Monday 06 June 2016

British Council Launches Its First International Pre-School in Hong Kong
Unique bilingual and bicultural learning curriculum for local and international communities

6 June 2016 (HONG KONG) – The British Council is launching its first international pre-school in Hong Kong in August 2016, offering a holistic, bilingual education to children who are eligible to study in Hong Kong. Adopting the UK-based International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the British Council International Pre-School aims to help children develop a respect for their own cultural identity as well as those of others and grow into life-long learners.

The Pre-School has been granted a licence to operate from the Education Bureau and will be located at the British Council’s Admiralty centre. In line with the British Council’s policy of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, the Pre-School welcomes children from both local and international communities in Hong Kong.

The British Council has welcomed Jasmina Wadhwani on board as the Head of British Council International Pre-School. With over 18 years of experience in early years education in local and international kindergartens in Hong Kong, Ms. Wadhwani’s expertise lies in school management and curriculum development. 

She believes pre-school experiences should highlight each child’s individual abilities and talents. ‘Childhood is a beautiful journey of discovery, exploration, imagination and play, not a race to the finish line. Here at the British Council International Pre-School, we respect the unique developmental pattern of every child and let them learn and grow at their own pace.’

The Pre-School will implement the IPC, a thematic-based curriculum with very clear learning goals and specific guidelines for assessing and evaluating students. This unique curriculum not only allows children to develop their language ability naturally, but also to experience a holistic education that covers three main learning goals: subject goals, personal goals and international goals. Additionally, an English and Chinese bilingual immersion programme plus daily Putonghua time will also be offered to help children become bilingual and bicultural.

Robert Ness, Director British Council Hong Kong, thinks the new Pre-School will offer Hong Kong families a rewarding option for their children’s first steps into education. ‘Building on our experiences in English language teaching in Hong Kong for more than 60 years, we are excited for the opening of the British Council’s first International Pre-School here. Over the years we have seen a strong demand for diverse and high quality early years education in Hong Kong. Therefore, we hope our International Pre-School can meet part of the demand and provide parents and students with an additional choice.’

British Council Hong Kong International Pre-School is currently accepting applications from children who are aged between two years and eight months and six years old for Nursery (K1), Lower Kindergarten (K2) and Upper Kindergarten (K3) for the 2016-17 academic year. 

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About British Council International Pre-School


School commencement:

August 2016

(The Pre-School has obtained “Certificate of Registration of A School” from the Education Bureau)

School terms:

Ÿ  First semester (August to December)

Ÿ  Second semester (January to March)

Ÿ  Third semester (April to June)

Age of students: 

The Pre-School is accepting applications from children who will have reached the age of 2 years and 8 months or above by 31 August of the year of admission.



Children born between

Nursery (K1)

January – December 2013

Lower Kindergarten (K2)

January – December 2012

Upper Kindergarten (K3)

January – December 2011


Average class size in 2016-17:

20 students

Class schedule:

Ÿ  All classes take place five days a week

Ÿ  Morning session: 8.45 a.m. – 11.45 a.m. 

Ÿ  Afternoon session: 1.15 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.

Mediums of instruction:

English and Cantonese (with daily Putonghua time)

School fees in 2016-17:

$72,800 (payable in 10 installments)


About the British Council

LuThe British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.
We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally. 
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