The most comprehensive guide to help you find the best preschool or kindergarten in Singapore for your kiddo, mama!
Finding a preschool that satisfies your little one’s curiosity, provides a caring and stimulating environment and most of all is a ton of fun for littlies is enough to send any mama into a bit of a spin! With so many options available for families we’ve done the legwork for you with our comprehensive guide to the best preschools in Singapore.
Check out our all new, updated 2020 guide, which has been handily organised by location so you can find an option that works for your family (in those with multiple locations, we’ve noted their specific neighbourhoods). We’ve further broken down the multi-location schools by size, as you’ll usually find a different feel between Singapore’s well-established preschool/childcare chains and more independent schools that just happen to have two or three locations.
- Multiple locations – Large (4+ Centres)
- Multiple locations – Small (2-3 Centres)
- Central (CBD, Bukit Merah, Orchard, River Valley, Bukit Timah, Newton, Novena, Toa Payoh)
- East (Mountbatten, Kallang, Katong, Siglap, Bedok, Simei, Pasir Ris, Paya Lebar, Tampines)
- North/West (AMK, Mandai, Sembawang, Woodlands, Yishun, Seletar, Punggol, Clementi, Jurong, Boon Lay, CCK, Bukit Batok, Serangoon, Lim Chu Kang)
- International Schools
Unless otherwise noted, preschools cater to children 18 months to 6 years old (again, a defining feature of many of the larger schools is that they also offer infant care, which typically caters to babies from 2 months of age). It’s also good to be able to understand the difference between a child care (which has longer hours and serves two meals per day) and an MOE Kindergarten (which may have shorter hours and isn’t required to serve any meals). For more details on these distinctions, check out our Guide to Local Preschool Options. Note that there is also a subset of government-subsidised “anchor operators,” leading preschool providers selected by the government to increase access to good quality and affordable childcare and education, especially for children from lower income or disadvantaged backgrounds. There are currently five anchor operators in Singapore, which we have noted below; in this scheme full-day childcare is capped at $720 per month and kindergarten is capped at $160.
In terms of “preschool” vs. “kindergarten” terminology, there’s no technical distinction, but “kindergarten” seems to be more of a local term whereas “preschool” is generally favored by expats. Just to add one more bit of confusion, “Kindergarten 1” and “Kindergarten 2” are the two school years (for kids turning 5 and 6 during the school year in question) prior to local Primary 1. Generally “Nursery 1” will be for children turning 3, and “Nursery 2” will be for kiddos turning 4.
What to Consider When Choosing a Kindergarten in Singapore
Finding the preschool that feels ‘right’ for your child is a huge decision. When deciding which preschool works for you and your little one, it’s important to consider the following:
- Location– How accessible is the preschool? Unless you drive or are happy for little ones to catch the school bus, it’s probably not the best idea to send the kids to a school on the other side of the island.
- Curriculum– What type of programme does the preschool offer? While some preschools follow a particular educational system (e.g. Montessori, Reggio Emilia or IB Primary Years Programme) others prefer to take a more flexible approach to learning and playing. Some schools blend a number of educational philosophies into their curriculum so it’s about choosing what works best for your child.
- Special Needs– Could your child do with extra personal attention, or do they have different learning abilities that may require early intervention? Read our Guide to Special Education in Singapore, which includes information on government support for differently abled students as well as a roundup of special needs schools and early intervention programmes.
- Language Programme– What language does the preschool teach? You could choose a full Mandarin-immersion programme, a bilingual programme or an English-instruction school that teaches Mandarin as part of the programme. It’s always helpful to ask how much second language tuition is included in the day.
- School hours– How long is the school day? Some preschools work off a strict half or full day timetable (9am-12pm or 9am-3pm) while others take more of a daycare approach and offer longer days (7am-7pm). If you’re a working parent, you may want to consider how easy picking up and dropping off will be.
- Facilities– What facilities does the preschool offer? While some preschools will have snazzy classrooms, others offer more in the way of outdoor play spaces.
- Child to Teacher Ratio– How many kids per class? The student to teacher ratio varies amongst different preschools, so it’s good to consider if you prefer bigger or smaller class sizes.
- Cost– How much do the fees cost per term? For many, cost is a major consideration! Prices vary wildly amongst preschools. Always ask if holiday programmes are included in the termly fees — some schools have long holiday breaks while others are in session nearly all year round.
Pencils at the ready mama!
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Locations: 39 centres throughout Singapore
One of Singapore’s largest and most popular preschool brands with over 30 centres across the island, MindChamps offers half- and full-day programmes for children at the playgroup, nursery and kindergarten levels. Backed by two decades of research across Education, Psychology, Neuroscience and Theatre, MindChamps’s unique curriculum nurtures the whole child to prepare them for primary school and beyond. Through the holistic S.M.I.L.E.S.™ approach, every lesson targets the development of sensory, motor, intellectual, linguistic, emotional and social skills in children, with an aim toward creating champion learners for life!
Register now and get 10% savings over three months and one premium kit (worth $224 including uniforms, PE kit, school bag, bedding bag, apron and Champs jacket)!
Locations: 20 centres across Singapore
This popular premium preschool is fully bilingual and aims at driving discoveries and building knowledge better. Celebrating 25 years on the Singapore preschool scene, The Little Skool-House has educated thousands of children in Singapore, unlocking 3 million amazing achievements across Language & Literacy, Math, Science, Creativity, Physical Self, and Social Development in the process! The kindergarten is renowned for its “Formation Programme,” which gives kiddos a head start to primary school by combining drama pedagogy in Mandarin, a ‘Builders & Innovation’ project, and a structured reading programme. No wonder 93% of Little Skool-House children were assessed to be highly-proficient in both English and Mandarin by the end of K2 in a recent NTU survey! One more thing to love: 11 Little Skool-House preschools are workplace centres, conveniently located within leading government, university, medical, and corporate institutions such as the MOE, Temasek Polytechnic, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and OCBC Bank.
Locations: 10 locations across Singapore
This award-winning brand is the first preschool network in the world to be certified by the Institute for Habits of Mind, an approach that’s been shown to help preschoolers manage distractions and better focus on the task at hand. It can also boost their confidence when confronted with difficulties, and encourages creative problem solving. Mulberry offers beautiful Reggio Emilia-inspired learning spaces along with comprehensive bilingual programmes, and also has a Chinese immersion preschool at Fusionopolis.
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Tel: (+65) 6653 8082
Locations: 10 locations including Bishan, Bukit Merah, Jurong, Serangoon, Tampines, Woodlands and Yishun
These local child care centres span the island and encourage exploration and self-discovery. Bright Juniors seeks to prepare children to become responsible life-long learners, introducing language and literacy from the Playgroup level onwards, along with its own in-house Mathematics Programme. The integrated, thematic curriculum is knowledge-based and allows kiddos to explore a wide variety of subjects and materials, ensuring they possess the concepts and skills to apply their newfound knowledge to real-life situations. Bright Juniors values and respects each child’s learning style, and promotes interdisciplinary activities to help children make meaningful connections to the real world. All of this falls under the watchful eyes of teachers who are trained to closely supervise, observe and perform fair assessments of the children to plan and facilitate their learning.
Locations: Frankel Avenue, Mountbatten Road, River Valley, Sunset Way, The Grassroots Club
With over 20 years’ experience and five preschool centres across the island, Brighton’s uniquely-designed curriculum features Montessori-trained teachers who encourage exploration and self-discovery through an individualised learning approach. Brighton uses Montessori materials with a curriculum based off the key areas of practical life, sensorial, language and mathematics, although classes are not mixed-age in the traditional Montessori setup.
Locations: 20 locations across Singapore
A leading infant care and education provider with centres located island wide, Cherie Hearts is a great option for working families. Babes as young as 8 weeks old can enter their infant care programme and progress into the nursery and kindergarten classes as they grow. Cherie Hearts sees children as unique individuals who deserve to reach their potential. Carefully selected and trained staff work in purposeful partnership with parents to nurture and educate each child with a comprehensive foundation in early childhood development. The purposeful multi-literacies curriculum approach enhances children’s growth, allowing each child to experience personal success and equipping them with critical 21st century skills, while in turn developing a joy for lifelong learning.
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Tel: (+65) 6235 8820
Locations: 16 centres across Singapore (including Bukit Timah, East Coast, Orchard, River Valley & Sentosa)
Offering playgroups, nursery, kindergarten, and beyond, EtonHouse caters to children from 18 months all the way up to 15 years of age. Inspired by the renowned Reggio-Emilia approach, EtonHouse offers a respectful and personalised learning environment where children are celebrated as curious, communicative, capable and confident individuals. Through its distinguished curriculum – which also includes four IB schools in Singapore – EtonHouse offers hands-on projects that provide a sound foundation in science, mathematics, arts and languages, along with social competence and creative thinking skills. Students also benefit from dedicated, highly-trained and passionate teachers (including specialists in sports and the arts), and enjoy top-notch facilities. We love that they have the opportunity to make a smooth transition to EtonHouse International School for the primary and high school years – and did we mention the preschool takes a bilingual approach so that kiddos pick up English and Chinese spontaneously and effectively? No wonder they’ve been around for over 25 years!
Locations: 5 centres across Singapore (Changi, Kallang, Raffles Place, Suntec City & Tampines)
Founded 22 years ago, Josiah combines Montessori principles -characterized by independence, freedom within limits, and respect for children’s natural psychological, physical and socio-emotional needs – with the Musical Arts Programme (MAP), which gives balanced attention to academic excellence and creative development. The result: holistic growth and development. Dance, singing, classical music appreciation, speech, drama, and visual arts are all integrated into the curriculum – it’s enrichment at no extra cost! All of Josiah’s main teachers are certified and trained in the Diploma of Early Childhood Curriculum and Education (or its equivalent), and teachers complete 100 hours of in-house training before they begin to work with the children. Parents can expect a safe, nurturing, stimulating environment where happiness and openness are championed. All Josiah centres except the Tampines kindergarten offer infant care in addition to childcare, too!
Locations: 6 centres across Singapore (Braddell, Newton, Novena, Orchard, Upper Bukit Timah & Yio Chu Kang)
The inquiry-based approach at Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse is very much about balancing play and school readiness. With the motto Learn Curiously, Live Creatively, Kiddiwinkie’s creativity-inspired curriculum takes young charges on an interactive and investigative learning journey, where they develop resilience, global awareness, and other core competencies to be ready for future challenges. Anchored by the principles of constructivism, ecological systems, and neuroscience, Kiddiwinkie’s unique curriculum allows children to develop their love for learning by experiencing it through fun and imaginative ways.
Locations: 20 locations islandwide
A part of Busy Bees group (alongside Pat’s Schoolhouse and Odyssey), Learning Vision is an economical and affordable option with a strong record of more than 30 years in early childhood education. At the core of their philosophy is that every child is a competent and capable individual who can be nurtured through a holistic approach and strong support from both teachers and parents.
Locations: 40 preschools across Singapore
MapleBear has grown from three centres in 2014 to 40 across the island today – a testament to its proven and dynamic curriculum first developed by Canadian educators to incorporate global best practices. With its immersive enriched bilingual learning experience, MapleBear’s preschool programme focuses on early literacy success under the leadership of legendary Singaporean educator Patricia Koh (the founder of Pat’s Schoolhouse). Children up through age 6 graduate from MapleBear ready to face the future, and they are not only curious about the world but also creative, confident and love learning. They’re great communicators, too, who are able to express their ideas and collaborate well with others. MapleBear stands out for its family-like atmosphere, where children across age groups become friends, and educators are truly generous with their time, skills and expertise.
Locations: Over 140 locations across Singapore
One of five designated anchor operators in Singapore (i.e., affordable school fees!), My First Skool focuses on developing happy, confident, resilient children with an “I can do it!” approach to learning. The holistic curriculum keeps curious minds engaged as they explore and discover the fascinating world around them, and the bilingual nature of the programme ensures kiddos will be ready with the language skills and social abilities necessary to make lots of friends from an early age. Teachers at My First Skool are qualified educators and early childcare professionals who absolutely love kids, and the schools are designed with safety and learning in mind to create a cosy, nurturing, home-away-from-home environment. We love this approach since My First Skool offers an infant care option, too!
Locations: Bukit Timah, Katong, Orchard, Pasir Ris & Wilkinson Road
Employing the Reggio Emilia framework aimed at exploratory and self-guided learning for children aged 9 months to 6 years, Odyssey’s state-of-the-art facilities and bilingual Mandarin immersion make it a popular choice. Massive classrooms and tonnes of outdoor green space complete the offerings — just expect a looooooong wait list mama. P.S. The Wilkinson Road and Fourth Avenue campuses are also IB-accredited, while the stunning Still Road campus occupies a fully restored heritage building and almost feels like a college it’s so gorgeous!
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6781 8800
Locations: Choa Chu Kang, Thomson, Tanah Merah, Tanjong Katong & Ubi
Focusing on cultural diversity and bilingualism, Our Juniors’ Schoolhouse is a premium preschool brand that seeks to promote children’s curiosity in the world they live in; capabilities in reading, writing, and grasp of mathematical and scientific concepts; confidence in communicating and relating to both peers and adults; care and compassion for people, society and the environment around them; and creativity in thinking, problem solving, and artistic expression. This is all achieved through qualified, caring educators and the specialised preschool programme that aims to encourage each child’s development while preparing them for school and life beyond.
Locations: 15 centres, including Aroozoo, Buckley, Claymore, Great World, Grassroots Club, Katong, Kovan, Lakeside, Mount Emily, Prinsep, Ridgewood, Sembawang, Sixth Avenue, Tanglin & West Coast
This popular infant care centre and preschool takes babies as young as 2 months old, and has 15 childcare centres around the island. Besides a strong Bilingual Immersion Core Curriculum as well as an enhanced Music Integrated Curriculum, little ones also have stacks of time for cooking, music, arts, science, drama and physical education. For over 30 years, Pat’s has encouraged children to be bold, vivacious, and inspiring. Parents rave about little learners who emerge as happy, confident and – most importantly – challengers of the future.
Locations: Bukit Panjang, Jurong West, Punggol, Yio Chu Kang
Raffles Kidz is an award-winning bilingual preschool that also offers infant care and kindergarten. With a focus on building a strong academic foundation, Raffles Kidz nurtures children to become open-minded inquirers, confident communicators, independent thinkers, creative contributors, and collaborative team players. Teachers are passionate, highly qualified, and dedicated to providing quality education for preschoolers. Alongside core values like integrity, motivation, passion, accountability, commitment, and teamwork, outdoor play is also an important part of the Raffles Kidz experience. Be sure to check out the fab playgrounds at each of their four preschool centres!
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Tel: (+65) 6282 6319
Locations: 41 centres across Singapore
Star Learners believes in developing children in a holistic manner to bring out their best character, and that education should be fun, exciting and engaging. Their proprietary educational programmes are activity-based with a unique literature immersion, so every child is inspired to love learning, think creatively and make meaningful connections with the world around them. Each featured story in the literature-based curriculum is thoughtfully curated from children’s literature around the globe. The curriculum delves into different story elements (such as a character’s points of view, the setting, the conflicts presented) to actively engage your child’s imagination while learning a combination of skills such as problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, and communication. The school’s Starbeam Framework aims to impart not just knowledge and skills to students, but also develop habits of mind and attitudes, values and dispositions needed for lifelong learning. Since starting operations in 2003, Star Learners now has 41 centres island-wide and is the largest private child care group in Singapore!
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Tel: (+65) 6250 0173
Locations: 32 centres all over Singapore
The pioneer in integrating Multiple Intelligences into early childhood curriculum in Singapore, Carpe Diem Preschool is a leading childcare provider with centres all over the island teaching children from 3 months to 6 years old! The inclusive, bilingual learning environment helps children master bilingualism confidently. Your little ones will love the school’s learning corners, which empower your children to try art, literature, science and more.
Locations: 17 locations across Singapore
This award-winning preschool brand has convenient locations all over Singapore, and focuses on children’s total development by fusing a strong academic curriculum with creative enrichment and hands-on activities. Dedicated teachers strive to maximise every child’s full intellectual, social, physical and creative potential. NB: They also offer a Chinese immersion preschool in Sin Ming.
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Tel: (+65) 6653 7146
Locations: Bukit Timah, Siglap, Tanglin and Hougang
Little Paddington Preschool and Infant Care has out-of-this world amenities, including large playgrounds, a petting zoo, mini golf course and more. We particularly love their specialised ateliers that encourage experiential learning; the “United Nations Atelier” encourages intercultural understanding, the “Science Atelier” guides explorations in a children’s laboratory. Their curriculum incorporates the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, the Montessori method, and Reggio Emilia principles, and focuses on ‘construction of knowledge’ through group and individual projects with a ‘learning by doing’ philosophy.
Locations: 6 SAFRA Clubs, namely Jurong, Mount Faber, Punggol, Tampines, Toa Payoh and Yishun
A joint collaboration between Kinderland Educare Services and SAFRA, NurtureStars gives littlies the best of both worlds: Kinderland’s early childhood education expertise, and SAFRA’s amazing suite of clubhouse facilities across six locations, all integrated into the curriculum. The ACTIVE LEARNING curriculum takes a holistic approach and promotes children’s mental and physical grown through hands-on participation and multi-sensory, results-oriented learning experiences. They’ve also got a unique and very cool partnership with Japan’s largest children’s sports academy to boost kiddos’ motor skills while also cultivating concentration, discipline, resilience and teamwork!
Locations: 10 locations including Alexandra, Bukit Timah, Dairy Farm, Macpherson, Robertson Quay, Sengkang, Serangoon Gardens & Yio Chu Kang
Focused on developing real world skills like critical thinking and collaboration, Cambridge Pre-School draws on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences in nurturing each child’s individual strengths. Key academic areas are the “fundamental literacies” of reading, writing and mathematics along with a strong Chinese curriculum.
Locations: Orchard, Bukit Timah, Thomson & East Coast
An interactive and child-centered curriculum greets little learners at this childcare centre and preschool in one, where school is a home away from home! Small class sizes and a focus on developing independence in tots make it a nice choice for the smallest family members, starting from 18 months of age.
Locations: 17 locations islandwide
Touting itself as “the best of East and West”, bilingual Kinderland has grown to more than 60 infant care and kindergarten centres across Asia with its successful recipe of in-house curriculum research and development along with well-trained teachers. A highlight is how much music is integrated into learning, through singing, playing various instruments, and rhythm training.
Locations: 20 locations across the island
With a stack of locations on the island, Modern Montessori’s programme include outdoor play, music, movement and creative art. MMI preschools across the island incorporate traditional Montessori materials and adhere to the four core values of practical life, sensorial, language and mathematics, but the consensus seems to be it’s very different from a traditional Montessori environment. Classes are not mixed age.
Locations: Over 140 locations islandwide
One of five designated anchor operators in Singapore, My First Skool’s pedagogical approach is called PETAL (Playing, Exploring, Thinking, and Applying Learning). This emphasis on play goes hand in hand with academic emphases on language and literacy, numeracy, discovery and the world, motor skills development, aesthetics and creative expression, and self and emotional development.
Locations: 38 locations all over Singapore
A subsidized anchor operator founded by Metropolitan YMCA way back in 1980, MY World Preschool has always strived to make quality child care and preschool education accessible for all families in Singapore. There’s a strong emphasis on character development and values, and in turn lots of care goes toward teacher development in service of the school’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Many of MY World’s locations include infant care, too.
Locations: 360 centres across Singapore
The largest preschool operator in Singapore and an anchor operator, Sparkletots is an affordable PAP Kindergarten and infant care established way back in 1986 to meet the needs of the community as well as to improve the standard of kindergarten education in Singapore. Today PCF Kindergartens reflect best practices in early childhood education; the schools serve more than 40,000 children in Singapore (with over 10,000 new spots opened up in just the last few years).
[email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6244 4600
Locations: 12 locations islandwide
Safari House employs the Zoo-phonics curriculum, which encompasses not only language and literacy (though it does emphasis kiddos reading quite early), but also math, science, art, music and sensory drama. The programme is fully bilingual.
Locations: 19 locations across Singapore
An “anchor operator” (meaning it receives government subsidies to ensure it’s affordable for all families in Singapore), Skool4kidz emphasises the holistic development of a child through professionally qualified teachers. The amazing flagship campus at Sengkang Riverside Park was designed in collaboration with ECDA and the National Parks Board, and is the first large childcare situated within a public park in Singapore.
Locations: Bukit Timah, Upper Bukit Timah, West Coast, Dempsey Hill, Phoenix Park, East Coast, Upper East Coast & River Valley
White Lodge has a great reputation for its hands-on, child-centered learning approach that incorporates Primary Years frameworks from the U.K., U.S. and Australia. Classrooms invite children to explore, whilst outdoor facilities include high-quality climbing frames, trampolines (a HUGE hit with littles), and areas for painting, sand and water play. NB: The River Valley, Upper Bukit Timah & Upper East Coast locations are full-fledged childcares, while the others are designated preschools.
Locations: Mediapolis and Suntec City
Inspired by the world-renowned Finnish education system, My Learning Haven’s two locations – at Suntec and One North – emphasize learning through play. This is accomplished in the school’s signature PlayRooms, which are designed for creative learning to take place in an unhurried manner that goes at each child’s own pace. Children engage in different and unique play experiences as they move from one room to another – in the Math PlayRoom, for instance, they might play with manipulatives like blocks, while in the Creative PlayRoom they’ll sing, dance, or do crafts projects – all with the goal of ensuring uninterrupted time for children to explore and delve into each activity while honing key skills including language and literacy, numeracy, motor skills, and social and emotional development. PlayRooms also change throughout the year, with varied themes to keep children engaged. My Learning Haven offers preschool and kindergarten at both locations, with an additional infant care available at Mediapolis.
Locations: Alexandra and Bukit Timah
Offering the best of British and Singaporean educational programmes and traditions, Repton Schoolhouse is a Singapore preschool and kindergarten (ages 18 months to 6 years) connected to the UK’s prestigious Repton School, which dates way back to 1557! Repton Schoolhouse offers spacious, purpose-built, architect-designed learning areas, including a well-stocked library in both preschool locations to enchant children with the magical world of literature (Roald Dahl himself was an old Reptonian, after all!). The school’s unique Virtues Project emphasizes character development and provides a positive, nurturing environment to support emotional, social, and intellectual growth, while the holistic curriculum covers the Arts, Humanities, Maths, Science & Technology, and Sports. The result: active and engaged learners who work in partnership with both teachers and parents to make the most out of their education!
Sassy Mama readers will enjoy a registration fee waiver and an additional 10% discount on fees for the duration of 2020!
321 Alexandra Road, #03-11, Singapore 159971, Tel: (+65) 6252 3024
70 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289758, Tel: (+65) 6573 8441
Locations: Balmoral, Mount Sophia and Pasir Panjang
Founded in 2012, House on the Hill Montessori is a family-run infant care, preschool and kindergarten that offers warm and inviting classrooms filled with natural materials, and beautiful outdoor playgrounds in cosy residential areas. House on the Hill is a genuine Montessori school, with features like mixed-age classes (1.5-2.5 playgroup and the traditional 3-6 class) and a 3-hour work cycle. Children develop life skills like creativity and independence in an intrinsically motivated way, along with a true love for learning. The school’s also got a great online reputation with parents, who rave about its specially-designed nutrition program. NB: In 2019 House on the Hill also introduced a new infant programme from 2 months of age at its Balmoral location.
2H Balmoral Crescent, Singapore 259887, Tel: (+65) 6258 6061
33 Mount Sophia, Singapore 228481, Tel: (+65) 6337 4635
396 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118733, Tel: (+65) 6251 6451
Locations: Novena (opening April 2020), Orchard & Queenstown
Catering to a mix of local and expat families, Children’s Cove creates a caring and nurturing environment starting from its infant care programme at 2 months, and continuing with preschool from 18 months to 6 years. The innovative, research-based curriculum takes an integrated approach to early childhood education, with an emphasis on bilingual learning along with elements of play, project, and inquiry. Backed by the motto “Where knowledge meets creativity,” there’s lots of experimentation, exploration and experiential learning to develop essential life skills. Think farm-to-table gardening and cookery sessions, plus a good balance of both indoor and outdoor play. Children are encouraged to cultivate empathy, and parents are regularly invited to participate in classroom activities and community events.
Sassy Mamas can enjoy a waiver of the registration fee and get 1 free uniform set when you register by 30 June 2020!
Novena (opening April 2020): 11 Akyab Road, Singapore 309975
Orchard: 30 Orange Grove Road, #08-01 RELC Building, Singapore 258352
Queenstown: 58 Jalan Penjara, Singapore 149382
[email protected], Tel:(+65) 6655 0077
Locations: Kent Ridge, Kallang
Lorna Whiston offers bilingual preschools committed to creating a stimulating, positive and nurturing learning environment, which they know from experience creates happy, motivated children who are eager to learn! The positive, hands-on approach carries over to all facets of learning, including the Individualised Reading Programme (which has a proven 40-year track record!), afternoon enrichment classes like Speech & Drama, or holistic arts and movement Master Classes. The beautiful Winchester campus near Kent Ridge Park offers lush grounds with areas for sand and water play along with a vehicle track, gardening zone, and more, while the modern Kallang Wave location has brand new indoor and outdoor play areas specially designed around discovery themes.
By the Park: 9 Winchester Road, Singapore 117783, Tel: (+65) 6272 8826
By the River: 1 Stadium Place, #01-28, Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397628, Tel: (+65) 6448 8826
Locations: Bukit Timah
This duo of home-away-from home schools along Bukit Timah Road (both conveniently close to MRT stations!) fosters children’s love for learning through the natural process of play. We love that kiddos get at least an hour of outdoor play every day, and the fun-filled curriculum features plenty of arts and crafts, music, story time, water and sand play! Mandarin is also introduced through fun games and interactive storytelling activities to both pique and cultivate children’s interest for the language. Pibo’s gives its diverse community of students a safe and nurturing environment to foster their creativity, exploration and independence.
Locations: Kembangan and Newton
Parents rave about this duo of cosy preschools on the East Coast and at Newton (the East’s even got a secret garden and huge trampoline, which kiddos obviously love). PMI follows the theory of Multiple Intelligences, striving to nurture and develop all 8 of a child’s intelligences (such as music, math, verbal or interpersonal) to the next level. Individual strengths are celebrated, as every child is seen as intelligent in his or her own area. With an approximate 50/50 split between local and international kids, there’s a strong Reggio-inspired bilingual programme that incorporates Mandarin into activities throughout the day. At PMI, learning is experiential, meaningful and applicable in daily life. School founder Dr. Khoo Kim Choo has decades of experience and is among the most highly respected early years educators in Singapore – we find her really impressive and love that she’s so hands-on.
Kembangan: 39 Lorong Melayu, Singapore 416923, Tel: (+65) 6747 1343
Newton: 37 Newton Road, Singapore 307965, Tel: (+65) 6259 9661
Locations: Somerset and East Coast
With the belief that school should be a place “where adventure and discovery take place”, Alphabet Playhouse caters to little ones’ boundless imaginations through a series of well-crafted programmes aimed at stimulating courageous and curious little minds. Both the East Coast and Somerset campus have enormous outdoor areas and nicely furnished indoor spaces.
Locations: 3 locations across East Coast and Bukit Timah
Tiny class sizes and the option for drop-off or adult accompanied groups make this a good choice for mamas looking for a pure Mandarin or bilingual preschool for their babes. Bibinogs enrichment classes start from 6 months of age.
Location: Farrer Road, Thomson & Siglap
Cherrybrook Preschool at Thomson is guided by Montessori principles, with kiddos in mixed-age classes that focus on traditional areas like language and literacy, motor skills development, aesthetics and creative expressions, numeracy, discovery of the world, and social and emotional development. There are also Chinese language classes (offered for kiddos of the same age).
Locations: Yishun and Sembawang
Considered one of Singapore’s few “true blue” Montessoris, Greentree was founded more than 20 years ago by a Directress with both AMI and AMS certifications (in fact she’s an AMS trainer herself). Classes are mixed age group with a focus on all core areas, and feature the full bevy of traditional Montessori materials. There’s also a strong bilingual Mandarin component, and there’s even an Infant program for babies from birth up to 18 months.
Locations: Tampines & Thomson
With programmes starting from just 8 months of age, Growing Up Gifted’s preschool focuses on hands-on, phonics-based education to lay an early foundation for reading and literacy skills. Kiddos get engaged with math, science, and problem-solving skills through fun experiments, stories and rhymes, and even puppetry and music.
Locations: Aljunied & Bukit Timah
This preschool combines a project-based, thematic approach with a Hi-5 twist, tapping on music and movement to help children develop and excel academically while also having heaps of fun along the way. Building on the latest neuroscience and educational research, the rigorous, bilingual programme offers half- and full-day options, and 7am-7pm opening hours.
Locations: Bedok and East Coast
The only preschool on the East Coast offering French/English bilingual programmes for littlies, Les Petits Gaulois has small classes (max 12 kids per 2 teachers), and a thematic teaching method that plays to children’s interests. Their unique and progressive curriculum incorporates French National Education standards within the framework of local MOE requirements. Big thumbs up also for its huge outdoor playground and – bonus! – they even offer Mandarin.
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6443 5400
Locations: Newton and East Coast
Considered one of Singapore’s only “true” Montessoris by purists, all of Montessori for Children’s teachers are trained by the prestigious Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Classes are bilingual and adhere to the traditional mixed-age Montessori structure (surprisingly uncommon in Singapore). Classrooms feature the traditional “prepared environment” with classic Montessori materials that focus on each child’s physical, mental, social and aesthetic development.
Locations: Bukit Timah, Dunearn & Ang Mo Kio
A well-rounded programme, Preschool by the Park teaches kids how to socialise and respect others (with plenty of time for playing and having fun!) in a caring and nurturing environment. If you want the kids to really get stuck into the messy play then this is a great option.
Location: Raffles Place and Katong
With two CBD locations and a lovely open-air house in Katong, Rosemary Hall follows the traditional Montessori curriculum of mixed-age classes and practises the core values of practical life, sensorial, language and mathematics. Classrooms feature traditional Montessori materials, and some staff (including the Directresses) are AMI-trained.
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6445 5765
Locations: Dempsey Hill, Holland & Newton
With a lovely outdoor play area in the original Dempsey location, Saint James is a beloved choice – so much so that some mamas put their kids down on the waitlist when they’re born! Starting from pre-nursery, littlies are guided through physical, social and spiritual development within a strong local curriculum. We think the outdoor rabbit hutch is pretty awesome too! Newer locations at Gilstead Road and Holland Road are also getting thumbs up from mamas. NB: There is a religious component to this Christian preschool.
Locations: Katong and Hillview
These award-winning, bilingual preschools cater to local and expat families alike with a well-rounded curriculum backed by 17 years of experience. Through inquiry-based projects and a variety of enrichment classes like dance, robotics, gardening, speech and drama and much more, children emerge from Schoolhouse by the Bay well prepared for Primary 1. The 50-50 Bilingual Programme also ensures that kiddos are fully immersed in and exposed to both Mandarin and English.
Tel: (+65) 6269 0195, [email protected]
Location: Ganges, Outram & UE Square
There’s a distinct Montessori influence at this trio of schools around River Valley, whose curriculum encompasses practical life skills development, sensorial experiences, language development, numeracy and various cultural activities. Kiddos – a mix of locals and expats – also get exposure to fine arts, gymnastics, music, and other fun activities to get the wiggles out.
Locations: Upper East Coast & Serangoon North
Children learn best when they’re at their own pace and are interested in what they’re discovering. Wharton Preschool offers holistic learner-focused Montessori with an integrated thematic curriculum for children aged 18 months to 6 years with a low teacher-child ratio. An environment rich in learning materials and built-in enrichment activities such as multi-sports and yoga ensures a well-balanced learning child! Because the school recognises that each child is unique and learns at his/her own pace, the curriculum is customised to suit every child’s learning needs as they are prepared for primary school. The Higher Chinese curriculum starting from Nursery 1 also gives students a strong head start to the language.
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6755 3218
Location: Bukit Timah (Turf City)
Established back in 2000 in Japan, Kinder Kids has grown into a global preschool spanning 26 preschool centres across four countries – but individual schools are not franchised. There’s a real focus on providing a balanced and inspiring educational foundation at Kinder Kids’ first Singapore school, through an emphasis on consideration for others, respect for all cultures, and a global perspective enhanced by unique and engaging learning experiences. Kiddos in the full-day programme (available at the playground, nursery and kindergarten levels) enjoy enriching extras like daily Mandarin, music lessons, Science, Move It! and Art Studio.
The first 20 students to register with promo code KINDER20 will enjoy the all-inclusive 20th Anniversary Package priced at $1600 monthly!
200 Turf Club Road, #05-05/06 The Grandstand, Singapore 287994, Tel: (+65) 6904 2000
Location: Bukit Timah (Turf City)
Singapore’s first Reggio Emilia-inspired nursery, Bukit Timah’s Blue House has attracted educators from across the globe as it guides children through Playgroup, Nursery, Preschool and Kindergarten. With the belief that children are capable, curious, and competent with a great desire to connect with the world around them, Blue House celebrates their uniqueness and encourages them to ask questions, research, seek answers, and collaborate through shared knowledge and experiences. Creativity is at the heart of the Blue House ethos; there are specialist educators in Art and Music (as well as Mandarin), and the school has a unique Artist-in-Residence programme as well as an amazing recycling atelier. Classrooms are spacious and light-filled, and with the belief that the environment is the third teacher, Blue House children spend a great deal of time exploring their surroundings as a means to further develop their communication and interpersonal relationships. Parents love the cosy on-site café, as well as the super flexible schedule (including 2-, 3- and 5-day options on both a half-and full-day basis). Psst! Have a baby but want to get an idea of what Blue House is all about? Do check out their fab Infant & Toddler Atelier, which has drop-in programmes for parent/caregiver-accompanied playgroups, classes and free-play sessions that are suitable for 6 to 36 months of age.
2 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287988
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6734 0824
Smack bang in the middle of Orchard Road (and walking distance to both Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut MRTs), Brainy Child teaches a mix of international and local children ages 17 months to 7 years through the renowned Montessori curriculum. Children also learn three languages (English, Mandarin and Japanese), and have the opportunity to take a wide range of afternoon enrichment classes, including Fine Arts, English & Mandarin Drama, and Brain Training. They also offer weekend Montessori and language classes to children not in their weekday classes. Parents, meanwhile, appreciate the affordable school fees, which are calculated based on programs selected. Families also have the option for classes twice or thrice a week as an alternative to the full 5-day schedule, which is particularly nice for easing little ones’ transition to school.
150 Orchard Road, Orchard Plaza #05-38 to 43, Singapore 238841, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6733 7669
Location: Bukit Timah
Founded in 2018 in a stunning, state-of-the-art building, Bright Path is one of the first 7-to-7 inclusive preschools in Singapore, incorporating early intervention programs into its curriculum and enabling children of all abilities to learn, interact, and integrate into society. Bright Path has a specially curated personalised education plan (PEP) for reach student to provide equal opportunities and maximise each child’s potential. The school’s bucolic Bukit Timah setting (there are horses just across the way at the Saddle Club!) is also a hugely attractive feature.
55 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286846, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6873 1777
A Reggio-Emilia-inspired preschool, Hundred Thoughts sees each child as competent and full of potential. The emergent curriculum builds upon the children’s individual interests, with teachers facilitating their learning and encouraging them to take an active role in constructing their own ideas and knowledge. Children and teachers alike are encouraged to create dialogue, compare, negotiate, hypothesis, and problem-solve across unique offerings like coding, outdoor explorations, language & literacy, and aesthetics & creative art. Creativity is very much encouraged, and other highlights include healthy meals and a gym!
456 Alexandra Road, #04-01 Fragrance Empire Building, Singapore 119962, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 8159 9396
Location: One North
Little Bunnies – The Outdoor Classroom is a green-thing, green-doing preschool for under-5s (it’s also a stone’s throw from Tanglin Trust School so a wonderful option for tykes who plan to transition there for “big school”). Through stories and multi-sensory activities, children learn about the world around them, and how they can make a difference today, and for tomorrow. The preschool’s beautiful indoor/outdoor garden and airy classroom spaces are made from recycled items and natural materials like bamboo. Outside you’ll find a mud kitchen and a tranquil and shady garden with opportunities for water, sand, and sensory play. Kiddos’ natural curiosity is encouraged and nurtured, allowing them to explore and get dirty whilst learning by doing.
01/08, Infinite Studios, 21 Media Circle, Singapore 138562, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 9773 3022/9759 8990
Nestled in a quiet residential side street in Novena since 1998, Little Woods Montessori is a kindergarten with both international and local children that offers excellent foundation for entry into Grade 1, Year 1, or Primary 1. The unique Montessori framework comprises five core components: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language Mathematics, Music & Art, and Discovery of the World. These all help children develop – cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally – into independent thinkers and self-directed leaders. For over 20 years Little Woods has given every child who walked through its gates an exceptional start to their journey in education, and in life!
45 Gentle Road, Singapore 309166, Tel: (+65) 6251 0817 / 6251 6317, [email protected]
Location: Bukit Timah
Masterminds offers a Montessori curriculum at Nursery, Kindergarten and enrichment levels that is designed by veterans with over 20 years of experience in the industry. It has also collaborated with specialists from The Gifted Lab to deliver a curriculum that scaffolds the development of a critical thinking process from the start. Children are encouraged to embrace their journey of learning through self-discovery, with opportunities to release their energy in one-of-a-kind sensory and life-skills playrooms. Keen on bilingualism? Masterminds offers a full Mandarin immersion program for children up to 4 years old!
68 Namly Place,Singapore 267214
[email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6235 0983
Location: Bukit Timah (Turf City)
This popular infant care and preschool program caters to babies and children from 2 months up to 6 years of age in a safe, loving environment. Catering to children from a wide variety of nationalities, Sunflower places a real emphasis on happy children, from its nurturing classrooms to its close working relationship and communication with parents. Other highlights include its bilingual program and a curriculum that incorporates the Theory of Multiple Intelligences into Singapore’s Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) framework. The school offers dedicated and qualified English and Chinese teachers from infant care right up through Kindergarten 2!
Quote ‘Sassy Mama’ and enjoy a registration fee waiver worth $321 (inclusive of GST)! Valid through 30 June 2020.
200 Turf Club Road, #04-01 & 07/08 The Grandstand, Singapore 287994, Tel: (+65) 6463 1303, [email protected]
Location: Civic District
Trehaus School is a Silicon Valley-inspired infant care and preschool that is changing early education – with a focus on building character and future skills. The innovative curriculum include modules like “Little CEO” (to develop leadership and executive skills), “Little Engineer” (problem-solving, design-thinking, and entrepreneurial skills), “Little Chef” and “Little Philanthropist” (the importance of altruism and giving back to society). With a 1:5 teacher child ratio, Trehaus offers two language streams: a bilingual program (English/ Mandarin) and a Chinese immersion program. We also love how Trehaus School encourages parents to be present for their children’s learning journey, all in the service of building character, unlocking creativity, inspiring curiosity, and igniting a true love for learning beyond the classroom.
109 North Bridge Road, #07-21 to #07-33, Singapore 179097, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 9843 8077
Location: Phoenix Park Tanglin
ABC Center’s EarlyPreps is an early intervention preschool for special needs children. ABC Center Singapore’s EarlyPreps programme has been appointed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) for the Pilot for Private Intervention Providers (PPIP) Scheme, meaning it has met the rigorous criteria set by the MSF – involving the curriculum, teaching staff, fees and other operational areas. Singaporean and PR children (from 0-6 yrs) who are recommended by their pediatricians to receive Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) or PPIP intervention, will be able to apply for and receive subsidies. ABC’s EarlyPreps is specially designed for children from 3 to 6 years old, with special needs such as autism and other development disabilities. The objective is to prepare children for mainstream or special education primary school. Children learn in small groups, while having individualized education plans (IEP) to ensure each child progresses as needed. The staff to student ratio is also kept low (1: 3) for adequate focus on each child.
ABC Center Singapore, 318 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park Office Campus, #01-59, Singapore 247979, Tel: (+65) 9423 6248, [email protected]
Location: Holland Road/Sixth Avenue
Providing a fully bilingual learning environment, this charming little school is tucked away in an old house off Holland Road. Between Two Trees’ Reggio Emilia-inspired classrooms and emergent curriculum focus on language development, visual arts, mathematics and science. With the belief that the environment is the third teacher, the school offers ample opportunity for outdoor play with a lush yard and playground, edible garden (that kiddos help harvest!), trampoline, and sand and watcher play spaces. Teachers are well-qualified, warm, and very caring. One of our own Sassy Mamas sent her daughter to B2T and had a wonderful experience.
7 Ming Teck Park, Singapore 277375, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6733 9768
Location: River Valley
Camelot River Valley is a modern preschool just across from Great World City that aims to provide a holistic and well-balanced education to children in a fun-filled and friendly environment at an affordable price (their Half-day Programmes start at just $920/5 days). Camelot uses a unique premium curriculum and methods that adapt to fit each child’s preferred learning style. They also offer additional educational activities like tuition, dance classes, sports programmes, holiday programmes, foreign languages and even mama-and-me yoga!
80 Kim Seng Road, #01-08 Mirage Tower, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 8781 8914
Located in a big old black and white with a large outdoor play area and lovely teachers, The Children’s Place offers a curriculum that’s experiential, interactive and child-centred. Alongside a strong integrated bilingual Mandarin programme, the school offers lots of activities in the visual arts, cooking, science, drama and dance.
19 Kay Siang Road, Singapore 248935, Tel: (+65) 6472 3788/6479 9118
A great transition option for little ones who are just easing their way into school, 4 Little Frogs does away with monthly fees and lets kiddos come by on an ad hoc basis, whether that’s every day or just a few days a month. Run by a French mama (with a strong French-English bilingual component), the relaxed, play-based atmosphere is quite cosy; every child has their own room or bed for napping, and kiddos can expect delicious, healthy meals (good table manners are the only rule in this house!).
Located in a big old black and white with a huge garden, this kindergarten’s small class sizes and emphasis on fun make this a delight for young learners. The theme-based fun filled programme includes outdoor play, gardening and messy art play.
31 Balmoral Road, Singapore 259810, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6835 2354
Location: Bukit Timah
One of the first full-fledged Special Education preschools in Singapore, KidzRock International Preschool at The Grandstand caters to children with special needs. It also offers a mainstream preschool curriculum incorporating multi-sensory teaching strategies as well as principles of ABA, to meet the specific learning needs of every child. With a low student to teacher ratio of approximately 3:1, each child gets individualised support and attention. Parents can also opt to integrate Speech and Occupational Therapy during school hours.
200 Turf Club Road, #04-11 The Grandstand, Singapore 287994 , Tel: (+65) 9854 5699, www.kidzrockintl.com
Location: Farrer Park
With laughter, engagement and active participation at the heart of the LEAP approach, learners 2 months to 6 years enjoy a rich literacy programme, with alternate days of English and Chinese instruction. Its location in City Square Mall makes it easy for mamas on the North East MRT line to get to.
LEAP SchoolHouse @ City Square Mall, #09-09/10, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539, Tel: (+65) 6634 0828
This beautiful new school that opened in 2015 in the CBD features indoor spaces designed to calm yet evoke curiosity, along with an amazing rooftop playground that’s one of the biggest we’ve seen in Singapore. “Little Sprouters” are encouraged to explore, experience, and create by a close-knit family of educators and specialists, who constantly seek to engage children’s senses, motivate them to think, challenge them to discover, and inspire their imaginations.
Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way #01-02, Singapore 068810, Tel: (+65) 6610 6606, [email protected]
The first and only French/English bilingual Montessori preschool in Singapore, Les Oliviers welcomes children from 2.5 to age 6 on a half-day basis (with additional activities available in the afternoon, as well as parent-accompanied classes for younger children). Located in leafy Loewen Gardens on Dempsey Hill, the school makes a point to employ traditional Montessori materials and pedagogy, relying on a particularly sensorial approach to help children with French language and mathematics. To this end, educators are also AMI (Association Montesssori Internationale) certified.
71 Loewen Road, #01-04, Singapore 248847, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 9145 3656
Little Hands Montessori runs a fully comprehensive Montessori program with three trained principals on staff, qualified Montessori teachers, and a trained local primary school teacher. They make use of traditional Montessori materials, with extra support around reading via Jolly Phonics and the Oxford Reading Tree. A special feature is the parent-supported reading programme thrice a week, and we hear great things about camps incorporating musical theatre, art, dance and acrobatics over school holidays. This is a place where children are nurtured as individuals to truly reach their full potential in every aspect of their development.
2A Paterson Hill, Singapore 238565, Tel: (+65) 6235 5741
Location: Bukit Timah
Started back in 1994, this bilingual Montessori is staffed by teachers trained either in-house or at various international Montessori organisations (not necessarily AMI). Little House adheres to Montessori’s mixed age principle, with kiddos aged 2.5 to 6 all in the same classroom. Besides having its own garden for plenty of outdoor play, Little House offers fun features like weekly science experiments, lots of field trips, and a weekly cooking session where every single child cooks their own dish. Every Thursday, 45 little pots of food are taken home; as the school says, “It is the ultimate in Montessori learning”!
200 Turf Club Road, #06-08 The Grandstand, Singapore 287994, [email protected]
Location: Farrer Road
In a cozy house with a garden near the Botanics, this Montessori-based school has a thriving community of passionate young learners supported by dedicated teachers and parent partners. Led by an Australian principal, the school’s philosophy and culture is ‘strive to be the best we can be’, all in a supportive and nurturing environment.
98 Farrer Road, Singapore 259229, Tel: 64633720
Location: Holland Road
Like having preschool at a friend’s house, this quaint little school accommodates little ones from 18 months to 5 years. Offering a high child-to-teacher ratio (10 to a class!) it is also really convenient for Holland V mamas as well as being super fun for tinies. We hear the teachers are some of the friendliest around!
58 Holland Grove Drive, Singapore 278886, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6763 1993
Location: Orchard/River Valley
Parents looking for a preschool/childcare that incorporates a strong outdoor focus into its curriculum can look to Little Village. Housed in bungalows off Grange Road, there are multiple playgrounds, water play troughs, sand pits, bikes and scooters, as well as a cycling track for active minis, plus every kiddo keeps a raincoat and boots on hand for lots of splashing in muddy puddles! Kids spend a good amount of time learning through nature here, and the teachers are incredibly dedicated and caring. There’s a strong 50/50 bilingual program, too.
41 Grange Road, Singapore 239704, Tel: (+65) 6735 7356
If outdoor play and an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) are important to you, this cool space around the corner from Lavender MRT is well worth checking out, mama. Children are prepared for the future by interdisciplinary learning inspired by nature; the end result is students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and embrace the creative process. Cool features include a weekly nature walk, experimental art classes, and creative language programs. Did we mention the emphasis on a healthy and holistic lifestyle includes delicious organic meals prepared by Mahota Kitchen?!
808 French Road #03-01 Kitchener Complex Singapore 200808, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6291 1915
For those keen on the Montessori way of teaching, Children’s House is a good option. Super attentive teachers (who teach with a lot of heart) focus on learning through practical life skills. The school adheres to traditional Montessori practices with mixed-age classrooms, including Casa (18 months-3 years) and Children’s House (3-6 years of age).
886 Old Holland Road, Singapore 278685, [email protected]
This little Chinese church-based preschool is a popular choice for mamas looking for a full Chinese immersion programme. Takes youngsters from playgroup to kindergarten level.
16 Newton Road, Singapore 307995, Tel: (+65) 6251 5586
Location: Upper Bukit Timah
If exploration and self-directed learning is what you’re after for your little one, consider Pariposa Preschool for their focus on an emergent curriculum model through means of observations and evaluations. Teachers tap into the curious and inquisitive minds of children, empowering them to learn by doing and instilling a love of learning and love of school. The environment at Pariposa Preschool provides the freedom to allow each child continual opportunities for choice, discovery and decision making!
31 Toh Tuck Rd Singapore 596709, [email protected] , Tel: (+65) 6462 2701
Location: Farrer Park
Pegasus aims to provide holistic development for the whole child through its inquiry-based curriculum. There are lots of hands-on projects, and kiddos have ample time for outdoor play. And those little sailor suit uniforms are just so cute!
72 Keng Lee Road, Levels 2&4, Singapore 219248, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6291 8286
Little ones here learn through hands-on experience (why tell them, when you can show them mama!), plus they’re given oodles of time to play. With an inquiry-based curriculum, tinies are taught in Mandarin as well as English and spend a large amount of time learning outside!
40/42 Fernhill Road, Singapore 259101, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6737 6427
Location: Bukit Timah
Tucked away in leafy Bukit Timah, this small school has a huge outdoor learning area and an outstanding international staff! Hands-on exploration and a play-based curriculum based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage are the name of the game here, and small class sizes give littlies personalised attention from teachers. We particularly love their big garden, which is considered an external classroom. RainTrees offers well-rounded programmes to prepare children for a successful transition to international primary school.
60 Kheam Hock Road, Singapore 298824, Tel: (+65) 6474 6181
Location: Bukit Timah
Taking a play-based approach to early childhood learning, Swallows and Amazons also has a great outdoor area for active kids to run around and enjoy. Small class sizes, friendly teachers and the option for long days (and rarely any school holidays!) makes this a popular choice.
200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, Tel: (+65) 6762 8158
Location: Raffles Place
A fab choice for working mamas in the CBD, Tots & Teddies not only offers high-quality, bilingual preschool instruction, but also infant care from two months of age. Caring and experienced teachers provide a well-rounded, inquiry-based curriculum while speech and drama, gym classes and regular excursions are all included in the fees, as is a nutritious menu prepared daily (by their in-house chef!).
62 Cecil Street, #04-00 TPI Building, Singapore 049710, Tel: (+65) 6816 0001
Location: Bras Basah
Viv’s Schoolhouse has a truly holistic approach to learning with equal emphases on academic excellence, character development and strong family units. It’s all about developing little ones into well-rounded individuals through a values-based approach with an end goal of academically-inclined children who are also kind. This brand new school in the CBD also features an indoor gym, rock wall, outdoor playground, and a swimming pool!
12 Queen Street, #04-01, Singapore 188553 (4th floor of Hotel Royal @ Queens), Tel: (+65) 6909 1311
Wee Care’s playgroup, preschool and special needs programmes teach junior within an inclusive, play-based curriculum. Plenty of time is spent playing outdoors, too and we hear the teachers are warm and caring! The Tanglin location has a lovely rooftop playground, and the school has a well-regarded early intervention programme.
56 Tanglin Road, #02-03 Tanglin Post Office, Singapore 247964, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6836 1450
Location: Mountbatten & Tanjong Katong (+3 other locations in Serangoon)
At Shaws Preschool, every day is a brand new adventure! The unique play-based curriculum makes it easy for kids to love learning. With lots of outdoor space and butterfly gardens, students from Pre-Nursery (18 months old) to Kindergarten Two (6 years+) are provided a rich, stimulating, active and vibrant learning environment that builds the foundation for an adventurous and successful life! Shaws ensures kids stay active by having sports coaches visit twice a week to conduct fun sports lessons. On top of outdoor learning, there are also excursions held every term so kiddos can learn in all sorts of different environments to make the learning process as much fun as possible! NB: Shaws has six locations in total — three in the East, and three in Serangoon.
Location: East Coast
United World Preschool’s progressive and holistic educational programme (with a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach) draws on the best elements of both local and international curricula, resulting in a preschool that prepares its graduating students equally well for both local and international primary schools. With unique specialist programmes like science, phonics, Mandarin, numeracy, literacy and much more, activity-based lessons make learning fun, engaging and memorable. United World Preschool also bakes character building and mindfulness into its program to create a truly well-rounded learning experience. The robust co-curricular program includes activities like Judo, Sports, STEAM, Art, Dance, Speech and Drama, and a number of foreign languages. Throw in a gorgeous modern campus with extra-spacious classrooms, a fully-equipped Montessori lab and weather-proof playground – not to mention fees at $1,150 per month for the full-day programme – and they give new meaning to the term “value for money”!
66 East Coast Rd, The Flow, Singapore 428778, Tel: (+65) 9779 9333
British Council Pre-school brings together the best practices from the United Kingdom and Singapore to give children a topnotch preschool education. Their approach is influenced by the pedagogies of Montessori, High-Scope and Inquiry-based learning, with an immersive bilingual programme that gives children a head start in becoming effectively bilingual. All teachers hold professional teaching qualifications and have extensive experience teaching young children. The preschool is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to facilitate interactive learning for Nursery and Kindergarten students from 3 to 6 years old.
11 Tampines Concourse #01-02/03/04 Singapore 528729, Tel: (+65) 6807 1599
The environment and Guided Inquiry-Based curriculum at Capella Preschool are set out to nurture children with a joyful attitude towards learning that will sustain for a lifetime. Programmes are carefully designed for children to engage, explore and evaluate, encouraging children to activate their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, shaping them to become independent learners. There is an extensive outdoor space that children can explore during their daily outdoor play-time, plus a full hour of water-play every week! Classes are sometimes conducted entirely outdoors, exploring loose-parts play, art appreciation, physical education, circle-time, literacy, THEME (the guided-inquiry project) and more. Every week there is a dedicated C.A.M.P Day, where the children in each level get to prepare food in Cookery, to explore different art elements, techniques and mediums; in Art Appreciation, to experiment with different musical elements and instruments; in Music Lessons, and exercise their gross motor skills and; in Physical Education or Sport Lessons.
Sassy Mamas enjoy a one month free trial with Capella Preschool!
Sims Urban Oasis, 4 Sims Drive #01-70. Singapore 387387
Location: East Coast
Apricot Academy is a full-day bilingual child care with an inquiry and project-based curriculum. There’s particular emphasis on sensorial activities through fun-filled, hands-on projects.
5000G Marine Parade, #01-28/29/30 Laguna Park, Singapore 449290, Tel: (+65) 6245 9928, [email protected]
Location: East Coast
Learning comes alive at Dreamkids, a happy preschool with an emphasis on bilingual literacy (English & Chinese), values and 21st century skills.
46 East Coast Road, #01-03, East Gate, Singapore 428766, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6348 8078/8777 8834
Founded by an NUS professor and a former NTU professor of early childhood, Emile Preschool provides top-notch learning resources to foster multiple giftedness. They carry out STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) and leadership programmes by adopting the most reputable educational resources including National Geographic Kids, Oxford Reading Trees, and German and Japanese brain training programmes. They also have a range of well-kept school amenities in its brand new facility, including a big stage for speech and drama programmes, and a great gymnastic play area. Plus, the preschool provides organic food!
#01-02 & 01-03 , 12 New Industrial Road, Singapore 536202, Tel: (+65) 6584 3668, [email protected]
Location: East Coast
As the only affiliated school of American Montessori Society (AMS) in Singapore, all the lead teachers at Inno Montessori hold AMI/AMS accredited qualifications. Inno Montessori provides the most authoritative bilingual environment and individualised teaching and learning to give each and every child freedom to develop, allowing them to prosper in their own way!
“The goals of our school include the development of order, coordination, concentration, independence. As such, we help our children succeed by challenging and supporting them in every aspect of their educational experience. The result is that our children are given every opportunity to realise their potential and use it to make a difference in their community.”
217 East Coast Road #04-01/02/03, Singapore 428915, (+65) 6634 0922
This cute new preschool in the quaint East Coast neighbourhood between Mountbatten and Meyer Road is run by a lovely couple, so expect a warm and friendly environment for your kids. There’s a huge playground for the little ones to do lots of running around outside and also an indoor playground covered in artificial turf, so that kids don’t miss having fun even on hot and sunny days. Little Skittles follows the renowned International Preschool Curriculum (IPC), focusing on theme/project-based learning, music and movement, and play-based activities to creatively deliver a quality international program. The school also offers one of the most comprehensive Parent-Child Programmes in the city. With families representing 11 different nationalities, this school offers a truly multi-national educational experience in Singapore.
11 Margate Road, Singapore 438052, (+65) 8313 9555
This sweet little Kallang daycare and preschool is located in a quiet area near Kallang Park. Small class sizes and caring teachers make this a good option for teeny tinies, and parents rave about the all-out dedication to PLAY in all its forms.
1 Irving Place, The [email protected] , Singapore 369546, Tel: (+65) 9327 9930
Location: East Coast Road
This cosy school on the East Coast and Dempsey has a high teacher-to-student ratio, ideal for the smallest learners. A full Montessori programme where each class is headed by a Montessori-trained directress, Pink Tower makes learning fun with outdoor water play, cooking classes, Mandarin lessons and world studies. There’s even a specially-crafted Primary School Preparatory programme for the older children to ensure a seamless transition into local or international primary schools.
252 Tembeling Road, #01-07, Singapore 423731 (opposite I12 Katong), Tel: (+65) 6444 2582
Just a 3-minute walk from Aljunied MRT station, Raffles Montessori Kindergarten (Aljunied) is recently renovated with beautiful learning spaces for music and art. They follow an AMI-approved curriculum, and run a mixed-age group programme with classic Montessori materials and a strong Mandarin immersion programme for children ages 18 months – 6 years old.
46 Lorong 23 Geylang, Level 4, Fansida Building, Singapore 388375
Tel: (+65) 6745 2722
Location: Joo Chiat
Located in a big house on the East Coast with a lovely outdoor play area, this school’s Directress is AMI-trained, and classrooms feature classic Montessori materials. Classes follow the traditional mixed-age format (3-6), and there’s also a “toddler community” for little ones 18 months to 3 years.
105 Lorong Stangee, Singapore 425080, (+65) 6344 0077, [email protected]
East Coast mamas love this school for its inquiry-based curriculum and its fun approach to learning. The parent-accompanied playgroup is a lovely way for families to welcome their babies into the school environment. For kids aged two to seven years.
25 Ettrick Terrace, Siglap, Singapore 458588
Tel: (+65) 6446 4636
Location: Telok Kurau
A Mandarin-based kindergarten that takes munchkins from pre-nursery to kindergarten level, Two by Two specialises in language acquisition through a play-based, child-initiated approach to learning. Non-local kiddosmake up about 40% of the enrolment, making for greater learning experiences and a true cultural richness. The core program is half-day, with afternoon enrichment activities like immersive storytelling, Mandarin music and movement, art, and much, much more.
55 Lor L Telok Kurau #03-61, Singapore 425500, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6245 0838
This small and intimate preschool programme takes seriously the principles for which Waldorf education is so famous: lots of free play, plenty of time for nature and outdoor sensory experiences, “meaningful work” like baking, gardening, woodworking and crafts, and gentle learning at their own pace through storytelling, singing, poetry, and hands-on projects that are limited only by their own imaginations. This is not your typical Singapore preschool, mama!
72 Elite Park Ave, Siglap, Singapore 458895, [email protected]
North/West (AMK, Mandai, Sembawang, Woodlands, Yishun, Seletar, Punggol, Clementi, Jurong, Boon Lay, CCK, Bukit Batok, Serangoon, Lim Chu Kang)
Gu+MMI Smart Kids prepares children for formal education in a fun and engaging way. The school offers an integrated thematic curriculum with a Montessori element. Its program is also bilingual and includes coding and brain-power enrichment for the 21st century learner! With not one but two outdoor spaces, children’s explorations are prioritised. The school is housed in a 300sqm terrace that promotes a home-like environment. Teachers work hand-in-hand with parents, relying on the notion that it takes a village to raise a child.
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9 Jalan Jarak Singapore 809173 (Seletar Hills)
The Growing Academy specialises in working together with children with special needs from 2 to 7 years old. The school believes in capitalising on each child’s strength to customise a unique set of intervention strategies that best suit their needs. Through incorporating the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), they work towards helping children learn skills by breaking down complex tasks into smaller manageable steps. The Growing Academy aims to work towards bridging the gap between mainstream and special needs learning, such that these students may be able to integrate back into mainstream schools for their future education.
206 Punggol Seventeenth Ave, Singapore 829680
Location: West Coast
Big Foot Preschool approaches teaching and learning in a holistic way, believing that the best means to help children be ready for their future is to teach them to take small steps to a big future. Based on Howard Gardner’s 8 multi intelligences and an Australian methodology that puts heavy importance on purposeful play, their curriculum and teaching practices initiate the potential for reading while maintaining the characteristics of play. The school provides top quality education with a rich and vibrant bilingual curriculum and enrichments such as taekwando, abacus, phonics, speech & drama, character building, public speaking and more.
196 West Coast Road, Singapore 127375 (Opposite Esso Petrol Station), Tel :(+65) 6778 1473 / 8137 2176
Set in a cute little bungalow in Sunset Way, Early Years takes a “project-based” approach to its curriculum, which also features a strong bilingual Mandarin-English programme. Classes are not mixed age (instead they’re the traditional N1-K2), while staff are trained by AMI or “equivalent” organisations.
16 Sunset Drive, Singapore 597475, Tel: (+65) 6469 1572
Location: Bukit Batok
With a child-initiated curriculum, munchkins spend oodles of time outside digging, planting and harvesting the school’s garden in this beautiful spot near Bukit Batok. Small class sizes (a 1-to-4 ratio!) and an eco-friendly environment teach littlies about nature and the great outdoors. They even serve organic snacks and lunches!
20 Jalan Layang Layang, Singapore 598486
Location: Boon Lay
Touting itself as “The Arts & Sciences Preschool,” Kids Mansion’s integrated curriculum is designed to inspire children to learn. The school uses a thematic approach, supported by inquiry-based projects with learning corners and state-of-the art digital content. Their integrated and international curriculum strongly emphasizes on developing values such as respect for others, civic mindedness, empathy and teamwork. Reading, language, mathematics, science, music, art and character development are interwoven in all learning activities. Children are encouraged to observe and ask questions in order to develop specific skills, knowledge and competencies. Expect only the best international programmes for your child, such as phonics, dance, creative art and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), with equal emphasis on their dual-language bilingualism programme. Top highlights of the space include the Atelier, which allows children to be immersed in the learning of creative art and the art forms of master artists. There’s also a Makers’ Workbench, equipped with a 3D printer and other tech tools. Meanwhile, the Performing Art Space lets children express themselves confidently and the Gym gives children the chance to develop their psycho-motor skills.
Blk 18, Boon Lay Way, Tradehub21, #01-131 (East Lobby) Singapore 609966, Tel: (+65) 6659 9947, [email protected]
If you are looking for an inspiring boutique preschool for your little one (complete with a unique ocean-themed sensory room), this may be where your search ends mama! Starting in January 2018, Little Tykes is a fab new toddler programme that’s now open for enrolment. Based out of the Integrated International School’s (IIS) bright new campus within the Sunset neighbourhood of Clementi, Little Tykes is perfect for toddlers between 1.5 to 3.5 years of age.
IIS campus, 41 Sunset Way, #01-01 Clementi Arcade, Singapore 597071
With a low student-teacher ratio, a multicultural environment, plenty of play, science, cookery and even yoga lessons (yes, yoga!) included – Our Children’s House provides an intimate, cosy, nurturing space for littlies from 18 months to 6 years old. The school interweaves its International Preschool Curriculum (IPC) with a Montessori approach to encourage independence and boost cognitive thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Facilities are truly enviable, from a rock-climbing wall to a beautiful outdoor garden, and even a dance and music studio!
106 Paya Lebar Crescent, Singapore 536186
Play is the name of the game at PlayDays! Their popular (and super fun) mother and toddler class lets tots get stuck into music, crafts and play with the support of a parent nearby. This programme is a good stepping stone for tinies to get used to the classroom set-up before starting drop-off sessions.
41 Sunset Way, #01-01 Clementi Arcade, Singapore 597071, Tel: (+65) 6634 2318
Age range: 3 – 5 years (School is 3-18 years)
Nexus believes in personalised learning, focusing on each child as an individual and working with them to their personal motivations. Teaching is through play and focuses on the IB PYP method of enquiry, encouraging children’s natural curiosity and desire to explore, discover, question and discuss to clarify their understanding. Your kids will be learning without even knowing it. Little learners have their own learning space, play area and cafeteria to help them gain their independence. There’s a great adult to child ratio of 1:6 at Nexus so each child gets a good amount of attention to ensure their learning journey is on track. Specialist teachers are on hand for weekly music, PE, swimming, and art plus there is daily Mandarin or French lessons.
Receive a sibling discount of 3% off your second child, 15% off your third and 25% off your fourth.
Plus for the month of March, there’s a 100% Admission Fee Waiver (save $856).
1 Aljunied Walk Singapore 387293, www.nexus.edu.sg
Location: Bukit Timah
Age range: 3-6 years (School is 3-18 years)
Chatsworth International School is well known for its close-knit community feel. As an IB school for ages 3 to 18, Chatsworth International School offers the three programs of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is designed for students from Kindergarten 1 through Year 6 (Grade 5) and focuses on developing the whole child as an inquirer both in the classroom and in the world outside. One of the important beliefs at Chatsworth is that education doesn’t just happen in classrooms, but within the holistic school experience. Kids absolutely love the purpose-built new Forest Playground featuring innovative structures, with varying degrees of challenges to promote child development. Small class sizes ensure that students receive the attention they need to learn, grow and thrive in a caring and nurturing environment. Located just next to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the campus offers a serene yet vibrant environment consisting of over 50 nationalities.
Families can take 50% off application and confirmation fees (a massive $1,375 value!) if they enrol now. Valid until 11 May 2020.
72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760, Tel: (+65) 6463 3201
Age range: 3-5 years (School is 3-18 years)
Dover Court International School (DCIS) is one of the leading inclusive British international schools in South East Asia. In the Early Years Foundation Stage at DCIS (3-6 years old), the curriculum covers the three prime areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; and Physical Development. These fall under the four specific areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design, and Understanding the World. Child-Initiated Learning is seen as the most important way for children to access learning. As class sizes are kept small, teachers get to know each individual child so they can track their learning (recorded in daily observations online which parents also have access to). Teachers really get to understand what motivates and inspires reach individual child so they can set them challenges to further their learning. This could be in the form of a question, a next step or inviting the children to reflect on a piece of work. Conversations, photos, quotes from the children and next steps are all examples of what may be recorded as part of the child’s Learning Journey observation, on the 2simple app. The Pathways ‘Early Intervention’ Class follows the EYFS curriculum where appropriate but adapts the planning and learning environment to meet the individual needs of the children. DCIS is also known for its excellent performing arts education with Juilliard and their MIT collaboration to challenge children in the subjects of STEAM.
301 Dover Road, Singapore, 139644, Tel: (+65) 6775 7664
Age range: 2-3 years old (School is 2-18 years)
Can’t decide between a kindergarten with Reggio Emilia philosophy or IB? The Little GEMS Nursery incorporates the best elements of both self-directed, experiential learning of the Reggio Emilia philosophy and inquiry lead IB practices. This nurturing programme for children aged two to three provides endless opportunities for your child to develop through play-based activities. Imagination, creativity, curiosity and confidence are the cornerstones of a child’s experience and progress here where the individualised and child-centred approach goes far beyond just education. Each day brings a variety of exciting learning experiences related to Communication & Language (English & introduction to Mandarin), Gross & Fine Motor Development, Social & Emotional Development, Mathematics Discovery (Science), and The Arts (Music, Dance, Drama & Visual Art). Teachers at Little GEMS foster a lifelong love of learning in your child and guide them to become a successful, confident, well-rounded and caring global citizen.
Families who register now for Little GEMS Nursery will enjoy a 100% Admission Fee Waiver! This is available to new students joining the Little GEMS Nursery from 18 February 2020 to 1 March 2020. The offer is not applicable to students applying to Pre-K to Grade 12. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
2 Yishun Street 42, 768039, Tel: (+65) 6808 7300
Location(s): Nanyang Campus in Jurong West; East Coast Campus in Mountbatten
Age range: 3 – 18 years
Underpinned by the English National Curriculum, One World International School OWIS offers an inquiry led, play-based learning programme within the IB framework — and is popular with parents for its affordable school fees. On itsfoundation of kindness, OWIS helps children develop physical and social skills on a personalised learning journey through role-playing and discovery-based activities. Delivered in a safe and loving space, this programme will support children as they develop confidence and self-esteem that will carry them into the future as lifelong learners filled with curiosity and a love of learning. Alongside outdoor play-based learning in the wonderful Early Childhood Play Area where children can climb, slide and tumble, classroom learning extends to iPad programmes, internet literacy skills and modern learning methodologies to help scaffold students understanding and facilitate their knowledge and abilities. Performing Arts is also offered from an early age which helps boost children’s confidence. With the opportunity to interact with peers from over 70 nationalities, children at OWIS will gain a head start in building their multicultural acceptance from a young age. One World International School has two campuses – Nanyang campus (EC1 to Grade 11) and Mountbatten campus (EC 1 to EC3). The Mountbatten campus offers OWIS’s Early Childhood Learning programme for children aged three to six, and accepts registrations from both expatriates and Singapore citizens.
Nanyang Campus (EC 1 to Grade 11) – 21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075
East Coast Campus (EC 1 to EC 3) – Block G, 231 Mountbatten Rd, Singapore 397999
Age range: 3-4 years (School is 3-18 years)
Tanglin Trust School is a not-for-profit school so you can rest assured that all revenue goes back into education. Tanglin Trust is one of the oldest schools in town with over 90 years’ experience teaching its British-based curriculum – Nursery and Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, while Years 1 and 2 children follow the Key Stage 1 English National Curriculum. Starting from Nursery, a child’s natural curiosity is nurtured to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. In fact Tanglin’s Nursery was recently awarded Curiosity Approach Accreditation – the first Nursery in Asia to do so. The Curiosity Approach is a modern-day approach to Early Years taking parts from Reggio, Steiner, Te Whariki and Montessori. Classrooms and outdoor areas are magical hives of activity where children can eagerly explore and develop a joy of learning. Tanglin Trust has been assessed within the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework, and all three schools (Infant, Junior and Senior) have been awarded Outstanding, the highest possible grade.
One-north, 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299. Tel: (+65) 67780771, [email protected]
Age range: 2 months – 18 years
The Australian International School (AIS) offers an Australian curriculum-based global education starting with infant care at 2 months of age all the way up to 18 years. AIS’s Early Learning Village features Reggio Emilia-inspired classrooms and its own playground complete with sandpits, water play, creative project tables, and sensory play equipment. Other top-notch facilities include a library and inquiry centre, a dance studio, a SMART Steps movement room and more – all designed to work in concert with AIS’s inquiry-based curriculum within the IB Primary Years Programme framework. We also love the flexible timetable with 3-, 4- and 5-day options.
1 Lorong Chuan, Singapore 556818, Tel: (+65) 6653 2958, [email protected]
Location: Jurong and East Coast
Age range: 2 years – 18 years
With two campuses on opposite ends of Singapore, Canadian International School (CIS) attracts kids from as young as 2 years through to 18 years old for its inquiry- and play-based approach that offers both half- and full-day options. Within the framework of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), CIS draws from the best global curricula and focuses on all key academic areas, with particular highlights being its hands-on STEAM initiative and its pioneering Chinese-English bilingual programme. And of course both mamas and kiddos love the amazing Outdoor Discovery Centres available at both campuses.
CIS Lakeside Campus, 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6467 1732
CIS Tanjong Katong Campus, 371 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437128, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6345 1573
Location: Bukit Batok
Age range: 2-18 years old
The adorably named DUCKS Early Years centre for children aged 2-7 at this British international school gives little ones light, airy, well-resourced classrooms that encourage a passion for learning and a keen sense of exploration. Following the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, tinies learn through purposeful play, with a focus on learning to read and beginning to write in both English and Mandarin. All DUCKS also get weekly swimming lessons, and from the age of 5 take specialist PE and music classes as well.
71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Singapore 658966, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6890 1000
Location: Upper Bukit Timah
Age range: 18 months to 18 years
This multi-lingual, not-for-profit international school with kiddos from over 50 nationalities offers both German and English-language options within the IB PYP (Primary Years Programme) curriculum, starting from parent-accompanied groups at 18 months of age. GESS is recognised for its languages and offers a choice between two main curricula: the German Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in English. Many languages are offered as part of the unique mother tongue and language enrichment programmes. The school caters to students of all ages, starting from 18 months to graduation at 18 years. Curriculum mainstays include pre-reading and pre-writing skills, science, sports, music, drama, arts, cooking and much more! GESS students also get to enjoy its brand new, state-of-the-art campus, which opened in 2018!
2 Dairy Farm Lane, Singapore 677621, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6469 1131
Age range: 2.5 years – 14 years
GIIS offers the Global Montessori Plus Programme, an award-winning programme that offers a blend of the reputed Montessori approach with best practices of modern pre-school education. As the only international pre-school curriculum of its kind, GIIS pioneers the targeted programming to give preschoolers a strong foundation in their student life. The GMP not only fosters the development of cognitive, expressive, and motor skills, but also a sense of social responsibility, cultural awareness, and environmental consciousness – all key components of a holistic start in education! Beyond the early years they offer of a choice of curriculum – Indian or International.
27 Punggol Field Walk, Singapore, 828649, Tel: (+65) 6914 7100
Location: Bukit Timah
Age range: Preschool is 2 – 4 years old
The Hollandse Preschool combines a Dutch preschool with a primary school and the result is a small, communal feel where little ones get plenty of personal attention. In the preschool small groups of children are led by one English-speaking and two Dutch-speaking teachers, ensuring that your child comes into contact with both Dutch and English. With an emphasis on values like openness, respect and passion, learning is always fun. The preschool offers a bilingual (English and Dutch) half-day program for littlies aged 2 to 4, with extended options available from the age of 3.
65 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289757, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6466 0662
Age range: 3 – 18 years
With a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Singapore American School (SAS) offers little ones open, light-filled spaces where learning is always visible, collaborative and inspiring. SAS recently renovated its Early Years Center with new learning spaces for preschoolers and pre-kindergarteners. Each “learning hub” accommodates 32 students, two teachers, and two instructional assistants. Early Years at SAS is all about asking questions and learning through exploration of topics that interest kiddos, a perfect method to help develop core reading, language and math skills.
40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore 738547, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6363 3403
Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) is a not for profit, child centred school that offers an International Education, with Jewish values, tradition and culture. That said, the school welcomes students from all nationalities and faiths and there are currently over 21 different nationalities. Activities within the integrated curriculum of the Early Childhood Program are specially developed for the early years age group, including music and movement classes, math readiness and language development.
3 Jalan Ulu Sembawang, Singapore 758932, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6331 4633
Age range: 2 months- 18 years old
Stamford American International School (SAIS) is built on the simple philosophy, “the environment nurtures the child” and this together with its Reggio Emilia philosophy, has lead to the creation of the Early Learning Village. Think purpose-built classrooms, a swimming pool, six outdoor sensorial playgrounds, a gym, specialist rooms, a parents café and a health centre. Enrolment is open to all nationalities, including Singaporean children up to 6 years old! Staffed by experienced teachers specialising in Early Childhood Education, SAIS’s programs stress learning through play in a safe and relaxed environment. Kiddos can also take advantage of specialist programs like Suzuki Violin instruction, daily Mandarin and Spanish from 18 months, and a bilingual Mandarin program from age 3. SAIS also offers family-friendly options like 7:15am drop-off and 6pm pickup.
Stamford American International School Early Learning Village, 3 Chuan Lane, Singapore 554350, Tel: (+65) 6602 7247
Location: Bukit Timah
Age range: 2 years – Primary
At the Swiss School there is a focus on play in the early years through age appropriate hands-on activities starting from 2 years of age. These activities are carefully planned to be challenging yet fun so as to encourage learning and improve competency in skills progressively. Up to age five, students are primarily instructed in English with German being introduced gradually through singing, listening to stories, playing games and doing art and crafts. The nurturing environment at Swiss School allows children to emerge as empowered, independent and inquisitive individuals. Parents can choose between five full days or three full days according to their preference. There’s also a bilingual French stream at the Kindergarten level. NB: School fees are refreshingly affordable!
38 Swiss Club Road, Singapore 288140, Tel: (+65) 6468 2117
Locations: Dover and Tampines
Age range: 4 – 18 years old
UWCSEA’s Infant School programme at its two campuses starts from the age of 4 with a goal of developing enthusiastic, lifelong learners who feel supported to ask questions and explore ideas. The programme is a holistic, inquiry-based approach to learning where teachers adjust their plans on a regular basis to ensure students’ interests and learning needs are taken into account.
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