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An Expat’s Guide to International Preschools in Indonesia

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Moving to a foreign country and raising your kids there can be a big challenge. An even bigger challenge will be searching for the right preschool for your kids in that unfamiliar environment.

Knowing that preschool is your child’s formative years, choosing the right preschool for your son or daughter is crucial. Your decision will practically determine the quality of education your child will be getting to help develop his skills and talents and hone his understanding of various cultural backgrounds.

There are a number of international preschools in Indonesia that follow global standards in terms of curriculums, including those being imposed in the US, UK and Australia. With a global approach to their education, these international schools in Indonesia will normally have considerably higher rates than their local counterparts.

Choosing to enrol your child in an international school gives them the opportunity to mingle with expat children from different countries, thus making them understand and appreciate various cultures. As they grow older, they learn how to deal with people from diverse nationalities and be able to respect them. It also helps them become more independent as they learn from these top-notch educational facilities and the various programmes and activities provided for their growth.

We’ve rounded up a list of the top international preschools in the country to help you narrow down your choices.

1. EtonHouse Pre-School


EtonHouse offers an international inquiry-based programme that is a result of research on the best practices with highly qualified and early childhood educators. They aim to cultivate a learning environment that celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity as well as empowering its students. Their campuses are also aesthetically designed to support and stimulate the development of children. They want their students to be more active in the learning process by placing emphasis on first-hand practical experiences that engage imagination and curiosity, thus fostering genuine understanding. EtonHouse  allows a two-day trial for all levels.

Curriculum: Philosophy, Inquire-Think-Learn

Contact details: (021) 532 2302, 548 5405 (Jakarta) | +62 31 51160020, 51160021 (Surabaya)




Children can be admitted as early as 18 months for Pre-Nursery.

Their Infant and Toddler Programme is now accepting babies 6 months -17 months of age. However, one parent/caregiver must accompany the child.

You need to send a request for fee structure to [email protected].

For registration, you must submit the required documents (see Admission) plus a non-refundable registration fee of US$500.

You must prepare the necessary documents for submission. You can find the complete list here.Jakarta, Surabaya

2. Australian Independent School Indonesia


With a vision of providing world-class education based on the Australian education system, the Australian Independent School Indonesia strives for the development of the person as a whole by balancing academic success with personal growth and development. All of the students in AIS are nurtured and encouraged to achieve their full social and educational potential no matter what their ability, culture, ethnicity, gender or language background is. Traditional subject areas such as English and Mathematics are high priority learning areas, and they offer a wide range of extracurricular activities.

Curriculum: Designed to foster a lifelong love of learning

Contact details: View the contact details of all branches here.




Must be 3 years old prior to March 31stApplication Fee of IDR 2,700,000

Enrolment Deposit (once only) of IDR 6,750,000


Preschool 3 – 4:

IDR 12,500,000 (semester)

IDR 25,000,000 (annual)


Preschool 3:

IDR 52,250,000 (semester)

IDR 95,000,000 (annual)

Preschool 4:

IDR 68,750,000 (semester)

IDR 125,000,000


Must possess a foreign passport and scanned coloured copies of KITAS or DINAS as required by the Indonesian law for non-Indonesian nationalsJakarta, Bali , Balikpapan

3. Bambino Preschool

Bambino Preschool is focused on providing a fun, nurturing and curiosity-driven environment where children develop a love for learning and a grateful perspective on their lives.

At Bambino Preschool children benefit from a balanced education that invites creativity and curiosity into the learning process. Science, language development, and math are balanced within art activities, dramatic expression, music, and meaningful play. Children’s sense of character blossoms through cultivating gratitude, compassion, friendships, empathy, self-regulation, and resiliency.

Curriculum: Bambino’s Comprehensive Curriculum is inspired by multiple well-known approaches in early education.  The specific goal is to enhance Bambino students social, cognitive, physical and emotional development.

Contact details: +62 21 227 64497 | +62 21 720 3356 | [email protected]




Children can be admitted as early as 18 months Send an inquiry to [email protected]


  • Fill out registration form
  • Immunization Record
  • Birth certificate
  • Four photographs (passport size)
  • Cipete Selatan, Jakarta
  • Patra Kuningan, Jakarta

4. Jakarta World Academy


Jakarta World Academy offers a UK-based Early Years curriculum and stage 1 of the Cambridge Primary programme for  Kindergarten 2 students. Within its programmes, JWA provides a special focus on holistic development with a child-centred approach that helps students begin to make sense of their world through a broad and balanced learning environment.

English is the language of instruction, but they also teach Bahasa Indonesia and Mandarin. They offer a strong Chinese programme in partnership with the prestigious Peking University Kindergarten and Elementary School in Beijing,China.

Curriculum: Prime Areas of Learning of Development (Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; Communications and Language), Specific Areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design)

Contact details: +62 21 29937234 Ext. 322 | [email protected]




Children can be admitted as early as 20 months Registration fee of IDR 3,000,000

Development fee of IDR 10,000,000

Refundable deposit of IDR 2,000,000

NURSERY  (20 months to to 3):

IDR 11.000.000 /term

IDR 42.000.000 /year

PRE-KINDERGARTEN (ages 3 to 4):

IDR 13.000.000 /term

IDR 50.000.000 /year

KINDERGARTEN 1 (ages 4 to 5):

IDR 15.500.000 /term

IDR 60.000.000 /year

KINDERGARTEN 2 (ages 5 to 6):

IDR 18.500.000 /term

IDR 70.000.000 /year

*On their website, these fees were valid for JWA academic year 2016-2017

You can find the complete list of required documents here.

For expatriate students:

  • 1 (one) copy of applicant’s passport.
  • 1 (one) copy of parents’ passports and KITAS
ACE Square Building -Thamrin Nine Podium Level 8 Jl. MH Thamrin No. 10, Central Jakarta

See: Baby Playgroups In Jakarta

5. Lollypop Preschool


Lollypop Preschool uses an eclectic teaching style that integrates fun-filled teaching methods and innovative ideas to meet the various needs of children. They use montessori materials to support the concepts taught in class. To allow the child to learn at his or her own pace, they give emphasis on the ‘learning by doing’ approach. English is used as the main medium of instruction, but they also teach Bahasa Indonesia and Mandarin. They also offer a free trial.

Curriculum: Programs such as language arts, mathematics, music, and character building; extracurricular activities such as drawing, young vocalists, piano, dance, and Kidz Chef.

Contact details: +6221 651 6426 | [email protected]




Children can be admitted as early as 18 months Breakdown of school fee is available at each branch
  • Classes are offered from children who are 1.5 to 6 years old
  • Academic year begins in July, but they accept new enrollees anytime at any level
SunterMentengKelapa GadingSunrise GardenPluitBaliSurabayaMakassar

6. Mighty Minds Preschool


True to their school’s slogan “Where Curiosity Grows,” the core philosophy behind their curriculum is that children are able to learn best by doing. They experience a hands-on approach to learning and are taught through a multidisciplinary, play-based approach that nurtures their passion to influence change. This way, students develop a love for learning too. They also have an interactive storytelling session where children will be given the opportunity to open up their imagination and make room for new experiences.

Curriculum:  Creative curriculum; The Mighty Experience

Contact details: View the contact details of all branches here.




Children can be admitted as early as 6 months Make an enquiry by sending an e-mail to [email protected]Make an enquiry by sending an e-mail to [email protected]Hang Tuah, Menteng

7. Royal Primary Academy


Students who are graduates from this school have an advantage. Royal Primary Academy applies the International Primary Curriculum IPC that is considered as the best in preschool and primary education. This prepares them for the coming school years since their training is not only student-focused, it also develops them as a whole person. They focus on the 21st century kind of learning that includes creative thinking, enquiry based, technology driven, effective communication and high productivity. You can sign up for a tour or a trial.

Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (IPC), a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for children aged 3-12; The Leader in Me aims to develop leadership skills in its students

Contact details: +62-811-8899-400 | [email protected]




There is an age eligibility, but special consideration may be given by the principal for students not falling into the stated range. View here.Application fee:

IDR 2.800.000 and is non-refundable under any circumstances

Selection is on a “first come, first served” basis

Candidates will be accepted if they have met the passing criteria of the Student Admission Assessment, fulfilled all academic and administrative requirements and have already made payment.

For expatriate students:

  • 1 (one) copy of both parents/guardian’s and candidate’s passport.
  • 1 (one) copy of both parents/guardian’s and candidate’s KITAS.
The Kuningan Place
Jalan Kuningan Utama Lot 15
Lumina Tower, 9th floor
12960 Jakarta, Indonesia

Image credits: Bambino Preschool, Eton House, Indonesia Expat, Bambino Preschool, Jakarta World Academy, Lollypop Preschool, Mighty Minds, Little Steps Asia

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