The four ESF International Kindergartens, Abacus, Hillside, Tsing Yi and Wu Kai Sha, offer an English medium education for children aged 3 to 5 years. Three of the kindergartens are IB World Schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) to offer the Primary Years Programme and the fourth is a candidate school*. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education —that we believe is important for our students. The learning environment is highly interactive and children are encouraged to learn through inquiry and hands-on experiences.
All four kindergartens cater for K1 and K2 children aged 3 to 5 years who attend for three hours a day, for either a morning or an afternoon session. The kindergartens offer safe and spacious learning environments which are designed especially to meet the needs of young learners. They are all well-resourced with age-appropriate equipment and materials, and modern teaching and learning technology.
The programme reflects the kindergartens' PYP curriculum being planned around units of inquiry and is structured upon principles of good early years education. Early literacy and numeracy are integral to the programme. Mandarin Chinese is the specialist language and is integrated into the programme, forming a core aspect of the curriculum. At Abacus kindergarten, there is a choice between an English stream and a bilingual English and Mandarin Chinese stream.
For further information about the kindergartens, please visit: www.esfkindergartens.org.hk.
* Only schools authorised by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org.