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The shallow sandy beaches and bays and abundance of things to do and see outdoors make Koh Tao a very child-friendly destination and the island is becoming an increasingly popular family holiday destination. There is plenty of family-friendly accommodation on the island, and many childcare services, and facilities. There are many activities available for children too.

For parents looking for daytime childcare facilities on a half-day or full-day basis so that they can explore the island or take scuba diving courses, professional western-grade childcare is available through Koh Tao International Primary School. Other options for daycare include a range of Thai, Burmese, and Western nannies and babysitters. Plus, there is a whole range of other family-friendly businesses that offer unique and exciting experiences for children of all ages.

Koh Tao Pre School is open Monday to Friday from 9 am-4 pm and accepts children of any nationality between the ages of 9 months and 2 years. Care is provided by a friendly team of English-speaking staff, and both daily and monthly packages are available. The preschool boasts a large garden playground, which is well-equipped. It provides a range of daily activities including cooking, arts and crafts, singing, and dancing.

Booking ahead is recommended because Spaces rely on student numbers and staff availability. You can contact the Koh Tao Pre School team directly for more information. Either through their Facebook page or by calling +66 (0) 90 867 9048.

Babysitting and Daycare

Finding nannies and sitters for private daycare and babysitting is feasible, although these services typically require advance booking. Some of the higher-end hotels and resorts offer this service in-house, but generally, the best way is to ask your accommodation provider or dive school for independent recommendations or contact Koh Tao International Primary School for further information and contact details of their trusted childcare partners. 

More Child-Friendly Options

While not strictly speaking childcare facilities, there are also a few other businesses that can keep youngsters entertained for a few hours too. Examples include:

  • Swimming lessons through Splash Dance n’ Swim, which is a western owned, UK certified swim school. 
  • Trapeze lessons at Flying Trapeze Adventures (again run by western trained and qualified staff).
  • Soft Play and Mini Golf – both of these can be found under the same roof at Koh Tao Leisure Park. Also situated at the leisure park is an air-conditioned cinema room that can play movies suitable for children on request.
Childcare Koh Tao
Childcare Koh Tao