They offer children the opportunity to choose their own activity in the different learning corners set up inside the daycare centre.

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Funscape Daycare Centre, Bayan Lepas

No. 9, Persiaran Pantai Jerjak 11, Bayan Lepas, Penang 11900
Malaysia
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Khalifah Intelek, Bandar Putra Bertam is play-based kindergarten with 4 other branches in Kepala Batas, Sungai Dua and Kangar, Perlis. The programmes focus on the educational development of the whole child (intellectual, cognitive, social, emotional and physical development) through play learning. Parents can choose to enroll their children into the half-day or full-day schedule from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At Khalifah Intelek, they believe that play is the key to learning. It is a powerful tool that helps children develop key skills such as communicating, socialising, self-confidence, problem-solving and many more. Teachers here understand that children learn in different ways, therefore, they provide lots of open-ended play to bring out children’s full potential. Through play, children learn how to learn, which is a vital life skill.

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Khalifah Intelek, Bandar Putra Bertam

No. 43, Persiaran 5/12, Bandar Putra Bertam, Kepala Batas, Penang 13200
Malaysia
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Khalifah Intelek, Sungai Dua Utama is a kindergarten that is committed to providing a play-based, child-centred curriculum that enables children to hone the skills they need to do well in primary school. Within this safe environment, children are given the freedom to learn about the world around them through many fun activities. Caring teachers are trained to respect each child as a unique person who learns in different ways, at differing paces. While they put in their utmost effort to help students develop holistically, they still want children to enjoy their childhood and love their play experiences at school.

The programmes at Khalifah Intelek are built on the belief that play is central to children’s learning and development. “It’s not just play; it’s skills for life.” Play helps them cultivate social skills, become better at communicating, develop physical skills, build confidence, understand academic knowledge, and very importantly, feel happy to learn.

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Khalifah Intelek, Sungai Dua Utama

No. 2, Lorong Sungai Dua Utama 11, Taman Sungai Dua Utama, Butterworth, Penang 13800
Malaysia
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QQ Kindergarten & Nursery, Bayan Lepas (Tadika Tunas Sri Gemilang) offers a fun-filled learning environment for children ages 2 to 6 years to develop holistically. Like flowers in a well-tended garden, each child is given a special place to “learn effectively, socialise easily and laugh heartily” – the vision that drives the kindergarten forward.

The kindergarten’s curriculum follow these four pillars of learning: Learning to know (children will become independent learners who know how to learn by hearing, seeing, exploring and asking questions); Learning to do (children will know how to apply what they have learnt into practical tasks, which will eventually help them build an array of useful skills); Learning to live together (children will develop positive qualities like understanding each other, caring and sharing, working through conflicts and respecting people, that will contribute to a better society in the future); Learning to be (children will acquire universally shared human and moral values to become compassionate and responsible individuals).

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QQ Kindergarten & Nursery, Bayan Lepas (Tadika Tunas Sri Gemilang)

No. 51, Jalan Kenari, Sungai Ara, Bayan Lepas, Penang 11900
Malaysia
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QQ Kindergarten & Nursery (Tadika Holistik Ikhlas), Simpang Ampat offers a fun-filled learning environment for children ages 4 to 6 years to develop holistically. Like flowers in a well-tended garden, each child is given a special place to “learn effectively, socialise easily and laugh heartily” – the vision that drives the kindergarten forward.

The kindergarten’s curriculum follow these four pillars of learning: Learning to know (children will become independent learners who know how to learn by hearing, seeing, exploring and asking questions); Learning to do (children will know how to apply what they have learnt into practical tasks, which will eventually help them build an array of useful skills); Learning to live together (children will develop positive qualities like understanding each other, caring and sharing, working through conflicts and respecting people, that will contribute to a better society in the future); Learning to be (children will acquire universally shared human and moral values to become compassionate and responsible individuals).

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QQ Kindergarten & Nursery (Tadika Holistik Ikhlas), Simpang Ampat

No. 83, Jalan Tasek Mutiara 7, Bandar Tasek Mutiara, Simpang Ampat, Penang 14120
Malaysia
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R.E.A.L. Kids, Relau (Penang) is a specially-designated kindergarten that features a Primary school setup that prepares children for formal education in the future.

The curriculum is designed to provide each child with fun learning through a host of hands-on activities. It also utilizes comprehensive materials and meaningful approaches that facilitate learning. These include project-based and interdisciplinary learning; Multiple Intelligences (MI), and play/game-based learning. Learning becomes natural and fun when children constantly and curiously explore their world while solving problems or challenges at their own pace.

Another important feature of R.E.A.L Kids’ customized curriculum is delivering all-round, balanced education. Offering extracurricular activities like gymnastics and swimming enables children to not only pick up vital life skills, but to also cultivate a healthy and active lifestyle that is beneficial to their overall growth and well-being.

The unique learning experience at R.E.A.L Kids would not be possible without an equally unique group of people - teachers. They are experienced educators who apply child- centred approaches and methods towards teaching and learning. This further enhances or enriches children’s learning experience and shapes their young minds into confident learners.

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R.E.A.L Kids, Relau (Penang)

No. 1A, Lebuh Relau 6, Relau, Bayan Lepas, Penang 11900
Malaysia
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Smart Talent (Tadika Cerah Bintang), Simpang Ampat, Penang uses the unique Smart Talent 3-in-1 System to enable children to focus on both academic and non-academic learning areas. The curriculum imparts a holistic education to the children by engaging all aspects of the learner, including mentally, physically and spiritually. Under this system, teachers do not use a one-size-fits-all approach as children learn in different ways and develop at their own pace. Each lesson is tailored to the unique needs and abilities of the child to make learning more effective.

Collectively, a Smart Talent preschool experience will contribute to a strong foundation of the following milestones: mastered the three main languages; developed good reading habits; acquired academic knowledge, life skills and digital literacy; strengthened leadership skills and self-confidence; and refined ability to think creatively and problem-solve.

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Smart Talent (Tadika Cerah Bintang), Simpang Ampat, Penang

No. 2, Lorong 1/SS6, Bandar Tasek Mutiara, Simpang Ampat, Penang 14120
Malaysia
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Starbright Kindergarten, Simpang Ampat aims to give young children an experiential early learning journey that is both fun and enjoyable. The preschool accepts children ages 18 months to 6 years, and has branches in Taman Bagan and Chai Leng Park, Penang.

The founder and group principal of Starbright Kindergarten, Ms Khaw, strives to break away from traditional rote learning where children only memorised facts and focused on test results. Instead, she wants to provide a wholesome, well-rounded education that encourages creativity and critical thinking, not to mention heaps of joy.

To do so, Starbright uses a curriculum that is based on their unique 5Q Development System. The 5Q’s are Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ), Creative Quotient (CQ), Life Skill Quotient (LSQ) and Physical Health Quotient (PHQ). When all the quotients are balanced, children become multifaceted citizens of the world who are ready to face future learning and the world on their own.

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Starbright Kindergarten, Simpang Ampat

No. 2, Lorong 2/SS5, Bandar Tasek Mutiara, Simpang Ampat, Penang 14120
Malaysia
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Starbright Kindergarten celebrates 20 years of providing progressive education and care to families in its community. The kindergarten continues to strive towards “Caring, Encouraging and Educating” young children by opening its third branch in Taman Bagan, Butterworth Penang – this being its flagship centre.

To prepare children for what lies ahead, Starbright Kindergarten emphasises on all-round personal development, as well as academic excellence. This is done through their 5Q Development System – it encompasses Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ), Creative Quotient (CQ), Life Skill Quotient (LSQ) and Physical Health Quotient (PHQ). The system helps children build up the 8 Multiple Intelligences for life – 1. Word Smart, 2. Number Smart, 3. Picture Smart, 4. Body Smart, 5. Self-Smart, 6. People Smart, 7. Music Smart, 8. Nature Smart. Overall, it polishes children’s ability to shine not only in the context of academics but also as individuals in the global community.

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Starbright Kindergarten Taman Bagan, Butterworth

No. 7228, Jalan Permatang Pauh, Taman Bagan, Butterworth, Penang 13400
Malaysia
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Tadika Sarjana Jaya is located in Air Itam, Penang. Opened 5 years ago, the kindergarten aims to provide the very best in early childhood education and care for children aged 3 to 6 years old. It is a place where devoted teachers strive “To cultivate outstanding and happy kids.” The curriculum at Tadika Sarjana Jaya takes a holistic approach to children’s development. While children are supported to build a strong academic foundation, they are also highly encouraged to grow with confidence, creativity, and the empathetic values of sharing and caring.

Teachers at Tadika Sarjana Jaya promote a positive environment where children will receive the personalised attention they need to flourish. They motivate students with lots of encouragement and compliments, showing great love for the kids. They are also always open to communicate and answer to parents’ queries. The whole school team puts in as much effort to form good relationships with parents as they do with children’s education and well-being.

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Tadika Sarjana Jaya, Air Itam

No. 1 & 1A, Lintang Paya Terubong 4, Paya Terubong, Air Itam, Penang 11060
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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