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Jakpost guide to daycare

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, September 21, 2018  /  07:15 pm
Jakpost guide to daycare

Founded in 2015, Happy Tree House Daycare welcomes children from 2.5 months to 5 years old. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Daycare is more than just a place for children to spend their day while their parents are away. It is a place where they can learn to be independent and socialize with friends from different age groups. The following are daycare centers for parents who work in Central or South Jakarta.

Happy Tree House

Founded in 2015, Happy Tree House Daycare welcomes children of ages ranging from 2.5 months to 5 years old. They also have an after-school class for kids above 5 years old who come to the daycare at noon. The daycare shares its building with a boarding house, with the former occupying the ground floor and the latter the upper floor. But it is still safe for children as the door is always guarded and locked. Operating from 7 a.m. to 6.15 p.m., it also has indoor and outdoor playgrounds.

Happy Tree House's program is based on milestones laid down by the education ministry with activities based on the children’s age and ability. Aside from swimming and field trips once every two months, it also provides baby massages and nail-trimming. The ratio between caregivers and children is 1:3, supervised by a “shadow caregiver”. Parents will receive reports daily and every three months.

Happy Tree House's daycare baby bedroom. Happy Tree House's daycare baby bedroom. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Happy Tree House collaborates with Setiabudi health clinics for vaccines and other government childcare programs. It also provides pediatrician visits once every three months and a psychologist visit once a year. All of the staff also receive medical check-ups every three months. Prices start from Rp 4 million (US$ 270.12) monthly for babies and toddlers, with an enrolment fee of Rp 2.5 million. Flexible schedule options and discounts are available.

Feeding: Three times a day (breakfast, lunch and early dinner) and snack. 

Breast milk: Special refrigerator available. Staff have been trained in breast-feeding and lactation.

Toilet training: Available.

CCTV: Can be streamed online. 

Overtime: Rp 15,000 per 15 minutes. 

Address: Jl. Setiabudi VIII No. 18, Setiabudi Sub-district, South Jakarta

Contact: ( 62 ) 812 8844-7305

Little Elephant

Little Elephant, a daycare center located in a house within a residential area in South Jakarta, welcomes children of ages ranging from 2 months to 4.5 years. Operating from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., its interior is painted in soft colors as the owners believe it helps children to be more focused and relaxed.

The daycare’s owner has a formal Montessori background, hence she applies this method in the program. Developed by Maria Montessori, it highlights children’s independence, freedom and development. Children are divided into two classes based on their age; baby and toddler, with the caregiver ratio at 1:3 (baby) and 1:5 (toddler). The program is based on monthly themes with weekly sub-themes. Other activities at the daycare include swimming, field trips, science and art experiments and training for children’s motor skills. On Fridays, the toddlers visit the nearest park to do some sports and interact with nature. It also provides detailed daily and weekly reports for parents.

The owner of Little Elephant daycare has a formal background in Montessori, hence she applies the method in the program. The owner of Little Elephant daycare has a formal background in Montessori, hence she applies the method in the program. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

In collaboration with Setiabudi health clinics, the daycare staff will inform parents about vaccines and vitamin A. The children have their own check-ups with a pediatrician every four months, a dentist every six months and a psychologist every six months. Prices start from Rp 4.25 million (baby) and Rp 4.3 million (toddler) per month. Daily and weekly programs are also available.

Feeding: Three times a day (breakfast, lunch and early dinner) and snack.

Breast milk: Special refrigerator available.

Toilet training: Available.

CCTV: can be streamed online.

Overtime: Rp 20,000 every 15 minutes.

Address: Jl. Salak No. 34, Setiabudi Sub-district, South Jakarta

Contact: ( 62 ) 21 835-3675

Read also: Jakpost guide to recreational places for children

Kupu Kupu

Nestled in Kemang, Kupu Kupu was founded in 2012 and is open to children from the ages of 3 months to 4 years old. Open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., it has a front and back yard for children to play in. There is also a terrace, drawing room, audio visual space, mini library and function room.

Kupu Kupu Daycare has a semi-outdoor terrace where children can play. Kupu Kupu Daycare has a semi-outdoor terrace where children can play. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Although children are divided into baby and toddler groups, they are allowed to learn and play together. With a caregiver ratio of 1:2 (baby) and 1:4 (toddler), the daycare’s program aims to develop children’s motor skills through activities including learning to share and recognizing their environment. They are also taught to be responsible by organizing their toys and clearing up their plates. At the end of the day, parents will get a book as a daily report.

Kupu Kupu daycare also helps protect children’s privacy. The daycare has been limiting its activity on social media since 2016 and only shares photos in private WhatsApp groups. Monthly and daily programs are available. Prices start from Rp 3.3 million per month with an enrolment fee of Rp 3 million.

Toddler bedroom at Kupu Kupu Daycare.Toddler bedroom at Kupu Kupu Daycare. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Feeding: Three times a day (breakfast, lunch and early dinner) and snack.

Breast milk: Special refrigerator available.

Toilet training: Available.

CCTV: For internal staff only, but parents can ask for photos and video calls.

Overtime: Rp 50,000 per 15 minutes.  

Address: Jl. Kemang Selatan XII No. 7, South Jakarta

Contact: ( 62 ) 21 766-4986

LittleBee

LittleBee Montessori School and Daycare is in a residential area near Menara Imperium in Kuningan. It has indoor and outdoor playgrounds, function room, pre-school class and bedrooms. It has different types of program according to kids’ ages, such as baby (2.5 to 20 months), toddler (21 to 36 months), preschool full day (3 to 6 years old), preschool half-day program (3 to 6 years old) and daycare half-day program (3 to 8 years old).

Toddler bedroom at LittleBee Montessori School and Daycare. Toddler bedroom at LittleBee Montessori School and Daycare. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

The Montessori method is applied at LittleBee as the owner is certified in Montessori. The children’s interests are central to naturally develop their love of learning. Other activities that are conducted here include going to the nearest park in Thursdays, swimming in a ball pit, a field trip every three months and baby massage. The ratio of caregivers to children is 1:2 (baby), 1:3 (toddler) and 1:4 (preschool). Moreover, it provides parents with daily reports and holds parents’ meetings every three months.

Children are expected to have showered prior to arriving at LittleBee, but parents or their staff (with extra charge) are permitted to shower the child at the location. Parents may also accompany their children for breakfast before activities start at 9 a.m. Operating from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., LittleBee also organizes pediatrician visits every three to six months and psychologists every six month. Monthly, weekly and daily programs are available with the price starting from Rp 2 million per month for the daycare half program. Administration fees apply at the beginning.

Preschool classroom at LittleBee Montessori School and Daycare.Preschool classroom at LittleBee Montessori School and Daycare. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Feeding: Three times a day (breakfast, lunch and early dinner) and snacks (twice a day).

Breast milk: Special refrigerator available.

Toilet training: Available.

CCTV: It has 20 CCTVs that can be streamed online. 

Overtime: Rp 50,000 for the first 60 minutes.   

Address: Jl. Bromo 19, Guntur, Kuningan, South Jakarta

Contact: ( 62 ) 816 130-2393 (mut)