Exciting news! Rain Trees International Kindergarten has moved to Holland Rd and now has 35,000sqft of outdoor space with a mud kitchen, play equipment and ride-on toys!
Sometimes the best gift you can give your young tots is plenty of play time outdoors! Rain Trees International Kindergarten is a ‘small school feel’ preschool that offers amazing outdoor play now that it has moved to a beautiful bungalow with a massive garden on Holland Rd. Your kids will have 35,000sqft of outdoor space to run around in and explore as part of unstructured playtime, which makes preschool a fun place to be plus develops good physical fitness, agility and stamina!
Lessons and unstructured playtime outdoors
The large shady garden is used not only for planned outdoor activities but also unstructured outdoor play. There’s time allocated each day for kids to choose from climbing frames, playing in the sandpit, ride-on toys, balls, hoops and more… The possibilities are endless!
Teachers also use the outdoors to explore topics like “In the Garden” where children can look for and collect sticks, leaves and worms to learn about afterwards.
The tree stump in their big garden is a prominent feature, inviting the nickname ‘the cave’ as some of the children call it! Some even think it looks like a friendly dragon – kids are free to explore the stump, climb on it and observe what creatures inhabit its nooks and crannies.
There’s also a mud kitchen where kids can get really messy whilst engaging in play, and a vegetable patch for children to grow their own vegetables. The veggies will then be used in their cooking activities!
Well-fitted classrooms: dress-up corner and soft play
Rain Trees International Kindergarten has five classrooms, each one set up to reflect the learning areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is part of the British Curriculum. Learning areas include Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication Language and Literacy; Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy; Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Physical Development; and Creative Development.
Their approach is to foster a love of learning, problem-solving, experimentation and inquisitiveness to provide a solid foundation for every child’s future. The emphasis is on learning through play in an environment planned to stimulate discovery, independence and social interaction. With small class sizes (teacher-student ratios are at just 1:6 to 1:12) children can develop a sense of trust and become comfortable in their environment. Kids are also actively encouraged to help themselves, take initiative and become increasingly independent in order to develop self-esteem and social competence.
Kids love the cozy reading corner, designed to encourage communication and literacy skills, the hands-on numeracy corner, kitchen and home corner. Another exciting spot kids gravitate to is the dress-up corner for role play and when it’s raining outside kids can have fun in the indoor soft play room!
A smooth transition to ‘Big School’
Feedback from parents of children who have transitioned to the big international schools in Singapore after attending Rain Trees International Kindergarten has been extremely positive – children are confident, social and ready for the next level! The main area of focus throughout Rain Trees at all age levels is their personal social and emotional development, which builds their confidence and emotional resilience. Teachers also focus on Jolly Phonics which helps to develop required literacy skills, all done in a child-friendly, hands-on and concrete way to ensure each child learns at their own pace and level without feeling pressured.
Many parents of kids at Rain Trees International Kindergarten rave about this small school with a big heart, and notice their children are overall happy campers – so make sure to arrange a visit and check out the beautiful school grounds for yourself!