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Pre-Primary Schools

             Many of the international and private schools have preschool classes. Some preschools which are in Colombo are listed below


ABC Pre School

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 8, Spathodea Avenue, Colombo 05.
Tel.: 011-258 5540

A.B.C. School of Early Learning has introduced a school with new ideas, incorporating the latest teaching methods of activity based and child centered learning. Following activities are available for kids.

Sand play, water play, Manipulative play, Exercise of practical life, Dramatic play, Field trips, Baby Yoga / Kids skill activities (gym), Rhythm and Music, Story telling and finger puppets, anb Play dough modelling.

 ABC School of Early Learning

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78, Chithra Lane, Colombo 05.
Tel.: 011-258 5273, 011-258 5614

A.B.C. School of Early Learning has about 150 students from ages 2 to 5 + and committed teaching staff of 25. The medium of instruction is English but Sinhala and Tamil speakers are catered for.

ABC also runs after-school activities from 3pm during weekdays including English language, computer, speech and drama, karate and art and craft classes. The school carries out extra curricular activities from Monday to Friday from 2.00 in the afternoon to 6.00 in the evening. Activities and lessons include following:-

  • Speech and Drama, Art and Craft, Modern
  • Oriental Dancing, Karate
  • English, Sinhala, Tamil, Japanese
  • Computer, Mathematics
  • Play skool for Toddlers

 Asian International School

4/97 5th Lane Thalakotuwa Gardens Colombo 05.
Tel.: 011-251 3181 Fax: 011-451 2161
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AIS accepts children from 2 ½ years to Kindergarten. The Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary Schools are located on the same site. Students study in the English medium. Sinhala and Tamil are taught as second languages. AIS follows the British system of education and students in the Secondary School sit for the British General Certificate of Education (GCE) O/ Level and A /Level examinations.

 Colombo International School

28, Gregory’s Rd, Colombo 07.
Tel.: 011-269 7587, 011-269 1644, 011-268 1085 Fax: 269 9592


CIS - Kandy
Tel: 081-223 4298

The Infant Section of CIS consists of around 350 children in four educational levels. Playgroup, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

 First Step

44/3, Subhuthi Mw., Subhuthipura, Battaramulla.
Tel.: 011-287 4002

The preschool programme focuses on activity centres and encourages free play while the pre-kindergarten programme provides opportunities for more formal instruction. ‘Special Edition’ is a programme designed for children with special needs. First step is opened from 8am to 12pm weekdays.

 Gateway College

185, Koswatta Road, Rajagiriya.
Tel.: 011-288 8288 Fax: 011-288 8282
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70/18, Riverdale Rd, Aniwatte, Kandy.
Tel.: 081-2233670 Fax: 081 - 2226205
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62, Negombo Road, Kuarana
Tel.: 031-2227722 Fax: 031 - 2227878
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Gateway College, Colombo, Gateway College, Kandy and Gateway College, Negombo are three of the island’s most sought after schools. All schools follow the English National curriculum and provide education from foundation (2 1/2 years upwards) to Graduation.

Foundation Stage (2 ½ to 5 yrs)

The programme of study in the Foundation Stage as set out by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority of United Kingdom incorporates six aspects of learning - Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Development, Creative Development, Physical Development, Personal Development, Social and Emotional Development and Knowledge and Understanding of the World

 International House of Montessori for Children

13 1/1, Horton Place, Colombo 07.
Tel.: 071 416 0626
29/16, Gunasekera Gardens, Nawala, Rajagiriya
Tel.: 011 - 286 8298, 011 - 553 5719

The team at International House of Montessori is dedicated to take your child on a voyage of discovery through Sensorial Development, Exercises of Practical Life, Speech and Drama, Music and Movement, Art and Craft, Language, Mathematics, Geometry, History, Geography, History, Geomatry, Environment, Computer Science, and Social Graces.

 Lyceum International School

Mailing Address: 3/1,Raymond Road, Nugegoda.
Tel.: 011-282 2387, 011- 430 1121 Fax: 011-430 1120
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Lyceum is a fully fledged K-12 school and the largest international school in Sri Lanka, providing a variety of subject choices and extra-curricular activities. Lyceum has branch schools in Gamapaha, Kandana, Panadura, Ratnapura and Wattala.

 Mystical Rose Montessori

941/30, Kotte Road, Ethul Kotte.
Tel.: 011 - 493 8335, 011 - 286 4495
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Mystical Rose Montessori run by Asha Illeperuma, who is a British qualified teacher and they also conduct an activity school for Speech & Drama, Music, Ballet, Art and Dancing etc. Apart from this, they also prepare children for local and foreign examinations such as Trinity Guildhall, LAMDA and Thames Valley University, U.K.

 Mother’s Touch Montessori & Family Daycare Centre

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No. 6, Walter Gunasekera Mw., Nawala.
Tel.: 011- 280 5047
Mobile: 077 704 1121

Mother’s Touch is a home based family day care centre, a registered organization in Sri Lanka which is committed to run high quality Child Care, Toddler Care, Play Group, and Montessori School for kids from 6 months to 6 years.

Mrs. Geetha Kaduwela – is the Chairperson at Mother’s Touch – International Vocational Academy qualified in Sydney, Australia is an Educationist and a Consultant, in Children’s services, Early Childhood Development & Education.


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 Internationally accredited Pre-OSC is a branch of the Overseas School of Colombo (OSC). The OSC preschool accepts children from 3 years of age. There are currently two parallel classes of 15 children with one teacher and one assistant per class. Children from 2 to 4 years of age are accepted. The school operates from 8am to 1:30pm.

 Overseas School of Colombo - Preschool

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Pelawatte, Battaramula.
Tel.: 011-278 4920-2
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OSC is a co-educational school for children from 3-18 years. OSC is the only IB World School in Sri Lanka, accredited by the Council of International Schools, U.K. It is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and is a full member of the South Asian Inter School Association (SAISA) and Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA).

OSC offers the International Baccalaureate programme from preschool to Grade 12

OSC multi-aged Pre-school running from 7:30 am to noon is for students aged 3 and 4 years. Here, teachers introduce aspects of socialisation, cooperation, sharing, leadership and classroom behaviour through a range of "child centred" activities including Music, Physical Education, Information Technology, Library Skills and Swimming.

 Sam’s Place

17, Park Avenue, Colombo 05.
Tel.: 011-250 6012, 011-250 4534, 077-737 4248

Sam’s Place is divided into the infants, toddlers, playgroup, nursery and kindergarten sections. Children are accepted from 4 months to 5+ years. English is the main language of instruction though Sinhala speaking children can be catered for.

 Stepping Stones Montessori

5, Epitamulla Rd., Pita Kotte. Tel.: 011-286 5676

Stepping Stones takes children from age 2 to 5+ years. The school is open from 8.30am to 11.30am five days a week. English is the medium of instruction but Tamil and Sinhala speaking children can be catered for.

 The Little House

312/2, Cinnamon Hill, Hokandara South, Thalawathugoda.
Tel.: 077 736 7259, 077 612 4117

The Situated in a large garden in a countrified setting with ample room for lots of outdoor play, The Little House welcomes children up to 5 years.

Elizabeth who runs the playgroup has extensive experience working in and running playgroups in the UK. She strongly believes that the working environment should be happy and fun. The resulting warm, relaxed atmosphere provides an ideal setting for stimulating and varied practical experiences in which children acquire the ideas and information they will use in later life.

The Little House is open from 8.00 am to 12.0 noon and is situated 10 minutes from the parliament along the Talawatugoda/Hokandara Road, in a very safe location away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 Tumble Tots Montessori & Day Care

4, Rodrigo Mw., Nawala. Tel.: 011-286 3660

There are three levels; playgroup, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Instruction is in the English medium and Sinhala lessons are available for final year children who are moving on to local schools. Classroom activities take place from 8.30am to 11.30am each day and the day care programme runs from 11.30 to 18.00.

 Deanna’s Pre School

30/63 H, Longdon Place, Colombo 07. Tel.: 011-250 4771/2

Young Explorers is a small preschool for children from 15 months to 5 years. The school operates from 8.30 am to 11.30 am.


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