Looking for a preschool in Singapore near you? Here’s our most comprehensive 2023 guide to preschools and kindergartens by location so you can choose one that best suits your child
Finding a preschool near you that satisfies your little one’s curiosity, provides a caring and stimulating environment and most of all is fun for littles is enough to send any mama into a bit of a spin! Some of these are preschools with an outdoor space for the little ones to run around. With so many options for infant care, nurseries, kindergartens and preschools available it’s hard to know where to start. If you really want to give your child a head start, these helpful tuition centres can help set the academic foundation for your little one. We’ve done the legwork for you with our most comprehensive guide to preschools in Singapore. Our 2023 guide to preschools in Singapore is organised by location so you can find an option that works for your family.
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Jump to preschools in Singapore:
– 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 Early Years Programmes
Unless otherwise noted, preschools cater to children 18 months to 6 years old (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 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, full-day infant care at $1,275 and kindergarten is capped at $160.
In terms of “preschool” vs. “kindergarten” terminology, there’s no technical distinction. However “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 Preschool in Singapore
Finding the ‘best preschool’ is all about finding one that feels ‘right’ for your child. Your child’s individual needs must be considered and what is best for them may not be best for someone else’s child. 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 Needs 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 school 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 preschools, so it’s good to consider if you prefer bigger or smaller class sizes. A low student-teacher ratio means there are fewer students per class so teachers may have more time with each student – ask what this ratio is exactly when you visit the preschool.
- 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.
Star Learners Child Care
Preschool locations: 43 preschools across Singapore
Star Learners’ unique literature-based curriculum immerses every child in rich and exciting worlds, and opens up plenty of opportunities for them to tackle concepts in multiple learning areas. Through its integration with a robust activity-based approach, children learn a multitude of essential skills such as problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, and communication. Under the ECDA partner operator (POP) scheme, Star Learners is the largest appointed partner and is committed to accessibility, affordability and quality. This preschool prides itself on developing a generation of young children with strength of Character, Confidence and Creativity. Their curriculum features the distinct and proprietary Starbeam™ Framework, designed to develop Happy learners, Empathic thinkers, Respectful, confident communicators and Open collaborators. Stories in its Literature-based curriculum are thoughtfully curated from children’s literature around the globe, while children tackle multiple concepts and skills presented via story elements. Together with an activity-based approach, children engage in active learning, where they play with purpose!
Click here to see all locations in Singapore! Tel: (+65) 6250 0173, firstname.lastname@example.org, starlearners.com.sg
Charis Montessori Preschool
Preschool locations: Yio Chu Kang, Bedok, Serangoon Road, and Pasir Panjang Hill
If you believe that imparting moral values is the most important thing in your child’s lifelong development, check out Charis Montessori preschool. Established in 1999, the preschool has a long track record of inspiring and producing many outstanding student leaders with good character. Their moral compassed-based approach is very much about excelling academically and behaving ethically. Charis schools are mostly located in beautiful church premises with playgrounds that allow children’s imaginations to bloom. Together with their bilingual environment, a low teacher-child ratio and one-to-one Montessori sessions, Charis invites children to be part of their vision to build up a society that is led by servant leaders with self-confidence, self-esteem with self-control skills and a compassionate heart for others.
Enjoy $100 off school fees every month for the first 24 months, and redeem three sets of uniforms for free!
Raffles Kidz International
Preschool locations: Yio Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang, Punggol, Jurong West, Ang Mo Kio, Yishun and Surbana Jurong (new!)
With the aim to provide the best preschool experience, Raffles Kidz International is a premium preschool in Singapore. Their team of dedicated educators has been nurturing children since 2014 through its comprehensive bilingual curriculum. Whether it’s languages, arts, sciences, and more, children experience holistic development to become confident, creative, and independent learners. The meaningful learning experiences that your child will gain here – and the rave reviews on public platforms such as Google and Facebook – are just one of the many reasons why there is always a long intake waitlist. Raffles Kidz International has also won a plethora of awards since its inception, with acknowledgement from industry leaders as a true champion in early years education.
Admissions are open for 2023/2024! Enjoy up to $2,000 of savings for Raffles Kidz @ Ang Mo Kio when you enrol during the Open House! Book a tour to find out more.
Agape Little Uni
Preschool locations: 11 preschools in Singapore
This long-standing trusted preschool was established in 1995, bringing their TRUE core values of Trust, Resilience, Unity and Empowerment to kids and families in Singapore for the past two decades. Three of their 11 centres offer infant care services. Progressive campuses feature state-of-the-art aerial playgrounds, hydroponic stations and eco gardens, specially-designed learning and showcase spaces and more! They’re a SPARK-certified child care appointed by ECDA as a Childcare Partner Operator Preschool, with affordable fees while upholding quality preschool education to over 1,000 children across Singapore. Agape means ‘unconditional love’ so you can be sure that they provide the best environment for a child’s growth, providing a home-away-from-home for kids to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. There’s a focus on character development, and their Agape Inquiry-Based Learning (AIBL) curriculum framework builds on children’s natural desires to learn and interact with the things around them. Kids are exposed to the integrated STREAM curriculum of Science, Technology, Relationship, Engineering/Entrepreneurship, Arts & Mathematics. Agape Little Uni’s centres are conveniently located near the MRT from the CBD (Cecil Street) to the heartlands, including Commonwealth and Thomson.
Click here for all locations, www.agapelittleuni.com/visitagapelittleuni
Adventure Tree Preschool
Preschool locations: Bukit Timah and Katong
Adventure Tree Preschool nurtures happy, confident and curious learners. Their play-based approach is grounded in a philosophy of instilling a life-long love of learning in every student and nurturing within every child a sense of self-esteem, personal integrity, and a respectful, caring attitude towards others. Bearing in mind the importance of the early years in a child’s development, their carefully devised curriculum progress from play-based learning to inquiry-based learning. It is designed to broaden children’s intellectual horizons and to stimulate their curiosity through play. Outdoor play is essential: with centres nestled in landed houses with large outdoor facilities, the entire school’s beliefs revolve around the importance of placing nature at the centre of every children’s education. At Adventure Tree Preschool, every day will be an opportunity for children to explore and develop their curiosity, brain and character.
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 9012 6315, email@example.com, www.adventuretree.com.sg
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool
Preschool locations: River Valley, Kay Siang, Tanglin, Joo Chiat, Queenstown
Recognised as one of the first authentic Reggio Emilia-inspired preschools in Singapore, Blue House is centred on a strong image of the child which facilitates a responsive and respectful approach to children’s learning. Between three centres Blue House offers programmes for children between 18 months – 6 years to suit children’s individual needs. It offers a drop-off preschool programme with half-day or full-day options 5 days a week. As co-constructors of the curriculum, children have access to authentic and open-ended materials to design spaces within the school that reflects their power and creativity. The educators at Blue House practice the Pedagogy of Listening and believe that children are capable, curious, competent, full of knowledge and interested in connecting to the world around them. Classrooms are spacious and light-filled, with the belief that the environment is the third educator. Blue House children explore projects and inquiries collaboratively indoors and out, with other children and adults in the community, developing their communication and interpersonal relationships. Look out for the upcoming open houses happening at their centres: River Valley, Rambai and Kay Siang.
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6736 1037 (River Valley), 6445 5765 (Rambai), 6472 3788 (Kay Siang), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bluehouseinternational.com
Preschool locations: Dublin Road, East Coast Road
Embark on An Amazing Growth Journey at Alphabet Playhouse! Established in 1995, Alphabet Playhouse has been a trusted premium preschool for over 27 years. Alphabet Playhouse seeks to uncover every child’s potential through developing confident young explorers with a “Growth Mindset”. Aided by its unique World Adventurer™ bilingual integrated programme, which incorporates sports, music, creative arts, and top-of-the-line facilities, Alphabet Playhouse ensures top-notch education that cultivates a curious thinker, a resilient champion and a caring citizen.
Click here for all locations in Singapore! Tel: (+65) 6653 5618, email@example.com, www.alphabetplayhouse.com.sg
Preschool locations: Frankel Avenue, Hillview, Mountbatten Road, River Valley, Sunset Way, The Grassroots Club, Harbourfront (new!)
With over 25 years’ experience and seven preschools in Singapore, Brighton’s uniquely-designed curriculum and individualised learning approach allows children to learn at their own pace. With open communication and strong bonds between parents and school, as well as a team of dedicated and qualified teachers, Brighton Montessori prides itself on being one of Singapore’s favourite Montessori preschools, imparting life skills to effectively prepare children for formal education (Primary One) and beyond. Following the philosophy of Maria Montessori, Brighton has adapted a hands-on learning approach and a one-to-one teaching approach with concrete to abstract methods for both Phonics and Mathematics.
Click here for all locations in Singapore! Tel: (+65) 6588 3883, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.brightonmontessori.com.sg
Children’s Cove Preschool
Preschool locations: Novena, Orchard, Queenstown, Sembawang and Pasir Ris
Catering to a mix of local and expat families, Children’s Cove Preschool 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 specially designed curriculum, the “COVE” approach (C – Child centred, O – Outcome aware, V – Values-based, E – Environmentally conscious), there’s lots of experimentation, exploration and experiential learning to develop essential life skills at this preschool. 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.
Enjoy 25% off monthly school fees for the first 2 months when you register by June 2023!
Preschool locations: Hougang, Pandan Valley, Tampines and Jurong East (coming in Q2 2023)
ELFA Preschool has invested more than 20 years into inspiring young minds and shaping morals. They’re the most awarded Singapore preschool brand in China and are highly regarded for their quality curriculum having been jointly developed by a team of native Chinese and local early childhood specialists. This bilingual preschool accepts infants from 2 months to 6 years old for the Hougang and Tampines branches, while the Pandan Valley and Jurong branches are open to preschoolers from 18 months to 6 years old. There is a strong focus in Mandarin education, their unique story-based curriculum hones your child’s love for Mandarin while building their character during daily lessons. Children, therefore, graduate with strong Mandarin fluency, as well as deep Chinese cultural exposure and appreciation. Through curated programmes, children pick up essential skills like effective bilingual communication, creativity and logical thinking. With the knowledge that children’s natural mode of learning is through play, all their learning activities incorporate play components that effectively inculcate their love for Mandarin. Chinese Speech & Drama, Chinese-inspired art, Coding and Higher-Order-Thinking Maths are also some of the subjects that enrich children’s early learning at this preschool.
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6881 8818, email@example.com, elfapreschools.com/singapore
House on the Hill Montessori
Preschool locations: Balmoral, Mount Sophia, Pasir Panjang and Hollandse Club
House on the Hill is a well-regarded Montessori preschool in Singapore. Founded in 2012, they are a family-run business focused on an approach of hands-on experiential learning tailored for each individual child. Passionate advocates for the educational excellence of the Method devised by Dr. Maria Montessori, they stay true to its values with features such as mixed-age classes, vertical learning and a 3-hour work cycle. They have four campuses, with warm and inviting classrooms filled with natural materials, and beautiful outdoor playgrounds in cosy residential areas – perfect for children to explore, discover and learn. Their bespoke Mandarin programme is taught by a team of highly qualified and dedicated teachers, focusing on the key skills of listening, speaking, communicating clearly and writing, through a variety of games, activities, and cultural experiences. The elective full-afternoon Mandarin immersion programme 天天向上 (tiān tiān xiàng shàng), is also very popular with House on the Hill parents. Parents also rave about their specially-designed nutrition programme. Classes with their specially-trained Montessori educators start at 18 months old to 6 years old. The Balmoral Crescent campus also houses the Nido, for infants aged 2 months and up. Look out for their upcoming Open Week happening from March 20th to 24th!
Enjoy registration fee waivers worth $540 when you sign up by 7 April 2023*! Valid for children starting at our Mount Sophia, Hollandse Club and Pasir Panjang Campuses only. T&Cs Apply.
Little Seeds Preschool
Preschool locations: 13 centres across Singapore
Little Seeds Preschool was born out of a desire to honour each child’s original design and to help each one discover his or her identity and purpose in life. Through a progressive values-based curriculum that draws from international approaches like Key to Learning, Reggio Emilia and more, educators provide a positive, safe and secure environment where children are respected and free to express themselves. With a focus on bi-lingual learning daily in the classroom and an in-house programme on values and social-emotional development, the school sees the preschool years as preparation for life. Thus it nurtures children to have confidence in self-expression, develop creative and critical thinking skills as well as a love for learning. Little Seeds believes that children are like little seeds. As they are nurtured, the school hopes that they will grow, become contributors to society and transform the lives of others.
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6750 4420, littleseeds.edu.sg
Preschool locations: 20 centres across Singapore
Little Skool-House is a premium preschool brand in Singapore with over 25 years of history. They are focused on nurturing young minds, building healthy relationships and preparing children for life beyond preschool. 93% of LSH children have high bilingual proficiency in both Mandarin and English. This is attributed to their unique programmes such as the Builders & Innovation project and weekly journal writing, conducted in both languages. They also have a Mandarin Theatre programme which sees children writing, producing and starring in a show all by themselves!
LSH features educators who have been consistently winning awards since 2012 – notably the MOE Outstanding Mother Tongue Language Award and MOE & ECDA Outstanding Preschool Teacher Award. They’re also the chosen preschool by prestigious institutions such as MOE, Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) and OCBC bank, to provide preschool education for their own personnel and children. The preschool prepares children to be global citizens through a bilingual curriculum and exposing them to current affairs, sparking thoughtful conversations on everyday topics. They aim to build strong relational skills through their relationship-based curriculum which lays the foundation in nurturing confident and independent children. Through their Primary school formation programme, children cement their learning in maths, sciences and their ability to communicate effectively. They also develop strong social and emotional skills necessary for the transition to primary school.
Enjoy $1,800 worth of perks when you enrol your child! More details here. Terms & conditions apply.
Preschool locations: Bedok, Commonwealth, Farrer Park, Sengkang, Toa Payoh, Serangoon Garden (full-day programme)
Nurturing every child to become a person of Good Character, with future-ready mindsets of an Explorer, an Innovator and an Entrepreneur – that is the commitment of Methodist Preschool’s team of qualified and dedicated educators. Their holistic STEM-based, tech-enabled curriculum with distinctive Signature Programmes engages young minds through experiential, hands-on learning and an age-appropriate play-based, inquiry-based approach to equip children for primary school readiness and beyond. Methodist Preschool even offers students the exclusive experience of having a live virtual interaction with an Astronaut as part of their Signature Space Buds Programme. Children in the extended curriculum can look forward to enriching Applied Learning Programme modules from LEGO Build The Change Programme to Minecraft Education. Kids learn digital competence and have the opportunity to learn with education technology companions like Bee Bot, Tale-Bot and Luka AI Robot. Methodist Preschool was awarded the top prize for the Gartner 2022 Eye on Innovation Awards in Education (K-12 category) for the use of the Luka AI Reading Robot to enhance Chinese language learning. This preschool is part of the Methodist family of schools with a century-old tradition of providing quality education from preschool to pre-university levels.
Enrol before 31 May 2023 and enjoy over $420 worth of savings for first-time enrolment. More details here.
Preschool locations: 16 centres across Singapore
Established in 2006, Mulberry Learning is an award-winning preschool and the category winner of the “Established Brands” award under the Singapore Prestige Brand Awards (SPBA). They pride themselves on making the preschool experience memorable and enjoyable while transforming a child into a competent explorer, an imaginative thinker, and a creative problem solver. It is the first and only preschool network in the world to be certified by the Institute for Habits of Mind, an approach shown to help preschoolers manage distractions and better focus on the task at hand. Mulberry Learning offers Reggio Emilia-inspired learning spaces and comprehensive bilingual programmes that help children acquire an expressive vocabulary of over 4,500 English words and more than 2,000 Chinese words, master over 80 Chinese idioms, and recite 16 Chinese poems by the age of 6!
Click for all locations in Singapore! Tel: (+65) 6653 8082, firstname.lastname@example.org, mulberrylearning.com
My First Skool
Preschool locations: Over 150 locations across Singapore
My First Skool takes pride in being children’s home away from home. With over 45 years of expertise in early childhood education, the school continuously inspires over 20,000 families and children with their quality curriculum, designed to empower children with the right skills and mindset to thrive in the evolving world. Beyond strong fundamentals in core math and literacy, a My First Skool Child is socially-adept, resilient and an innovator of their future. The school prioritises the development of relationships in everything they do, from curriculum development to centre design and environment. Children have strong relational skills and are equipped with the social competency to navigate different situations. Through their inquiry-based projects for 4 to 6 years old, children are exposed to intriguing, everyday topics that help them to understand the world and the role they play in the community. Children also learn how to count money and make purchases which are very relevant skills as they transition to primary school. My First Skool’s digital literacy programme equips children with the competency to use digital tools in meaningful ways to search and create content. This encourages children to think creatively and problem solve! My First Skool is recognised for their excellence in curriculum and innovative practices. They’ve won 30 Outstanding Preschool Mother Tongue Language Awards and 21 Individual ECDA Awards. 37 of their centres have received the SPARK Commendation award for their strong teaching and learning practices. As an anchor operator preschool, My First Skool also offers accessible quality childcare education starting at $734 before subsidies.
Enjoy perks when you enrol your child at selected centres! More details here.
Terms & conditions apply.
Odyssey The Global Preschool
Preschool locations: 6 locations across Singapore (new campus in Dempsey opening in April 2023)
This preschool in Singapore blends the Reggio Emilia inspiration and the International Baccalaureate approach over five fully-equipped naturalistic campuses. Odyssey acknowledges that children are directors of their own learning; as such, the spaces encourage exploration, interaction and communication. The practice of Learning Without Boundaries also supports this philosophy that children learn anywhere, anytime and with anyone. The low student-to-teacher ratio and best-in-class pedagogues complement its award-winning curriculum, assuring parents that their child gets only the best that the early childhood experience in Singapore has to offer.
Preschool locations: 17 preschools in Singapore (new campus in Alexandra opening soon)
Pat’s Schoolhouse offers a warm, family-centric environment that celebrates individuality with a no-uniform policy, and a play-based approach to learning. The facilities encourage experiential learning, and many of Pat’s Schoolhouse centres have unique facilities such as sand play, water play and large outdoor or indoor play spaces. The curriculum focuses on developing 21st-century skills, and children are exposed to subjects such as STEM, speech and drama Pat’s Schoolhouse also offers an arts and music programme, where children are encouraged to express their individuality and character – the crafts are proudly displayed too! All children participate in an annual art and music event where they compose their own original songs, and parents are encouraged to participate as well. Alongside the full-day bilingual programmes, children also experience a local author study programme, where they are exposed to local Singaporean authors and their works. The preschool promotes green efforts by using teaching materials that are made from recycled materials. Looking for a preschool in the Alexandra/Tiong Bahru area? Pat’s Schoolhouse Alexandra is opening soon with its own open-concept play areas, a custom-built treehouse playground, and various state-of-the art facilities such as a cycling track, sand play area, and a boulder wall!
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6781 2288, email@example.com, www.patschoolhouse.com
Preschool locations: Jurong East, West Coast Rise, Tampines, Rivervale, Fernvale
Posso means “I can” in Italian. With five schools across Singapore, Posso Preschool believes in providing experiences that nurture a child’s confidence and resilience. The school offers an all-rounded, Multiple Intelligences-inspired curriculum that integrates all of its signature enrichment programmes such as Kids Camera Action!, Kids Can Cook, ArtEffect and My Little Lab. Children get to experience different learning areas throughout the day as each classroom is purpose-built for a particular subject. Posso Preschool is also one of the few preschools in Singapore which offers a truly bilingual programme where all enrichment modules are conducted in both English and Chinese. Another hallmark of Posso Preschool is its subject specialist teachers who tap on their strengths to teach only specific subjects – this enables the child to get the best out of every teacher and exposes them to different teaching styles. What’s more, all schools come equipped with a trampoline facility that guarantees plenty of fun and gross motor action!
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6569 4131, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.possopreschool.com
Primus Schoolhouse by Invictus
Preschool locations: Alexandra, Bukit Timah, River Valley, Phoenix Park (Tanglin), Upper Changi
Primus Schoolhouse Singapore offers a unique values-based preschool education for learners aged 18 months to 6 years. They have a strong educational approach that offers a solid foundation for your child’s character development in enabling them to be guided to fulfil their potential. The school’s team of educators create a genuine, caring, and dynamic community, where global perspectives enrich the academic experiences for everyone. There are bilingual programmes available at the Alexandra and Bukit Timah campuses, with native full-time lead Chinese and lead English teachers for every class. In their bilingual and multicultural classrooms, students are supported in a unique and bilingual environment. From stories to songs, routine care, and the development of foundational skills, both languages share equal importance. The Primus curriculum develops confident young learners through an inquiry-based curriculum reflecting the excellence of UK (implementation of Jolly Phonics and inquiry-based curriculum) and SG (foundation for Singapore Maths and bilingual learning). Each centre has spacious well-resourced classrooms offering a wide range of equipment to encourage creative and purposeful play, supporting the development of knowledge, skills, and understanding. There’s also a comprehensive range of enrichment programmes offered in addition to the school programmes.
Enjoy an enrolment fee waiver when you enrol your child for year 2023! Get 10% off programme fees until December 2023 at Primus Bukit Timah.
Preschool locations: 5 locations including (Braddell Heights, Lorong Chuan, Mountbatten and Tanjong Katong)
With over 30 years experience, Shaws Preschool is one of Singapore’s trusted leaders in play-based learning! The unique play-based curriculum incorporates Executive Functions and Life skills making it easy for kids to love learning. With lots of outdoor space including butterfly and herb 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. There are also a host of spaces inside and out from Messy play to Mud Kitchens, Splash Zones, cosy classrooms, tinkering corners and art spaces where experiential learning takes place. What better place for little ones to learn confidence, communication, teamwork, empathy, adaptability, resilience and grit?
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 9789 2255, email@example.com, www.shaws.com.sg
Preschool locations: 12 preschools in Singapore
There’s a distinct Montessori influence at Superland Pre-School whose curriculum encompasses practical life skills development, sensorial experiences, language development, numeracy and various cultural activities. They have a Montessori-integrated thematic approach, with a bilingual immersion programme and third language weaved into a seamlessly integrated infant and childcare programme. There’s active family engagement to encourage parent involvement, and kids get exposure to fine arts, gymnastics, music, and other fun activities to get the wiggles out. All their preschools are kitted out with new and modern facilities.
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6278 5886, firstname.lastname@example.org, superland.com.sg
Preschool locations: East Coast and Bukit Timah
Tiny class sizes and the option for drop-off or adult accompanied groups make Bibinogs 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.
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.
Carpe Diem Preschool
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.
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.
Location: Farrer Road, Thomson and East Coast
Cherrybrook Preschool 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.
An interactive and child-centered curriculum greets little learners at this childcare centre and preschool in one! Small class sizes and a focus on developing independence in tots make Chiltern House a nice choice for the smallest family members.
Preschool locations: Yishun and Sembawang
Considered one of Singapore’s few “true blue” Montessori preschools in Singapore, Greentree Montessori classes are mixed age groups with a focus on all core areas, and feature the full bevvy of traditional Montessori materials. There’s also a strong bilingual Mandarin component, and an Infant programme for babies from birth up to 18 months.
Growing Up Gifted
Preschool locations: Tampines and Thomson
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.
Hi-5 House of Learning
Preschool locations: Macpherson, Bukit Timah and Sembawang
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. It builds on the latest neuroscience and educational research and offers a rigorous, bilingual programme.
Josiah Montessori embraces and celebrates every child’s uniqueness and individuality by nurturing their innate curiosity for self-discovery and growth within a safe, secure and loving environment. With the unique blend of the Montessori curriculum and Musical Arts Programme (MAP), children are empowered to express themselves creatively, build positive mindsets and healthy relationships to navigate social situations around them.
Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse is a premium preschool in Singapore that focuses on equipping children from 2 months to 6 years old with 21st century competencies. The inquiry-based curriculum at Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse is very much about balancing play and school readiness.
A part of Busy Bees group (alongside Pat’s Schoolhouse and Odyssey), Learning Vision is an economical and affordable preschool in Singapore with a strong record of more than 30 years in early childhood education.
Les Petits Gaulois
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 curriculum that incorporates French National Education standards within the framework of local MOE requirements. Big thumbs up also for its huge outdoor playground and they even offer Mandarin.
Little Footprints Preschool
Conveniently located in multiple heartland areas around Singapore, Little Footprints Preschool provides quality childcare and early learning experiences that are easily accessible to the community. Their comprehensive English and Chinese curriculum feature integrated learning activities, a literacy-rich environment and age-appropriate character development programmes. There are also opportunities for children to give back to the community through the centres’ involvement in key projects with government agencies.
Little Green House
This award-winning preschool in Singapore has many locations 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.
Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse
Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse believes that every child is a joyful learner. The preschool offers a holistic learning experience for children aged 18 months to 6 years, providing children and kindergarten programmes at 10 preschool centres across the island.
Lorna Whiston Preschools
Lorna Whiston offers bilingual preschools committed to creating a stimulating, positive and nurturing learning environment. The positive, hands-on approach carries over to all facets of learning, including the Individualised Reading Programme, afternoon enrichment classes like Speech & Drama, or holistic arts and movement Master Classes.
Preschool locations: mutliple across Sinagpore
With its immersive enriched bilingual learning experience, MapleBear’s preschool programme focuses on early literacy success under the leadership of Patricia Koh (the founder of Pat’s Schoolhouse). 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.
Preschool locations: mutliple across Sinagpore
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. MindChamps offers half- and full-day programmes for children at the infant care, playgroup, nursery and kindergarten levels with 40 centres across the island.
Montessori for Children
Preschool locations: Broadrick and Newton
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. Classrooms feature the traditional “prepared environment” with classic Montessori materials that focus on each child’s physical, mental, social and aesthetic development.
My Learning Haven
Preschool locations: Suntec City, Mediapolis
Being the first preschool in Singapore to incorporate The Hei Curriculum, My Learning Haven believes learning should take place through play in a stress-free environment. Your child will embark on a specially curated theme that is relevant and interesting to them which involves both group and individual learning, all within a calm, safe and loving environment.
A subsidised anchor operator founded by Metropolitan YMCA way back in 1980, MY World Preschool strives to make quality child care and preschool education accessible for all families in Singapore. There’s a strong emphasis on character development and values. Many of MY World’s locations include infant care, too.
NurtureStars Preschool Centre
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 largest preschool operator in Singapore and an anchor operator (meaning it receives government subsidies to ensure it’s affordable for all families in Singapore), Sparkletots is a 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
Preschool by the Park
Preschool locations: Evans, Dunearn, Li Hwan, Shelford
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 preschool in Singapore is a great option.
Preschool for Multiple Intelligences
Preschool locations: Newton, Macritchie, East Coast
PMI follows the theory of Multiple Intelligences, striving to nurture and develop all eight of a child’s intelligences (such as music, math, verbal or interpersonal) to the next level. 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.
Safari House Preschool
Preschool locations: mutliple across Singapore
Safari House employs the Zoo-phonics curriculum, which encompasses not only language and literacy (though it does emphasise kiddo’s reading quite early), but also math, science, art, music and sensory drama. The programme is fully bilingual.
Schoolhouse by the Bay
Preschool locations: Kampong Arang Road
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.
Preschool locations: mutliple across Singapore
An anchor operator, 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.
St. James’ Church Kindergarten
Preschool locations: Harding Road, Gilstead Road and Leedon Road
Saint James Church Kindergarten is a beloved preschool by many, so much so that some mamas put their kids down on the waitlist from before they’re born! Starting from pre-nursery, littlies are guided through physical, social and spiritual development within a strong local curriculum.
Preschool locations: Serangoon North, East Coast
Children at this preschool are exposed to a holistic, learner-focused Montessori system with an integrated thematic curriculum and customised learning plan. Teacher-child ratios are kept low, and the educators offer an environment that’s rich in both Montessori learning materials and enrichment activities, ensuring a well-balanced learning curve. Older students will also benefit from its primary school-ready curriculum, which includes Higher Mandarin and helps prep them for the rigours of life in primary school.
Preschool location: Bras Basah
Viv’s Schoolhouse is an award-winning preschool that specialises in educating children between 18 months to 6 years old. They’re a highly rated Bilingual Immersion preschool, where children develop a firm mastery of both English and Mandarin. Lessons are designed to be hands-on and there’s a real emphasis on Experiential Learning. Children love the monthly field trips – from learning about fishes at local fish farms to visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens, these learning journeys provide children with the opportunities to explore things in authentic settings. There’s lots of time dedicated for gross motor activities -from daily gym classes to weekly swimming classes. Weekly Speech-and-Drama classes as well as cooking classes are included as part of Viv’s Schoolhouse’s curriculum! These lessons are not only fun, they also help children work on communication skills, hand-eye coordination, critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence and more! Viv’s Schoolhouse prides itself in nurturing all children to be all-rounders, and above all, kind.
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12 Queen St, #04-01, Singapore 188553 (4th floor of Hotel Royal @ Queens), www.vivschoolhouse.com
Preschool location: CBD
LeClare Preschool provides a holistic, bilingual programme for tots aged from just 2 months to 6 years, that takes inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach to provide a rich and engaging environment. Encapsulating their core values in SPROUT, they motivate confident and creative thinkers that are resilient and future-ready. Through inquiry and play-based experiences, preschoolers tackle the subject areas (language, numeracy, discovery of the world and more) within a meaningful context, whilst equipping them with essential skills necessary for lifelong learning. Kiddos will be excited to learn about the in-house Art and Music Specialists that promote creativity plus there’s Culinary Arts, Messy Play and Outdoor Experiential Learning (there’s a great outdoor playground that kids can play in every day!). LeClare Babies infant care values the importance of relationships and builds on respectful interactions between infants/ toddlers and educators. There is a full-time Mandarin-speaking educator as well as an English-speaking educator in every class so your little ones will grow up equally exposed to both languages. The variety of kids’ nationalities creates a unique dynamic and this preschool embraces the different cultures by integrating this into the curriculum and through in-school celebrations.
Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way #01-02, Singapore 068810, Tel: (+65) 6610 6606 / 8669 6606, email@example.com, www.leclare.edu.sg
Little Woods Montessori Pre-School
Preschool location: Novena
Nestled amongst a quaint neighbourhood lies a hidden gem, Little Woods Montessori Pre-School. Providing an authentic Montessori education since 1998, Little Woods Montessori Pre-School has welcomed many children and their families through the iconic yellow gate! Little Woods Montessori adheres to the core Montessori principles of practical life, sensorial, cultural & social studies, Language and Mathematics. The classroom environment is prepared with a wealth of resources designed to stimulate curiosity and challenge the interest of each child. Discovery is what education at Little Woods Montessori is all about. The bespoke curriculum nurtures every child with the best opportunities to reach their fullest potential. Children are encouraged to find and explore the connections between the abstract and the concrete, the link between home and school and between the life of the mind and the outside world. The dedicated and experienced teachers hold diplomas in Montessori and Early Childhood Education, and Degrees in Early Childhood Education and provide children with the knowledge, skills and support to lay the foundation for future learning. Director and Principal, Mrs Hafsa Fathah, holds the prestigious AMI qualification and has over 30 years of experience in the field of early childhood education.
45 Gentle Road, Singapore 309166, Tel: (+65) 6251 0817 / 6251 6317, firstname.lastname@example.org, littlewoodsmontessori.com
Lily Valley Preschool
Preschool location: CBD
Lily Valley Preschool is a non-profit preschool committed to establishing and maintaining a warm, inclusive, and stimulating learning environment for children. Their philosophy and pedagogy is based on a Child Centric Reggio Emilia Inquiry Based Learning Approach which focuses on nurturing each child’s innate potential and creativity by providing rich learning environments for exploration. This preschool cultivates collaboration and participation in a diverse community by building meaningful partnerships with children and our families. Their mission is to guide children to discover their true selves through joy and exploration! Lily Valley Preschool has a Bilingual English and Chinese Immersion Program and Afternoon Speciality Programs – they’ve designed enriching programs like Science, Coding, Art, Dance, Gardening and Culinary classes in the afternoon to expand and extend your child’s experiential learning and development. They subscribe to the IEYC and IPC International Framework with international best practices, holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development. The school and classroom environment as the third teacher with purposefully designed ateliers and play spaces.
Enjoy 20% off monthly school fees until K2 graduation! Valid till 31 March 2023.
Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-27/28, Singapore 039594, www.lilyvalley.com.sg
Little Hands Montessori Kindergarten
Preschool location: Orchard
Little Hands Montessori is a Montessori school with an amazing outdoor playground and a full performing arts programme in the heart of Orchard Road. You can tell how passionate the school is about the children and their education through their everyday practices – every child has an individual learning plan with a well-rounded approach to education that combines academics with the arts to produce happy and confident children. Little Hands has an outstanding Montessori education, an incredible parent-supported reading programme and daily performing arts programmes such as Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Mixed Sports, Musical Theatre, Martial Arts and much more. They also conduct holiday programmes and often get kids involved in an annual year-end concert.
Enjoy a registration fee waiver when you book a school tour between now and 10 March 2023!
2A Paterson Hill, Singapore 238565, www.littlehandsmontessori.com.sg
4 Little Frogs
Preschool location: Dempsey
4 Little Frogs does away with monthly fees and lets kiddos (from 2 months to 3 years old) come by on an ad hoc basis, whether that’s every day or just a few days a month (full days from 10am-5pm). Run by a French mama (with a strong French-English bilingual component), the relaxed, play-based atmosphere is cosy and lunch is included.
ABC Center Singapore
Preschool locations: Phoenix Park Tanglin
ABC Center’s EarlyPreps is an early intervention preschool for specially designed for children from 3 to 6 years old, with special needs such as autism and other developmental disabilities. The objective is to prepare children for mainstream or special education primary school. Children learn in small groups with a student ratio of 1: 3 for adequate focus on each child.
Between Two Trees
Preschool location: Holland Road/Sixth Avenue
Providing a fully bilingual learning environment, this charming little preschool Between Two Trees has Reggio Emilia-inspired classrooms and an emergent curriculum focus on language development, visual arts, mathematics and science. There’s plenty of opportunity for outdoor play with a playground and trampoline.
BrainFit School House
Preschool locations: Balestier
BrainFit School House uses a proven science-based approach that includes programmes developed and validated by research from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. Its proprietary SMART programmes focus on training all the five core brain pillars, resulting in solid evidence of the ability to nurture children with strong attention and focus, emotional regulation, as well as the ability to learn faster in less time.
Bright Path Inclusive Preschool
Preschool location: Bukit Timah
Bright Path is an inclusive preschool in Singapore, incorporating early intervention programs into its curriculum and enabling children of all abilities to learn, interact, and integrate into society. Bright Path offers small classroom sizes, low teacher-to-child ratio (1:3), and in-house professionals/therapists to provide support for every child.
The Children’s Place
Preschool location: Tanglin/Queenstown
Located in a big old black and white with a large outdoor play area, 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.
Coco-Ro Learning House
Preschool locations: Orchard
Coco-Ro applies a “Kids First” approach, a Japanese foundational philosophy that teaches children to respect each other and verbalise polite greetings in good manners. Children observe and learn such communications from teachers in school, and also between parents and teachers. Arts and Sports lessons are run by professionals and specialists in those fields, and children are also exposed to well-planned activities that differ by age group.
Preschool location: Balmoral
Located in a black and white house 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.
Hundred Thoughts Preschool
Preschool locations: Alexandra
Hundred Thoughts Preschool is a Reggio-Emilia-inspired preschool in Singapore. Children and teachers alike are encouraged to create dialogue, negotiate, and problem-solve across unique offerings like coding, outdoor explorations, language and creative art.
LEAP Schoolhouse Preschool
Preschool location: Farrer Park
LEAP SchoolHouse Preschool offers academic programmes for children from 2-17 months old (Infant Care), as well as preschool aged children from 18 months to 6 years old with alternate days of English and Chinese instruction.
Preschool location: Namly Place
A French Montessori preschool in Singapore, Les Oliviers provides an authentic Montessori education in both French and English. The child-centred preschool welcomes children from 18 months to 6 years of age, and the bilingual programmes here are run by AMI-trained French educators and English-speaking assistants.
Little Bunnies (The Outdoor Classroom)
Preschool location: One North
Little Bunnies – The Outdoor Classroom is a green preschool for under-5s (it’s also a stone’s throw from Tanglin Trust School so a good option for tykes who plan to transition there for “big school”). The preschool’s beautiful indoor/outdoor garden and airy classroom spaces are made from recycled items and natural materials like bamboo.
The Little House Montessori
Preschool location: Bukit Timah
This bilingual Montessori preschool in Singapore adheres to Montessori’s mixed-age principle, with kiddos aged 2.5 to 6 all in the same classroom. Little House offers fun features like a garden for outdoor play, weekly science experiments, and cooking sessions.
Little Oaks Montessori Kindergarten
Preschool location: Farrer Road
In a cosy 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. The preschool’s philosophy and culture are ‘strive to be the best we can be’, all in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Little Ones Kindergarten
Preschool location: Holland Road
This quaint little preschool Little Ones Kindergarten accommodates little ones from 18 months to 5 years with a high child-to-teacher ratio (10 to a class!).
Preschool location: Orchard/River Valley
Little Village is a preschool in Singapore with a strong outdoor focus. Housed in bungalows off Grange Road, there are multiple playgrounds, water play troughs, sandpits, bikes and scooters, as well as a cycling track for active minis! There’s a strong 50/50 bilingual program, too.
Masterminds Montessori Kindergarten
Preschool locations: Namly Place
Masterminds Montessori Kindergarten is the preschool to enrol your little ones aged 18 months to 4 years old if you want them to experience a Full Chinese immersion program. With over 30 years of experience, this preschool balances an academic curriculum that is also holistic and fun to keep the kids engaged.
Mighty Oaks Learning Center
Preschool locations: Tanglin
Mighty Oaks Learning Center’s programs are designed for children (aged 3 to 6 years old) who benefit from a smaller class size and specialist support to develop their school readiness skills. The intensive half-day programs at this preschool address focused attention, speech/ language and listening skills, academic and pre-academic skills, play and creativity, and peer interaction. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, and academic support services are included at this trusted preschool in Singapore.
Preschool location: Newton
This little Chinese church-based Newton preschool is a popular choice for mamas looking for a full Chinese immersion programme.
Preschool location: Bukit Timah
Nurtured Nest is a Reggio-inspired forest school that brings learning to life in a nature-rich environment. Their topics of inquiry are largely focused on sustainability education with a strong focus on nature and respectful engagement with children.
Preschool location: Upper Bukit Timah
Pariposa Preschool focuses 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.
Pegasus International Preschool
Preschool 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.
The Preparatory Place
Preschool location: Orchard
Little ones here learn through hands-on experience (why tell them, when you can show them!), 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!
Rain Trees International Kindergarten
Preschool location: Holland Road
Centrally located on Holland Road, 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.
Sunflower Baby House & Preschool
Preschool location: Bukit Timah (Turf City)
Sunflower Baby House infant care and preschool in Singapore for kiddos from 2 months up to 6 years of age, offers a bilingual program with English and Chinese teachers from infant care right up through Kindergarten 2! The curriculum incorporates the Theory of Multiple Intelligences into Singapore’s Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) framework.
Swallows and Amazons
Preschool location: Bukit Timah
Taking a play-based approach to early childhood learning, Swallows and Amazons also has a great outdoor area plus small class sizes, and the option for long days (and rarely any school holidays!).
Preschool location: Civic District
Trehaus School is a Silicon Valley-inspired preschool in Singapore that is changing early education – with a focus on building character and future skills in little ones. The innovative curriculum includes 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 superb 1:5 teacher-child ratio, Trehaus offers two language streams: a bilingual program (English/ Mandarin) and a full 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.
Trehaus @ City Hall 109 North Bridge Road, #07-21 Singapore 179097, www.trehaus.co
Tots & Teddies
Preschool locations: Raffles Place/Telok Ayer
This award-winning preschool caters to discerning parents who want the best care for their infants from two months through to kids under seven years. A holistic well-rounded P1-ready curriculum is complemented by meaningful enrichment programmes, plus class sizes are limited with great teacher/child ratios. The school offers immersive bilingualism (with a Chinese Language and English Language teacher in each class at all times).
Preschool location: Oxley Rise
Wee Care’s playgroup, preschool and special needs programmes teach junior within an inclusive, play-based curriculum (look out for the rooftop playground). Wee Care has a good bilingual program for kids too.
Worldly Wise Montessori Preschool
Preschool location: Balestier (HOMETEAMN-JOM Balestier)
Said to be the first music-themed preschool with an enriched, trilingual curriculum, Worldly Wise Montessori Preschool was founded by a certified Montessorian with the aim to unlock each child’s full potential and creativity.
Waldorf Early Years
Preschool location: Kembangan
Waldorf Early Years lets you gift your child an unhurried childhood. Throughout its 21-year presence on the red dot, Waldorf Early Years has encouraged kids aged 6 and below to discover the joys of imagination and creativity through daily free play in nature and with open-ended toys indoors. The low child-to-teacher ratio makes all the difference at the Waldorf Steiner Early Years Centre, where learning takes place in mixed age groups and through meaningful work with their hands, such as baking and beeswax modelling. What parents love most about WEY is the organic vegetarian lunches homemade by teachers and parents, and park Fridays where children spend the entire school day at the park!
Sassy Mama readers get 50% off the $200 application fee!
72 Jalan Senang, Singapore 418371, www.waldorf.sg
Inno Montessori Preschool
Preschool locations: 2 centres on East Coast Road
Located in the East, Inno Montessori – an American Montessori Society (AMS) member school in Singapore – adopts a bilingual immersion curriculum in developing a child’s language repertoire. The school is on the AMS’s Pathway of Continuous School Improvement framework that supports member schools in their ongoing commitment to providing and sustaining quality Montessori programmes. Children aged 18 months to 6 years will experience an authentic Montessori environment that is led by professionally trained directress (AMI/AMS) and a team of dedicated and experienced early-childhood trained teachers. Inno Montessori offers programmes such as Infant Community (18th months to 3 years), Casa (3 to 6 years) and Lower Elementary (6 to 9years). Aligned with the Montessori approach, their curriculum is centred on the 5 key learning areas- Practical Life, Sensorial, Cultural, Mathematics and Language & Literacy. Learning takes place through peers and teachers in a mixed-age group environment.
217 East Coast Road #05-01, Singapore 428915
46 East Coast Road #08-06, Singapore 428766
Preschool location: Lavender
Mahota Preschool is founded on the same principles that inspired the Scandinavian forest school movement. They emphasise greatly on children’s wellness and nature-based learning. As such, every Friday is their Nature Immersion Programme where children spend the entire morning exploring nature. They have an in-house chef who cooks and bakes healthy meals for the children daily. They’ve also attained the Platinum Tier in the Healthy Meals in Pre-Schools Programme by HPB. With a low teacher to children ratio (1 teacher to 6 children) in every class, nurturing teachers strive to help each child develop to the best of their ability. Their enrichment programmes (either carried out by external vendors or in-house teachers) help to develop children holistically in all domains. Through regular showcases to parents, children are able to express themselves and communicate effectively.
Enjoy 5% off monthly school fees after all existing subsidies!
808 French Road #03-01 Kitchener Complex Singapore 200808, mahotaeducation.sg
Little Lions Preschool
Preschool location: Bedok
This close-knit preschool in Singapore, which admits children aged 18 months to 6 years, fosters holistic growth and children’s love for learning through themed projects. Here, children explore the world through art activities, music, material manipulation and group games in a comfortable setting where they grow as well-balanced individuals that are enriched with life skills to thrive in both local and international environments. Little Lions’ low teacher-child ratios ensure that your child receives the quality education they deserve. You can also sign your child up for two-hour classes and after-school enrichment programmes such as Music and Movement, Junior Engineering and more.
Free bus service available for early bird registrations!
73 Lucky Heights, Singapore 467624, Tel: (+65) 8832 9756, www.littlelions.school
Pink Tower Montessori
Preschool location: Katong
Pink Tower Montessori is a premium preschool offering full Montessori classes for children from 18 months to 6 years old. In the sprawling, high quality preschool environment with specially curated learning spaces, children are encouraged to feel secure while challenging themselves. Pink Tower boosts a curriculum that is rich in Montessori activities, bilingual learning and an emphasis on world and green studies. Weekly lesson plans are created for each child as the preschool believes that each child progresses at their own rate. A specially-crafted Primary School Preparatory program is also implemented for the older children to ensure a seamless transition into the primary schools. Enrolment is limited to ensure a balanced teacher-child ratio in a cozy and conducive environment for an international community of young learners. Pink Tower Montessori also conducts Parent-Child classes for toddlers from 18 months to 2.5 years old. In their ‘MonteTots’ class, moms and dads join in the exploratory and discovery process with their young ones as they partake in a one-hour session of Montessori exercises and other fun-filled activities. Each class is headed by a Montessori-trained directress and children are given oodles of praise and encouragement.
Pink Tower Montessori invites all new and existing families to Pink Tower Experience Day on Friday, 24 February 2023 (3pm-6pm)! Invite a friend (or friends!) and if they complete registration with Pink Tower before 31 March 2023, you will each receive a $400 voucher to spend on fees and holiday programs!
Blue Lion Preschool
Preschool location: Siglap
Blue Lion is a contemplative preschool with an exemplary programme exploring with young children Buddhist and Asian wisdom values, alongside the arts, sustainability and the idea of endless possibilities. Blue Lion adopts a “Come and See” learning approach, an emergent curriculum that is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and bilingual project learning.
Preschool location: Marine Parade Rd
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.
Preschool location: Geylang
The Guided Inquiry-Based curriculum at Capella Preschool Programmes is carefully designed to encourage 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 playtime, plus a full hour of water play every week!
Discovery Kidz Preschool
Preschool location: Bedok
Discovery Kidz Preschool’s curriculum incorporates iTEACH integrated approach for children age 1.5-6 years. The preschool hopes that every child experiences a joyful childhood in their preschool years, by engaging them in authentic learning through purposeful play and meaningful experiences, with differentiated learning for varied learning styles.
Preschool location: East Coast Rd
Learning comes alive at Dreamkids, a happy preschool with an emphasis on bilingual literacy (English & Chinese), values and 21st century skills.
Preschool location: New Industrial Rd
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.
Preschool location: Tampines
Nestled within an original and exclusive Art School, Kinderstori is the only authentic Reggio-Emilia schoolhouse in Tampines. Their unique 50:50 bilingual program incorporates a variety of educational theories, while always keeping the children’s best interests in mind, allowing for hands-on and experiential learning. Children can immerse themselves in the amazing Atelier with the widest range of natural materials for artistic expression, guided by in-house specialist art educators.
Little Skittles International Preschool
Preschool location: Margate Rd
This cute preschool 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. Little Skittles follows the renowned International Preschool Curriculum (IPC).
Modern Montessori International Preschool Katong
Preschool location: Katong
Catering to children aged 18 months to 6 years old, MMI’s curriculum is tailor-made by qualified early childhood professionals to meet children’s needs. The inquiry-based and child-centred Montessori programme fosters and encourages self-help skills and independence among children. MMI also provides students with a trilingual learning environment, as they teach English, Mandarin and Japanese.
Raffles Montessori Kindergarten (Aljunied)
Preschool location: Geylang
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.
Red SchoolHouse at Woodleigh
Preschool location: Woodleigh Park
Established in 2004, RED SchoolHouse is located at PUB Recreation Club and boasts more than 30,000 square feet. As such, the award-winning preschool caters up to 70% of its premises for outdoor learning (a heavily emphasized key element of ECDA’s outdoor learning initiative!) alongside their specially crafted curriculum.
Rosemount International School / Rosemount Kindergarten
Preschool location: Ettrick Terrace
East Coast mamas love Rosemount Kindergarten 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. Preschool for kids aged two to seven years.
Bucket House Preschool
Preschool location: Woodlands
A highly sought-after Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool in Singapore, Bucket House provides premium educational services for children from 18 months to 6 years old. Well known for its balanced bilingual educational approach of thematic and inquiry-based learning, not only do children possess the ability to transit smoothly into primary years, but they’ll be equipped with the skills to express themselves and become active protagonists in their own learning. The Reggio Emilia curriculum focuses on the image of the child and at the centre of the education is the child in relationship, a child who is able to build his or her learning.
The Growing Academy
Preschool location: Punggol
The Growing Academy specialises in working together with children with special needs from 2 to 7 years old. The preschool believes in capitalising on each child’s strength to customise a unique set of intervention strategies that best suit their needs. It 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
Preschool location: Clementi
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. Based out of the Integrated International School’s (IIS) bright new campus, Little Tykes is perfect for toddlers up to 3.5 years of age.
Our Children’s House
Preschool location: Clementi
With a low student-teacher ratio, a multicultural environment, plenty of play, science, cookery and even yoga lessons included, this preschool provides an intimate, cosy, nurturing space. Facilities include a rock-climbing wall, a beautiful outdoor garden, and even a dance and music studio!
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Tanglin Trust School
School location: Portsdown
Tanglin Trust School is a not-for-profit international school and is one of the oldest schools in town with 98 years’ experience teaching its British-based curriculum. It has developed its own curriculum framework from Nursery to Year 9. The overall aims of the framework are to ensure clear, planned progression across the whole school, within each subject discipline, and also to ensure that the curriculum is relevant to students and the Tanglin context, to provide the best possible foundations. Starting from Nursery, a child’s natural curiosity is nurtured to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. Tanglin’s Early Years are holistic and balanced – with a strong pastoral programme, with counsellors on site who understand early childhood development. They’re the first school in Asia to be awarded the Curiosity Approach accreditation and complemented by the Tanglin Forest School Programme in 2021. They’ve been rated “Outstanding”, the highest possible grade, at the most recent British School Overseas (BSO) Inspection in November 2022. Their brand new 11-storey Tanglin Centenary Building includes new Infant spaces designed in calming and welcoming colours. The facilities include a new dining hall specifically for Tanglin’s infants, a first for the school.
One-north, 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299. Tel: (+65) 6778 0771, email@example.com, www.tts.edu.sg
St. Joseph’s Institution International Elementary School (SJI International)
School location: Thomson Road
Set in a beautiful, green and central location on Thomson Road, St. Joseph’s Institution International Elementary School (SJI International) caters to children from Prep 1 to Grade 6. The hands-on IPC curriculum engages children through units of work that encourage inquiry, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, and extends learning in the key subject areas. In the Early Years the world-renowned MOE Singapore Mathematics programme is followed which encourages active thinking processes and communication about mathematical ideas and problem-solving with a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. The curriculum also draws on the Reggio Emilia philosophy where children are seen as capable and curious. Their engaging Early Years Language Arts programme develops children’s reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and promotes a love of learning. Academic achievements are celebrated but at SJI International they consider values just as important with equal emphasis on the Character Development Programme underpinned by The Virtues Project™. As a Lasallian Catholic school, SJI International has a strong focus on pastoral care so all students feel safe and supported.
490 Thomson Road, Singapore 298191, Tel:(+65) 6353 9383, www.sji-international.com.sg
Global Indian International School (GIIS)
School locations: Punggol and East Coast
GIIS offers an enriching and stress-free preschool experience for children aged 2.5 to 5 years, with a balance of academic, sensory, cognitive, physical and socio-emotional skill development in a safe and nurturing environment. This international preschool in Singapore has an award-winning Early Years curriculum that’s a blend of the reputed Montessori approach along with the best modern preschool educational practices. GIIS has extensive facilities that have been designed with young students in mind and the option of a half-day programme (9am to 12:30pm) or an extended full-day programme (9am to 3:30pm), so parents have the flexibility to choose one that suits their child’s needs. Early learners at GIIS develop language and numeracy skills, enjoy music and movement, practical life lessons and become aware of environmental and community issues at a young age, through a values-based customised curriculum. The full-day programme has a host of drama, story-telling, art and other creative activities where students spend time playing while developing their communication, collaborative and creative skills. With a very affordable fee structure in place, experienced and trained Early years educators who work to build close connections with each child, GIIS kindergarten students have the best possible start to their education!
GIIS SMART Campus, 27 Punggol Field Walk, Singapore 828649, Tel: (+65) 6914 7100
GIIS East Coast Campus, 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663, Tel: (+65) 6914 7000
Australian International School
School location: Serangoon
The Australian International School (AIS) Early Years Program at the Early Learning Village adapts to you and your child’s needs, through the creation of Individual Care Programs. The Early Learning Village is specifically designed for babies and toddlers and the Infant Care Pod provides a stimulating, safe space for children to learn, explore and grow. The program focuses on the principles of the RIE (Resources for Infant Education) philosophy and this is headed by the school’s well qualified and experienced carers and educators. Bespoke purpose-built environments created for the youngest students are innovative and creative, yet warm. Each of their Reggio Emilia-inspired classrooms has its own outdoor playground, complete with sandpits and water or creativity project tables, and sensory play equipment. Classrooms are clustered together in small groups, creating communities within the larger school community. Each cluster has a dedicated teaching kitchen and mini-library and resource centre, with open spaces for children to collaborate and play flowing in between. Their learning spaces guide each child’s exploration of the world around them, celebrating each child’s ideas, whether that be in mathematics and literacy, music and movement or learning a new language. The inquiry-based approach of the IB Primary Years Programme is introduced from 3 years old, igniting curiosity and providing the foundation for success in Elementary School.