SmartKids International Kindergarten Thao Dien mainly focuses on the holistic development of each child and combines philosophies such as crafted by Montessori, Steiner, and Reggio Emilia into their North European inquiry-based program.
SmartKids provides a play-based based curriculum for toddlers and preadolescent from ages starting eighteen months up to six years old, separated into three age groups. There is another SmartKids kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh City, known as SmartKids International Kindergarten Tran Ngoc Dien.
The school offers flexible programs with a minimum of 3 mornings up to a full-day for kids 18 months up to 3.5 years old while the “big kids” or kindergarten groups (between 3.5 years to 6 years old) have between 5 mornings to 5 full day programs with the possibility of extending the day after school activities. Each class is fully complemented composed of a maximum of 18 children, 1 foreign early childhood specialist, and 3 assistants.
To kick off the learning journey at the Kiddies preschool level, a major focus point would be the development of creativity, self-expression, social emotional skills, as well as motor skills. The qualified, experienced overseas teachers will guide the young learners through a playful, exciting, and uplifting learning atmosphere and is strongly influenced by a north European play-based approach that focuses heavily on addressing both the development of the ‘whole’ child holistically and the needs of the individual child.
The teachers monitor each child’s development, independence, and individual progress in order to guide them through the learning process at their own pace. The SmartKids International Kindergarten Thao Dien provides parents’ with a handbook that contains pertinent information about the children’s day at the school.
It also indicates the school’s rules and philosophy to help parents understand their children’s education better. This is because the school believes that the support of the parents is very important to the children’s learning. In SmartKids, each child is given the necessary individual attention, guided by the principle that the group must not suffer at the expense of the individual and the individual must not suffer at the expense of a group.