Looking for a preschool in Singapore that will nurture your little one to their full potential? Here’s our most comprehensive guide to preschools and kindergartens so you can choose one that best suits your child
Finding a preschool that satisfies your little one’s curiosity, provides a caring and stimulating environment and most of all is lots of fun for littlies is enough to send any mama into a bit of a spin! With so many options of infant care, nurseries, kindergartens and preschools available for families it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve done the legwork for you with our most comprehensive guide to preschools in Singapore.
Our 20221 guide to preschools in Singapore is handily organised by location so you can find an option that works for your family. We’ve further broken down the multi-location schools by size, as you’ll usually find a different feel between Singapore’s well-established preschool/childcare chains and more independent schools with only two or three locations.
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Jump to Preschools in Singapore:
- Multiple locations – Large (4+ Centres)
- Multiple locations – Small (2-3 Centres)
- Central (CBD, Bukit Merah, Orchard, River Valley, Bukit Timah, Newton, Novena, Toa Payoh)
- East (Mountbatten, Kallang, Katong, Siglap, Bedok, Simei, Pasir Ris, Paya Lebar, Tampines)
- North/West (AMK, Mandai, Sembawang, Woodlands, Yishun, Seletar, Punggol, Clementi, Jurong, Boon Lay, CCK, Bukit Batok, Serangoon, Lim Chu Kang)
- International Schools Early Years Programmes
Unless otherwise noted, preschools cater to children 18 months to 6 years old (again, a defining feature of many of the larger schools is that they also offer infant care, which typically caters to babies from 2 months of age). It’s also good to be able to understand the difference between child care (which has longer hours and serves two meals per day) and an MOE Kindergarten (which may have shorter hours and isn’t required to serve any meals). For more details on these distinctions, check out our Guide to Local Preschool Options. Note that there is also a subset of government-subsidised “anchor operators,” leading preschool providers selected by the government to increase access to good quality and affordable childcare and education, especially for children from lower-income or disadvantaged backgrounds. There are currently five anchor operators in Singapore, which we have noted below; in this scheme full-day childcare is capped at $720 per month and kindergarten is capped at $160.
In terms of “preschool” vs. “kindergarten” terminology, there’s no technical distinction. 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 in Singapore, which includes information on government support for differently-abled students as well as a roundup of special needs schools and early intervention programmes.
- Language Programme– What language does the preschool teach? You could choose a full Mandarin-immersion programme, a bilingual programme or an English-instruction school that teaches Mandarin as part of the programme. It’s always helpful to ask how much second language tuition is included in the day.
- School hours– How long is the school day? Some preschools work off a strict half or full day timetable (9am-12pm or 9am-3pm) while others take more of a daycare approach and offer longer days (7am-7pm). If you’re a working parent, you may want to consider how easy picking up and dropping off will be.
- Facilities– What facilities does the preschool offer? While some preschools will have snazzy classrooms, others offer more in the way of outdoor play spaces.
- Child to Teacher Ratio– How many kids per class? The student to teacher ratio varies amongst different preschools, so it’s good to consider if you prefer bigger or smaller class sizes.
- Cost– How much do the fees cost per term? For many, cost is a major consideration! Prices vary wildly amongst preschools. Always ask if holiday programmes are included in the termly fees — some schools have long holiday breaks while others are in session nearly all year round.
Locations: Frankel Avenue, Mountbatten Road, River Valley, Sunset Way, The Grassroots Club, Harbourfront (new!)
With over 25 years’ experience and six 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 Singapore’s favourite Montessori preschool, 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! Tel: (+65) 6588 3883, [email protected], www.brightonmontessori.com.sg
Locations: 5 locations including (Braddell Heights, Lorong Chuan, Mountbatten and Tanjong Katong)
With over 30 years experience, Shaws Preschool is one of Singapore’s leaders in play-based learning! The unique play-based curriculum makes it easy for kids to love learning. With lots of outdoor space, 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, Mud Kitchens, Splash Zones to cosy and bright 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 protected], www.shaws.com.sg
Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse
Locations: Bukit Timah, Commonwealth, Boon Lay, Katong, Sengkang, Serangoon Gardens, Tampines, Woodlands, Yishun, Jurong West (new!)
Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse believes that every child is a joyful learner. Teachers inspire the love of learning and growth in virtues, harmony with self, the environment and society. 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. Our curriculum incorporates Education in Virtue which underlines the teaching and learning principles that build children’s body, mind, heart, and spirituality for sustainability. Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse is associated with the Catholic Church, which has been extensively involved in the provision of education in Singapore. Visit their upcoming open house for the new Jurong West centre very soon!
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 9437 5372, [email protected], book a visit today!
Agape Little Uni.
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 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.
Click here for all locations!, www.agapelittleuni.com
House on the Hill Montessori
Locations: Balmoral, Mount Sophia, Pasir Panjang and Hollandse Club (Opening Soon!)
Founded in 2012, House on the Hill Montessori is a family-run infant care, preschool and kindergarten that offers warm and inviting classrooms filled with natural materials, and beautiful outdoor playgrounds in cosy residential areas. House on the Hill is a genuine Montessori school with that stays true to the educational excellence of the Montessori Method with features such as mixed-age classes, vertical learning and a 3-hour work cycle. With their hands on experiential approach and personalised curriculum, children are intrinsically motivated to love learning whilst developing life skills such as confidence, creativity and independence. The school also has a great reputation with parents, who rave about its specially-designed nutrition program. The Hollandse Club campus will be House on the Hill’s fourth campus opening this year!
Click here for all locations! Tel: (+65) 6337 4635, [email protected], www.houseonthehill.com.sg/welcome
Locations: Suntec City, Changi, Kallang, Raffles Place, Tampines, Alexandra (Coming Soon!)
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 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.
Click here for all locations! Tel: (+65) 6634 1780, [email protected], josiah.com.sg
Locations: 8 centres across Singapore
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. With the motto Learn Curiously, Live Creatively, Kiddiwinkie’s creativity-inspired curriculum takes young charges on an interactive and investigative learning journey, where they develop resilience, global awareness, and other core competencies to be ready for future challenges. Bilingualism is also a significant aspect – with a 50% ratio of English and Mandarin. Anchored by the principles of constructivism, ecological systems, and neuroscience, Kiddiwinkie’s unique curriculum allows children to develop their love for learning by experiencing it through fun and imaginative ways while building a strong foundation for primary school readiness. Kids are also exposed to different cultures of the world through multi-cultural immersion programmes!
Click here for all locations! Tel: (+65) 6463 3465, [email protected], kiddiwinkie.edu.sg
Kinderland Preschool & Infant Care
Locations: 15 centres across Singapore
Kinderland Preschool & Infant Care is a leading early childhood education provider for children 2 months to 6 years of age. Besides the 15 centres spread across Singapore, they’ve got a strong regional network, with centres also available in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh. With over four decades of experience, the school is renowned for their music-infused curriculum which, through research, has proven to boost children’s early brain development. Instrument musical training develops the part of the brain that controls visual-spatial skills, vital for learning maths and science, while sharpening memory and improving verbal intelligence and literacy. The programme reinforces brain development and provides a booster for children’s rapid brain growth in the first five years. Kinderland’s time-tested music-infused curriculum is practiced through the K.I.N.D.E.R multi-disciplinary lands, which provide boundless opportunities for children to engage their five senses in learning and expanding their knowledge horizon. Kinderland aims to stir curiosity, promote creativity, expand capability, build confidence, cultivate care and hone communication to build every child’s competencies. Kinderland children are well prepared to be empathetic global citizens with a growth mindset.
Click here for all locations! Tel: (+65) 6881 8818, [email protected], kinderland.com.sg
The Little Skool-House
Locations: 20 centres across Singapore
This popular premium preschool is fully bilingual and aims at driving discoveries and building knowledge better. With 27 years of heritage, The Little Skool-House focuses on enabling children to have high bilingual proficiency without the need for rote memorisation. The kindergarten is renowned for its “Formation Programme,” which gives kiddos a head start to primary school. The bilingual programme includes the Chinese theatre pedagogy where children plan and execute a play in Mandarin, the ‘Builders & Innovation’ project which instils critical thinking and problem-solving in Science and Math, as well as a structured reading and journal writing programme. No wonder 93% of Little Skool-House children were assessed to be highly-proficient in both English and Mandarin by the end of K2 as found in an NTU survey! The Little Skool-House has had award-winning educators for the past 9 consecutive years, as conferred by MOE & ECDA.
Enjoy these Exclusive Rebates until 31 March 2022:
$1,600 rebate* for full-day programmes plus 3 free sets of uniform and complimentary 12-months insurance, applicable to all Non-POP Centres.
$800 rebate* for prime programme, applicable to Delta House & Downtown East Centre.
$400 rebate* for half-day programmes, applicable to Delta House.
*T&Cs: $400/$200/$100 rebate off per quarter, respectively.
Click here for all locations! Tel: (+65) 6509 7880, [email protected], www.littleskoolhouse.com
Locations: Bedok, Commonwealth, Race Course Road (Little India), Sengkang, Toa Payoh
Methodist Preschool is part of the Methodist family of schools with a century-old tradition of providing quality education in Singapore. They offer a holistic curriculum that encompasses intellectual, emotional, physical, social and character development with a play-based, inquiry- and project-based learning approach. Highlights of their curriculum include the Applied Learning Programme, which features Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education; Signature K2 Space Buds Programme, specially designed to build interest and foundational knowledge in space and S.T.E.M through hands-on lessons and activities (they’ll even get the chance to meet and interact with an astronaut through Zoom!); and a Proprietary Music Programme developed with Methodist School of Music. The creative integration of innovative education technology such as BeeBot Coding Robot and Luka AI Reading Robot within Methodist Preschool’s curriculum effectively stimulates students’ learning and improve their digital competence.
Enjoy $250 savings on fees + receive 2 complimentary sets of Methodist Preschool uniforms for enrolment from 18 February – 30 April 2022! Click here for more details.
Locations: 15 preschools in Singapore
This award-winning preschool has been recognised as an established preschool brand under the Singapore Prestige Brand Awards (SPBA) and is the first and only 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. Mulberry Learning offers Reggio Emilia-inspired learning spaces along with comprehensive bilingual programmes that help children acquire an expressive vocabulary of over 4,500 English words, more than 2,000 Chinese words, master over 80 Chinese idioms, and recite 16 Chinese poems by the age of 6!
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6653 8082, [email protected], mulberrylearning.com
NTUC First Campus’ My First Skool
Locations: 146 locations across Singapore
My First Skool focuses on developing happy, confident, resilient children with an “I can do it!” approach to learning. The holistic curriculum keeps curious minds engaged as they explore and discover the fascinating world around them, and the bilingual nature of the programme ensures kiddos will be ready with the language skills and social abilities to be effective communicators. Teachers at My First Skool are qualified, ECDA and MOE Award-winning educators who focus on building close and trusting relationships with the kids. Such interaction improves kids’ focus and engagement in learning. Children also get to enjoy yummy meals created in collaboration with expert nutritionists and freshly prepared every day by the in-house cooks. It’s no wonder My First Skool is a sought-after preschool by parents! The school also keeps parents updated on the kids’ progress, creating an enriching learning environment and preschool experience.
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6509 7887, [email protected], www.myfirstskool.com
Star Learners Child Care
Locations: 42 locations across Singapore
Star Learners’ unique literature-based curriculum immerses every child in rich and exciting worlds, and opens up a world 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! Tel: (+65) 6250 0173, [email protected], starlearners.com.sg
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.
The pioneer in integrating Multiple Intelligences into early childhood curriculum in Singapore, Carpe Diem Preschool is a leading childcare provider with centres all over the island teaching children from 3 months to 6 years old. The inclusive, bilingual learning environment helps children master bilingualism confidently.
Established in 1999, this network of preschools in Singapore has a long track record of producing student leaders. Many Charis schools are located in beautiful church premises with playgrounds that allow every child’s imagination to bloom. Kids will benefit from their bilingual environment, a low teacher-child ratio, one-to-one Montessori sessions, and carefully selected enrichment vendors.
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.
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 it a nice choice for the smallest family members.
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.
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 be in touch and give back to the community through the centres’ involvement in key projects with government agencies yearly.
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 Paddington guarantees a balanced focus on well-being, social and emotional development as well as core values. Their centres are best known for the spacious outdoors with playgrounds, water play areas, sand pits, gardening and cycling for lots of discovery and adventure! The specialist ateliers for music, art, cooking, science, imaginative play and united nations offer great depth of learning across diverse areas. Little Paddington offers a Mandarin immersion programme across all levels. Little Paddington offers full-day and half-day programmes for infants between the ages of 3 – 18 months and preschoolers from 18 months – 6 years.
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.
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.
A subsidised anchor operator founded by Metropolitan YMCA way back in 1980, MY World Preschool has always strived to make quality child care and preschool education accessible for all families in Singapore. There’s a strong emphasis on character development and values. Many of MY World’s locations include infant care, too.
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.
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 for a preschool in Singapore. Massive classrooms and tonnes of outdoor green space complete the offerings.
This popular infant care centre and preschool takes babies as young as 2 months old and has 15 childcare centres around the island. Besides a strong Bilingual Immersion Core Curriculum as well as an enhanced Music Integrated Curriculum, little ones also have stacks of time for cooking, music, arts, science, drama and physical education.
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.
Raffles Kidz is an award-winning bilingual preschool in Singapore that also offers infant care and kindergarten. With a focus on building a strong academic foundation, Raffles Kidz nurtures children to become open-minded inquirers, confident communicators, independent thinkers, creative contributors, and collaborative team players. Alongside core values like integrity, motivation, passion, accountability, commitment, and teamwork, outdoor play is also an important part of the Raffles Kidz experience.
Safari House employs the Zoo-phonics curriculum, which encompasses not only language and literacy (though it does emphasise kiddos reading quite early), but also math, science, art, music and sensory drama. The programme is fully bilingual.
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.
There’s a distinct Montessori influence at this trio of preschools whose curriculum encompasses practical life skills development, sensorial experiences, language development, numeracy and various cultural activities. Kiddos – a mix of locals and expats – also get exposure to fine arts, gymnastics, music, and other fun activities to get the wiggles out.
My Learning Haven
Locations: Suntec City, Mediapolis
At My Learning Haven, we aspire to raise a generation of happy, confident and resilient children for the 21st century. Being the first preschool in Singapore to incorporate one of the best education systems in the world – The Hei Curriculum, we believe 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. At MLH, every moment is filled with joy, happiness and fulfilment.
School Addresses: https://mylearninghaven.com
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6970 0628 , [email protected], mylearninghaven.com
Invictus International Preschool
Locations: 5 locations in Singapore
Invictus International Preschool is one of the most sought-after international preschools in Singapore, with a 22 year-long reputation for its hands-on, child-centred learning approach where children have their own individualised learning plan. Previously known as White Lodge International Preschool, it now has an upgraded, more comprehensive curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (UK) framework and infused with aspects reflecting the excellence that the Singapore system is renowned for, such as second language learning and a strong, values based education delivered through the The Virtues Project. The school also offers a range of enrichment programmes that further encourages the development of knowledge, skills and interests. Plus, children that graduate from Invictus Preschool will have priority admission into Invictus International School and The Perse School, Singapore!
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6255 4230, [email protected], invictus.preschool.edu.sg/our-schools
ELFA Chinese Preschool
Locations: Hougang, Pandan Valley and Tampines
ELFA Chinese Preschool has more than 20 years of experience inspiring young minds and shaping morals. They’re the most awarded Singapore preschool brand in China after all! Through their unique story-based curriculum, ELFA can hone your child’s love for Mandarin while building their character during daily lessons. With the belief that children’s natural mode of learning is through play, that’s how ELFA uniquely introduces language learning – 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 and activities that enrich children’s early learning at ELFA. Children pick up essential skills like effective bilingual communication, creativity and logical thinking as well. Children who graduate from ELFA are armed with strong Mandarin fluency, as well as a deep Chinese cultural exposure and appreciation. Children at ELFA are keen learners and equipped with an aptitude to take on challenges, which are much needed vital skills for a globalised future. With a network of more than 30 centres across Singapore and China, the school is highly regarded for their quality curriculum and school management system, having been jointly developed by a team of local early childhood specialists and a panel of advisors from overseas. ELFA Chinese Preschool accepts students from the age of 2 months to 6 years old.
Click here to see all locations! Tel: (+65) 6881 8818, [email protected], elfapreschools.com/singapore
Locations: Somerset and East Coast
With the belief that school should be a place “where adventure and discovery take place”, Alphabet Playhouse caters to little ones’ boundless imaginations through a series of well-crafted programmes aimed at stimulating courageous and curious little minds. Both the East Coast and Somerset campus have enormous outdoor areas and nicely furnished indoor spaces.
Locations: East Coast and Bukit Timah
Tiny class sizes and the option for drop-off or adult accompanied groups make this a good choice for mamas looking for a pure Mandarin or bilingual preschool for their babes. Bibinogs enrichment classes start from 6 months of age.
Location: Farrer Road, Thomson 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.
Locations: Yishun and Sembawang
Considered one of Singapore’s few “true blue” Montessori preschools in Singapore, 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.
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.
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.
Location: 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 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.
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.
Locations: Broadrick and Newton
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. Classrooms feature the traditional “prepared environment” with classic Montessori materials that focus on each child’s physical, mental, social and aesthetic development.
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.
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. Individual strengths are celebrated, as every child is seen as intelligent in his or her own area. With an approximate 50/50 split between local and international kids, there’s a strong Reggio-inspired bilingual programme that incorporates Mandarin into activities throughout the day.
Locations: Harding Road, Gilstead Road and Leedon Road
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.
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.
Children at this preschool are exposed to a holistic, learner-focused Montessori system with an integrated thematic curriculum. Teacher-child ratios are kept low, and the educators here offer an environment that’s rich in both Montessori learning materials and enrichment activities, ensuring a well-balanced learning curve. Understanding that each child learns at a different pace, Wharton Preschool provides each little learner with a customised learning plan. 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.
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 around sustainability education with a strong focus on nature and respectful engagement with children. That’s not all, every Thursday the forest is their classroom! Kids ages 4-6 are taken on walks and discoveries through the various forests and nature parks closeby. Make sure to enquire ASAP if you’re keen on enrolling your kiddo – we hear they already have infants on the waitlist for 2023.
644 Dunearn Road, Singapore 289627, Tel: (+65) 8779 7533, nurtured-nest.com
Children’s Cove Preschool
Locations: Novena, Orchard, Queenstown and Sembawang
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. 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.
Click here to see all locations! [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6655 0077 (Queenstown), 6655 2401 (Novena), 6737 1690 (Orchard), 6983 5045 (Sembawang), childrenscove.sg
Tots & Teddies
Location: Raffles Place/Telok Ayer
Tots & Teddies aims to be Singapore’s best quality bilingual full-day infant care and preschool. 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 a great teacher/child ratios (1:3 ratio for infants, 1:5 ratio for preschool) so that every child feels heard, understood and protected. The school offers immersive bilingualism (with a Chinese Language and English Language teacher in each class at all times). We love how the food menu has been approved by a paediatric nutritionist and is freshly prepared daily from scratch by in-house professional chefs – menu items include waffles, pancakes, bread and pasta (made with cage-free eggs), barramundi, salmon, fresh fruits, fresh Australian milk and Greek yoghurt. Their completely inclusive fees include all excursions and extra-curricular fees so you’ll never have to worry about your kids missing out on anything! Centrally located just a few minutes walk from either Telok Ayer MRT or Raffles Place MRT stations.
62 Cecil Street, #04-00 TPI Building, Singapore 049710, Tel: (+65) 6816 0001, [email protected], www.tots-and-teddies.com
Brainy Child Montessori
Brainy Child is a boutique school that accepts children from 18 months to 7 years old. Their curriculum follows the Montessori method, allowing children to learn according to their level and pace in a personalised learning environment. Apart from the English language, there is the option to take up Mandarin and Japanese lessons, taught by native teachers. Children can also opt to take up brain training lessons, robotics and drama lessons. Children are well-prepared to attend local primary schools or grade 1 international schools. There is a good mix of local and international students and teachers. The teacher-student ratio is small to ‘bring out the genius in each child’ (the school’s motto). The teachers are nurturing and supportive, and many are mothers themselves. The school offers a flexible arrangement so parents can choose what to sign up for.
150 Orchard Road, Orchard Plaza #05-38/43, Singapore 238841, Tel: (+65) 67337669, [email protected], www.brainychildmontessori.sg
Coco-Ro Learning House
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. Some activities are also collaborative in nature; for example, for the Performance Day backdrop, children worked together to create the artwork, which allowed them to develop the dynamics needed for group work while exercising their creativity and imagination. Healthy eating is also emphasised at mealtimes, thanks to the nutritionally-balanced Japanese style school lunches provided daily – these are catered by Japanese restaurants. Afterwards, children will learn to show politeness to the staff that cooked and cleaned up. Kids are also encouraged to build strong socio-emotional, health and well-being foundations during “creative playtime.”
20 Devonshire Road, #01-01/02, Devonshire Building, Singapore 239850, Tel: (+65) 6736 1815, www.coco-ro.com.sg
LeClare Preschool provides a holistic, bilingual programme for little tots aged from just 2 months to 6 years, that takes inspiration from the Reggio Emillia approach to provide a rich and engaging environment for children to learn and grow within. 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 in little learners. Other speciality programmes that make this preschool stand out include 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 protected], www.leclare.edu.sg
Little Woods Montessori Pre-School
Nestled in a quiet residential street in Novena since 1998, Little Woods Montessori offers an excellent 5-year programme giving children an authentic Montessori and a solid foundation for entry into Grade 1, Year 1, or Primary 1. The unique Montessori framework comprises five core components: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language Mathematics, Music & Art, and Discovery of the World. These help children develop cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally. In addition to the bespoke curriculum, they also offer Extra Curricular Activities to ensure children are exposed to a variety of activities and develop holistically. Guided by their AMI-certified Directress, Little Woods Montessori aims to nurture independent thinkers and self-directed leaders to give them an exceptional start to their journey in education and in life!
45 Gentle Road, Singapore 309166, Tel: (+65) 62516317, [email protected], littlewoodsmontessori.com
Pibo’s Garden Playschool
Location: Dunearn (Bukit Timah)
Pibo’s Garden Playschool offers kindergarten programmes for the expat community. With a focus on developing children’s love for learning through play, children will be engaged through sensorial activities that encourage exploration and imagination, grooming them into confident and creative individuals. A home-away-from-home campus that provides children with multi-sensorial activities and experiences, Pibo’s Garden Playschool also cultivates a bilingual environment. Mandarin is integrated into their daily programme through engaging activities such as music, drama, games and crafts. A thematic approach is also used to guide children’s understanding of the language. They have flexi-care programmes available.
1 Dunearn Close, Singapore 299574, Tel: (+65) 6466 2639 (Dunearn), [email protected], pibosgarden.edu.sg
Rain Trees International Kindergarten
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.
255 Holland Road McMahon Park, Singapore 278604, www.raintreeskindergarten.com
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.
Location: Phoenix Park Tanglin
ABC Center’s EarlyPreps is an early intervention preschool for special needs children. ABC’s EarlyPreps is 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.
Location: Holland Road/Sixth Avenue
Providing a fully bilingual learning environment, this charming little preschool 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 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.
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.
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.
Located in a big old black and white with a huge garden, this kindergarten’s small class sizes and emphasis on fun make this a delight for young learners. The theme-based fun-filled programme includes outdoor play, gardening and messy art play.
Hundred Thoughts is a Reggio-Emilia-inspire preschool in Singapore. Children and teachers alike are encouraged to create dialogue, compare, negotiate, hypothesis, and problem-solve across unique offerings like coding, outdoor explorations, language and creative art.
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.
The first and only French/English bilingual Montessori preschool in Singapore, Les Oliviers caters to children from 2.5 to age 6 on a half-day basis (with additional activities available in the afternoon, as well as parent-accompanied classes for younger children).
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.
Little Hands Montessori runs a fully comprehensive Montessori program using Jolly Phonics and the Oxford Reading Tree plus musical theatre, art, dance and acrobatics over school holidays.
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.
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. Led by an Australian principal, the school’s philosophy and culture are ‘strive to be the best we can be’, all in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Location: Holland Road
This quaint little preschool accommodates little ones from 18 months to 5 years with a high child-to-teacher ratio (10 to a class!).
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.
Location: 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 to encourage spontaneous learning of the Chinese language. 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’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.
This little Chinese church-based preschool is a popular choice for mamas looking for a full Chinese immersion programme.
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.
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.
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!
Location: Bukit Timah (Turf City)
This 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.
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!).
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.
Location: Bras Basah
Viv’s Schoolhouse is a fairly new school in the CBD with a focus on academic excellence and character development. It also features an indoor gym, rock wall, outdoor playground, and a swimming pool!
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.
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.
Blue Lion Preschool
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. A registered childcare centre for children aged 18 months to 6 years old, Blue Lion provides a cosy and safe indoor and outdoor learning environment for young children to make their first steps into school. With a deep respect for a child’s capability and competence, as well as being rooted in Buddhist beliefs, Blue Lion is a small community that practices authenticity, open-mindedness and presence in the daily lives of families and staff.
10 Palm Avenue #02-01, Siglap Post Office, Singapore 456532, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6242 2781, www.bluelionpreschool.org, www.bluelionpreschool.org
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. The school has a huge garden out front where children spend lots of time outdoors digging, planting, harvesting; think farm-to-table gardening and cookery sessions. Not to mention the endless and engaging fun kids are engrossed in while playing in the outdoor rustic mud kitchen with loose-parts play! Plus, weekly yoga sessions conducted by certified children yoga instructors offer both physical and physiological benefits for the little ones. With their motto ‘One World, Many Stories’, Kinderstori welcomes Children of the World of all backgrounds and abilities, as they create authentic and meaningful stories to last a lifetime.
11 Tampines Street 32, #02-01, Singapore 529287 (located in Tampines Mart), Tel: (+65) 8556 9451, www.kinderstori.com
British Council Pre-school
British Council Pre-school brings together the best practices from the United Kingdom and Singapore to give children a topnotch preschool education. Their approach is influenced by the pedagogies of Montessori, High-Scope and Inquiry-based learning, with an immersive bilingual programme that gives children a head start in becoming effectively bilingual. All teachers hold professional teaching qualifications and have extensive experience teaching young children. The preschool is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to facilitate interactive learning for Nursery and Kindergarten students from 3 to 6 years old.
Save $500 on advance registrations for 2023 intake when you register by 28 February 2022!
11 Tampines Concourse #01-02/03/04 Singapore 528729, Tel: (+65) 6439 2130, www.britishcouncil.sg/pre-school
Discovery Kidz Preschool
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. Discovery Kidz pays close attention to children’s psychological health development, especially in social-emotional growth. The school has recently published an in-house social-emotional development book level 1 (1.5-3 years old), with subsequent levels (3-6 years old) being scheduled for release. Nutritious meals with the freshest ingredients are prepared daily to ensure that children eat well, which in turn supports healthy growth and development. With a low staff-child ratio, quality interaction contributes to positive impacts on children, including better learning, language, behavioral and academic development. Having a small group of children helps ensure their wellbeing which in turn reduces the likelihood to get injured or sick.
Enjoy savings of up to $1,800 upon enrolment! $150 OFF monthly for 1 year, for newly registered students. Wavier of 1-month school fees when you refer another child to enrol. You’ll also receive a free set of uniform upon registration and enjoy more discounts when you enrol 2 or more children!
13 Bedok Ria Place, Singapore 489773, discoverykidzpreschool.com.sg
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.
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 play-time, plus a full hour of water-play every week!
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.
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.
Location: East Coast Rd
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.
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).
Mahota Preschool is founded on the same principles that inspired the Scandinavian forest school movement. On a holistic education, they emphasise the importance of nature not just being a source of invaluable lessons, but also the foundation of the pedagogy. 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.
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. Core Montessori components from the comprehensive curriculum, and it is complemented by a hybrid of project-based works. This helps instil mindful learning and leadership qualities in children. MMI also provides students with a trilingual learning environment, as they teach English, Mandarin and Japanese.
Location: Tembeling Rd/Dempsey
This cosy preschool has a high teacher-to-student ratio, ideal for the smallest learners. A full Montessori programme where each class is headed by a Montessori-trained directress, Pink Tower makes learning fun with outdoor water play, cooking classes, Mandarin lessons and world studies. There’s even a specially-crafted Primary School Preparatory programme for the older children to ensure a seamless transition into local or international primary schools.
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.
Location: Woodleigh Park
Established in 2004, RED SchoolHouse is located at PUB Recreation Club boasting a total usable space of 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.
Location: Ettrick Terrace
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.
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool
Location: Bukit Timah (Turf City), 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 3 centres Blue House offers programmes for children between 6 months – 6 years to suit children’s individual needs. From the parent-accompanied weekly playgroup sessions and classes at the Atelier, to the drop-off preschool programme that offers half-day or full-day options 2, 3 or 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: Rambai, Turf Club and Kay Siang
[email protected], Tel: (+65) 6734 0824 (Turf Club), 6445 5765 (Rambai), 6472 3788 (Kay Siang), www.bluehouseinternational.com
Bucket House Preschool
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. Bucket House is notable for its Atelier with a resident Atelierista. The culture of the Atelier values the different forms that each child gives to his or her ideas and knowledge, so that no child loses the courage and the pleasure of building knowledge. One of the preschool’s quality traits is the value attributed to the environment where the spaces are viewed as places of life, communication and relationship for children and adults. To find out why Bucket House classes are usually in high demand and so well-loved by many parents, drop by for a visit!
39 Woodlands Close, #01-62 [email protected], Singapore 737856, Tel: (+65) 6909 8373, [email protected], www.buckethousepreschool.com
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 first. This preschool is based on Howard Gardner’s 8 multi intelligences and an Australian methodology that puts heavy importance on purposeful play. There is a bilingual curriculum and enrichments such as taekwando, abacus, phonics and more.
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.
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
Location: Boon Lay
Touting itself as “The Arts & Sciences Preschool,” the school uses a thematic approach, supported by inquiry-based projects with learning corners and state-of-the art digital content. Reading, language, mathematics, science, music, art and character development plus phonics, dance, creative art and STEM, with equal emphasis on their dual-language bilingualism programme.
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.
Location: Paya Lebar
With a low student-teacher ratio, a multicultural environment, plenty of play, science, cookery and even yoga lessons included, Our Children’s House provides an intimate, cosy, nurturing space. Facilities include a rock-climbing wall to a beautiful outdoor garden, and even a dance and music studio!
International Schools Early Years Programmes
Dulwich College (Singapore)
Location: Bukit Batok
The adorably named DUCKS (Dulwich College Singapore’s Kindergarten School), for children aged 2-7, delivers a challenging, ambitious, and holistic education (with an emphasis on pastoral care) enabling children to discover and develop their full potential. Following the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, children at Dulwich learn through purposeful play, with a focus on learning to read and write in both English and Mandarin. Every class is taught by at least one native English-speaking teacher and one native Mandarin-speaking teacher. Children are fully immersed in both languages all day and the aim is for them to be confident and competent in both languages. All DUCKS children have weekly swimming lessons using the school’s three pools, and from the age of 3 years old, the children have specialist PE, music and choir lessons. The children also have weekly specialist library lessons in the dedicated Early Years library, plus plenty of opportunities for drama and performances. Another highlight is the Forest School at Dulwich which uses the outdoors to build independence and self-esteem in children. The opportunity to learn through nature sees children flourish in a range of skills, not least language and literacy.
71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Singapore 658966, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6890 1000, singapore.dulwich.org
Chatsworth International School
Location: Bukit Timah
The early childhood centre at Chatsworth International School is specially catered for children aged 3 to 5 years old (K1 and K2) and introduces them to a school setting in the world of international education. As an IB school, the early years classrooms and learning environments follow the IB inquiry and play-based curriculum, imbued with a Reggio Emilia approach. The early years programme allows children to bring to the classroom their identity of home and family, and a range of theories and ideas about their world and is delivered by nurturing and highly experienced teachers in small class sizes. The purpose-built early childhood centre is equipped with facilities designed with the specific needs of preschoolers in mind. While early learners are housed in a safe and secure space, the collaborative and supportive school culture from K-12 means that there are opportunities where they are able to interact with their older peers, learn and grow alongside them. Chatsworth strives to provide the best international education possible, starting from early years, and at moderate fees.
72 Bukit Tinggi Rd, Singapore 289760, www.chatsworth.com.sg
Nexus International School (Singapore)
At Nexus International School (Singapore), their Early Childhood (Nursery to Year 2) learning hubs are specially curated to create a safe and happy environment for young learners. There are plenty of open and flexible spaces, providing kids with a range of learning opportunities to explore. They can look forward to dedicated play areas such as the treehouse, playground, mud kitchen, tricycle track – all of which facilitates the free flow between indoor and outdoor learning! For learning or quiet time, children can retreat to reading corners for Languages and shops to practise Maths. Young learners are also exposed to a range of specialist lessons such as music, art, swimming and foreign languages as part of their multifaceted learning journey!
1 Aljunied Walk Singapore 387293, www.nexus.edu.sg
Australian International School
The Australian International School (AIS) Infant Care 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.
1 Lorong Chuan, Singapore 556818, Tel: (+65) 6653 2958, [email protected], www.ais.com.sg/curriculum/early-years
Brighton College (Singapore)
Location: Lorong Chuan
Brighton College (Singapore) offers small class sizes and enviable child to staff ratios of 1:4 in Pre Nursery and Nursery and 1:7 in Reception. If you are looking for a preschool in Singapore that engages early learners, Brighton College (Singapore) has an exciting Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, planned dynamically to engage the interests of the children. That means teachers are happy to replan activities to keep kids engaged to meet the learning goals! A focus on 7 key areas of learning sets a firm foundation for future success: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Early Years teachers who are experts in their field plan collectively across year groups to ensure the progression of children is mapped to where they need to be at the end of each year level. Brighton also has exceptional facilities, including three large playgrounds, an indoor gym and teaching swimming pool, as well as outdoor play spaces that are attached to each classroom.
1 Chuan Lane, Singapore 554299, Tel: (65) 6505 9790, www.brightoncollege.edu.sg
Canadian International School
Location: Jurong and East Coast
Canadian International School (CIS) attracts kids to its Kindergarten programme for its inquiry and play-based approach. Their curriculum, which is taught within the IB PYP framework, combines a range of subjects including STEAM, outdoor learning experiences and first-rate literacy, math, bilingual and foreign language programmes. All children must learn either Chinese or French as their second language. Children can choose from daily language acquisition classes or their highly respected Chinese-English or French-English bilingual programme. Their Chinese-English bilingual programme will also extend to Nursery from August 2022. Students complete CIS’ kindergarten equipped with the academic and soft skills to succeed throughout their school life and beyond plus they acquire a love of learning and are happy to take risks. There will also be a new primary wing opening in January 2023 at their Lakeside campus which will have a large outdoor discovery centre, covered pool, gym and 200 seat theatre.
CIS Lakeside Campus, 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414, Tel: (+65) 6467 1732
CIS Tanjong Katong Campus, 371 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437128, Tel: (+65) 6345 1573, www.cis.edu.sg
Dover Court International School
Dover Court International School (DCIS) is one of the leading inclusive British international schools in South East Asia. In the Early Years Foundation Stage at DCIS (3-6 years old), the curriculum covers the three prime areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; and Physical Development. These fall under the four specific areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design, and Understanding the World. A programme that blends Child-Initiated and Teacher-Led activities is seen as the most important way for children to access learning. As class sizes are kept small, teachers get to know each individual child so they can track their learning (recorded in daily observations online which parents also have access to). This could be in the form of a question, a next step or inviting the children to reflect on a piece of work. Conversations, photos, quotes from the children and next steps are all examples of what may be recorded as part of the child’s Learning Journey observation. The Pathways ‘Early Intervention’ Class follows the EYFS curriculum where appropriate but adapts the planning and learning environment to meet the individual needs of the children. DCIS is also known for its excellent performing arts education with Juilliard and their MIT collaboration to challenge children in the subjects of STEAM.
301 Dover Road, Singapore, 139644, Tel: (+65) 6775 7664, www.dovercourt.edu.sg
Locations: 13 centres in Singapore
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, the teachers at EtonHouse celebrate children’s curiosity and wonder, and facilitate learning based on the children’s interests to nurture their love for learning. EtonHouse’s inquiry-based learning has revolutionised Singapore’s Early Years approach since 1995. Today, it continues to be a leader in education, providing a through-train education pathway from Pre-School to High School in Singapore and ten other countries. You can choose from 13 early years campuses islandwide, either childcare centres or international schools. The EtonHouse IB pre-schools also offer an excellent pathway to the primary years programme and beyond. Apart from inviting classroom environments that seamlessly integrate with the common areas, their schools have beautifully designed studios and specialist teachers to facilitate everything from storytelling to performance and visual art. Outdoor and nature education is integral to an EtonHouse education. Known for its bilingual programme for decades, their immersion programmes have nurtured many fluent bilingual speakers, including non-native Mandarin speakers, from pre-school to primary and beyond. Selected pre-schools also offer a 100% Mandarin immersion programme to build a strong Mandarin foundation from young.