Childcare and Pre-school in Taiwan

Find out about the options for daycare and pre-school education for your children in Taiwan...

Community child care

Both city and county governments in Taiwan provide a community child care system. These providers are licenced and the number of children they can care for, the equipment provided, and the overall environment are regulated. They are designed to offer healthy mental and physical development for children in a safe environment. Subsidies for child care are available based on a family’s circumstances. Parents whose annual pre-tax income falls below a defined threshold are entitled to a monthly subsidy towards child care expenses, for each child under the age of two.

  • For a list of community day care providers: Click here (and scroll to the bottom of the page)

Applications for financial support for child care should initially be given to the community day care system to which the chosen child care provider belongs to. Applications are then reviewed by the county or city government. The following documents are needed, as well as an application form, to apply for financial support:

  • Alien Residence Certificate or original Household Certificate transcript (if one of the parents is Taiwanese), issued in the preceding three months
  • A day care agreement from the chosen care provider
  • Photocopy of a post office account book (this is where the payment is deposited)
  • Proof of both parents’ income and employment situation

Informal child care arrangements

There are many unlicenced childcare providers offering care in a variety of languages. Nannies are relatively easy to find. Nannies and informal babysitters can be found online via bulletin boards and in the Yellow Pages. The easiest way to choose a child care provider is through recommendations from friends or colleagues.

Pre-school education

Pre-school education for children between the ages of two and six is not compulsory in Taiwan, but the majority of parents choose to have their children attend a kindergarten. About half of all pre-school education providers are private. The government funds two years of state funded pre-school for low income families. Parents who do not qualify for a free place can choose to pay for their child to attend one of these kindergartens. There is also the choice to pay for a private kindergarten, many of which offer a range of accelerated courses to compete with the public schools. There are also an increasing number of private English immersion pre-schools, where the entire curriculum is taught in English by English-speaking teachers.