South Korea Pre School Structure

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Pre-primary education in South Korea is designed for children aged 3 to 5 years old and aims to prepare children, for further education, to become healthy and intelligent citizens, and to protect the welfare of poor children and working mothers. South Korea introduced the Act for Infant or Early Childhood Education which stipulated that infant and early childhood education facilities in South Korea be made up of kindergarten under the jurisdiction of MOE and the New Village Nursery under the Ministry of Interior. Under the Nuri initiative, the government has provided substantial subsidies to cover early childhood education for children up to the age of 5 years.

Pre-primary education

  • Ages                            : 3-5 years
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Primary Languages: Korean
  • Terms                          : 2 semesters
  • Admission Term:  throughout the year
  • School types: kindergarten, nursery, village schools, childcare centers

The Nuri curriculum was implemented in 2012. It covers children aged 3 to 5 years and is designed to promote the development of children in 5 key areas namely, physical exercise, health, communication, social relationships, artistic expression, and nature exploration, it aims to promote balanced growth of the children’s mind and body, and holistic development in general. The Nuri curriculum is appropriate for children in kindergartens and daycare centers and aims to create a conducive environment for providing high-quality education in all schools. It also bridged the gap in terms of quality education in kindergartens and childcare centers.

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