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Kindergartens and preschools in your neighbourhood

Just moved to Singapore or moving to a new neighbourhood? For those of you with little ones, we’re sure there’s one super-important entry on your list of things to do: find a kindergarten for your toddler. There are many kindergartens and preschools around the island to choose from, with great facilities, unique curriculums and experiences to be a part of. Check out our preview of just a few of them.

 

RainTrees Kindergarten

What to expect:

Children at RainTrees Kindergarten will enjoy a large outdoor garden and bright spacious classrooms. The curriculum is based on the British Early Years Curriculum and has seven main areas of learning. The topics covered are; literacy, language and communication, problem-solving and pre-mathematics, arts and crafts, personal and social education, physical education and understanding the world. With an ethos of learning through play, the school aims to equip children with the skills they need for primary school. Activities are hands-on and exploratory and include baking, water play and daily outdoor play. There are also excursions to places such as the theatre and beach, depending on the topic being covered.

Psst…

The school has a daily Mandarin programme for all students. Children aged two to four can attend the Mandarin Immersion Program in the afternoons. For younger ones, there is an interactive Parent and Toddler or Helper and Toddler playgroup (two hours) for children aged 13 months to two years.

60 Kheam Hock Road
6474 6181 | raintreeskindergarten.com | admin@raintreeskindergarten.com

 

Pat’s Schoolhouse

Pat's Schoolhouse play preschools
Learn through play at Pat’s Schoolhouse

What to expect:

Pat’s Schoolhouse has purpose-built spaces for learning which include outdoor, water and sand play areas, cosy reading corners and a music room. Children from 18 months to six years go through an enquiry-based curriculum which promotes exploration and learning through play, with fun excursions throughout the year based on discovery topics to further enhance their learning. On a recent excursion to the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), the children got to learn how land is planned for different uses! The school also has a Bilingual Immersion Programme where children delve into a variety of topics including art, history, geography and mathematics in both English and Mandarin.

Psst…

The school offers a selection of unique active learning experiences to aid in the children’s development. These include music and movement, cooking experiences, early science and discovery, pretend play and dramatisation.

19 locations island-wide
patschoolhouse.com | contact@patschoolhouse.com

 

Brighton Montessori

Brighton Montessori children preschools
Learn and explore at Brighton Montessori

What to expect:

With the belief that every child learns differently, Brighton Montessori offers an individualised learning approach where each child is given the freedom to question and explore. Using specially designed Montessori materials, children learn the concepts of language, mathematics, culture and practical life skills, all at their own pace. The school also makes an effort to offer individual attention with low teacher-child ratios. Formal school preparation begins at Kindergarten Two with group lessons, spelling, worksheets and group work, so that children are ready and equipped for Primary School. Children will also get to enjoy the centres’ outdoor playground, explore the mini garden and cycling tracks. During the holiday periods in March, June, September and December, the school organises excursions, such as trips to fruit and vegetable farms.

Psst…

The school offers two daily enrichment programmes, the Intensive Chinese immersion Programme as well as the Kids Fun Discovery Programme.

6 locations island-wide
brightonmontessori.com.sg | contact@brightonmontessori.com.sg

 

Odyssey The Global Preschool

Odyssey The Global Preschool outdoor play preschools
Enjoy the outdoors at Odyssey The Global Preschool

What to expect:

Your little ones will love the outdoor and indoor play areas at Odyssey The Global Preschool. Outdoor spaces include fields for playing catching, soccer and more. There is also a rock-climbing wall, herb garden and even a mud kitchen! Head indoors and have fun at the kitchen corner, puppet theatre and atelier. The Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum is integrated with the Programme of Inquiry from the International Baccalaureate (IB), empowering children to explore matters that interest them. Blending international practices with the Singapore Kindergarten Curriculum Framework, children are prepared for both the international and local education system. The school also has regular excursions that offer real-life interaction and learning beyond the classroom. For two- and three-year-olds, there are Chinese Language Immersion classes with structured lessons of Chinese phonics, vocabulary and project work.

Psst…

Parents are kept involved with the school through exhibitions, project showcases, workshops and communication sessions. Little Lives, the online family portal also provides curriculum updates.

4 locations island-wide
6781 8800 | theodyssey.sg | contact@theodyssey.sg

 

Learning Vision

Learning Vision children preschools
Learn and discover through hands-on activities at Learning Vision

What to expect:

Learning Vision offers a holistic child-centred curriculum which actively engages little ones in hands-on activities and gives them opportunities to independently inquire, investigate and discover. It covers seven key learning experiences: (1) Communication, language and literacy, (2) Early numeracy, (4) Environmental and community awareness, (5) Technology, (6) Personal and social development, (7) Physical skills and well-being. Younger children from two months to three years will be under the Early Years curriculum, which offers both structured learning and immersive experiences to promote language and cognitive growth. It’s designed to allow a smoother transition to the skills-driven preschool framework. At the school, children are also taught to appreciate diversity and develop a multicultural perspective. This is facilitated through cultural festivities held throughout the year.

Psst…

Preschool and Early Years Programme includes Mandarin. It aims to develop reading, speaking and writing skills as well as promote interest for the language through music and movement, cultural studies and more.

23 locations island-wide
learningvision.com

 

White Lodge

White Lodge kids preschools
Learn beyond the classroom at White Lodge

What to expect:

Each White Lodge centre has an outdoor and indoor play space with entertaining activities including trampolines, swings and slides. Young ones will also have loads of fun at the dressing up and imaginative play corners, water and sand stations as well as weekly cooking classes. The curriculum incorporates the frameworks of High Scope, Reggio Emilia and Howard Gardner. This is taught through subjects such as drama, music and movement and arts and crafts. Children can also look forward to excursions. A recent one was to the World of Plants at Gardens by the Bay. The children had fun collecting leaves and flowers to make a collage. At the discovery zone, they also took part in a dino egg hunt.

Psst…

There are playgroups at the school’s Loewen Gardens and East Coast centres on Thursday mornings. Regular school day timings are also flexible to accommodate parents’ working schedules.

8 locations islandwide
6255 4230 | whitelodge.edu.sg

 

Arts Kidz International Pre-school

Arts Kidz International Preschool excursion preschools
Arts Kidz International Preschool’s integrated curriculum nurtures minds and cultivates creativity

What to expect:

With learning spaces designed for art, technology, science, music and more, children at Arts Kidz International Pre-school are able to discover, explore and learn through play. The child-centred and enquiry-based curriculum integrates the International Early Years Curriculum and the Singapore curriculum. The school teaches each child to problem-solve and develop their thinking. There is also an extensive specialist arts and language programme where children can attend classes in areas such as arts, Chinese speech and drama, violin, mindfulness for kids and second languages. Each term, children go on outings connected to the topic theme. At Arts Kidz Bukit Timah, Nursery Two to Kindergarten Two children embark on monthly excursions to Bukit Batok Nature Reserve where they get up-close to nature.

Psst…

Children can opt for full days, half days or three-day weeks. There is also an After School Club that offers fun activities such as taekwondo, ballet, soccer and cheerleading.

Two locations (Tiong Bahru and Bukit Timah)
artskidz.com.sg | enquiry@artskidz.com.sg / enquiry_bt@artskidz.com.sg

 

Shaws Preschool

Shaws Preschool kids playing preschools
Learn to think independently at Shaws Preschool

What to expect:

The project-based curriculum at Shaws Preschool allows children to be actively involved in their own learning. Topics are chosen based on the children’s interests and develops their thinking and inquiry skills. They embark on an in-depth studies of real-world topics and then present their findings. Excursions are also a huge part of the project-based curriculum at the school. For example, when the children were learning about people in the community, they brought the class terrapin for a check-up at the neighbourhood vet. He explained what he does in his job, taught them how to take care of animals and how to help them when they are ill. The school also offers Mandarin for all children.

Psst…

There are flexible hours in the form of half days (until 12.15pm), extended days (Until 3.15pm) and full days (Until 5.30pm). Children also enjoy weekly sports activities by Shaws Little League.

Five locations island-wide
shaws.school

 

Canadian International School

CIS outdoor learning
Exploring nature and the outdoors at CIS

What to expect:

With the aim of promoting self-discovery and creativity, the Canadian International School Kindergarten programme offers a nurturing environment for children ages two to five. The school’s curriculum is delivered through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework and an inquiry and play-based approach in teaching. Both campuses feature an interactive outdoor learning centre, STEAM makerspace and colourful and spacious classrooms. Young ones aged two enjoy a unique bilingual environment with an English speaking teacher and two Chinese speaking assistants. From age four, children can choose to either enrol in the English Immersion Programme (with daily French or Chinese lessons) or the Bilingual Programme (equal exposure to English and Chinese).

Teachers keep in close communication with parents to ensure that parents are kept up to date with their child’s progress. This is done every Friday through My.CIS, an online parents’ portal. Nursery and preschool parents can also sit in lessons to allow their child to better adjust to school life.

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Students will also benefit from the school’s STEAM programme, which encourages the development of analytical skills and promotes natural curiosity.

Two locations (Lakeside and Tanjong Katong)
cis.edu.sg

 

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