There are two types of government run kindergartens, one is called ‘Jiguan’ (official) and the other ‘Gongli’(public)
Official kindergartens generally speaking have high standards and are experimental kindergartens or attached to universities for research. However, coverage is extremely low and there is huge competition for these subsidized places. In most cases, official kindergartens are only open to people with ‘connections’. However, they sometimes open their doors to foreign children.
Public kindergartens have much lower standards and less government backing. They are more open to foreign placements but are not usually the place of choice.
Private kindergartens essentially make up for the lack of coverage of official and public kindergartens or provide a higher quality service than most public kindergartens.
Although essentially governed by the same requirements and operating on a similar schedule, there is a huge difference in teaching, service, resource and equipment quality between private kindergartens.
In China, semi-international kindergartens are a grey area. These kindergartens often advertise as ‘fully international’ kindergartens but in reality are not. They are often invested in by overseas investors and run somewhat on overseas principles. However, legally speaking they are on exactly the same footing and governed by the same regulations as private Chinese kindergartens. This requires that the principal must be Chinese and they generally turn into a slightly-modified version of local kindergartens. Standards are usually around average for the market yet prices are often way above average. International Kindergartens International kindergartens are usually a small section within an international school. They operate according to UN charter and can only accept children with an overseas passport. Prices are high as is quality, however they often have other disadvantages due to scarcity and the fact that they operate on overseas term/semester arrangements.