About Mulberry House International Kindergarten

Welcome to Mulberry House International Kindergarten. We are a dual language school for children under 6 years old, where English and Mandarin Chinese language and culture are fully integrated throughout every aspect of a child’s learning experience. 

- Mission & Values -

Our mission is to provide stimulating learning opportunities to young children, and to nurture global citizens,  culturally and linguistically fluent in English and Chinese – with a lifelong love of learning. 

As one of the first Mandarin focused and bilingual Playgroup & Kindergarten established in 2015, the Mulberry House community is a group of educators and families at the confluence of modern Western approaches and time-honoured Chinese values. With a deep understanding and appreciation for the Chinese language and culture, we continue to refine our intercultural programme to ensure our students develop language skills, critically thinking skills along with establishing a strong academic foundation in English, Chinese and Mathematics. 

Raising Bilingual Learners, Nurturing Global Citizens

培養雙語學童 孕育世界公民

Mulberry House schools embraces six long-lived Chinese values of Love, Kindness, Respect, Harmony, Trust & Wisdom. Grounded in these core values that are deeply rooted in Chinese culture, combining with a global and modern perspective, each member of our school community are guided to think and demonstrate in our daily lives. 

Love (Ài)

We encourage students to love and appreciate life,  families and friends, and lifelong learning.

Kindness (rén)

We show kindness and care to ourselves, our communities and our planet.

Respect ()

We treat others with courtesy and respect; think and act after careful consideration. 

Harmony ()

We seek to understand, to include others and embraces differences, and to promote intercultural understanding.

Trust (xìn)

We demonstrate ourselves with honesty and integrity, building our trust with the community surrounding us.

Wisdom (zhì)

Wisdom stems from knowledge, understanding and clear values of right v.s wrong. We guide students to inquire, communicate, act wisely.

- 6 Cornerstones of Our Education -

We believe the Early Years lays a firm and important foundation for your child’s future life-long learning journey. Providing a secure and innovative environment for children to engage in our holistic programme, we firmly believe and implements our 6 key cornerstones:

1. We provide an authentic bilingual immersion learning experience for children, guided by experienced and native speaking educators, raising fully bilingual, bi-cultural and bi-literate children.

2. We are Inquiry-based, which offers a rich framework that cultivates creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Children are given time and guidance to explore, to experiment, and to reflect on what they have learnt. 

3. Our curriculum is guided by UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS. Under the 7 areas of learning framework, children learn through hands on, active and self motivated learning. This well established and holistic programme aims at cultivating children’s creativity and exploratory minds, enabling them to realise their unique potential.

4. We are Reggio Emilia inspired, with beautiful and natural environments across all campuses, providing a sensory-rich learning experience to children.

5. We believe nature offers children an exciting playground and an excellent classroom. Our Forest School programme incorporates the outdoor learning experiences into our normal school life, which provide various types of stimulation, promotes children’s imagination, make them think about new challenges, encourage responsibilities and build their confidence.

6. Parent Partnership Focus: Our learning is child-led. We are committed to work together with parents, to listen to our children, and discover what interests them in providing them the appropriate opportunities. Along with providing weekly feedback and termly reports to parents, we provide parents lot of parenting guidance, primary school application support, online and in-person parent seminars and 1-1 consultations.

- Our Environment -

We believe “Environment is our third teacher”. We also believe that nature offers children an exciting playground and an excellent classroom. Everywhere you go around our schools, you will see reflections of our philosophy and pedagogy we subscribe to.

  1. Our environment is designed and decorated with sustainable and natural materials such as flowers, shells, stones, fabrics, leaves and prints, where children can explore a variety of shapes, textures and colours with all of their senses. This engages them to care for natural environment, develop respect for living things, allow them to be more resourceful and help them to appreciate natural beauty.
  2. Our learning areas are careful set up by our teachers to spark curiosity and conversations. Learning areas are always filled with loose parts as they encourage open-ended play, allowing children to decide the purpose of each item, providing them many possibilities for discovery and stimulating their creativity.
  3. When you walk into a classroom, you will see furnitures and learning areas set up at the child’s eye level, and you will see beautifully decorated classrooms as well as beautiful display of each child’s precious work.

We also integrate Forest School Programme into our regular school schedule. This regular outdoor learning experience provide various types of stimulation, promotes children’s imagination, make them think about new challenges, encourage responsibilities and build their confidence. Find out more about our Forest School Programme.

- Leadership Team -

Jessica Ye Trainor (Founder & School Supervisor)

Entrepreneur and educator based in Hong Kong, China, Jessica founded Mulberry House Education Group in 2015 with a vision to building leading bilingual international schools. Currently, the Group directly operates two bilingual Kindergartens and two Mandarin Immersion Playgroups.   

China born and US educated, Jessica is deeply committed to curriculum research, school design, and education technology development, focusing on the area of inquiry-based learning, bilingual development, and project based learning. Before education, Jessica worked in banking and research for 14 yrs.

  • MSc in Education, Education University of Hong Kong, HK
  • BSc and MSc in Computer Science & Mathematics, New York University, US
  • NAMC Montessori Teaching Diploma (Early Childhood 3-6 Yrs), Canada

Joanne Townson (Head of School Taipo)

  • 15+ Years’ Experience in Early Childhood Education
  • Higher National Diploma in Early Year Childhood Education
  • Certificate in English Language teaching to young learners
  • BSY Level 3 Certificate for managing and understanding dyslexia
  • BSY CACHE Certified cognitive behavioral therapist

Joey Chow (Head of School Southside)

Hong Kong born and UK educated, Joey has 10+ years of teaching experience with young children. She has also taken on leadership, Curriculum Coordinator and Head Teacher position across bilingual and local Hong Kong early childhood education settings. Joey treasures every child’s curiosity and creativity. She wishes to create joyful journeys for little learners and help them gain enthusiasm for learning.
  • 10+ Years of teaching experiences
  • 8+ Years of curriculum planning for renown Kindergarten and Playgroup
  • PGDE Early Childhood Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Arts, Hospitality and Business Management, University of Birmingham, UK

Faye Lin (VP of Operations & Admissions)

Faye has 12 years of solid experiences in marketing, public relations and business development specialises in Education. Previously worked at prominent institutions such as English Schools Foundation and Hong Kong’s first listed education company, Faye brings significant expertise on various aspects of education management. As a proud mom to a 4-year-old and a 4- month-old, she has a vested interest in early childhood education.

Faye holds a Masters Degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Prior projects involvement include setting up HK’s biggest tutorial business’s first mainland branch; nation-wide teacher training tournament sponsored by Han Ban; UK College Programmes offering in HK, as well as served at ESF South Island School Council.

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