‘Outdoor’ preschools in Singapore (or preschools with outdoor space) allow kids to take their play and learning outside. Some of these outdoor preschools even have herb gardens and school pets!
In an urban city like ours, the need for outdoor space has never been more important – we all crave fresh air, natural surroundings and outdoor play more than ever! So finding a preschool with outdoor space and features like a natural playground, sand play, and water play can be a great way to ensure children are nurtured by nature and get to develop gross motor skills. Keep scrolling for preschools in Singapore with amazing outdoor features (some even have their own gardens with school pets)!
Outdoor preschool features: multiple locations sporting dedicated playground with natural grass and trees, open space with artificial grass, rooftop garden and dedicated outdoor playground
If you feel that the natural outdoor environment should be a child’s second home, Josiah Montessori may be a great fit for your little one! Josiah believes that learning in an outdoor environment benefits children in myriad of ways as it hones children’s social emotional well-being. Apart from encouraging them to practice a healthy lifestyle, children get to interact and build relationships by playing outdoors with one another, while building their gross motor muscles. All the outdoor activity can also help them make their own choices and decisions and in turn build their self-esteem and confidence as they discover their capabilities to perform new activities. Another benefit to outdoor play is also improving emotional regulation and interpersonal skills when interacting with their peers through negotiation and conflict resolution. Hoping for lessons on sustainability for your child? Josiah offers plenty of outdoor opportunities such as field trips to beaches or parks, a neighbourhood walk or outdoor playground experience while teaching kids about the environment.
Outdoor preschool features: Wading pool, log walking, swings, climbing, slide structures with tunnels.
Mulberry Learning believes in the importance of outdoor play in a preschooler’s early learning journey. Spaces are carefully designed and planned to stimulate the children’s senses, unleash their innate creativity, and encourage their natural desire to explore. At Mulberry Learning’s Namly centre, children are treated to a wondrous outdoor play area within the compound curated according to the theme of the “Sea”, “Forest” & “Mountain”. Children at the Namly centre get to enjoy a range of well-designed outdoor facilities such as a wading pool, log bar swing, log walking zone, climbing and slide structures with tunnels and more, which allow them to develop gross motor skills daily while having active fun! The award-winning curriculum nurtures the Future Ready Child and cultivates a lifelong love for learning. The open air outdoor learning spaces are located within the safe compound of the school premises itself, and feature natural grass. Book a School Tour to explore the vibrant Reggio-inspired learning spaces at Mulberry Learning’s Namly centre today!
Mulberry Learning Namly Centre, 36 Namly Crescent, Singapore 267551, Click here to see other locations,Tel: (+65) 6653 8082, [email protected], mulberrylearning.com
Outdoor preschool features: Water play, sand pit, chalkboard wall, tricycle track, eco-garden, outdoor playground, trampoline park.
While most of Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse’s centres are located in the residential areas, their Newton and Orchard centres are situated in the CBD and city centre with dedicated private outdoor spaces! Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse @ Newton is housed in a 15,000sqft compound, and is a purpose-built preschool with two storeys and ample outdoor space within the centre’s compound. Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse @ Orchard on the other hand is located in a commercial building, with outdoor space within the centre. We love that selected outdoor play areas are sheltered, such as a sand pit, tricycle track and eco-garden – so children can embrace the outdoors while staying dry!
Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse Newton, 420 Clemenceau Ave North, #01-02, Singapore 229492
Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse Orchard, 15 Scotts Road, Thong Teck Building #02-01, Singapore 228218
Click here to see other locations, Tel: (+65) 3165 0224, [email protected], kiddiwinkie.edu.sg
Adventure Tree Preschool
Outdoor preschool features: Wooden playground, swings, trampoline, sandpit, large trees for shade, waterplay, tricycle, gardening activities
Adventure Tree Preschool’s entire school pedagogy and curriculum revolve around nature and the outdoors: it’s at the core of their curriculum and they strongly believe in the importance of placing nature at the centre of every children’s education! Tucked away in a residential area off Beauty World MRT, their recently open Bukit Timah campus sits on a very large plot of land and features two large gardens surrounding the single storey bungalow. Located just across Meyer Road Park, their Katong campus features a mix of artificial grass and natural grass. Here there’s also a wooden playground, waterplay, tricycle and gardening activities offered to the children. As the school is located just across Meyer Road Park, the children are often brought on treasure hunts or sports activities to the park every week.
Registration fee will be waived until 30 August for the Bukit Timah Campus!
Adventure Tree Preschool @ Katong, 4 Crescent Road, Singapore, Singapore 439289
Adventure Tree Preschool @ Bukit Timah, 38 Tham Soong Avenue, Singapore 596360
Outdoor preschool features: Water play, sand play, big open field and playground, with natural grass.
Recently voted Singapore’s Best Integrated Learning Programme, Alphabet Playhouse has been around for over 20 years and is well known by parents for its award-winning integrated learning approach at both Somerset and East Coast locations. The large and spacious outdoor spaces become the child’s ‘third teacher’, as spaces within the school are designed with the intent to encourage encounters, communication and relationships. Laughter fills the air as the children at Alphabet Playhouse go outdoors daily to learn, play, explore, make connections with the real world and discover new things! Under their signature Ready, Set, Grow! outdoor sports programme, students embark on a series of fun activities and develop a Growth Mindset through sports, alongside engaging in meaningful learning experiences. Children get to experience Outdoor Exploration Learning, cycling, skating and playing soccer, along with sand play, water play and slides. Book a School Tour to find out more about their curriculum, learning spaces and enrolment promotions!
Alphabet Playhouse @ Somerset, 16 Dublin Road, Singapore 239805
Alphabet Playhouse @ East Coast, 440A Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466497
House on the Hill Montessori
Outdoor preschool features: Wooden playground, open spaces, natural grass,
Learning outdoors and outdoor play are key components of a Montessori education. In fact, one of the main pillars of the Montessori philosophy is a connection with the natural world. All House on the Hill Montessori schools incorporate large outdoor spaces where the children can learn, play, grow, discover and more! Their commitment to natural materials extends to the all-wood, white cedar playground sets in all schools. Students love it when teachers take lessons outdoors, whether they’re learning to write in Mandarin with leaves, harvesting mangoes from the tree, tending to their growing projects or feeding the school pets! All their play spaces are located safely within the gated campuses.
House on The Hill Montessori, Click here for all locations! Tel: (+65) 6337 4635, [email protected], www.houseonthehill.com.sg/welcome
Kinderland Academy and Preschool
Outdoor features: Playground, play structures, water, sand play area, cycling track, butterfly garden and animal sanctuary
Kinderland’s outdoor areas challenge children to stretch their physical ability with installations like a playground, play structures, water, and sand play areas. At the same time, to encourage inquiry-based learning, children can explore and discover the natural and colourful environment around them! In the children’s garden, students learn about sustainability and eco-living when they plant vegetables and flowers on their own. Children enrolled in Kinderland Academy @ Yio Chu Kang enjoy exercising in a large hall (a rarity in preschools!) and on an extensive cycling track. The Butterfly Garden is an oasis of calm, offering opportunities for children to watch and identify various species of butterflies and other insects found in nature. Additionally, children learn about responsibility and compassion as they feed, observe and discuss the rabbits, chickens and turtles residing in the Animal Sanctuary.
Kinderland Academy @ Yio Chu Kang, 449 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 805946
Kinderland Preschool & Infant Care @ Pandan Valley, 3 Pandan Valley, #02-316, Singapore 597627
Click here for all locations! Tel: (+65) 6881 8818, [email protected], kinderland.com.sg
Outdoor features: Large outdoor area, playground equipment, water play, trampoline, garden.
Tucked away from the rush of the city, Star Learners @ one-north sits on a generous plot of land. Besides its spacious interior, the centre also boasts a large outdoor area, presenting multiple learning opportunities for little ones. Its outdoor grounds house age-appropriate playground equipment, a water play feature, a large trampoline and an expansive garden, providing children with farm-to-table food education. Even with these fixtures, there is ample space for children to play catch with their friends, kick a ball around, or race each other on their tricycles. Located within the gated school compound, the great outdoors is convenient, conducive and a safe exploration space for even the littlest ones. With nature at their doorstep, its educators also take the opportunity to conduct reading sessions and activities outdoors, as part of its Literature-based curriculum. For them, fun in the sun is just a hop and skip away!
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Outdoor preschool features: Large garden, playgrounds, water play, trampoline and an open field
Rich in its culture and heritage, Wharton Preschool is housed in a pre-war black and white mansion carefully preserved over the years. The 18,000sqft sprawling garden is home to mature and well-maintained flora featuring Tembusu, Belimbing trees and more. Children learn by immersing themselves in nature! Their outdoor area has age-appropriate playgrounds, water play, a trampoline and an open field for running around. There’s both a sheltered area (for when it gets too hot!) and an open-air area.
Wharton Preschool is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! Save up to $1,000 on school fees! Promo is until the end of 2022. Click here to book a school tour!
Wharton Preschool, 791A Upper East Coast Road Singapore 466601, www.whartonpreschool.com
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More schools with great outdoor areas:
Australian International School
Blue House International Preschool
Canadian International School
The Children’s Place
Dulwich College (Singapore)
Little Paddington Preschool
Nexus International School (Singapore)
Rain Trees International Kindergarten
Red SchoolHouse at PUB Recreation Club