Children learn so much through games, activities and outdoor play. Studies show that a play-based learning approach has many benefits for preschoolers. It encourages creativity and exploration and aids in the development of motor skills. We’ve rounded up some of the top play-based preschools and kindergarten programmes in Singapore that incorporate learning through play into their curriculum.
Kinderland children are encouraged to explore independently in school; the curriculum enhances the experience with learning through play across multiple programmes such as the unique Children’s Music Programme, KinderFit Cardio-fitness, Literacy through IT, S.T.R.E.A.M. and Character Development. There are ample opportunities for children to learn and discover through indoor and outdoor play. Activities such as playing hide-and-seek, solving puzzles, and baking and cooking all widen children’s imagination and enhance logical thinking. Child-directed play also allows them to orchestrate their version of play, which encourages creativity and exploration. Students also have access to more play-based learning through the Holiday Intensive Camp. In a recent camp, they learnt about Urban Gardening, discovering the many plants that can grow quickly in tropical climates and their different uses. These elective kindergarten programmes are reviewed termly at Kinderland to introduce the latest topics to children.
Hear from a parent
“Learning has become an exciting and enriching journey for my son as he discovers the fascinating world we live in through Kinderland’s play-based learning activities. We see him grow in confidence as he acquires new skills, and becomes more creative as he explores various themes throughout the year. The kindergarten programme also offers opportunities for parents to participate in the children’s learning journey. We are constantly impressed with the teachers’ teaching methods, projects and presentations assigned to the kids.” – Cheng Chia Yi; parent of a Kindergarten 1 child
15 centres islandwide
At Shaws Preschool, every day is an exciting adventure of play-based learning. Led by dedicated, experienced and caring teachers, the play-based programme develops the preschool child’s innate curiosity and creativity through hands-on learning, exploration, outdoor play and sport. The ShawsPlay curriculum fosters confidence, communication, grit and resilience in children, always emphasising fun. With over 30 years of experience in learning through play in Singapore, they know that their approach of learning through play helps children to develop a lifelong love of learning!
Hear from a parent
“We chose Shaws Preschool because of its location, friendly staff, clear and consistent curriculum, good communication with parents, and also because of recommendations from friends. Aleks loves to bring home and show off his artwork and things he has made, as well as help teach us new sports. Little League sports and Messy Play every week are a highlights for us, as well all the space there is to run and play! We love the consistent communication about what is happening and what Aleks is doing. At Shaws, Aleks has grown in confidence and attitude while learning and having fun!” – Sam Lake and Julia Erakovic; parents of Aleksander (2.5)
Mosaic Play Academy & Preschool
Learning through play and experiential learning are rooted in the core of Mosaic’s curriculum. Learning happens simultaneously in outdoor and indoor environments with different learning-through-play programmes. The newly revamped outdoor space comes with a garden, sensory bridge, water-play zone, sand-play pit, cycling track and picnic zone. These give the preschooler children various opportunities to stay active, physically healthy and happy through the school day. Mosaic Preschool also runs 17 different enrichments and Montessori programmes as co-curriculum, including swimming, ballet, coding, wushu and Junior Chefs. These deepen the children’s learning and exposure.
Hear from a parent
“We decided on Mosaic for our daughter Janan because of its enjoyable play-based programme. When she joined in 2017, she couldn’t speak a word of English. But in less than two months, she started speaking it very well. The school is designed so that children can learn through play. They’re not forced to sit for long hours in classes, and they’re encouraged to explore and be creative. There are also different play corners such as dress-up and role-play, and an indoor playground with sensory and motor skill toys.” – Reyhaneh Sadat
Coding Lab’s Junior Coders’ Programme kickstarts the coding and computational thinking journey of tiny tots’ (4 to 6 years) with fun play-based learning. From treasure hunts with Photon the Robot to using tablets for coding classic stories and tinkering with origami and light-up circuits, there’s a wide array of courses to engage little ones in learning through play. Kids are guided by educators dedicated to nurturing future leaders in technology; the seeds of curiosity are planted as preschoolers grow in knowledge, learn problem-solving and acquire 21st-century skills. The school recently added materials from Learning Beautiful; these wooden toys impart the basics of computer science through exploration and play. The Learning at Home Set fosters quality family time when parents and children learn through play together at home
Hear from a parent
“My son enjoyed himself at Coding Lab’s Junior Coders’ Programme holiday camp. He was very excited to share details about his classes and show us what he did every day. He played with bots and learned science, and he’s more adept at using technology now. Even in the weeks after his camp, he continued to attempt the coding activities all by himself! I’m grateful to his teachers for their guidance and I’m amazed to see him hone his curiosity and creativity as he discovers more about the world around him. ” – parent of Emmanuel (5)
Deal! Use code “EXPAT5” to receive an additional 5% off, on top of the existing early bird discount, for the Junior Coders’ Programme. For the upcoming March holiday camps, all participants can purchase their own Learning at Home Set from Learning Beautiful at 40% off the retail price.
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