SINGAPORE (Oct 10): MindChamps plans to launch 20 international preschools in Malaysia by 2024, the company announced on Wednesday.

MindChamps says the 20 Malaysian preschools will be "styled as a learning village, where classrooms are clustered in community groupings around common collaborative spaces, allowing children from different ages to interact and learn in a social setting".

Main image: From left: Jeffrey Lai Jiun Jye, CEO, Victoria Education; David Chiem, founder and CEO, MindChamps PreSchool; Edwin Tan Pei Seng, MD, Victoria Education

Construction on the first of these schools is expected to begin within a year, with plans to open the first campus in June 2019.

Kuala Lumpur will be the location for its flagship 10,000 sqm campus which can cater to about 1,000 children and is expected to be ready in 2021.

Another campus in Johor Bahru, expected to open by 2019, will cater to 650 children.

Both campuses will also feature a multi-level sensory garden and a 20-metre indoor swimming pool among its facilities.

MindChamps PreSchool has appointed Malaysian education group Victoria Education as the master franchisee.

MindChamps also has franchise deals in the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar, and owns and operates 10 centres in Australia.

Year to date, shares in MindChamps are down 20.5% to 62 cents.