When it opened in October 2006, Smart Kids was the first 100% foreign-owned centre licensed by the Ministry of Education. With its own curriculum, Smart Kids has since seen over 1,000 children pass through its doors and has grown to three centres offering day care in English for up to 210 children ranging from 18 months to six years of age.
Smart Kids, founded by Joke Otter van Zuijlen (known as Joke "Yoko"), takes a holistic approach to child care where attention is paid to all developmental areas in children, not just those related to academia. This means that Smart Kids focuses on personal, emotional and social skills where children learn through fun, interactive activities rather than via a regimented day-to-day curriculum.
“What makes Smart Kids so different is our philosophy, our holistic approach and individual care,” says Yoko.
All three Smart Kids locations are purpose-built with classrooms catering for a maximum of 18 children and include dedicated toilet facilities for children with disabilities.