In 1992 while visiting Laguna Phuket, Khun Claire Chiang, Co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Chairperson of the Banyan Tree Global Foundation, saw that children of the men and women working to construct the hotels had no safe place to stay during work hours. She subsequently worked with Laguna to establish a free child care centre to improve their well-being.
Since then, the centre has continuously offered free child care services and preschool education to children of community members and children of associates. The centre is widely acknowledged as one of the best in Thailand, and at the end of 2008 was formally established as Laguna Phuket Kindergarten under the guidance of the Ministry of Education. Today, the greatly-expanded program caters to 180 children aged between three and six, with 12 certified teachers creating their daily activities of fun and education.