Karachi is the biggest and most developed city of Pakistan and has some of the best schools and institutes in the country. The city has a literacy rate of more than 75% which makes it a hub to interior Sindh and Baluchistan for education. Considering the preschools in other developed cities like Lahore and Islamabad, we found that Karachi has the largest number of preschool options. Given the diversity of population living in Karachi, the demographics of areas differ from rest of Pakistan and most of the preschools outside DHA have an amalgamation of cultures and classes. We have created a list of 10 best Preschools in Karachi based on the education philosophy, teachers’ credentials, campus facilities and social experiences. Combined with the details regarding admission requirements, locality and fee structure, the purpose is to ease the search process for new parents.
1. The AMI School
Established in 1968, the AMI School has been one of the most dynamic schools in Karachi which follows a holistic approach to education. The school has built its reputation based on its progressive approach towards learning with modern technologies and trends in education. AMI offers Pre-nursery and nursery sessions starting induction at age of 1.8 years up to 5.5 years. The classes are carefully designed and planned for different interest areas. Activities for Pre-nursery and nursery includes Music, drama classes, Arts and crafts, ICT, Games, Physical exercises, Library and Swimming. AMI also offers daycare services for young kids with freshly cooked meals in school kitchen, indoor and outdoor play area and specially designed areas for babies and toddlers. The classes are divided according to age in four groups: Pre-nursery (1.8 – 2.5 years), Nursery (2.6 – 3.5 years), KG I (3.6 – 4.5 years) and KG II (4.6 – 5.5 years). The timings for nursery and Pre-nursery are 9 am to 12 pm while for KG I and KG II are 8 am to 12:30 pm.
Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child | Registration Fee: Rs. 2,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 20,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 17,000 (Depending on Campus)
2. Links Preschool
Links Preschool was established in 1997 and has achieved several international accreditation over the years. With education philosophy of close home and school partnership in individual growth, Links Preschool has a 1:5 ratio of teacher and student. The preschool facilities are based on international standards and include swimming pool and outdoor play facilities, Audio Video rooms, Interactive smart boards, fully equipped science labs, computer labs, imported educational equipment, music rooms, physical activity rooms and many more. The extracurricular activities include Drama club, science club, yoga aerobics, Quran classes, Taekwondo, field trips, and ballet lessons, cooking classes, choir classes, Arabic and French classes and music movement. With a separate building block for Preschool, Links also conduct annual events for all grades including Pre-nursery and nursery with sports day, swimming marathon, spelling bees, art competitions, Musical recital, science week and World book day some of them.
Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents only | Registration Fee: Rs. 3,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 20,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 11,000
3. Mrs. Haque’s Nursery and Academy
Mrs. Haque’s Nursery and Academy is one of the most reputable schools in Karachi for early child education. Mrs. Haque’s academy is among the pioneer in developing curriculum that was developmentally appropriate and progressive. The preschool at Haque’s nursery is based on the philosophy of active learning with engagement with materials and interaction among peers, teachers and parents is given utmost significance. The facilities at the academy includes Individually equipped and resourced classrooms for each age group, creative role play spaces, libraries, Art studio, Snack area, Visual and Audio rooms, Indoor play area, water and sand play, outdoor music area, and outdoor play area. The focus of preschool is on social, emotional, physical and language skills of the children. The preschool offers courses for two groups of children: Prep (1.4 – 2.3 years) and Nursery (2.4 – 4 years)
Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child, Child Assessment | Registration Fee: Rs. 3,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 90,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 17,000-23,000
4. Generation’s School
Generation’s School is one of the leading schools in Karachi where its Preschool has gained popularity over years based on its philosophy of learning beyond books. The preschool section of the school offers an emotional and social curriculum that is based on self-development and relationship building skills. The main focus of curriculum at Generation’s school is cognitive skills of children along with physical well-being. Activities offered to Generians include outdoor activities like climbing, somersaulting, tracing patterns, sports Olympiad, storytelling sessions, library sessions, presentations, Arts and crafts, writing, and many more activities. The school offers preschool services to two group: Playgroup Programme (1.6 – 2.2 years) and Pre-Nursery/ Nursery (2.3 – 5 years).
Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child | Security Deposit: Rs. 12,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 30,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 21,000
5. C.A.T Montessori
C.A.T Montessori stands for Colonel’s Academy for Toddlers that was founded in 1995. CAT Montessori is one of the exemplary preschool educational institutions with high standards of academics, character building and personality building. CAT Montessori provides materials and classroom equipment of international standards. The preschool takes admission from age 1.8 years to 2.2 years maximum and has years of expertise in Montessori curriculum which often lands its graduate kids in to best schools across the city. The Montessori facilities include indoor and outdoor play area, audio and video rooms, outdoor exercise area, activity-based learning, role play centers and etiquette building class.
Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and child compulsory | Registration Fee: Rs. 3,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 70,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 8,000
6. The Learning Tree
The Learning Tree (TLT) Early Years Programme is specifically designed for young learners and dreamers and provide a stimulating, constructive and warm environment for young children. The curriculum for Early Years Programme is based on International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) that is experienced based learning instead of traditional approach to learning. The PYP Programme allows young kids to engage in individual and social plays. Activities like cleaning, self-care, and socializing helps them to grow socially and emotionally. The TLT preschool offers facilities of English Language Arts, Writing and Reading Language, Mathematics in form of puzzles, sorting, patterns, shapes and space, PSPE (Physical, Social, and Emotional Education), Arts, Science and Social Studies. The activities are designed according to age groups to avoid any burdening concepts. TLT offers two basic programs for young kids: Early Year Programs (1.5 – 3 years) and Primary Year Programs (3.5 – 6 years).
Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents specifically Mother and child compulsory | Registration Fee: Rs. 5,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 20,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 90,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 18,000
7. Head Start School
Established since 1992, Head Start School (HSS) is a renowned school in Karachi with 5 branches for preschool in PECHS, Gulshan, North Nazimabad and Clifton. The preschool of HSS has been constantly innovating its curriculum with time to adopt internationally acknowledged pedagogy practices. The philosophy of HSS preschool revolves around exploration and discovery for young learners. The curriculum is thematic curriculum with role-play, hands-on activities and use of materials for feeling and touching to increase exposure of kids. HSS provides facilities of learning centers including science stations, kitchen stations, and dress up corners, interactive play with 3D material, Yoga, Taekwondo, weekly theme-based curriculum including puppet shows, dental week, road safety week, brain awareness week etc., and ICT. The preschool of HSS is divided into 4 groups based on age: Reception (2 – 4 years), Pre-Nursery (2.5 – 3.5 years), Advanced Nursery (3.5 – 4.4 years) and Kindergarten (4.5 – 5.4 years).
Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents specifically Mother and child compulsory | Registration Fee: Rs. 5,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 20,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 90,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 21,000
8. Happy Home School
Happy Home School (HHS) has several centers for preschool on Jamshed Road, Gulistan-e- Jauhar, North Nazimabad, Gulshan, and Dhoraji with International Montessori Campus (IMC) and The Learning Center (ILC) as main centers for Prep to Nursery kids. The main philosophy of HHS is to provide a child with love, care, tender, protection and a homely environment. The school provides all necessary facilities for children with both indoor and outdoor play areas, ICT, music room, gym and aerobics, arts and crafts and reading rooms.HHS offers preschool education to three main groups: Prep (1.6 – 2.4 years), Pre-Nursery (2.5 – 3.5 years) and Nursery (3.6 – 4.5 years).
Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents specifically Mother and child compulsory | Registration Fee: Rs. 3,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 20,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 8,000
9. Dawood Public School
Dawood Public School (DPS) is an all girls’ school where main philosophy is to produce young women who have most upgraded survival skills and autonomy. The facilities offered include a big garden, variety of sports, swings, jungle gym, Audio Video room, basic math classes, and many more. DPS has highly qualified teaching staff that design their own projects for activities related to eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, stimulating activities, language skills and confidence building. Moreover, unlike most preschools, DPS forms a very strong base for Mathematics, English and Urdu. DPS offers pre-primary education in four main groups: Pre-Nursery (2 – 2.7 years), Nursery (2.8 – 3.3 years), KG I (3.4 – 4.3 years) and KG II (4.4 – 5.3 years).
Admission Requirement: Parent’s Bio data and CV, Educational Background compulsory. Interview with parents and child. Basic test for motor skills, listening skills and sequence and pattern understanding. For KG I and KG II, test of Urdu, English and Mathematics | Registration Fee: Rs. 3,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 95,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 12,000
10. The Seeds School
The Seeds school is a multicultural and dynamic school with a well-reputed preschool. The philosophy at Seeds school revolves around providing a stimulating, meditative and world-class educational environment for children. The children are brought up at Seeds school based on 5 R’s of the school Resourceful, Resilient, Reflective, Reasoning and Responsibility. The facilities at The Seeds School include Arts and Crafts, AV rooms, Science Labs, Music room and IT labs. The Seeds School offers Preschool services in four main age groups: Reception (2.5 – 3.4 years), Junior Montessori (3.5 – 4.4 years), Advance Montessori (4.5 – 5.4 years) and Grade I (5.5 – 6.4 years).
Admission Requirement: Interview with child and basic test for motor skills, listening skills and sequence and pattern understanding | Registration Fee: Rs. 3,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 10,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 6,700
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