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Tutor Time® families come from all over the world. Their varied backgrounds, languages and cultures combine to create a truly International Nursery and Kindergarten. Because of this, Tutor Time® graduates show ready acceptance of others, confidence in themselves and are prepared for the diverse community that is our world. Although some of our graduates attend Chinese Traditional Primary Schools, the majority attend the International Primary Schools of their choice including, but not limited to, Chinese International School, ESF (English Schools Foundation), German Swiss International School, Canadian International School and many more. Because Tutor Time® students immerse themselves in a bilingual English and Mandarin program based on preparing the "Whole Child" in a combined teacher directed and child directed setting, they are well equipped for the interviews and primary schools that they will attend after Tutor Time®


Testimonials of Our Parents

Tutor Time is an integral part of our family

Already before coming to Hong Kong, our good friends here had told us about Tutor Time. We still feel so lucky we followed their advice to enroll our daughters! Only 5 days after our arrival, Camille started attending class. From the very beginning, she was captured by the caring and exciting environment and the attachment ever since only grew and grew. Caught by the contagiously warm and inspiring atmosphere, our oldest daughter Celeste could not wait to participate in the summer school program, last chance for her to join Tutor Time before she would become “too old”. And without hesitation, we enrolled our youngest daughter Clarisse as early as possible for her to start her journey of social and academic development in this privileged environment.


At Tutor Time, learning is fun. What more can you wish for as a parent than seeing your children being passionate about what they are doing? Nurturing the curiosity and unleashing the joy of learning and self development is the foundation we would like to build for our daughters’ academic journey. We are impressed how well the school balances guided learning and self motivated learning. For nothing in the world, our girls would miss a day at school! We will never forget the morning seeing Celeste puzzled instead of being excited in view of spending a full day with Mum and Dad at Ocean Park: It was “Fun Friday”, one of the days where the kids would discover a specific aspect of the learning program through very special activities. On that day, Celeste and her class would pretend going on a camping adventure, bringing in sleeping bags, tents, mosquito nets and even real flashlights! Only when we promised Celeste she could attend class that day by postponing our Ocean Park visit, we could see her genuine smile reappear on her face :-)!

Tutor Time is fully bilingual and truly international. Born in Japan or Hong Kong and having German and French parents, our girls are used to growing up in an international environment. They enjoy being exposed to different languages and cultures. This curiosity is being fully nurtured at school. Camille has many friends in her class coming from various national backgrounds: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Swedish and English just to name a few. The daily school routine is taking place half of the time in Mandarin and half of the time in English. We still remember Camille’s first day at school, leaving her with her teacher Ms Maggie welcoming her and instructing her only in Mandarin. Our first worries of exposing her to too many “new” things at once faded away quickly. Camille was so proud of being the fastest one in the family to pick up notions in Mandarin and this clearly helped her settle smoothly into her new home in Hong Kong. And you can imagine how proud her parents have been when Camille was the fastest one to reply during a Story Telling Time in Chinese: “Chang jin lu” she shouted from the back, anticipating which of the animals would appear next in the story.

At Tutor Time the teachers and administration staff are highly dedicated and demonstrate excellence in everything they do. Parents are closely informed and always up-to-date through weekly and monthly newsletters, interactive communication through the website and proactive information sharing about up-coming events! You can feel everybody is doing much more than just their job, but pursuing a mission of helping our children to grow in the most comforting and personally stimulating way. Our daughters are clearly inspired by what they learn and develop self confidence that guides them through their daily challenges. “Ms Carmen said”, referring to her classroom teacher, became the ultimate benchmark for Camille about what is right or wrong and helps her making right social and behavioral choices. And even our youngest has been already captivated by her teachers. Mr. Tony’s song of “Mr Sun, Sun, Mr Golden Sun” became the most effective way to bring back the smile on Clarisse’s face. She would instantly join in, clapping her hands and be in the best mood ever.

In conclusion, Tutor Time is much more than just the pre-school of our daughters. Being it through the regular class room routines, the special family events such as Halloween, Sports Day, Family Fun Day or individual birthday parties, Tutor Time learning involves the child holistically and lets the entire family participate whenever and how much you feel is comfortable. It builds exactly the academic and social foundation we are looking for our girls. And even more, we can truly say: Tutor Time is an integral part of the family!

Karena, Francis, Celeste, Camille and Clarisse Belin (Belin Family)

My heart melted, in a Tutor Time classroom

I took the day off work to be by my daughter’s side for one of the biggest moments of her life -- the first day of nursery school.

Although Arabella had been a young pupil at Tutor Time since she was 10-months-old, the next step was a big one. She was to walk into a classroom all by herself.

The staff at Tutor Time kindly guided me through the transition. Director Karen Lee Reynoso met with me and presented a detailed list on how to prepare a toddler for the big day. She also asked if there were any particular "transitional objects" to ease Arabella into the new environment.

A teacher walked my daughter and me through the new classroom to see the toys, art projects and books. We could immediately see it was a wonderful place – fun, safe, and stimulating.

On the day itself, I passed my daughter’s hand along to the classroom assistant who was holding Arabella’s coveted "transitional objects" – a balloon and a bright blue bucket. Yes, there were tears. But after 10 minutes, they were gone. And she has never cried since.

At Tutor Time, my daughter has grown to be fully bilingual in both Mandarin and English. She can sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and cycle into "
頭肩膀膝腳趾" without missing a beat.

Arabella has also learned critical socialization skills -- how to sit still during "circle time," say "thank you" during snack time, and tidy the toys after play time (while singing the "Clean Up Song" in both English and Chinese, of course!).

My daughter also enjoys the high energy and innovative approach of her teachers. Their creativity is fully on display at Tutor Time’s Sports Day with its full array of tailor-made activities and obstacle courses. Inside the classroom, "Fun Friday" theme days encourage both parents and children to explore a curriculum topic in a creative way. After dressing up as a Stegosaurus for "Dinosaur Day," sure enough, my two-year-old was able to explain the differences between a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops!

Tutor Time has helped transform my daughter into an inquisitive and active child who has fully embraced both Mandarin and English. Tutor Time has also eased this parent through the process, while celebrating each milestone of her young life.

At the Mother’s Day party, my daughter presented two cards to me – one in Chinese, one in English – as well as a song. She sang "
我的好媽媽," a sweet lullaby for working mothers.

"Let me kiss you," she sang in Chinese. My heart melted, as I was perched on a child’s chair in a Tutor Time classroom.

Kristie Lu Stout - Mother of Arabella Chong

Chiara (4) is the third of our children to attend the Tutor Time campus at Red Hill. Like her two sisters she started in Nursery, 5 days a week. It did not take her long to get used to the new environment and actually appeared bored when (alone) at home. Her English developed rapidly and Mandarin seemed to be pure fun. When she graduated to K1 we decided to let her attend the afternoon sessions as well. While a 6-hour day plus lunch break appears to be quite long for a child that age (she was only 3 back then), Chiara seemed to fully enjoy her time there. Of course, the transition to the full day was a bit hard at first, but her teachers did their best to accommodate her whenever she felt tired or simply wanted to go home to cuddle with mummy. Now, two years later at the end of K2, she continues to surprise us with all different kinds of artwork, a huge repertoire of English and Chinese songs, a sheer endless stock of knowledge bites ("do you know that Pluto is not a planet anymore?"), an increasing interest in books (she loves to "read") and a very open and curious mind. She speaks English as if it was her mother tongue (we are German and speak German at home), follows Chinese stories and sings Chinese songs with lots of enthusiasm. Sometimes she surprises even her older (Mandarin speaking) sisters by helping them out when they don't know a particular expression in Chinese.

The center is well-managed. The teachers are fun and very well trained. It's obvious they like their work and love to work with children. The children learn about their world in many creative ways: through art work, stories, songs, games, and, yes, even school-like practice exercises.

In short, I am very happy with Tutor Time and can only recommend it. It seems to be both a great place for children and an effective preparation for school. All my daughters were accepted at GSIS on their first attempt.

Sabine Hirt (PhD)-Mother of Natasha, Isabella and Chiara

I have to say I feel so grateful to Tutor Time for helping my son, Aston Hui, to grow and improve all these times while he was studying inside the school. And with no doubt, I will recommend Tutor Time to other parents as I truly believe children will benefit from the excellent and warm learning environment provided by Tutor Time.

My son Aston was actually a really shy boy before he started his play group in Tutor Time at the age of 2. Not only he resisted chatting with adults except his own parents, but also it took us a lot of time and effort to encourage him to communicate with cousins at his age. That's why when my husband and I had made the decision of sending Aston to the play group in Tutor Times, I was actually a bit worried that he would not be able to get along well with others, especially he was crying for a long time when he was sent to Tutor Time at the very beginning.

However, thanks to the caring and forbearing teachers in Tutor Time, especially Aston's class teacher, Ms. Connie, with all their encouragement and patience, Aston has gradually adapted to his play group and even made some new friends eventually. He went home with a smile on his face and was so enthusiastic to share his school life with us. I was so thrilled to see what a lot of progress he has made, which is not only about social skills, but also language ability and intellectual development.

I sincerely hope Tutor Time can continue to grow with its genuine concerns for students and help more kids to find their way.

Mrs. Bonnie Hui-Mother of Aston Hui

Our son Oliver joined Tutor Time Braemar Hill in their Nursery class in September 2009 at just over 2 years old. He adjusted quickly and loves going to Tutor Time. We have been impressed by the enthusiasm and passion of his teachers and appreciate the warm and caring environment in which they inspire the children to learn, encourage their curiosity and develop their various abilities.

Oliver’s language development has been amazing over the past year, particularly Putonghua (his second language) which he mostly understands and frequently uses to ask questions and make observations. With an English/Putonghua education in mind, we believe we made the right decision to send him to Tutor Time.

Most importantly, Oliver is happy at Tutor Time, which we believe is key to inspire a love of learning at this early stage of his life.

Oliver’s 10 month-old brother Joshua will commence Playgroup at Tutor Time in September and we expect that he will enjoy it as much as Oliver has over the past year.

Alice and Gary Chan

“Look! This is my School......it’s Tutor Time......”

“Do you want to go to my school.....I can show you around.”

“I want to go there......it’s my school.”

“Where are my teachers......are they in the classrooms?”

Nurturing is a very unique form of Art. It involves the experience of accommodating one’s feelings and caring for one’s needs. It is all about nourishment, development, encouragement and compliments.

We are so blessed to have Jonathan and Jerald to be our models of giftedness and talent. They enjoy their experiences of receiving a kind of fun-filled learning within a cheerful, inspirational, respectful and gracious environment. We believe that the mission of Tutor Time is the best nourishment for our children. Its diverse and motivational curriculum helps our children develop their learning abilities and enhances their holistic development physically, cognitively, mentally and culturally.

With all the best wishes to Tutor Time for continuing practicing this unique form of Art.

Rita Chan - Mother of Jonathan and Jerald

Please read the testimonials of our parents:

Karena, Francis, Celeste, Camille and Clarisse Belin

Sabine Hirt (Phd)

Alice and Gary Chan

Kristie Lu Stout

Mrs. Bonnie Hui

Rita Chan