BKI Preschool Main Campus: Sakai 5-17-15, Musashino-Shi, Tokyo, 180-0022
What sets us apart from other local preschools?
A WORLD CLASS Method:
As the very sanctity of childhood is coming under increasing downward pressure for more academic subjects and testing in preschools and kindergartens, BKI is one of the few local schools bucking this trend. You wont find traditional tables and desks at BKI. We are a school owned, run and loved by the children. Testing of English proficiency and developmental growth is unobtrusive and is kept to a minimum. Indoor and outdoor play is fostered and creative based activities are fully encouraged. We visit the great outdoors almost every day!
You may like to ask, "What is it that gives the Reggio Emilia Method a World Class Reputation?" In a world of rapidly increasing change it will obviously be the strong spirited adults who thrive. A strong spirit is one that can continually re- balance in a wide variety of situations. This is certainly not something that can be academically programmed by sitting at a desk, but is a more intuitive sense that developes in a carefully nurtured, child centered, environment.
The traditional teaching approach is to assume what your child may like to learn. At BKI, we simply uncover your child’s interests and then follow them to wherever they may lead us! BKI truly believes that “The mind forgets, but the heart always remembers!” Every day our efforts focus on understanding your child’s heart, their ongoing needs and desires, and how these can be expressed in a multitude of different ways. At BKI we learn through Play, not “Work”. It's not hard to imagine your child consistently benefiting from such experiences, and we would encourage you to consider, given such an environment, just what sort of person you think they may they grow up to be?
The Reggio Emilia Approach, from which we draw our inspiration, is fully recognized and recommended by many of the world’s leading experts in childcare. Bilingual Kids International Preschool was initially one of the first Reggio inspired schools in Tokyo, (we think most probably the first). Our office is located inside Chuo Park, while Main Campus is situated nearby at Sakai.
In the past, education has typically focused on the development of "Left Brain" thinking. This is the logical, analytical and objective thinking pattern of many people currently occupied in todays workforce. As the world has become saturated from decades of encouraging left brain thinking, the world now has an ever increasing need for more creative, innovative and socially adept individuals. While, money certainly is not everything, its now worth noting as a fact that this is where the highest paying salaries are now to be found. The increasing need for people with these skills are making those who have them more highly valued, and this in turn is leading to a greater focus on Right brain development.
How effective is BKI in addressing this problem? See the results of our most recent Alumni Survey.
While currently most local schools are still focused on the development of “left brain” dominance (second grade mathematics in kindergarten? Really!!?) , at BKI we believe that the need for this way of schooling is increasingly losing its importance for large parts of society. You may be shocked to learn that many people in present day fields of employment, the architects, accountants, lawyers, analysts, geologists, engineers and computer programmers- the knowledge workers- who were brought up by this past era of education are now increasingly facing the problem of outsourcing, their work being done by computers and cheap educated labour. Outsourcing of this kind of work has huge implications for our children. Its already happening and the rate of change is building at a staggering pace. This rapid change in all areas of life and society have led us, and many others, to believe that the future will now belong to the more creative “Right brain” thinkers, those who bring play into their work and by doing so excel at creative and critical thinking, the inventors, teachers, designers and entrepreneurs.
To find out how we can make a direct difference for your child in this regard, see our Core Value. (If you only read one page of our website make it this one!)
Our exclusive Reggio system, used to facilitate and bring together all the aspects of the Reggio Emilia Approach, was developed by associates with over 40 years of experience in the Reggio method.
Want to learn more deeply about our line of thinking? Please view our TED video on the OUR SCHOOL page.
So what else sets us apart?
Our customers come from the Kichijoji, Mitaka, Musashisakai, Koganei and Musashino areas.
Its not good to keep children indoors all day. Students of early learning and child psychologists (and in fact most people) will tell you that this can be very damaging to a child’s development both mentally and physically. Developing children need balance in all areas of their young lives. BKI students are privileged to have access to some of the best nature and play parks in Tokyo. With no less than 9 great play parks to choose from BKI offers a variety of refreshing outdoor environments coupled with the warmth, security and comfort of a cozy home like environment.
To see a map of the parks we play at follow this link: Park Play
HIGH GRADE FACILITIES
"For many years BKI operated out of an old Japanese building. Although we were never content, especially as professional owners, we used to always worry and fret about when the next big one would hit. Now, as 2018 is predicted to be a time of increased seismic activity, we feel that we have done exceedingly well in providing our valued customers a newer, more robust facility which will better protect them and their loved ones..."
Earthquakes are totally unpredictable. So it goes without saying that the wise will always be well prepared. Since the construction of our brand new facility in January 2017, thankfully those worry filled days for us have passed. We used an AWARD WINNING company for the design and construction of our new facility and as such we can now sleep well at night, knowing that our customers also have full peace of mind.
To see our earthquake construction standards please see the specs here: YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
JAPANS NEW NORMAL: RECORD BREAKING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Strong Winds, Freezing Winters and Boiling Summers:
How hot do you think it will get next Summer? When they start forecasting "Heat Stroke" in April you can be sure that we are in for another record breaking year ahead! With extreme weather conditions now the norm here in Tokyo you want your child to be as comfortable as possible at all times throughout her day. Our extra thick insulated walls and double glassed windows, plus our state of the art reverse cycle air-conditioners, make it just like spring at BKI every day of the year. As far as record breaking goes last season also stood out for the increased number of dangerous typhoons making landfall in Tokyo. Old buildings under such conditions are becoming frequently susceptible to unprecedented amounts of major damage from such storms. At BKI you have the added peace of mind that our new facility was constructed with all of the above conditions in mind. Its even built on a hill so there is zero chance of flooding.
Also adding to this, BKI'S facilities are clean and hygienic and are all owned by the company so there is no uncompromising middle man to come between the school and its customers. As such you can rest assured that we will be still around when you need us most.
A QUALIFIED AND PROFESSIONAL TEAM :
BKI has a total of ten members on staff. Here are what our customers are saying about BKI teachers;
"The teachers are always loving and care for each and every one of the children, they are all wonderful and amazing, we love BKI teachers".
Possibly one the most important questions you can ask at your new school interview is, “Are the owners, management and staff all Qualified Professionals?" We say this out of all sincerity because in times of emergency, developmental problems or great need, you're going to be glad you have the right people on the job. BKI teachers are not casual "Working Holiday" types that are here today but gone tomorrow. Our staff, being dedicated Child Carers, are generally here for the long term, providing the ongoing care, security and stability that your child deserves.
All of our teachers have had prior training in the field of Early Childhood, whether it be in Child Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Music or other related fields. All teachers are fully trained in CPR, AED and first aid techniques. At least 70% of our regular staff are fully Qualified Kindergarten Teachers with a minimum of three to four years of Early Childhood Pedagogical study behind them. Adding to this most of these staff have a further six years of practical experience in child care. It is crucial that qualified staff are there for your child so that they are able to detect any abnormalities that may occur in the course of your child’s development. It is vitally important that such problems can be appropriately dealt with at an early stage. 90% of our teachers are native English speakers from countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States. Bilingual Japanese staff are also on hand.
At BKI we are not fumbling about in the dark, we know precisely what we are doing and why. As the owners alone have more than 30 years of Qualified Professional experience between them you can be sure there are no regrets at BKI.
PROVEN ENGLISH ABSORPTION: (GUARANTEED RESULTS)
As any Qualified Educator will attest, the only time that "process" over-rides "results" is when the output is a creative one. While the creative process does play a very big part of what BKI is about, we also know that we have to be exceptionally results focused when it comes to your child's bilingual abilities.
To see how both the Creative Process and a focus on English Results all come together, watch this child directed movie made by BKI Graduates. Most of these kids started with ZERO English!
If you are growing tired of explanations, are frustrated at spending a great deal of your time, energy and money with no, or little English to show for it, why wait any longer? Please come on over and pay us a visit, we would love to show you proven further evidence of our impressive English language solution.
Current BKI Japanese students, those who have joined BKI early, and have continued on with our after school classes and are now in high school, are passing the World Wide English Testing Program (IELTS). These BKI students are now accepted to be able to attend English Speaking Universities around the world in the following countries; Australia, Canada, U.S.A., United Kingdom and Europe.
As BKI offers the best opportunity for learning English, in a 100% English learning environment, (we now also teach Japanese at the individual level) with native English speaking staff and the highest ratio of International students in the Musashino area, this means that your child will absorb more English through play and conversation with their English speaking friends than at Japanese-only schools.
At your interview, please ask to see our EIKEN Test results for yourself! The Japanese EIKEN Test has been used for the past fifty years and is Japan’s most popular and widely administered English qualification test. This is used by employers and agencies, nationwide and internationally, as evidence of English proficiency. It is also used for admissions and course credit at over 2,500 high schools, colleges, and universities throughout Japan.
BKI MORNING PROGRAM (Kindergarten-aged Children) EIKEN TEST RESULTS: Many of the Japanese children in our Reggio Morning Program who take the Junior EIKEN (JIDO EIKEN) GOLD LEVEL Test (the highest of all levels) score over 80%, with some students scoring 100% .
BKI AFTERNOON PROGRAM (Elementary School-aged Children) EIKEN TEST RESULTS: This program focuses on spelling, vocabulary, grammar and reading. Students in this program are able to do the regular EIKEN Test this is the ADULT EIKEN Test. Some second and third grade Japanese students in this program are passing EIKEN Level 3 and some third and fourth grade Japanese children are passing EIKEN Level Pre-2. Also, we have had fifth and sixth grade students pass EIKEN Level 2.
After 15 years of professional service we understand what our customers expect from us. BKI now has a solid track record and we are very proud of our results!
To see our reading, writing and speaking results in a clear and easy to understand format visit our Alumni Results Page.
BACK UP JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLASSES
If you have just arrived in Tokyo, or are planning to be here soon, you probably also want your child to experience some of the basic Japanese Cultural Traditions and Language. After all, this is Japan so we want some of this experience to rub off on our kids too.
At BKI we have daily morning classes to provide the basics of Japanese Language that would typically be used by children in a playground situation. Such learning will come in handy when you and your child are out and about on weekends and your child has the opportunity to interact with Japanese kids in close proximity. These classes are exclusively made available to foreign families in which no Japanese is regularly spoken in the home environment.
Further more, throughout the year we offer a variety of Japanese Cultural Experiences to your child that will help make your stay with us a very memorable one. Such experiences include Tanabata (your child comes dressed in Jinbei or Yukata), Ohanami (Cherry Blossom picnic), Setsubun (Throwing beans at the devil), Hinamatsuri and much more.
EXCEptional VALUE, MAKES TUITION AFFORDABLE:
If you are like most people you will be looking for true value.
Remembering that the next six to seven years is the "Critical Period" in which to influence your child, just ask yourself now, "What is my child's wellbeing, safety and education really worth?"
Part of our mission statement and business model is to be high quality at low rates. How do we achieved this? Our efforts are simple, we create the highest possible value for our customers and then we minimize our profits. Over the years we have successfully served hundreds of happy customers. We believe that our rates are exceptional value for the educational environment that we have on offer.
As several customers have commented:
"It's wonderful. That’s why I want to keep it our secret".