About Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong

Coronation Circle campus: August 2017
Island West campus: August 2019

We offer morning and afternoon classes for Pre-Nursery, Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2

We have small class sizes with 20-24 pupils per class

Teacher to pupil ratio: 1:6.7-8 (half day session)

Morning session: 8.30-11.30am
Afternoon session: 1-4pm

  • Malvern College has a very long, prestigious, and successful history of over 150 years. Our proven track record places us as a world leader in the educational market, with a range of schools within the Malvern Family of Schools.
  • Our world-class reputation attracts only the best educators – their experience, qualifications and dedication to the profession of teaching ensures outstanding educational learning opportunities for every pupil.
  • We are one of the first and very few schools in Hong Kong to offer a Forest-Beach School educational programme.
  • Our educationally harnessed play programme is based on the holistic Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. It offers both free and structured play with a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities. Clear learning goals are set for each developmental stage, preparing children for full-time primary education.
  • Our innovative, creative and well-resourced learning environment is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy with a focus on natural materials and play-based learning. It is a ‘home away from home’, catering to different learning styles, interests and developmental levels.

 

Management

The management and education team are selected based mainly on qualification and experience in international education. Many of our teachers come originally from the UK, but there are many highly qualified teachers familiar with the EYFS curriculum from other countries such as Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Malvern College UK offers support in staff recruitment and quality assurance.

Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong operates in strong and genuine partnership with its parent school Malvern College UK.

Continuous support and educational oversight are provided through the long-term appointment of Malvern College UK members to the government team.

We recognise the importance of alignment with the latest educational developments and practices to uphold the highest standard of teaching quality. Malvern College UK conducts regular quality assurance inspections at Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong to ensure that these expectations are continuously met.

All Malvern schools share a common ethos defining our philosophy of education. The schools generally mirror our parent school in the UK by fostering a vibrant, nurturing learning environment and personalised teaching approach. However, there are adaptations for each country to meet national education requirements. Pupil intake is also adapted to different levels of English language capabilities.

The Malvern Family of Schools cooperate and collaborate with each other, sharing knowledge and best practices in setting high academic standards. All share the common goal of educating young people “the Malvern way”.

 

Curriculum

We offer an educationally harnessed play programme, based on the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Our curriculum is enhanced by our successful Forest-Beach School programme. For further details, please refer to the Pre-School Life page.

Research shows that play-based learning is most effective in early childhood. Play allows children to develop their imagination, dexterity as well as physical, cognitive and emotional skills. Play is paramount for healthy brain development. It is through play that children engage and interact with the world around them. Through play with others, children learn important social and communication skills.

Pupils develop and learn through both structured and free play, with a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities. This approach develops levels of skill, knowledge, conceptual thinking as well as confidence that cannot be achieved in a more formal classroom setting.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is a world-leading educational programme, used by our sister school The Downs Malvern in the UK and many other reputable pre-schools around the globe. The EYFS and the Forest-Beach School Programme provide a holistic and balanced education, with clear learning goals across the Prime and Specific Areas, building a solid foundation for transition into full-time primary education.

Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong is a bilingual school. A prominent feature of our curriculum is the equal exposure of pupils from diverse cultural backgrounds to the English and Chinese language and culture.

Our dedicated native English and Chinese speaking teachers use a range of activities to help pupils building their vocabulary from an early age.

For further information, please refer to the Bi-Lingualism page.

Prior to the start of each academic year, pupils and parents are invited to an “orientation week” to meet future teachers and classmates, and to become familiar with the new environment.

If required, a parent or caregiver can stay with their child during the first two weeks to ease the settling-in process.

We have implemented a drama and music programme which is delivered by a music teacher specialized in teaching young children.

Our pupils are exposed to a variety of physical exercises to support coordination and gross motor skill development. Forest-Beach School also provides an array of opportunities for physical activity.

Our pre-school classes run from Mondays to Fridays. However, our sister organization “Malvern Playgroup” runs playgroup classes for children from six months to two years with sessions conducted also on Saturdays. For further information please go to Malvern Playgroup.


 

Facilities

Both our campuses cover an area of 8,000 square feet and adopt an open plan design, allowing for flexible play and learning space. True to the educationally harnessed play approach, ‘classrooms’ and ‘play areas’ are integrated into one.

Pupils attend bi-weekly Forest-Beach School sessions, exposing them to outdoor education. We regularly visit nearby parks and playgrounds for PE lessons.

Prospective parents can contact the Admissions Team on mcpsinfo@malvernpreschool.hk or 3898 4668 to arrange a private campus tour.

Parents of enrolled pupils are welcome to arrange a visit by contacting the pre-school directly.