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Childcare, Babysitting in Shanghai

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Having a maid, or 'ayi' is very common in China. The salaries are relatively low and maids do not generally live in, so you will not need to find accommodation for her. Many maids do not speak any English and those who do will charge a premium for their services. Maids usually work 8 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week and their tasks can include childcare, cooking, shopping or cleaning. They are often willing to return to your home in the evening for baby-sitting, if required. They have a weeks holiday for Chinese New Year, for which it is also common practice to pay a bonus, plus 3 or more days of holiday for the National May Day and October Day holidays.

Maid Agencies:

  • Shanghai Maid Service
    Rm. 1602/1610 43 Lixi Road
    Tel: +86-21-62259172
  • Nanny Agency
    Room 103 Mei Long Er Cun Yimei Road
    Tel: +86-21-64557202
  • Yue Li Housework Services
    102, 34, Lane 151 Wuxing Rd
    Tel: +86-21-58448931
  • Fan Wei Nanny Agency
    57 Xihuan Road
    Tel: +86-21-64881752
  • Jie Mei Nanny Agency
    130 Yuyao Road
    Tel: +86-21-62279039

A good selection of kindergartens and nurseries provide child care during the day for your children. Many of these will be Mandarin-speaking, but they often accept foreign children. The majority of nurseries will only accept children of 2 years or above.

  • Tiny Tots International Pre-School and Kindergarten
    Address: 43 Fuxing Lu, 7888 Hu Min Lu Shanghai 200031, China
    Tel: 6431 3788
    Fax: 6433 2468
    2-6 years
  • Bingchangtian Kindergarten
    Address: 38 Lane, 1178 Shang Cheng Lu, Pudong Shanghai, China
    Tel: 6876 2010
    3 -6 years
  • Dasong Kindergarten
    Address: 645 Chang Ping Lu Shanghai, China
    Tel: 6215 7502
    3 -6 years
  • Small White Pigeon (Private) Kindergarten
    Address: 58 Lane, 301 Hong Shan Lu, Pudong Shanghai, China
    Tel: 5874 3772
    2-6 years
  • Golden Bean
    Address: 25 Lane, 501 Yan Chang Xi Lu Shanghai, China
    Tel: 5661 2872
    3 -6 years
  • KinderWorld International Kindergarten
    Address: 2nd Floor, Somerset Grand Shanghai, 8 Jinan Road Shanghai, China
    Tel: 6386 7880
    Fax: 6387 7131
    18 months - 7 years
  • Shanghai Rainbow Bridge International Kindergarten
    Address: 2381 Hong Qiao Lu Shanghai, China
    Tel: 6269 0913
    2-6 years
  • Fortune Kindergarten
    Address: 1361 Dong Feng Lu Shanghai, China
    Tel: 5875 1212
    2 -6 years
  • Shanghai Utsukushi Gaoka Montessori
    Address: 788 Hongqu Road, Minhang District
    Tel: 6405 6318
    3 -6 years
  • IPP Longbai Kindergarten
    Address: 2461, Hong Qiao Road Shanghai 200035, China
    Tel: 6268 8320
    Fax: 6268 8728
    2-6 years
  • New Century Kindergarten
    Address: 181 Guilin Dong Jie, Gui Lin Lu Shanghai, China
    Tel: 6475 2305
    3-6 years
  • Soong Ching Ling Kindergarten
    Address: 3908 Hong Mei Road Shanghai, China
    Tel: 6242 2881 / 6242 9851
    Fax: 6242 2881
  • Yang Pu Art Kindergarten
    Address: No 2, Lane 101, Shaung Yang Lu Shanghai, China
    Tel: 6543 7011
    3-6 years


If you are looking for childcare for the evening, the simplest and safest solution is to ask your neighbours and friends.

The classified advertisements sections of English language newspapers may have advertisements from students seeking babysitting work to earn a little extra money.

Update 11/09/2006


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