The web version of the Profile provides information of all operating kindergartens and kindergarten-cum-child care centres registered with the Education Bureau (EDB) and operating in the 2017/18 school year.
The Profile contains information of schools kept by EDB, including school name, address, telephone and fax numbers, student category, total number of permitted accommodation, non-profit-making/private independent status, approved school fees, number of students, number of teachers and their qualification, teacher to pupil ratio and whether operating child care services for children aged below 3. It also contains information provided by schools, including names of supervisor and principal, school founding year, school website, school facilities, curriculum details, school characteristics, major paid items reference price, monthly salary range and working experience of principal and teaching staff and school expenditure information. However, schools not joining the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme (Scheme) could provide such information optionally.
The Profile is in Chinese and English.
Schools will be responsible for the accuracy of information provided by them.
Some schools may have two records in the Profile if they are offering both local and non-local curriculum courses.
The percentages shown in the pie-charts are rounded to the nearest integer.
Please note the following points when reading the Profile:
Eligibility for Government Subsidy under the Scheme
It states whether the school is eligible for joining the Scheme in the 2017/18 school year. Schools joining the Scheme should be of non-profit-making status, offer a full local curriculum and pass the Quality Review. Classes/courses eligible for government subsidy under the Scheme as stipulated in EDB’s approval letter are the proper records.
Non-profit-making school refers to the school being granted exemption from taxes by the Inland Revenue Department under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.
Professional Qualification of Teaching Staff
For every kindergarten principal/teacher, only one professional qualification most relevant to the job has been counted. The priorities are Certificate in Early Childhood Education or above, Qualified Kindergarten Teachers, other teacher trainings, Qualified Assistant Kindergarten Teachers and others. Other teacher trainings include Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Education, degree in education, Teacher Certificate. Others include teachers under training and untrained teachers.
‘Total No. of Permitted Accommodation of Classrooms in Use’ means the total number of school places provided by a school in the morning and/or afternoon sessions.
Quality Review: Result and Report
All schools joining the Scheme are required to undergo Quality Review (QR) for quality assurance purpose and only local non-profit-making kindergartens and kindergarten-cum-child care centres meeting the prescribed quality standards under the QR framework are eligible for continuing to join the Scheme. There are three categories:
‘Meeting the prescribed standards’: means that the school has met the prescribed standards and is eligible to join the Scheme.
‘Not meeting the prescribed standards’: means that the school has not met the prescribed standards and will not be eligible to join the Scheme.
‘Report not available’: means that QR has not yet been conducted / completed.
The table of ‘Annual Fees’ in the Profile shows the approved school fees for the 2017/18 school year. For schools joining the Scheme, the amount of school fee to be paid by parents after deduction of government subsidy is shown. For the 2017/18 school year, based on the amount of basic half-day unit subsidy, the school fee ceilings for half-day and whole-day/long-whole-day classes are set at $9,960 and $25,890 pspa respectively.
Even if approved school fees of different levels are listed in the ‘Annual Fees’ table, it does not necessarily mean that these levels will be operated by the school. Parents should approach the school direct to see if the school will operate these level(s).
The Profile provides information on the reference price for major paid items provided by schools. Parents may consult schools about the details of other paid services provided and exercise discretion as to whether to acquire these items elsewhere or not.
Enquiries about individual kindergartens and kindergarten-cum-child care centres may be directed to the Regional Education Offices and the Joint Office for Kindergartens and Child Care Centres respectively. If you need detailed information, please approach the school direct.
A limited number of printed copies of the Profile will be available for parents’ reference at Regional Education Offices of EDB, Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of Home Affairs Department, Maternal and Child Health Centres of Department of Health, Integrated Service Centres of Social Welfare Department and public libraries.
If there is any discrepancy between the printed and the web versions, the web version shall prevail.