10 Best Preschools in Lahore

Pre-schools, also known as nursery schools, pre-primary schools, play schools and play groups are gaining steady popularity in Pakistan since past decade. According to a survey by ACER, Pre-school enrollment in Pakistan during 2018 rose substantially by 7.3% from 11.4 million in 2017 to 12.2 million in 2018. Overall, the pre-school enrollment in Pakistan stands at 38% in 2019 with highest enrollment in Islamabad (62%) followed by Punjab (52%) and 50% in Azad Jammu Kashmir.

Lahore stands as one of the best cities for Pre-schools followed by Karachi and Islamabad in terms of quality of teaching method and techniques. There are more than 30 institutions currently offering pre-school services in Lahore. The main considerations for parents, apart from reputation of schools, include proximity, fees, school hours, parents’ involvement and facilities.

We have created our own list of 10 best Pre-schools in Lahore based on the education philosophy, teachers’ credentials, campus facilities and social experiences. Combined with the details regarding admission requirements, locality and fee structure, the purpose is to ease the search process of new parents.

The Early Years – Beacon house School System

The Early Years (TEY) is a specialized Child development center initiated by Beacon house School System, one of the oldest and largest educational networks in Pakistan. The philosophy of TEY is based on freedom of children to think, create and discover. The pre-school offers a variety of activities including Arts, Block play, free play, ICT, Little Chef, Excursions and Events, Music, Nature Walk, Sand and Water, Story Time, Theme Play and Yoga.

TEY schools also requires active participation by parents in different activities. It is one of the most important factors in considering admissions in the pre-school while rest of requirements pertaining to children are quite lenient as philosophy of BSS is known to be least biased compared to other high-end pre-schools in Pakistan.

TEY offers 3 options regarding school timings with Morning (8am to 2pm), Afternoon (12 pm to 6 pm) and Full Day (8 am to 6 pm). The options are available to children of different ages based on their preferences as follows: 3 – 12 months: Infants (Full Day/ Morning/ Afternoon), 12 months – 2 years 4 months: Creche (Full Day/ Morning/ Afternoon), 2 years 4 months – up to 3 years: Bridge Classrooms[1] (Full Day/ Morning) and 3 years – 3 years and 8 months Bridge (Afternoon).

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents, Casual Assessment of Child | Membership Fee: Rs. 18,000 (To be renewed each year) | Security Deposit: Rs. 9000 | Monthly Fee: Rs. 17,000

Nordic International School

Nordic International School (NIS) is owned and operated by Swedish school developer and operator NordicEd. NordicEd operates over 12 schools in Sweden and has collaborated with local partners in Pakistan for joint venture. The Pre-school program of NIS offers classes for children of age 2-5 years with three stages of Early years; Play group (2-3 years), Nursery (3-4 years) and Kindergarten (4-5 years).

NIS follows International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) with a philosophy of personal, social and emotional growth of children. The school offers a variety of activities including Language Development, Free play, Circle time, Physical activities, Creative Arts, Role Play, Sorting, Sand and Water play.

With small class sizes, NIS has a reputation for providing personalized attention for every child. Each class has a Teacher, a Teaching Assistant and Classroom Support Assistant. NIS also brings together teachers from around the globe with international education experience. The school timing for Playgroup is 9 am to 12 pm while for Nursery and KG is 8 am to 12 pm.

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child | Security Deposit: Rs. 37,500 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 37,500 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 27,656

Lahore Pre-School

Lahore Pre-School is one of the well-reputed schools that has quickly moved to the list of top pre-schools and primary schools in Lahore. LPS offers an activity-based learning curriculum with dynamic and non-competitive environment. LPS offers variety of activities including swimming, baby yoga, aerobics, field trips, music, ICT, Interactive smart board activities, activity rooms, custom designed fully equipped kitchens, outdoor gyms and Montessori lessons.

LPS has 6 levels of pre-school from playgroup to preparatory level depending on age of child. The sessions include Playgroup (2 – 2.5 years), Reception I (2.5 – 3 years), Reception II (3 – 3.5 years), Montessori I (3.5 – 4 years) and Montessori II (4 – 4.5 years) and Preparatory (4.5 – 5.5 years).

Admission criteria in Lahore Pre-school is a bit strict than other schools as Child is assessed based on interview and formal assessment as well as parents’ interview. The parents also have to submit a complete Tax declaration form with admission form.

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents, Formal Assessment and Interview of Child | Registration Fee: Rs. 10,000 | Security Deposit: Rs. 60,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 75,000 | Monthly Fee: Rs. 39,000

Kids Kampus

Kids Kampus has been offering Pre-school services in Lahore since 1974 and is affiliated with NAEYC (US National Association for early childhood education). The school has an internally built curriculum and education system that combines national and international teaching methods. The curriculum includes Arts and Crafts, ICT, Swimming, Music, Smart boards, Physical activity, Play time, Dramatic plays, Language development, Social skills and Sensory exploration.

The campus offers 4 levels of pre-school education: Toddlers (2 – 3 years), Playgroup (3 – 3.5 years), Nursery (3.5 – 4 years) and Pre-Kindergarten (4 – 4.5 years). Kids Kampus is also a pioneer in preparatory classes for schools like Aitchison or Convent of Jesus and Mary. Children getting promoted from play group can opt for these preparatory classes.

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child (Currently online enrollment is being offered with online interviews) | Registration Fee: Rs. 10,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 30,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 50,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 8,800 (Rs. 106,000 yearly to be paid in 4 installments throughout the year)

School for Contemporary and Islamic Learning

Different from an Islamic school, SCIL is a contemporary pre-school that offers dynamic and upgraded curriculum for young kids. With around 6 campuses around the city, SCIL has established a great repute among its competitors in education arena. SCIL’s education system is based on nurturing children morally, intellectually, socially and aesthetically.

The schooling system for pre-school is based on international practices with continuous improvements in learning activities based on children’s interests, motivation and curiosity. Floppy phonics, arts and crafts, basic mathematics, audio and visual classes, ICT, story and drama classes, sensory activities, problem solving and physical exercises are some of the core activities at SCIL.  Arabic as a language is not offered until Grade I and similarly, Quranic references and Hadeeths are part of curriculum in older grades.

For Pre-school, SCIL offers two groups: Pre-Nursey (2.6 – 3.5 years) and Nursery (3.6 – 4.5 years).

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child | Registration Fee: Rs. 3,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 20,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 11,000

The Learning Yard

The Learning Yard (TLY) is a relatively new name in pre-schools of Lahore, however, the strength of the school lies with its team of highly competent board members, teachers and advisors. With teachers and directors who have acquired years of education and experience from global universities and institutes, TLY offers project-based curriculum following Learning Theory and Child Development.

TLY offers various facilities including interactive and hand-on experience with most subjects, ICT, mathematics, science and social skills, crafts and arts, outdoor play, language and reading, and motor skills class.  TLY offers pre-school services to three main groups: Playgroup (2 – 3 years), Nursery (3 – 4 years) and KG (4 – 5 years).

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child | Registration Fee: Rs. 3,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 10,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 20,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 11,000

Olive Tree Montessori and Pre-School

Olive Tree Montessori and Pre-School (OTM) is a London based pre-school that has branches in various parts of the world. OTM imparts education on basis of Key Experience Indicators which revolve around language, communication, social and emotional development, physical development, health & well-being, arts and science and technology.

OTM offers various activities and facilities at its Lahore campuses including Interactive Smart boards, computer rooms, Indoor soft play area, outdoor play area, custom designed fully equipped kitchens, Yoga/Aerobics studio, Outdoor jungle gyms, Zoo module, music rooms and motor development skill classes. Moreover, language learning includes classes for Arabic, Chinese, and French. The education philosophy of OTM revolves around 3 C’s: Child, Content and Context. OTM pre-school offers classes to two groups: Playgroup (2 – 3.8 years) and Reception (3.5 – 5 years).

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child | Registration Fee: Rs. 5000 | Security Deposit: Rs. 5000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 5000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 9500

LGS Pre-school

LGS is a well reputed institute in Lahore with its international affiliations and at par education standard. LGS has more than 6 campuses around the city with all campuses offering preschool services.

Built on LGS’s repute, LGS preschool offers various facilities for kids including Indoor and Outdoor play areas, Audio visual rooms, ICT classes, Zoo, Activity center, Role play corners, reading rooms, swimming pool, and aerobics room. LGS Preschool follows international standards of education with amalgamation of Cambridge primary with Reggio Emilia. LGS offers three groups for pre-school: Playgroup (2.5 – 3.5 years), Nursery (3 – 4 years) and Reception (4 – 5 years).

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child | Registration Fee: Rs. 5000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 30,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 40,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 20,000 to 31,000 (Depending on branch)

LACAS Early Years Programme (REACH)

The LACAS Early Years Programme, named as REACH is an amalgamation of EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), Cambridge Primary and Reggio Emilia. The curriculum is designed on inquiry-based approach to explore intellectual levels of children. The thematic classrooms are designed to offer rich spaces, materials and activities.

Another interesting approach to learning in LACAS preschool is ETW (Explore the World). Under this approach various features are introduced to preschools including interactive activities, quizzes, reality shows, create own imaginary country, wax museums, lap books and 3D models.

REACH program of LACAS offers services to three main groups: Playgroup (2.6 – 3.6 years), Pre-Reception (3.7 – 4.6 years) and Reception (4.7 – 5.6 years).

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents. Informal Assessment of kids based on vocabulary skills, motor skills and IQ level, Oral/ Visual responses/ Awareness. For pre-reception/reception, basic understanding of English and Urdu, Vocabulary | Security Deposit: Rs. 15,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 15,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 19,750

National Grammar School (NGS) Pre School

NGS preschool follows Neo Montessori System for preschool education which revolves around thematic learning environment. The main philosophy of NGS preschool revolves around 5 Hs: Health, Happiness, Honesty, Hard work and Harmony. The school facility offers several activities and aspects including number work and literacy, daily circle time for singing and storytelling, exercises, sensorial motor education aids, pre-reading activities, botany, science, ICT, music, creative movement, baking, role play, language development and arts and crafts.

NGS playgroup offers curriculum for three main groups: Playgroup (2 – 3 years), Reception (3 – 4 years) and Preparatory (4 – 5 years). It is one of the few pre-schools that offer campus facilities based on international standards in all of its 6 branches with thematic classrooms on Interactive Smart floors of school.

Admission Details:

Admission Requirement: Interview with Parents and Child | Registration Fee: Rs. 10,000 (non-refundable) | Security Deposit: Rs. 20,000 | Admissions Fee: Rs. 30,000 (non-refundable) | Monthly Fee: Rs. 22,000

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[1] A separate class for children with longer attention span for more challenging tasks and skills extension.

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