The most comprehensive guide to the best preschools in Singapore, newly updated, 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 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).
Unless otherwise noted, preschools cater to children 18 months to 6 years old. 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.
What to Consider When Choosing a Preschool
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.
- 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 day care 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!
- Multiple locations
- 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
Schoolhouse by the Bay
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.
51 Kampong Arang Road, Singapore 438178 (Katong Community Centre), Tel: (+65) 6348 4223
1 Hillview Rise, #01-02, Singapore 667970 (Hillview Community Centre), Tel: (+65) 6269 0195
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.
Alphabet Playhouse @ Somerset, 16 Dublin Road, Singapore 239805, Tel: (+65) 6653 5618
Alphabet Playhouse @ East Coast, 440A Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466497
Locations: Fort Road, Frankel Avenue, Mountbatten Road, Great World City, Sunset Way, The Grassroots’ Club
With over 20 years of history and seven 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 the key areas of practical life, sensorial, language and mathematics, although classes are not mixed-age in the traditional Montessori setup.
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Tel: (+65) 6588 3883
Carpe Diem Preschool
Locations: 28 centres all over Singapore
The pioneer in integrating Multiple Intelligences into early childhood curriculum in Singapore, Carpe Diem Preschool is now the leading childcare provider with 28 centres all over the island teaching children from 3 months to 6 years old! The 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.
Location: Orchard and Queenstown
Catering to a mix of local and expat families, this duo of schools near Orchard and Queenstown creates a caring and nurturing environment starting from its infant care programme at 2 months, and continuing with preschool from 19 months to 6 years. The research-based curriculum takes an integrated approach to early childhood education, encouraging lots of experimentation, exploration and experiential learning. Children’s Cove is also bilingual, and offers a good balance of both indoor and outdoor play.
30 Orange Grove Road, #08-01, Singapore 258352
58 Jalan Penjara, Singapore 149382
[email protected], Tel:(+65) 6655 0077
EtonHouse International School
Locations: 13 locations in East Coast, Bukit Timah, Robertson Walk, Orchard (Claymore), Thomson, Newton and Sentosa.
With more than 20 years’ experience on the Singapore scene, and over a dozen locations all over the island – each with a slightly different feel and character – the EtonHouse “brand” is highly respected in Singapore. Parents rave about the school’s Reggio Emilia-inspired “Iniquire-Think-Learn” curriculum, particularly its strong bilingual programmes, gorgeous facilities, and dedicated teachers. Plus EtonHouse can take you all the way from playgroup through secondary school!
Click here to see all locations!
Tel: (+65) 6746 3333
Global Indian International School
Location: Punggol, East Coast and Mountbatten
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!
Locations: Kallang, Changi, Suntec/CBD, Tampines
Offering four locations across the island (three infant/childcare centres for tinies from 2 months of age, and one dedicated Kindergarten), Josiah was founded on Montessori principles characterized by independence, freedom within limits, and respect for children’s natural psychological, physical and socio-emotional needs. The curriculum is personalised with a real emphasis on embracing uniqueness and individualism in learning. Other highlights include an extensive Musical Arts Programme and nutritious, high-quality meals cooked fresh daily.
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Tel: (+65) 6336 6906
Locations: The Grandstand, Upper Bukit Timah, Newton, ENV Building, Novena, Cactus, Braddell and Lavender (Launched in January 2018)
This quaint little childcare with eight locations lets minis play outside in the garden every day (the large sandpit is a huge hit!). The child-directed learning approach is very much about promoting creativity and participation amongst their young charges. Kiddiwinkie, which has bagged several awards for its unique curriculum, also emphasises on STEM play and cross-cultural awareness, preparing its learners to be gracious global citizens. Bonus for the infant care services offered at the two Bukit Timah locations, and at it’s newly launched centre at Lavender too!
Click here to see all locations!
Tel: (+65) 6463 3465
Les Petits Gaulois
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.
75 Lucky Heights, Singapore 467625, Tel: (+65) 6648 5450
895 East Coast Road, Singapore 459098, Tel: (+65) 6443 5400
Little Green House
Locations: Bukit Batok, Jurong West 478, Jurong West 502, Serangoon 540, Serangoon 553, Tampines, Woodlands, Yishun
This award-winning preschool brand has eight 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.
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Tel: (+65) 6653 7146
Little Paddington Preschool
Locations: Bukit Timah and Hougang
Nestled in the heart of Bukit Timah 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.
Little Paddington Preschool Bukit Timah, 236 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287985 (Near 6th Avenue MRT and opposite Horse City), Tel: (+65) 9649 5801
Little Paddington Preschool Hougang, 4 Jalan Tani, Singapore 548542 (Near Hougang and Kovan MRT), Tel: (+65) 6280 3007
Lorna Whiston Schools (LWS)
Locations: Kent Ridge, Kallang
A trusted name in Early Years education and English language teaching for over 36 years (wowza!), Lorna Whiston offers bilingual preschools with a hands-on curriculum focusing on four key learning areas: speaking and listening, creative development, the world around us, and social and physical development. 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. The brand new Kallang Wave location has modern indoor and outdoor play areas specially designed around discovery themes.
Preschool by the Park, 9 Winchester Road, Singapore 117783, Tel: (+65) 6272 8826
Preschool by the River, 1 Stadium Place, #01-28, Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397628, Tel: (+65) 6448 8826
Locations: Alexandra, Bishan, Bukit Timah, Havelock, Holland Village, Orchard, Paya Lebar, Katong, Lavender, Changi, Bukit Batok, Hillview, Pasir Panjang, Serangoon and Sembawang
Introduced by legendary Singaporean educator Patricia Koh (the founder of Pat’s Schoolhouse), Maple Bear has grown from three centres in 2014 to 20 across the island in 2017 (four are set to open between now and May) – a testament to its proven and dynamic curriculum first developed by Canadian educators to incorporate global best practices. With an immersive bilingual learning experience, Maple Bear 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: 32 locations
One of Singapore’s largest and most popular preschool brands with over 30 centres across the island, MindChamps offers a rigorous and academically orientated programme for children from 18 months. With a focus on creating champion learners for life, the school has an impressive global advisory board comprised of leading educators, and offers a cutting-edge curriculum featuring proprietary academic and enrichment programmes. Probably better for those looking for a more structured programme for their little one.
Montessori for Children
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: Alexandra, Bukit Merah, Cairnhill, Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East, Tanjong Pagar, Toa Payoh, Woodlands, Shenton Way (coming soon)
This award-winning brand was 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.
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Tel: (+65) 6653 8082
NurtureStars Preschool Centre
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!
Odyssey – The Global Preschool
Locations: Loyang Besar, Fourth Avenue, Wilkinson Road, Still Road South
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 campus is also IB-accredited, while the new 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: Aroozoo, Buckley, Claymore, Prinsep, Jubilee, Still Road, Lakeside, Mount Emily, River Valley, Ridgewood, Serangoon, Siglap, Tanglin, Sembawang Country Club, Shaer, The Grassroots’ Club, Kovan, West Coast and Sixth Avenue
This popular infant care centre and preschool takes babies as young as 2 months old, and has 18 childcare centres around the island. With a strong bilingual curriculum, youngsters also have stacks of time for cooking, music, arts, science, drama and physical education. Pat’s has been around since 1988, and encourages children to be bold, vivacious, and inspiring. Parents rave about little learners who emerge happy, confident and ready to take on the challenges of primary school.
Pibo’s Garden Preschool
Location: Dunearn and Hua Guan (Bukit Timah)
This duo of sweet schools in Bukit Timah offers a fun-filled curriculum with plenty of arts and crafts, music, storytime, water and sand play. We love that kiddos get at least an hour of outdoor play every day! Pibo’s gives its diverse community of students a safe and nurturing environment to foster their creativity, exploration and independence. NB: The Hua Guan location has a larger outdoor garden with playground.
Pink Tower Montessori
Location: East Coast and Dempsey Hill
These cosy schools on the East Coast and Dempsey have 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 l12 Katong), Tel: (+65) 6444 2582
Blk 8 Dempsey Road #01-15, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247696, Tel: (+65) 6255 6654
Preschool for Multiple Intelligences (PMI)
Location: Newton and Kembangan
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). With an approximate 50/50 split between local and international kids, there’s a strong Reggio-inspired bilingual programme along with a special Nature and Movement class created in collaboration with Brainy Moves. 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.
37 Newton Road, Singapore 307965
, Tel: (+65) 6259 9661
39 Lorong Melayu, Singapore 416923 , Tel: (+65) 6747 1343
School House by the Garden
Locations: Hougang and Sengkang
As the name suggests, these schools located in Hougang and Sengkang feature tranquil greenery to go along with a holistic curriculum that focuses on hands-on learning. Other highlights include lots of fun field trips and expert guidance from professionally trained teachers in a safe, positive environment that’s all about providing littles with life skills for a successful future.
Click here to see all locations
Tel: (+65) 6653 5618
Locations: 5 locations in Mountbatten, Katong and Braddell
A family-orientated preschool with five locations, Shaws takes a child-led, play-based approach to learning (it was one of the first play-based preschools in Singapore, in fact!). Littlies learn through adventure and exploration — with a healthy dose of fun! Parental involvement is heavily encouraged, too. Supported by well-trained, professional staff, children learn the tools and skills that will prepare them to explore any topic, and emerge well prepared for both primary school, and life!
Locations: Ang Mo Kio, Upper East Coast, Serangoon North (Opening Soon!)
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 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.
Wharton @ Serangoon North, 15 Serangoon North Avenue 5, Popular Building, Singapore 554360, Tel: (+65) 6755 3218
Wharton @ Upper East Coast, 791A Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466601, Tel: (+65) 6636 3218
Locations: 8 locations in Bukit Timah, Upper Bukit Timah, West Coast, Dempsey Hill, Phoenix Park, East Coast, Upper East Coast and Ang Mo Kio.
With branches all over the island, 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. It’s a school that’s all about community and celebrating the diversity of its students (who come from more than 20 countries!). 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. The Guillemard Road centre also offers free monthly play sessions for children aged 15-24 months, and the Phoenix Park location has a particularly beautiful outdoor play area. Fees vary by location.
Locations: 3 locations in East Coast and Katong
With three locations around the 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.
Locations: 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 classes start from 6 months of age.
Locations: 11 locations in Tampines, Jurong East, Jurong West, Woodlands, Yishun, Bishan, Bukit Merah and Serangoon
These local child care centres span the island and focus on four key learning areas: Thematic Topics in English, Integrated Mathematical Concepts, Phonics and Reading Skills, and Thematic Topics in Chinese. The curriculum aims to encourage children to become inquiring and engaging.
Locations: 8 locations in Bukit Timah, Dairy Farm, Fernvale, Mei Hwan, Robertson, Sengkang, Serangoon and 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 invidual strengths. Key academic areas are the “fundamental literacies” of reading, writing and mathematics along with a strong Chinese curriculum.
Locations: 26 locations in Serangoon, Thomson, Sembawang, Balestier, Ang Mo Kio, Woodlands, Bishan, Buona Vista, HarbourFront, Pasir Panjang, Bukit Merah, East Coast, Tampines, Kallang, Changi, Bukit Batok, Upper Bukit Timah, Jurong, West Coast, Choa Chu Kang, River Valley, Holland, Bugis, and Tanjong Pagar
An infant care centre with a preschool programme, Cherie Hearts caters best to working families. Babes as young as 2 months old can enter their infant care programme and progress into the nursery and kindergarten classes as they grow.
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Tel: (+65) 6235 8820
Locations: 6 locations in Orchard, Bukit Timah, Newton, and 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.
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.
Greentree Montessori Children Hub, 45 Jalan Mata Ayer, Singapore 759130, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6756 4382
Greentree Edufamily, #03-11A Sembawang Shopping Centre, Splash Park, 604 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758459, [email protected], (+65) 6483 3128
Locations: 23 locations islandwide
Touting itself as “the best of East and West”, bilingual Kinderland has grown to more than 60 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: Farrer Park and Pasir Ris
With laughter, engagement and active participation at the heart of the LEAP approach, learners 8 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
LEAP SchoolHouse @ Pasir Ris, 443 Pasir Ris Drive 6 #03-02 Singapore 510443, Tel: (+65) 6581 2271
Locations: 23 locations islandwide
A sister brand of Pat’s Schoolhouse and Odyssey, Learning Vision is an economical and affordable option with a strong 25-year record 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.
Little Skool House International
Locations: 10 locations in Tampines, Sembawang, Yishun, Mountbatten, Thomson, Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Timah, Ghim Moh, River Valley, Outram, Holland, Jurong, and Alexandra Park
Rolling out a number of new locations in the coming months, Little Skool House is a well-known infant care centre and preschool rolled into one. Long hours make it perfect for working families whilst their rigorous curriculum prepares littlies for the demands of local primary school.
Modern Montessori International
Locations: 26 locations across the island
With a stack of locations on the island, Modern Montessori’s programme include outdoor play, music, movement and creative art. There are over 20 MMI preschools across the island incorporating traditional Montessori materials and adhering 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.
My First Skool
Locations: Over 120 locations islandwide
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.
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6509 7887
Our Juniors’ Schoolhouse
Locations: 6 locations in Bishan, Thomson, Tanah Merah, Tanjong Katong, Ubi and Choa Chu Kang
Focusing on cultural diversity and bilingualism, Our Juniors’ Schoolhouse launched in 2003 and seeks to promote children’s curiosity, capabilities, confidence, care and compassion, and creativity (in thinking, problem solving, and artistic expression).
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6235 8820
Preschool by the Park
Location: 3 locations in Bukit Timah, Dunearn and 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.
Rosemary Hall Montessori Kindergarten
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.
Rosemary Hall Montessori Robinson Childcare Centre, 14 Robinson Road, Far East FInance Building, #05-01, Singapore 048545, Tel: (+65) 6221 8638
Rosemary Hall Montessori Katong Childcare Centre17 Rambai Road, Singapore 424336, Tel: (+65) 6445 5765
Safari House Preschool
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.
Saint James Church Kindergarten
Locations: 3 locations in Dempsey Hill, Holland and 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 a Holland Road are also getting thumbs up from mamas. NB: There is a religious component to this Christian preschool.
Location: 3 locations in Tiong Bahru, Outram and Clarke Quay
There’s a distinct Montessori influence at this trio of schools around River Valley, whose curriculum encompasses practical life skills development, sensorial experiences, language decelopment, 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.
ABC Center Singapore
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. The pre-school curriculum focuses on the core language and literacy, basic reading, writing and numeracy, cognitive and perception, motor and self help skills, as well as social, group and play skills, taught within the principles of applied behavior analysis and a teaching environment that is warm, positive and encouraging.
ABC Center Singapore, 318 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park Office Campus, #01-59, Singapore 247979, Tel: (+65) 9423 6248, [email protected]
Between Two Trees
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
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool
Location: Bukit Timah
Singapore’s first Reggio Emilia-inspired nursery, Bukit Timah’s Blue House has since become a training ground for educators from across the globe. With the belief that children are capable, curious, and competent with a great desire to connect with the world, Blue House celebrates their uniqueness and encourages them to ask questions, research, seek answers, and collaborate through shared knowledge and experiences. Parents will adore being part of the Blue House Village – whether taking tinies to experience the Infant & Toddler Atelier, sipping a cappuccino at The Pantry, or gazing at the works of the resident artists (who incidentally help out with art lessons!).
2 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287988
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6734 0824
Brainy Child Montessori Learning Centre
Smack bang in the middle of Orchard Road, Brainy Child teaches a mix of international and local children through the renowned Montessori curriculum. Kiddos also learn three languages (English, Mandarin and Japanese), and have the opportunity to take a wide range of afternoon enrichment classes, including Fine Arts, Science and Drama.
150 Orchard Road, Orchard Plaza #05-38 to 43, Singapore 238841, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6733 7669
Canterbury Baby Cove
Location: Kent Ridge
Canterbury Baby Cove is all about bringing out the avid explorers, discoverers and makers in infants and toddlers through its holistic, child-centered programme. Modeled after the concept of a German “Forest School”, it offers a sensory experience in its lush green setting in the Alexandra area — in fact it’s the only infant centre in Singapore to dedicate 3,000 square feet of play space for a rich outdoor experience. There’s greenery, sand, water and everything in between to give bubs a healthy start to life, breathing in the fresh air, basking in the natural light and taking in the sounds and sights of nature.
The Children’s Place
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
Hi-5 House of Learning
Location: Tanjong Pagar
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 is a handy option for working parents with its CBD location, half- and full-day options, and 7am-7pm opening hours.
10 Hoe Chiang Road, #01-03 Keppel Towers, Singapore 089315, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6319 4321
Hundred Thoughts Preschool
Conveniently located in Alexandra, Hundred Thoughts Preschool offers the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach and believes that children are the driving force behind what they learn. The curriculum emphasises on hands-on discovery learning that allows children to use all their senses and languages to learn. The educators at Hundred Thoughts also believe that children have a hundred different ways of thinking (hence the name!), discovering and learning and can express themselves through various activities such as painting, drawing, sculpturing, dance, music and poetry. Kiddos will love the spacious outdoor play area, which facilitates such learning and associated activities.
Fragrance Empire Building, 456 Alexandra Road, #04-01, Singapore 119962, Tel: (+65) 8159 9396 / 6255 0246, [email protected]
KidzRock International Preschool
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: Beach Road
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.
100 Beach Road, Shaw Tower, #02-07 Singapore 189702, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6969 9479/8388 7377
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). Conveniently located near Novena MRT, 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.
159A Goldhill Center, Singapore 307638, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 9640 9579
Little Bunnies – The Outdoor Classroom
If outdoor play is important to you, mama, you have to check out Singapore’s only “authentic outdoor classroom” local off lush Portsdown Road. The school takes the learning needs of children and transfers them to an outdoor setting with indoor/outdoor Balinese houses, a mud kitchen, and bamboo learning materials. You’ll also find 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
Little Hands Montessori Kindergarten
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
Little Oaks Montessori Kindergarten
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
Little Woods Montessori Pre-School
Nestled in a quiet residential neighbourhood on Gentle Road, Little Woods Montessori had its humble beginning in 1998. Over the past 20 years, Little Woods Montessori has been rooted in its community and has grown in the number of children and families they’ve helped nourish and flourish; both Singaporean families and families from many different countries that have called Singapore their home. The school offers an excellent 5-year programme which gives children a solid foundation for entry into Grade 1, Year 1 or Primary 1. Visit them and discover the unique quality of Montessori education for yourself at Little Woods Montessori!
45 Gentle Road, Singapore 309166, Tel: (+65) 6251 0817 / 6251 6317, [email protected]
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
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.
204 Bukit Timah Road, #01-00, Singapore 229863, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6235 0983
Moppeteers at River Valley
Location: River Valley
Moppeteers at River Valley is a newly launched modern preschool situated in the heart of the River Valley area. They aim 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 $550/3 days!). Moppeteers 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
Location: Upper Bukit Timah, 31 Toh Tuck Road
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: 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
Sunflower Baby House & Preschool
Location: Bukit Timah
Bilingual education is a cornerstone of Sunflower Baby House’s curriculum. Incorporating the Theory of Multiple Intelligences into Singapore’s Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) framework, the school offers dedicated and qualified English and Chinese teachers at every level, from Infant Care through Kindergarten 2, so kiddos always have fun and engaging ways to learn both English and Chinese.
Tots & Teddies
Location: Raffles Place
A fab choice for working mamas in the CBD, Tots & Teddies not only offers high-quality, bilingual preschool instruction, but also caters to infants from two months old. 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
4 Little Frogs
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!).
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).
14A Marigold Drive, Singapore 576416, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6451 4561
Growing Up Gifted
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.
101 Thomson Road #01-20/27, Singapore 307591, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6258 4722
House on the Hill Montessori Pre-School
Location: Dhoby Ghaut
Located in a lovely heritage building near Dhoby Ghaut, this school is officially affiliated with Nienhuis Montessori in Holland, one of the most well-established Montessori schools in Europe and a leading producer of Montessori materials. Classes are mixed ages (1.5-2.5 playgroup and the traditional 3-6 class); some teachers have AMI training and all receive additional in-house training. The school’s got a great online reputation with parents who rave about their specially-designed nutrition program.
12 Mount Sophia, Singapore 228460, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6337 4635
Little Hands Kindergarten
Located in a big old black and white with a huge garden, Little Hands’ 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
Little Ones Kindergarten
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].com.sg, Tel: (+65) 6763 1993
Location: Orchard/lRiver Valley
Parents looking for a preschool 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. Kids spend a good amount of time learning through nature here.
41 Grange Road, Singapore 239704, Tel: (+65) 6735 7356
Little Woods Montessori Preschool
Tucked away on a leafy street near Chancery Court, Little Woods adheres to the core Montessori principles of practical life, sensorial, language and mathematics. Teachers are Montessori or early-education trained, and the Principal holds a Montessori diploma from the UK. Classes, however, are not mixed age but organised in the traditional N1-K2 structure.
45 Gentle Road, Singapore 309166, [email protected], (+65) 6251 0817
Montessori Children’s House
Location: Bukit Timah
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.
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
Pegasus International Preschool
Location: Bukit Timah
Another handy option at Turf City, 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!
200 Turf Club Road #06-08, Singapore 287994, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6735 2494
The Preparatory Place
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
Swallows and Amazons
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
Trehaus Cowork, one of our fave co-working spaces easily accessible right off Orchard Rd, is launching a bilingual (Mandarin & English) nursery programme for kids between 18 months and 3 years! At Trehaus, the future of work meets the future of education. While mama and papa are working next door, junior could be at the new Thinking Tots Nursery where elements from a play-based curriculum, neuroscience, phonics and Mandarin come together to give your child a holistic early childhood education.
Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Road, #03-01, Singapore 238879, Tel: (+65) 9843 8077
Wee Care’s playgroup, preschool and special needs programmes teach junior within a 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.
56 Tanglin Road, #02-03 Tanglin Post Office, Singapore 247964, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6836 1450
United World Preschool
Location: East Coast
United World Preschool’s progressive and holistic educational programme 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 and memorable. United World Preschool also builds character building and mindfulness into its program to create a truly well-rounded learning experience. Throw in a gorgeous 10,000 square feet campus at i12 Katong and a fully-equipped Montessori lab – not to mention fees at $850 per month for the full-day programme – and they give new meaning to the term “value for money”!
112 East Coast Rd, #02/13-17 i12 Katong Mall, Singapore 428802, (+65) 9779 9333
British Council Preschool
This bilingual curriculum combines a distinctive blend of best practices from both the U.K. and Singapore. With the belief that all children are born ready, able, and keen to learn, the daily 3-hour programme teaches students through a play-based approach that also incorporates Montessory, High-Scope, and Inquiry-based pedagogies to create a stimulating and nurturing environment.
11 Tampines Concourse, #01-02/03/04, Singapore 528729, Tel: (+65) 6807 1573
Founded by an NUS professor and a former NTU professor of early childhood, Emile Preschool provides worldwide 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! Kiddos can enjoy a variety of healthy and organic brown rice, pasta, selections of organic vegetables and high quality meat.
#01-02 & 01-03 , 12 New Industrial Road, Singapore 536202, Tel: (+65) 6584 3668, [email protected]
Inno Montessori Preschool
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
Little Skittles International Preschool
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
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
Rosemount International School
“Rosemount International School is a private international school, providing schooling for the Early Years. Our highly trained teachers provide a fun and exciting learning environment, coupled with our inquiry-based curriculum, to allow for children to learn at their own pace. We believe that children are individuals and we ensure that learning is tailored to each child’s ability level. Children are encouraged to question, explore and communicate through our integrated and holistic approach to learning. Perfectly situated on the East Coast, families love our small classes and family-friendly environment. We invite you to come and see for yourself!”
25 Ettrick Terrace, Siglap, Singapore 458588
Tel: (+65) 6446 4636
Two by Two Schoolhouse
Location: East Coast
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
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
Petite Papillon Playhouse
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
Raffles Montessori (Still Road)
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]
Rosemount International School / Rosemount Kindergarten
Location: East Coast
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, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6446 4636
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)
Big Foot Preschool
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. Sign up now till 15 April 2018 and save $500 off your first month’s school fee! If you’d like to discover more, head down for a fun-filled day at their open house on 14 April 2018, 10am to 1pm. RSVP here!
196 West Coast Road, Singapore 127375 (Opposite Esso Petrol Station), Tel :(+65) 6778 1473 / 8137 2176
The Garden House Preschool
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
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. Be sure not to miss the Meet & Greet info session on 2 December to learn more, mama!
IIS campus, 41 Sunset Way, #01-01 Clementi Arcade, Singapore 597071
Our Children’s House
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
Early Years Montessori
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
The Little House Montessori
Started back in 1994, this bilingual Montessori near Sunset Way 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”!
1 Brookvale Drive, Bowland Block #01-07, Singapore 599968, [email protected]
Australian International School
July 2017 will see the opening of AIS’s stunning new Early Learning Village, featuring Reggio Emilia-inspired classrooms and its own playground complete with sandpits, water play, creative project tables, and sensory play equipment. These state-of-the-art, light-filled “playgrounds in the sky” will allow children’s learning to be guided by their imagination. Other topnotch 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]
Canadian International School
Location: Jurong and East Coast
With two campuses on opposite ends of Singapore, CIS draws raves from families all over the island 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. NB: The Kindergarten Programme is currently designed for students aged 3 to 5, but pending CPE approval they’ll be launching a new programme for 2-year-olds in August 2017!
Canadian International School Lakeside Campus, 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6467 1732
Canadian International School Tanjong Katong Campus, 371 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437128, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6345 1573
Chatsworth International School
Locations: Orchard, East*
An IB World School catering to students aged 3 to 18, Chatsworth aims to tap into children’s natural curiosity as a means of encouraging a lifelong love of learning. With a teacher:student ratio of 1:10 for Junior students, it’s all about providing a nurturing, trusting, and welcoming environment that gives every child the space to learn, explore, discover and grow. They’ll also be opening a new K-12 campus in Bukit Timah in 2018!
Chatsworth Orchard Campus, 37 Emerald Hill, Singapore 229313, Tel: (+65) 6737 5955, [email protected]
Chatsworth East Campus, 25 Jalan Tembusu, Singapore 438234, Tel: (+65) 6344 5955, [email protected] (*this campus will cease operations in June 2018)
Dulwich College (Singapore)
Location: Bukit Batok
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. A unique aspect of Dulwich is that from Reception all DUCKS become part of the school’s House system, which not only fosters team spirit and sense of pride, but helps little ones feel like part of the bigger community in a fun, non-overwhelming way.
71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Singapore 658966
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6890 1000
GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
With the belief that the early years are the most important time in a child’s life, GWA’s strong internationally-certified curriculum is governed by the International Baccaulaureate (IB) Organisation. Exciting and challenging tailor-made programmes for little ones encourage future risk-taking and development, while play is the primary learning tool, encouraging and reinforcing self-awareness, confidence and expression in the hands-on and physical approach to learning. Munchkins enjoy specialised spaces for not just art, music and sports, but also for dress-up, performances and sharing. Early Years students at GWA also have their own dedicated outdoor playground, and gets lots of technology support from the school’s outstanding teaching teams.
2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6808 7300
Location: Upper Bukit Timah
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. Kiddos can look forward to lots of multi-cultural celebrations throughout the year – everything from Deepavali to Carnival – along with curriculum mainstays like pre-reading and pre-writing skills, science, sports, music, drama, arts, cooking and much more! Lucky 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
Hollandse School Preschool
Location: Bukit Timah
Hollandse combines a Dutch preschool with a primary school for a total of 400 students, but there are a manageable 70 preschool students for a small, communal feel where little ones get plenty of personal attention. 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) 65 6466 0662
One World International School (OWIS)
With an emphasis on inquiry-led, play-based learning within the renowned IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework, OWIS offers its littlest learners from age 3 a supportive, stimulating indoor-outdoor learning environment. Taking a cue from the Reggio Emilia philosophy, the school emphasizes self-directed learning and ensures that the environment is always a main teacher: the wonderful Early Childhood Play Area provides ample areas to climb, slide and tumble, while the tranquil Sensory Garden is a place for students to wander and explore a range of fragrant flowers as well as wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds. The PYP Early Years curriculum also encourages students to build a strong pre-literacy and pre-numeracy foundation on their path to primary school!
One World International School, 21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075, Tel: (+65) 6914 6700
Singapore American School
Fall 2016 saw the debut of SAS’s newly-renovated Early Years Center’s brand new learning spaces for preschoolers and pre-kindergarteners. With a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, little ones enjoy open, light-filled spaces where learning is always visible, collaborative and inspiring. Each “learning hub” accommodates 32 students, two teachers, and two instructional assistants (there are currently 176 in the ELC overall). 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
With the belief that children play to learn and learn to play, SMM’s interdisciplinary Early Childhood Program provides a warm, nurturing environment to help littlies from over 21 different nationalities feel safe, loved and secure. Activities within the integrated curriculum are specially developed for the early years age group, including music and movement classes, math readiness and language development. In fact, the entire early childhood faculty will become certified academic practitioners by June 2017! NB: The values and ethics of Judaism are at the heart of SMM’s program, but the school welcomes students from all nationalities and faiths.
3 Jalan Ulu Sembawang, Singapore 758932
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6331 4633
Stamford American International School
We’re all eagerly awaiting the opening of Stamford American’s brand new Early Learning Village in August 2017, which will feature purpose-built facilities like discovery outdoor play spaces, a 22m swimming pool just for little ones, a multi-purpose gym and Reggio Emilia-inspired classrooms. Staffed by experienced teachers specialising in Early Childhood Education, Stamford American’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
Swiss School in Singapore
Location: Bukit Timah
Nestled within a nook of lush greenery in a quiet pocket of Bukit Timah, SSiS is a small school with a family-like atmosphere. It’s all about learning through play and offers tots lots of hands-on activities, starting from 2 years of age. All Early Childhood classes are taught in English and German, and little ones benefit from an outstanding child:teacher ratio (an impressive 1:4 in the Little Tots class for 2-year-olds!). This nurturing environment allows children to emerge as empowered, independent and inquisitive individuals. Families also have the flexibility to opt for fun afternoon activities.
38 Swiss Club Road, Singapore 288140
Tel: (+65) 6468 2117
Tanglin Trust School
Following the U.K.’s Early Years Foundations Stage framework, Tanglin’s Infant School caters to children ages 3 to 7. The nurturing, child-centred approach aims to cultivate a love of learning whether through enchantment with books, language and self expression, or a genuine interest in numerical concepts and the world around them. With a max class size of 20 and over 90 years’ experience delivering British-based education in Singapore, the Infant School inspires children on their learning journey with a stimulating environment and a strong pastoral ehtos that helps children feel safe, secure and happy to learn!
95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299, Tel: (+65) 6778 0771
United World College South East Asia
Locations: Dover and Tampines
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 heart of the programme is all about helping students build curiosity, develop resilience and embrace challenge.
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