Frequently Asked Questions
When should I apply for my child?
Our school year begins at the end of August, so if you're planning one year ahead, check our website in early September of the year before, to apply during our major intake. For example, if you want to apply for August 2020-2021, you should apply in September 2019. However, if you've missed it, don't worry! We accept admissions year round, so simply head over to the admissions page on our website and apply.
How old should my child be to start school?
Generally, children are aged:
2-3 years old in our Pre-Nursery (PN) classes
3-4 years old in our K1 Junior classes
4-5 years old in our K2 Senior classes, and
5-6 years old in our K3 Pre-Primary classes
How do I know if your school is the right choice for me?
We understand that choosing a school for your child is a big decision, therefore you can arrange a tour of our campus, sign up for an information session or visit our open day to get a sense of our school culture and our priorities before you apply. You may also consider signing up for our once a week Parent and Toddler classes that we host in partnership with Parents' Club for 16-24 month olds that will give you a better sense of our practice.
What are the entry requirements?
We believe in the importance of equity and equality and therefore welcome applications from all interested families. Apart from taking into account your child being of school age and the spaces available at our school, we will also take into consideration siblings, family arrangements and support.
Is your school part of the Kindergarten Education Scheme?
No, Tivoli International Playschool does not participant in the Kindergarten Educatioon Scheme (also known as the Free Kindergarten Education Scheme and previously, the Pre-Primary Education Voucher). However, our other
Tivoli schools did join the scheme, and you can find out more
How does teaching look like in class?
As facilitators, our educators are focused on helping each child develop competency in their own abilities, with respect to each child's pace of learning and level of comfort. What this might look like is an educator closely observing a child working on a puzzle, and instead of stepping in and rotating a piece when the child is struggling, they may instead stand back and offer a question like "Hmm. I wonder if we can turn the puzzle piece?". However, we also recognise the importance of direct instruction in some areas of learning, like literacy.
How do teachers interact with students?
We firmly believe that for any individual to excel, they must feel safe, secure and welcomed. We strive to build positive and strong relationships with all of our learners, and this foundation underpins all of our interactions and school experiences.
What is the teacher to student ratio in your classes?
All our classes have a teacher-student ratio of 1 teacher to every 11 students.
How do I know what my children are doing in school everyday?
We use Google Classroom to help parents stay clued in to our everyday activities. Using this platform, parents are able to view, download and comment on videos, photos and other media related to their class. For school-wide events, Facebook and Youtube page is a great place to check in on for photos and media, as well as news on upcoming events, so don't forget to subscribe to get the latest updates!
How can I get involved?
It takes a village to raise a child so we love it when our families get involved. At home, check your Google Classroom frequently and make connections at home. For instance, if children are discussing the moon at school, take a walk with them outside at night and experience it together. If you would like to engage more proactively, reach out to us or sign up
Are there any extra-curricular activities?
Extra-curricular activities are offered in partnership with Parents' Club, and you can find out more about the classes
What school events do you have?
School events are an important way for parents to bond and build a sense of community. Each year, Tivoli's three schools jointly host Open Day, Sports Day, our Christmas performance and our Lunar New Year Fair. Independently, we also organize parent-teacher meetings, workshops, celebrations for festivities and other events.
Why the EYFS and Ontario curriculum?
On top of the Hong Kong Kindergarten Education Curriculum, we chose to incorporate the UK's Early Years Foundational Framework (EYFS) and Ontario, Canada's Kindergarten Program into our curriculum in order to provide a evidence-based and practical approach to education. The EYFS is widely recognised by schools in Hong Kong and abroad, while Ontario's Kindergarten Program is heavily rooted in quality research. Both programs have an abundance of information online and are readily available and accessible to parents and educators alike.
What does a blended EYFS and Ontario curriculum look like?
While the Hong Kong Kindergarten Education Curriculum provides our assessment framework and base, our practice will be informed by the principles, approaches and expectations of the EYFS and Ontario curriculum. What this means is that goals like "developing an interest in learning mathematics" will remain the same, but the approach taken to developing this interest may be more rooted in investigation and inquiry.
How will my child be assessed?
Children show their understanding through what they say, do and represent. To learn more about what children know, educators must be constantly observing, listening, asking, documenting and analysing children's thinking and learning in their interactions. The insights gained from this process are key to planning next steps and for making thinking and learning visible to the child and their family. These documents and evidence are collected to form the child's portfolio.
How much homework will there be?
Research shows that a lot of the time, assigning homework for young learners is counter-productive and may be damaging their attitude towards learning. At our school, occasionally our teachers may assign "homework" through parent-child projects and other activities that aim to engage and bring awareness to school or class experiences. In addition, we encourage reading with or to your child every day, and engaging in exercise, creative activities, fun time with friends, quiet time alone and quality family time among other appropriate work at home.
What are the qualifications of your teachers?
All of our teachers are qualified and registered educators and are required to hold an undergraduate degree as their minimum level of education. All our staff are encouraged to continuously pursue further studies and professional development, with many having attained or in the process of pursuing a Bachelors in Education (BEd), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or Masters degree, among others.
Where are your teachers from?
We encourage diversity and representation in our school, and some places our teachers have come from include Hong Kong, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa.
What is the medium of instruction?
English, supplemented with Putonghua.
Do you accept non-English speakers?
Yes. We believe in giving all families the opportunity to provide their child with the education they wish, and are happy to work in partnership with parents to achieve their goal.
How can non-Putonghua or non-English speaking families provide a supportive learning environment for my child at home?
Learning a new language takes time and effort, but parents can help by creating opportunities for children to engage and be successful with the foreign language through playgroups, relatives, friends, trips and camps, that allow them to interact in the other language in a relaxed and organic environment. Parents can also model an open attitude and enjoyment of the foreign language in order to create more positive connections for the child. Most importantly, parents should have confidence in their child’s ability to learn and pick up a foreign language with time and the right support.
What support does your school provide to families when transitioning from kindergarten to primary?
We understand that picking a primary school to suit the needs of your family and your child is a very personal and important choice, therefore we are here to provide our parents with the support and advice that they need. Upon request, our heads of school are also available for consultation, with tailored advice based on our understanding of your child, to assist and walk parents through any uncertainties they may encounter at any time during their process.
Which primary schools do your graduates go to?
Our learners advance to a huge variety of primary school settings depending on individual preference each year. Here's our full list below;
PRIVATE SCHOOLS including ESF, Private Independent Schools, and International schools
- American International School
- Beacon Hill School
- Christian Alliance P.C. Lau Memorial International School of Hong Kong
- Delia School of Canada
- Discovery Bay International School
- Discovery College
- Harrow International School
- Japanese International School
- Kowloon Junior School
- Lantau International School
- Norwegian International School
- Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School
- Renaissance College
- San Wui Commerical Society of Hong Kong Christian School
- Sha Tin Junior School
- Singapore International School
- St. Hilary's Primary School
- Think International Primary School
- Tsung Tsin Primary School and Kindergarten
DIRECT SUBSIDY SCHOOLS
- Delia (Man Kiu) English Primary School
- Po Leung Kuk Camões Tan Siu Lin Primary School
- Pui Kiu College (Primary School)
- C.N.E.C Lui Ming Choi Primary School
- C.C.C. Kei Wai Primary School (Ma Wan)
- Hennessy Road Government Primary School
- Marymount Primary School
- Po Leung Kuk Castar Primary School
- S.K.H. Yan Laap Memorial Primary School
- Tsuen Wan Trade Association Primary School
- TWGHs Wong See Sum Primary School
What if my child has special educational needs?
We believe in being flexible and understanding. We try our best to utilize our resources to accommodate and support all of our learners in as much as we can to ensure that their needs are being met. Learners who require and qualify for additional support may receive supplementary service with therapists from our partner, The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong.
What makes your school different?
Tivoli International Playschool stands for affordable, quality education that blends data, research and experience together. Our practice is rooted in the fundamentals of education for the early years, while keeping an eye on international trends.
Do you have a school uniform?
Yes. For us, our uniform is a symbol of our community and our equal standing in it. However, all of our pieces are unisex and parents and children are welcome to mix and match all of our pieces to create a look that represents you.
What are your school hours?
From Monday to Friday, our school is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm and on Saturdays, our school is open from 8:45am to 12:30pm, except on public holidays and school holidays.
School hours for our morning session are from 9:00am (doors open at 8:45am) to 12:00pm, and our afternoon session is from 1:30pm (doors open at 1:15pm) till 4:30pm.
*COVID-19 OFFICE HOURS*
Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
How does the school year look like?
Our school year begins near the end of August, and ends at the end of June. There are two terms to the year, with Christmas and Chinese New Year falling in the first term, and Easter break falling in the second term.
Do you have school bus service?
Yes. Services and routes vary year to year, please contact us for more information.
Do you provide full day service?
No. However, if you have this need and would like to explore options within our Tivoli community, please contact our heads of school.