How to Open a Preschool in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the government gives preschool education great importance. If you are interested in opening a preschool in Vietnam, read this article.

Vietnam is known not only for its beautiful landscape and diverse culture but also for its helpful and kind people. So, it is not surprising that this friendliness and warmth also reflect on the country’s childcare and preschool educational system.

In Vietnam, the government gives preschool education great importance and this can be seen in the Ministry of Education’s issuance of “Objectives and Plans for Preschool Education”. With this, the Vietnamese government aims to promote the initial elements of a Vietnamese citizen’s personality, demonstrate love to children, and secure a consistently positive development of children.

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In general, there are two types of preschool facilities in Vietnam: regular form (also known as crèches) and irregular form (also known as infant school).

The regular preschools are designed for children between 3 and 36 months old and the irregular ones are created for children between 3 and 5 years old. Some preschools in Vietnam also combine both types.

Currently, there are about 13,000 regular preschools in Vietnam with 600,000 children and 85,000 teachers; 7,000 irregular preschools with 1,600,000 students and 75,000 teachers.

Requirements to Open a Preschool in Vietnam

Foreign investors must meet the following requirements to legally open a preschool in Vietnam:

  • The foreign investor’s proposal about their preschool establishment must meet the requirements of the local educational network and social-economic development by the state regulatory authority.
  • The preschool establishment proposal shall clearly and precisely state the missions, objectives, and curriculum outline and framework of the preschool. The proposal must also detail other information such as intended preschool construction location, land use and location, equipment, and other facilities; as well as organisational structure, management and personnel, financial and other resources, construction and development strategies, and guidelines.

Procedure to Open a Preschool in Vietnam

You must apply to open a preschool in Vietnam with information such as the preschool’s name and location.

Below is the summary of the procedure on how you can open a preschool in Vietnam:

  1. Submit an application with required documents by post or in-person to the People’s Committee on the district level.
  2. Upon the receipt of the application form and documents, the authority will assess them regarding their completion and validity.
  3. The president of the district People’s Committee will then decide if your application is approved or rejected.

Things to Do After the Preschool is Established

The process does not stop here once your preschool in Vietnam is established. Instead, there are several other things you need to do to ensure a successful establishment:

  1. Apply for an operational permit by post or in-person to the Department of Education and Training.
  2. The Department of Education and Training will then assess your application documents within 5 working days upon the receipt.
  3. The same department will also perform an on-site inspection within 15 working days once the assessment is done.
  4. A decision will be made within 5 working days upon the completion of the inspection. Your application will either be approved or rejected.

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