HKA's Playgroup

Join HKA’s Playgroup for children ages 2-3 and their parents and caregivers!
 
Registration open for 2019/20!

Take advantage of a FREE 6-week taster session or secure your space for the entire year!!

HKA's Playgroup is for 2-3 year olds and accompanying adults. Children 3 years of age can transition to an unaccompanied programme that is designed to support children with becoming self-directed as they learn and develop at their own individual pace. For this hands-on shared learning experience, our creative Early Childhood educators have adapted the International Baccalaureate framework to take young minds seriously and support children as makers of their own meaning. Join HKA's Playgroup and experience the joy of discovery with your child!

Special features include Mandarin as a mirror language and activities led by our specialist teachers. Participants also have access to HKA campus resources such as our outstanding library and phenomenal outdoor Playscapes. And knowing that grown ups are learners, too, the Playgroup curriculum includes twice monthly learning opportunities for parents and carers led by HKA faculty and other experts. Participants can also guarantee an invitation for assessment for the following school year. If the deposit is paid for the following school year, not only are you eligible for the HKA assessment, but you are guaranteed a place in the playgroup for the ENTIRE year - FREE!

Sessions start weekly:
  • Session 1 (ren): Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8am -10am
  • Session 2 (ren): Monday/Wednesday,/Friday from 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Session 1 (ai): Tuesday/Thursday from 8am-10am
  • Session 2 (ai): Tuesday/Thursday from 10:30am-12:30pm
Or sign up for 5 days a week by selecting BOTH session 1 or BOTH session 2.
 
The first six weeks are free! Click here to learn more and to enrol. Questions? Our Admissions team would be happy to help. Call 2655-1111 or email admissions@hkacademy.edu.hk to speak with a member of our team and arrange a personal tour. If you'd like to speak with our Primary School Principal, Virginia Hunt, the Admissions team will be happy to introduce you.
 
Come to HKA and see what learning can be!
 
 
Who is eligible for HKA Playgroup?
 
Age Criteria
  • 2 years of age as of 31st August of the enrolling year
  • No older than 4 years of age as of 1st September of the enrolling year
Accompanied Playgroup

HKA's accompanied Playgroup is for children and an accompanying adult. The accompanying adult may be a Parent, Domestic Helper or other caregiver as designated by the parent.

Unaccompanied Playgroup

To be eligible for HKA's unaccompanied Playgroup children must meet the following criteria:

  • 3 years of age
  • Toilet trained
  • Completed a 6 week accompanied trial

Please note that placement in the unaccompanied programme is subject to availability.

How big is the Playgroup?
Each of the four sessions of the HKA Playgroup has up to 18 children and their caregivers.
 
How do I enrol my child?
To enrol, click here and select your preferred session. Enrolment is on a rolling basis. Programmes begin on either Monday or Tuesday. If your preferred session is full, we will be happy to include you in the waiting pool for that session. In the meantime, you are welcome to attend a different session where space is available.
 
 
What’s special about the HKA Playgroup?
The HKA Playgroup is a bespoke learning experience that includes several exceptional features:
  • Mandarin as mirror language. Each class will be co-taught by a native Mandarin speaker.
  • Shared experiences for child and caregiver where both are learners.
  • Opportunities designed to allow children to be the makers of their own meaning, often leading their caregiver in the process of discovery.
  • Integration with the International Baccalaureate framework.
  • Exploration of the social and natural world in HKA’s expertly designed classrooms and outdoor learning environments.
  • Learning strategies that take young minds seriously and continuously draw on the most recent research about how children learn.
  • Regular learning opportunities for adults featuring HKA faculty and other experts from HKA’s educational leadership network.
  • Access to HKA library and HKA specialist teachers.
  • Welcome to participate HKA community events.
How will HKA’s early childhood learning environment enhance my child’s education?
Grounded in the most current research about the many ways in which children learn, HKA’s early childhood facility provides rich indoor and outdoor environments that engage all the senses. HKA’s Playscapes is an outdoor learning space that offers developmentally appropriate challenges to extend children’s physical, social and cognitive learning. Our innovative Playscapes:
  • Encourages creative physical activity and diverse sensory exploration.
  • Provides opportunities for social interactions and the development of problem-solving skills.
  • Connects children with nature with an organic garden, water features and an inviting, environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing environment.
  • Allows for both quiet and active outdoor learning.
What sort of opportunities does HKA have for parents to learn more about their children and about effective parenting?
The HKA Playgroup features regular learning opportunities for adults lead by HKA faculty and other experts from HKA's educational leadershop network. Topics will range widely to support the needs of adults caring for children of this age group.

In addition, Playgroup parents are welcome to attend HKA’s many other learning opportunities for adults, including presentations and discussions about 
  • Various aspects of the International Baccalaureate curriculum
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Differentiated Education
  • Learner Support
How does the 6 week taster work?
The first six weeks are free! After the free taster period, participants will have the opportunity to extend Playgroup participation for the whole year upon deposit for enrolment at HKA for the following school year. 
 
Can my child continue with the Playgroup after the Free Six Week Taster or join immediately?
Families can sign up to join the Playgroup and secure the space for the entire year by paying the non-refundable deposit upon entry. Or enjoy the Free Six Week Taster where, at the end of week 4, parents will be asked to either make a deposit for future enrolment at HKA or informa the school that the child will not be returning after their free 6 week taster period concludes. Based on your child's engagement and participation in Playgroup the assessment procedures may be waived and a Pre-K space secured for the following school year.
  • To continue in the Monday/Wednesday/Friday sessions, a HK$18,000 deposit will be required. (HK$12,000 for students starting January)
  • To continue in the Tuesday/Thursday sessions, a HK$12,000 deposit will be required. (HK$8,000 for students starting January)
  • To continue in the 5 day session a HK$30,000 deposit will be required. (HK$20,000 for students starting January)