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New profiles of kindergartens posted online

     The Education Bureau (EDB) released the "Profile of Kindergartens and Kindergarten-cum-Child Care Centres 2015" at today (September 29) to enhance the transparency of kindergartens and provide relevant information to assist parents in making informed choices for their children. For the first time, mobile applications (iOS and Android versions) are available for downloading this year.

     "The Profile covers information on about 990 kindergartens and kindergarten-cum-child care centres, including the list of kindergartens joining the Pre-primary Education Voucher Scheme (PEVS) in the 2015/16 school year. The Profile also shows the approved school fees of kindergartens for the 2015/16 school year. For kindergartens joining the PEVS, their approved school fees after the redemption of vouchers are also shown," an EDB spokesman said.

     The spokesman pointed out that other information includes the number of teaching staff, professional qualifications of the principal and teachers, enrolment, teacher-to-pupil ratio, curriculum details, reference prices for major school items, application fees, registration fees and information on admission applications.

     The spokesman added, "All kindergartens joining the PEVS are required to disclose information on the application of funds to various expenditure areas.

     "All kindergartens joining the PEVS are required to undergo the Quality Review (QR) for quality assurance purposes. For those kindergartens that have completed the QR process, information on whether they have met the prescribed standards is indicated in the Profile and the latest QR Report is accessible through the linkage provided."

     Printed copies of the Profile will be available for parents' reference at the Regional Education Offices of the EDB, Public Enquiry Service Centres of the Home Affairs Department, Maternal and Child Health Centres of the Department of Health, Integrated Family Service Centres of the Social Welfare Department and public libraries starting from October 31.

Ends/Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:32


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