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Preschools in Singapore: Is it really worth investing in early years education?

Working the preschool circuit trying to find the perfect programme for your child aged 18 months to 6 years? Then you won’t be the first parent to have wondered whether it’s really worth forking out for Junior’s early years education, or if this is somewhere you can be shrewd. As tempting as it may be to skimp now and stash away for later, we’re looking at a whack of research that shows that an investment in your child’s education is best made in the preschool years.

In fact, Dr James Heckman, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, goes so far as to say that the cheque you write for those Nursery and Preschool years can offer one of the highest rates of return, with huge long-term social, economic and academic benefits (even impacting their  earning power!). Not that you’re thinking yields when you’re taking snaps of your little one on their first day of school, but it’s good to know that schools like AIS (Australian International School) are equipping little learners with the building blocks for future success.

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Launching in January 2016, AIS’ enhanced Early Years curriculum will offer daily maths and Mandarin, alongside the Accelerated Literacy Program to advance reading, writing, listening and speaking under the inquiry-based International Baccalaureate (IB). Over half of AIS’ students already move into Elementary with above-level language skills, so we reckon this new and improved programme will create even stronger linguists!

So, what would Dr Heckman have to say about all of this? He refers to ‘active’ ingredients in a successful early years education programme being the development of cognitive skills through maths and reading, together with the acquisition of non-cognitive skills such as social and emotional growth.

Well, the clever people at AIS must have known this because specialist programmes will also be introduced in January ’16, critical in the development of key life skills – namely, confidence, balance and creativity. Just how, you ask?

Confidence: A new weekly Speech and Drama Programme will draw on London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts’ (LAMDA) curriculum (backed by 150 years of experience!) to teach children to become confident public speakers and develop a varied and rich vocabulary.

Balance: Children will get stuck into structured physical education under SMART Steps, a Perceptual Motor Program that supports body and brain development, and builds fundamental skills essential to classroom success including bilateral co-ordination to support reading and hand-eye coordination for writing.

Creativity: Specialist music lessons will start from 2 years old progressing to weekly violin lessons from the age of 3, developing each child’s musical literacy, understanding and creative potential.

Fast forward to 2017 and AIS’ students will further benefit from a brand-new, state-of-the-art Early Years campus with purpose-built facilities including a 22-metre swimming pool, sports gym, five library and learning resource centres, nine arts and language specialist classroom and a parent café – and  all just a 10-minute drive from Orchard, too! Get a sneak peek of the new facility by checking out the video above.

To find out more about AIS’ Early Years programme, register for their next Open House on 6th November 2015. Alternatively, visit www.ais.com.sg or call +65 6653 7906 to speak with an enquiry manager.

Australian International School Pte Ltd is registered by the Council for Private Education. CPE Registration Number 199204405H. Period of Registration: 6 July 2015 to 5 July 2019.