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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    . No one wants to make a toddler travel 30-45 min for playgroup.
    We do - just sayin. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    2) True international (as in genuinely using an IB or UK/US/Canadian curriculum) preschools and playgroups are concentrated in HK Island and to a lesser extent DB. My baby goes to playgroup on Southside and there are a lot of Kowloon/NT families that drive there because there's nothing equivalent in their areas. So with an 18 month old this is a major consideration. No one wants to make a toddler travel 30-45 min for playgroup.
    Plenty of them in Kowloon Tong so this is only partly correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire ex-ax:

    Some expats prefer to congregate with other expats and that means there is a higher density of expats in certain areas, often near MTR stations.
    Actually, locals prefer to live near MTR stations for convenience, whereas expats tend to live "in the sticks", such as Gold Coast, Ma Wan, Sai Kung, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    We do - just sayin. :-)
    You want to do this? Or you do it because that's the preschool of your choice? Seems a lot of travel for a little one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    Plenty of them in Kowloon Tong so this is only partly correct.
    It is correct that international kindergartens are concentrated on HK Island. It is also true that there are plenty of others all over HK.

    All I know is that I meet kids from Sha Tin, DB, Ho Man Tin, Yuen Long etc at playgroup on HK island. So either they don't know there are options elsewhere or they don't think those options are to their standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    You want to do this? Or you do it because that's the preschool of your choice? Seems a lot of travel for a little one.
    We do it because:
    - we like where we live and don't want to move (good for kids as nice little community with plenty of kids)
    - we like the pre school (on Kowloon side ) as extremely international (more than the options near where we live)
    - transport is easy (one bus ride ~ 25mn and then 5mn walk) and the helper is very fine with it
    - Total is one hour transport for him including walks, during which he likes seeing cars, trucks, planes, bridges, construction site etc etc (constantly tell us at night)

    On Sundays with us, he will easily go out from 9 am till 5 PM or more with us to visit places. have lunch, do some shopping etc etc. He will take his nap in the car when we drive from one place to another etc etc or in the stroller.

    He is 21 months and looks like a perfectly healthy and happy boy. Week days he usually naps in the morning ~2/3 hours and he is bed by 9 and wakes up around 7.
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    You have an easy baby. I'm jealous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    It is correct that international kindergartens are concentrated on HK Island. It is also true that there are plenty of others all over HK.

    .

    To be more precise for everyone:
    https://www.crownrelo.com/sites/defa...-2013-2014.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    You have an easy baby. I'm jealous!
    Lol, thanks :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    You have an easy baby. I'm jealous!
    Not sure but one think we liked is that after 2 months he started to do full nights (~9 to 5.30/6am) and that was great!!!! (Not sure why as don't think we did anything special - just luck I guess)
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