Ho Chi Minh City - Post Report Question and Answers

Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

Many preschools, some that offer dual languages. They are all expensive (~$10K+) for a 3/4 year old to attend every day. - Sep 2021

Many people have nannies for their preschool-aged children. Not sure about preschool education. - Jul 2019

Loads of them - not cheap but they all try to be good. - Mar 2016

There are plenty of pre-schools here to choose from: Smartkids, Saigon Kids, and Noah’s Club are just a few in D2 that I can think of in addition to all of the preschool programs at the International schools. The prices are all very similar and astronomically high for preschool: $9,000-$14,000 a year. Saigon Kids and Noah’s Club are the only ones that are somewhat cheaper than the rest of the options. - Aug 2015

There are cheap local preschools but kids watch a lot of TV and are not "taught" much. The ones with real programs and better student-teacher ratios tend to be connected to the larger international schools and start when they are older. The exception is Smartkids and the Montessori International School. They are not cheap, though! - May 2014

Nannies are cheap, quality varies from what I hear. - Jul 2011

Again, over in Anh Phu is where nearly all the families with young children live, there are support groups and social network groups and activities for the young. A very valuable source of information is "Anh Phu Neighbours" a google group network runby a headmaster there. You apply to join and once in can ask for any help and all the neighbors chip in, selling things, finding tutors and so on. No advertising though. - Sep 2010

Lots of decent ones around. - Nov 2009

I don't know of any expats who used daycare...everyone had a nanny. - Dec 2008

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