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FAIRCHILD JUNIOR ACADEMY



I recently visited FairChild Junior Academy to learn more about the school, their program and what is actually on offer for little ones. A brand new 4,600-square foot junior academy across the street from Victoria Park in Tin Hau run by Head of School Dave McMaster and Director of Learning Kathy Nutting, who between them, have over 60 years of experience leading top schools in Canada, Hong Kong and China. 
The school is owned by The Fairchild Group from Vancouver, British Columbia.  The Managing Director of Fairchild Canadian Academy is Joseph Fung, son of Hong Kong-born Canadian businessman Thomas Fung, who founded the Fairchild Chinese-language media and real estate empire in Vancouver. Joseph and his Father wanted to open a non-profit school on behalf of the family, as a way to give back to the Asian megacity. They hope to grow the Fairchild Canadian Academy to about four preschools and kindergartens with the next opening, Fairchild

Kindergarten, in Sai Ying Pun in September 2016, pending licensing and registration.
My first impression was one of warmth and the environment I feel is just beckoning the children to come in and play. I must say it is breathtakingly beautiful. The rooms support the imagination and creativity of each child. The inside of the center is warm and calm (no primary colors jump out at you), featuring wood, glass, and muted colors. There is space to be alone, yet the environment encourages children to interact with others. All classrooms have been purposely built for a specific age group and outfitted with developmentally appropriate furnishing, toys, manipulatives and creative arts materials.

The environment has wood floors and many wooden toys. The doors are partly glass, in order to be able to see easily from inside to outside and from room to room. Children experience the natural elements of wood, water, sand, soil and lots of sunlight with floor-to-ceiling windows, large vertical garden wall, sand and water tables and treehouse playground.

The program for little ones is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, guided by the British Columbia and Ontario (Canada) Early Learning Framework as well as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from the United Kingdom.
There are classes on offer for children 6-12 months; 12-18 months; 18-28 months and 24-36 months with fees varying from HK$600 to HK$1,200 a month.
If you are looking for an enriching early childhood education centre which will cultivate your child’s curiosity, creativity and confidence; I feel that FairChild Junior Academy is the new school in the area to deliver all of this. 


Where to find it: 
Fairchild Junior Academy
22F, Park Commercial Centre, 180 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Tel: 2898 1611
www.fairchild.academy


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