What are some of the best international preschools in Malaysia?

While there used to be debate around the subject several years ago, there is no consensus among experts that preschool is a valuable stepping stone for children. It is learned that children gain a lot from going to preschool as they get exposed to numbers, alphabets, and shapes there. But, what is more, important is that they develop social and emotional skills in preschools. Compared to kids who do not go to preschools, findings have shown that children who attend preschools enter schools with better pre-reading skills, a richer vocabulary, and stronger math skills. Known as plasticity, kids at this age are like little sponges. They have an incredible capacity to absorb new things and a preschool is the best place to encourage their learning.

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is home to several top-notch international schools. These international schools recognize the fact that preschool education is as important as higher grades. 

Here?s a compilation of some of the best international schools in Kuala Lumpur that also have great preschool programs.

Global Indian International School

A respected name when it comes to schooling across several countries, GIIS is also home to one of the best preschools in Malaysia. The preschool of GIIS is regarded highly as they follow a unique template of education. 

Based on the five fundamental pillars that aid a child’s development, the Global Montessori Programme (GMP) followed in GIIS enables preschool kindergarten students to reach their full potential in age-appropriate learning environments.?

Also, the model is designed to recognize and develop the individuality of children. Not only does it foster the development of cognitive, expressive, and motor skills, but it also helps develop a sense of social responsibility, environmental consciousness, and cultural awareness. Owing to this finely crafted program, the holistic pedagogy has been recognized by several authorities across the globe. 

Also, a great place for kids to continue their education after preschool, GIIS?s schools have won over 140 national and international awards. They have for long been the benchmark when it comes to best practices in school education. Their unique global classrooms encourage an inter-country and inter-campus knowledge exchange while their collaborative projects facilitate sharing global best practices.?

The school has a rich history of scholastic excellence, which reflects in the fact that they are regularly toppers in CBSE and IGCSE boards. 

Currently, they have 21 campuses spread across 7 countries: 

  1. Singapore, 
  2. Malaysia, 
  3. India, 
  4. Japan, 
  5. UAE, 
  6. Thailand, and 
  7. Vietnam.

Garden International School

The Garden International School (GIS) is one of the most prestigious schools in Kuala Lumpur and has an exemplary track record both in academic and non-academic disciplines. They are known to provide modern British-based education to their students and have students between the ages of 3 to 18. 

Having segregated their classes into three categories, they have an early years center (for students from nursery to reception), a primary school (for classes 1 to 6), and a secondary school (for years 7 to 13).  One of the best preschools in Malaysia, in its early years center, GIS has always believed in providing a happy, secure, and enriched environment for children. At this young age, it is only by ensuring that children feel valued and safe, that they can be exposed to an array of opportunities designed to build their self-confidence and develop key learner skills. With this preschool education, kids can flourish throughout Primary and Secondary schools.

IGB International School (IGBIS)

As good a name as any when it comes to schooling choices in Kuala Lumpur, IGBIS is a vibrant educational institution that offers classes from the early years till grade 12. Known to provide a dynamic, inclusive and innovative learning environment where students thrive, they challenge their students to both excel scholastically and grow up to become rounded individuals. 

An International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, IGBIS has the distinction of being the only Malaysian school that has been authorized for the full continuum of all four IB programs; the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Programme (CP). The PYP is an ideal choice for parents who want to send their kids to a holistic and engaging preschool.

Alice Smith School

One of the oldest schools in Kuala Lumpur, Alice Smith School provides outstanding, all-around education. Established over 75 years ago and affiliated with the British curriculum, they have 3 to 18-year old students studying in their school that is spread across two campuses. Following a flexible teaching philosophy, they integrate the latest technology in their teaching practices. Along with a high school that is regarded to be one of the best, their preschool is also very popular for the opportunities they provide and the care with which they nurture young growing minds.


With that, I conclude my list of the best international preschools in Malaysia. Hope this gives you a checklist to proceed with the process of finding the right primary school for your child.

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