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“Education is not the preparation for life; education is life itself."
- John Dewey
Our Mission & Vision:
Our vision is to be the premier institution for teaching children Mandarin in a nurturing and native environment.
With a nurturing and vibrant 100% Mandarin learning and speaking environment, children develop their ability to listen, speak, read and write, and most importantly, to think and embrace the Mandarin language and culture as a native.
I founded Mulberry House in 2015, after searching unsuccessfully for a creative mandarin immersion Pre-school for my own children. I am bilingual in English and Mandarin and I want my children to have the same opportunities in both cultures.
While there are strong Mandarin international schools in Hong Kong, there are very limited options for younger children. The golden age for a child to develop a new language is from 0-5 years old, so finding a school suitable for that age is extremely important. Aiming to target this age, I obtained my Montessori teaching degree and launched a pilot Mandarin playgroup in my home. Working with excellent early childhood teachers, the playgroups became a success and we launched Mulberry House with the support of many parents similar to my background.
With more and more demand over the past two years we have formalized our own curriculum CELF and MandarinSMART based on the creative Reggio Emilia teaching approach, combined with the UK EYFS learning framework and the literacy programme from Beijing Normal University.
We have now grown into two Early Childhood education centres and our students come from a diverse background of Mandarin, non-Mandarin and mixed backgrounds in Hong Kong. I hope you will also come and try us out and give your children the best possible start to our excellent Mandarin education.
Jessica Ye Trainor