Living in Singapore or just about to move here? If you have young children or toddlers, there’s probably one super-important entry on your list of things to do: to find a good kindergarten. Here are some of the best neighbourhood kindergartens and preschools in Singapore for you to check out. Assess the facilities, unique curriculums and experiences that your child can enjoy and then view the map at the end to find out where they are!
Repton Schoolhouse offers the best of both worlds by combining the early years educational programmes of the UK and Singapore. The learning partnership between home and school, and an emphasis on character development gives each child the skills and attitude for a great start at school life. The school offers a unique and highly effective approach to bilingualism, with a fully qualified and experienced lead English teacher and lead Chinese teacher in each classroom. The children’s days are filled with stories, songs and games in both English and Chinese. Repton is known globally for its attention to student care; the school’s student-teacher ratio of 6:1, reflecting a commitment to offering maximum support, care and opportunities for interaction with teachers.
The children enjoy state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities such as spacious classrooms, a library with an extensive collection by favourite children’s book authors, and a fully equipped indoor playground. The Bukit Timah campus also has a stunning outdoor play area set surrounded by greenery. Both campuses are open for before- and after-school care and school holiday care – all included in the school fees.
Mosaic Kindergarten has programmes for children from 18 months to seven years old, with full-day and half-day options. The school incorporates different methodologies to enhance learning – play-based learning, project approach, Montessori approach and 13 co-curricular programmes to choose from, including gym, speech and drama, Chinese immersion, Japanese language, cookery, science and coding. Taught by dedicated teachers with professional early childhood training, Mosaic’s signature curriculum aims to help children become confident and curious learners. It provides opportunities for them to discuss, make decisions and problem-solve. With a strong emphasis on play and experiential learning, the school organises exciting field trips and projects for the children – for instance, learning about the environment through upcycling and visiting Playeum.
The preschool believes in the importance of outdoor play – there’s a huge outdoor field for children to enjoy water play, sports and sand play. It embraces and celebrates the diversity of each student, from their cultures (there are over 20 nationalities) and interests to learning styles and needs. The school also runs holiday camps during the school breaks and offers bus services and meals and snacks.
Rain Trees International Kindergarten
Offering a British Early Years curriculum, Rain Trees International Kindergarten takes an interest in the whole child, and encourages parents to be involved in school life. The school’s topic- and play-based curriculum has a set routine, with teacher-guided activities in seven different areas of learning: communication and language, literacy, personal, social and emotional development, problem solving and numeracy, physical development, understanding the world, expressive arts and design. There are also daily Mandarin sessions, optional afternoon immersion programmes for children aged two to four, and Spanish language classes. Teachers hold international qualifications and have years of experience in play-based curriculums. Parents can opt for either a full day or half-day programme for children between 18 months and four years old.
Children can look forward to riding bikes at the porch and playing in the garden. There is also “splash time” every Friday where a fun paddling pool and water slide are brought out. Additionally, there are termly excursions that are tied to the topics of learning. For example, the Butterflies class (18 months to 2.5 years) had a blast at the Singapore Zoo, where they enjoyed a safari show and learnt about different animals.
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool
Blue House is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which honours children as co-constructors of knowledge. Children have the opportunity to build on their knowledge based on their own interests, through a collaborative teaching philosophy where educators respond to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences. Offering adult-accompanied indoor and outdoor playgroups, classes and drop-in sessions, the Infant & Toddler Atelier welcomes children from six to 36 months of age. They can explore and build connections through interactive sensory-driven experiences. The preschool caters to children 18 months to six years of age through nursery, preschool and kindergarten programmes, with the option of two, three or five full or half days.
Both the preschool and atelier are located in Bukit Timah, with well-designed classrooms and outdoor spaces to feed children’s curiosity and connect with nature. Children are encouraged to explore the outdoors and also go on accompanied walks around the school. Play, imagination and creativity are further enhanced by in-house art, music and Mandarin specialist educators. There’s a strong community ethos at Blue House, too – parents are actively invited to share their knowledge and skills and to work on projects with children.
White Lodge International Preschool & Childcare
White Lodge centres all have outdoor play spaces with child-safe climbing frames and activity corners to promote active and interactive learning. Little ones have loads of fun at the dress-up and imaginative-play corners, water and sand stations, and weekly cooking classes. The comprehensive curriculum incorporates the frameworks of High Scope, Reggio Emilia and Howard Gardner, and the children are taught literacy, numeracy, Mandarin, science, music and movement, and arts and crafts. The theme-based approach means that children can look forward to excursions relevant to the topics of inquiry, such as to the National Gallery to learn about buildings and architecture. The curriculum also encompasses a pre-primary preparation programme to equip children for their next school placement at either an international or local school.
Children can attend half-days, full-days or extended days (until 5pm) for two, three or five days a week. The school is also now offering an afternoon drop-off sessions at all of their centres: 3pm to 5pm for preschools and 1pm to 7pm for childcare. These smaller classes include music, movement, sensory, art, Mandarin and outdoor play, plus phonics and numeracy from Nursery onwards.
Eight locations islandwide
Shaws Preschool uses a play-based curriculum, teaching children through fun and engaging interactive activities. The theme of “adventure” runs through their project-based curriculum, keeping the children happy as they learn, play and explore. Both English and Mandarin lessons are offered, and students enjoy twice-weekly sports sessions with Shaws Little League. The preschool is open from 7am to 7pm all-year-round, and parents can opt for the half-day, full-day or extended day programme. There is a low student-teacher ratio so children get the support and attention they need. Hot lunches and snacks are also provided daily. Children that attend the extended or full-day programmes are able to take part in additional activities such as Code Play, Little Chefs and Kids and Cash activities.
The preschool’s campuses have plenty of space for children to move and play indoors and outdoors. All the schools have an outdoor area for water play and messy play as well as veggie patches and butterfly gardens, where the children grow and harvest plants and watch caterpillars turn into butterflies. Excursions are also a huge part of the curriculum – there are approximately 10 a year! For instance, when the children were learning about people in the community, they visited the neighbourhood dentist. She showed them what she does every day and also taught them how to brush their teeth properly.
Five locations islandwide
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