Childcare and Pre-school Options in Vietnam

Understand the different childcare options available to parents of toddlers in Vietnam...

Nursery education in Vietnam includes both state-run and private crèches and kindergartens. Infants can be enrolled from three months of age until the age of three, when they begin pre-primary school.

State-run kindergartens account for nearly 50 percent of the system, but facilities are often poor and the number of children per class is high. Private kindergartens provide better facilities; however, teachers do not necessarily speak English. There are also international kindergartens, which are mostly found in cities where foreigners work.

While there are no government grants or allowance for the cost of child-care, fees at public kindergartens are low.

Babysitters are easily found, including students who can speak English. Many foreigners employ Vietnamese live-in nannies in the early pre-school years.

Pre-primary schools

Pre-primary school (trường mầm non) accounts for the first three years of education; between the ages of three and six. Pre-schools can be state-run or private and children attend until they go to primary school at the age of six. Although compulsory pre-school education has yet to be achieved throughout Vietnam, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) is aiming for all Vietnamese children to attend pre-school when they turn five to ensure that they are school ready. Some pre-schools also include crèches.

  • For more information about Early Childhood Education in Vietnam from the MOET: Click here