KG – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What curriculum does the Little Angels International Kindergarten offer?

The Little Angels International Kindergarten (LAIK) curriculum is based upon detailed research in child psychology and incorporates the best combination of curriculum from around the world, including the Montessori system. The Mathematics syllabus is incorporated from the age of three with both textbooks and specially development materials. The student is introduced to many different aspects of linking Science and Math with day to day activities. The school provides a good balance with Dance, Music and Arts and crafts programs for a balanced over-all child development.

2. What are the differences between Little Angels International Kindergarten and other English pre-schools or Kindergartens?

1. LAIK is a pioneer in the field of pre-school education and has been well covered by domestic and international media on TV, Radio, Magazines and Newspapers.

2. LAIK accepts children of all nationalities irrespective of their native language, providing a sound foundation in the English language, Logical thinking, fostering all motor skills while duly encouraging the holistic development of the child.

3. Further, irrespective of age, students may be fast tracked to higher levels depending entirely on their academic ability, emotional maturity and the recommendations of the teachers (with parent approval).

4. The LAIK is part of the Little Angels Gakuen (Little Angels International School) which is accredited by Cambridge Examinations, and our specially designed educational system enables the student to enter most English medium Universities worldwide, without taking the entrance examinations.

5. The LAIK education system leads to one-step entry point culminating in graduation from the Little Angels International High School.

3. Does the Kindergarten teach or use Japanese as a language?

Since inception, the LAIK has emphasized the need to be immersed in a pure English environment and so Japanese is not encouraged or permitted at all. The immersive English environment helps the student to quickly grasp the fundamentals of the language and starts using it to advantage.

4. Are there any admission deadlines?

We have two sessions when students join us, in April and in September. However, we do accept students joining us from other international kindergartens and those who may have recently moved to the area in and around Mitaka/ Musashino in between the academic year. Admissions are possible at any time provided the student meets the minimal requirements of the Kindergarten at the age level.

Generally LAIK programs permit student acceptance for September (Fall) admissions and also for April (Spring) admissions. For the latest information and exact deadlines, kindly see this link: Kindergarten Admissions Process

5. What kind of tests are administered for LAIK admissions?

Depending on the age of the student, tests are conducted to determine their basic age level understanding in logic, behavior and IQ and obviously any proficiency in English, if applicable.

6. What are the backgrounds of the teachers?

The teachers hold bachelors/ masters degrees from various universities of repute. They have been trained for a minimum of three months subsequently followed by another six months of assistance during teaching. Several of the LAIK teachers have been working for 10 plus years. Teachers of different nationalities bring their unique perspective to teaching.

7. Can a student join the LAIK without knowing any English?

Yes. In fact, there is no requirement for the child to know English before joining LAIK. However, note that students joining in Senior Kindergarten may require additional time before proficiency in language become natural.

If the entrant is for Year 1, the child must be willing to learn English intensively by enrolling in our special home schooling program for such children. Please contact us for more details.

8. Should the parents know/speak English to enroll the children at LAIK?

It is not necessary. We have Japanese speaking staff who shall assist. All the information/communication from the school will be made in both English & Japanese.

9. What happens after Senior KG?

Those students desirous of remaining at school may proceed to Y1 of the Little Angels Elementary School. This is unique as the students enter elementary school one year ahead of most private schools giving them an age advantage throughout their lives.
Note that as per Japan Law, children less than 6 years old (as of April 1st ) may not commute by themselves and they need to be dropped off and picked up by parents at school, or, use the LA KG bus.

The students who graduate from Little Angels International Kindergarten may join the Little Angels International School (Accredited by Cambridge International Examinations) or any other International School. See the Elementary Admissions page for further information.

10. Can the Little Angels Kindergarteners join the Little Angels Elementary school?

Yes, provided they fulfill the basic requirements of the school. Contact us, if you have any questions.

11. Can the parents visit the Kindergarten and watch the children during their class?

Yes. The kindergarten certainly welcomes parental involvement in education and, also, may solicit their help at times. You are welcome to visit us, however, all parents are required to sign up at the office and receive the visitor’s tag before visiting their child’s class for security and emergency purposes.

12. What kind of physical education does the Kindergarten provide?

The students (as per age group) are trained to perform various exercises using many indoor apparatus and they also practice and play various sports at many city grounds in the vicinity. The senior KG students also visit the Mitaka city’s sports center to practice swimming, etc,. The school has hosted the annual Sports Day event (since inception) which is attended by the entire families and friends of the students.

13. Do the students go on educational trips?

Yes. The students participate in two or three outdoor activities per year. They also visit several places on field trips, etc and also enjoy hands-on learning experiences. Camping, Ski-trips, Museum, Aquariums, Zoos and more are scheduled through the year. You may view some sample shots to learn more.

14. Do the students receive any medical attention?

Yes. A professional nurse visits the school every month to conduct basic health check ups. Once a year, an eye test and color blindness test is performed and a routine urine test is a requisite.

15. What kind of disciplinary action is taken in case of bullying or any other misbehavior?

The kindergarten teachers keep a close watch on each and every child’s behavior, and the teachers also maintain a healthy communication with each child. The school counselor also spends sufficient time with the students. The kindergarten holds regular classes and discussions on behavior: good and correct versus bad and destructive behavior. The kindergarten creates an environment which fosters positive child growth thereby encouraging the student to come forth and have frank discussions with the teachers. In times of extreme need, teachers also have a one-on-one talk with the parents to sort out any issues. As the kindergarten age group is just one and half to five plus year olds, thus far no such behavior has been noticed.

16. What kind of support is given to a slow learning student?

If, and when, a student is identified as a slow learner by the teachers, the child’s parents are called in for special meetings to address appropriate remedial work. The kindergarten may also recommend that the student attend special remedial classes or complete additional assignments to be held for them after school hours (Note: this process will be at additional cost).

17. Do you have provision to keep children till late hours?

The LAIK timings are 9AM -2PM Mon-Fri (except on Wednesdays 9AM-12noon). The Kindergarten students are rather young and need the nurturing provided by parental care. However, we understand that work or other constraints may exist. We do provide child care from 8:15AM on till the start of Kindergarten classes. We also provide child care after 2PM till 6PM. Parents must enroll in Child Care Club and pay additional costs for doing so. The Child Care Club (only on Kindergarten working days) is provided as a special gesture and kindly do contact us for more details.

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