There are thousands of excellent nursery schools and preschools in Malaysia. They can cater to local Malay children, Mandarin speakers, international expats and provide the full range of academically focused preschools and more playbased Montessori schools. We do not aim to give a full listing here but just provide an in-depth overview of preschools in Kuala Lumpur that are popular with expats or international families, as well as local families who want to make sure their children learn English and Mandarin. Many schools integrate a Montessori approach with early learning and sports activities.
A chain of private preschools and primary schools with many locations in KL.
Founded in 1984 by British expat Lesley Britton, a lovely school with outdoor playground and even a paddling pool. Children can learn swimming and martial arts early on, as well as Mandarin! Located in Damansara Heights.
Children’s Discovery House
Started by teachers who left The Children’s House, this preschool takes children from 1.5 years already and runs several locations in KL including Bangsar, Ampang and Mount Kiara.
The Children’s House
A Montessori school that is very popular with expats and one of the most expensive preschools. They have several schools in Kuala Lumpur.
Eton House Malaysia
An international preschool and primary school that belongs to a chain of schools in Malaysia, Singapore and China and other Asian countries. The school in KL is located in a beautiful old villa with a large garden.
Garden International School
This popular international school also has an early years centre with a nursery school for children aged 3 -4 . It is located in Desa Sri Hartamas about 5 minutes drive from the main school campus.
Insightkids Preschool and Kindergarten
This is a very interesting one, promising to get kids ahead of their peers by up to 2 years through their programme that stimulates EQ and IQ. Kids can start at 18 months and can prepare for local, international or Mandarin schools. You can find out more about their kindergarten curriculum here.
Julia Gabriel Centre for Learning
A school run by a British founded that’s popular with expats. They also offer a wide range of parenting and education classes. Teach variety of skills including Mandarin and Drama.
A chain of preschools in Malaysia and Singapore that follows a more local approach to education that includes focus on early learning. Their website will give you a good insight into the curriculum and approach. There are many locations to choose from.
My Little Home
My little home in Damansara is a Montessori preschool located in a beautiful villa with green outdoor space and a wading pool. Children can start from 18 months. It is proud of its diverse cultural mix of students.
My Montessori School
Montessori School in Bangsar
Smart Mandarin Kids
A Montessori preschool in Damansara Heights that focuses heavily on Mandarin immersion and prides itself in making children fluent in Mandarin as well as developing creativity. I haven’t visited this preschool but when you visit pay attention to daylight and outdoor space, the pictures on their website look as if it might not have much of it.
This school caters to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Located in a quiet street in Sri Hartamas. They have large grounds for the children to play in, including a spacious outdoor garden. Prides itself in having one of the lowest child to teacher ratios.
Tree Top House
This Montessori School offers a full day programme from 8.45 to 5.30pm which is very helpful for working parents.
A full listing of international schools in Malaysia, many of which include preschools in Kuala Lumpur, can be found here:
In addition, we have found the following bloggers offer great reviews of kindergarten and preschool education in Malaysia: Shen-Li and Expatwife.