Choosing the proper faculty for our youngsters is likely one of the most essential selections to make when settling down in Singapore. We’re spoiled for selection with regards to schooling in Singapore – there’s a host of preschools with numerous studying alternatives, experiences and nice amenities to take pleasure in. Hear from 31 expat households about their experiences at preschools in Singapore – it’d simply make your determination just a little simpler!
- 1 White Lodge
- 2 Arts Haus
- 3 Arts Kidz Worldwide Preschool
- 4 Australian Worldwide Faculty
- 5 Blue Home Nursery & Worldwide Preschool
- 6 Brighton Montessori
- 7 Brilliant Path Preschool
- 8 Canadian Worldwide Faculty
- 9 Dulwich School (Singapore)
- 10 GESS
- 11 GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
- 12 Little Tykes (Built-in Worldwide Faculty)
- 13 Worldwide Group Faculty
- 14 ISS Worldwide Faculty
- 15 Studying Imaginative and prescient
- 16 Little Woods Montessori Pre-Faculty
- 17 Marlborough School Malaysia
- 18 Masterminds
- 19 Melbourne Specialist Worldwide Faculty
- 20 Nexus Worldwide Faculty (Singapore)
- 21 Odyssey – The International Preschool
- 22 Abroad Household Faculty
- 23 Rain Timber Worldwide Kindergarten
- 24 Shaws Preschool
- 25 Singapore American Faculty
- 26 Stamford American Worldwide Faculty
- 27 Tanglin Belief Faculty
- 28 UWCSouth East Asia
Tresa CJ and Nitish Nair, Indian; Noah (three)
“Noah has been going to White Lodge at West Coast since September 2018. One of many key elements which drew us there was its multicultural surroundings. A go to to the varsity sealed the deal for us as we have been very happy with the surroundings and proud of the curriculum. The varsity is just a five-minute stroll from residence, which was an excellent bonus!
Our expertise with White Lodge has been fantastic and Noah loves going to high school. The academics and the principal are very approachable and make themselves obtainable. They provide significance to creating a one-on-one bond with the youngsters and are in tune with every youngster’s particular person wants. As a dad or mum, you are feeling assured that your baby is nicely taken care of.
The youngsters get to dabble in artwork and are incessantly uncovered to music, together with periods with musical devices. They’re launched to quite a lot of sports activities and even get to gasoline their culinary curiosity with baking and popcorn making periods. There are additionally every day Mandarin periods and detailed stories being shared with mother and father concerning the curriculum on a weekly foundation. The varsity retains mother and father concerned with loads of enjoyable faculty occasions throughout the centres, and alternatives to volunteer for numerous actions resembling storytelling periods. By means of biannual class shows by the youngsters, the annual live performance, parent-teacher conferences, weekly studies shared with mother and father by way of e mail, e-portfolio and faculty group app, mother and father can sustain with their youngster’s progress. The varsity additionally continually makes an effort to make issues enjoyable and pleasurable for the youngsters with pageant celebrations and occasions.”
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Adama Diallo, French/Guinean; Nael (2.5)
“We relocated from London in October 2018 and Nael began Arts Haus (PreNursery) in November. I used to be on the lookout for a protected, caring and homely faculty with a give attention to artwork (visible, musical and literary) and creativity, one that isn’t solely academically-driven. The varsity’s STEAM strategy to studying can also be one thing I like. My profession requires me to journey frequently so I needed to discover a faculty that might be Nael’s second house, the place I might really feel assured once I’m away. This was precisely what I discovered in Arts Haus. Nael could be very excited to go to high school and even tremendous joyful to take the bus. He’s turn into assured and makes an attempt to speak, which he was not serious about doing earlier than enrolling on the faculty.
I really like how know-how is included into the curriculum. It’s an inevitable a part of life, so educating youngsters the best way to use it in a wholesome method is essential. I used to be additionally amazed that the varsity gives a mindfulness class for youngsters; it’s good for slowing youngsters down amidst the fast-paced society they reside in. The varsity’s location is exclusive and nice for his or her many outside actions reminiscent of gardening, water play, operating, gymnastics and extra. The constructing is a stupendous previous home adorned with youngsters’ creations comprised of recycled supplies. I additionally take pleasure in studying the weekly communication letter that oldsters obtain.
The workforce could be very heat and honest. Each time I go to the varsity, I see them calling all the youngsters by identify and providing them help. The academics are caring and talk properly with us as mother and father.”
eight Pearl’s Hill Terrace
6532 2837 | artshaus.sg
Arts Kidz Worldwide Preschool
Jennifer and James Foreman, Canadian and British; Felicity (5.5) and Francesca (three.5)
“Felicity has attended Arts Kidz since 2015 and Francesca joined in January 2018, as soon as she was two and a half. We seemed on-line, talked to associates and visited totally different faculties in Singapore earlier than making our selection. The caring employees and pleased youngsters on the faculty made the choice straightforward for us. We have been initially apprehensive Francesca may take time to regulate so we enrolled her for half days, however by the third day, she needed to remain all day so she might nap together with her new pals!
We love the academics at Arts Kidz; they’re all the time so completely satisfied and type to the youngsters. The varsity utilises its area rather well, so the youngsters have numerous room to run round and play and to make use of the world outdoors to play, study gardening and extra. Our youngsters are very lively so after-school actions like ballet and cheerleading are a boon. We by no means might have anticipated that Felicity would find yourself cheerleading for a Singapore soccer league staff! It was necessary to us that our youngsters aren’t overwhelmed. It’s fantastic how the varsity manages to maintain them pleased whereas partaking them with arithmetic, studying, artwork and studying concerning the world. With a background in early childhood schooling, it was necessary to me (Jennifer) that the varsity embodied the rules of studying and care for youngsters that I had learnt.
We might undoubtedly advocate the preschool to different mother and father. All the things from the philosophy behind the educating, to the curriculum, employees and amenities is terrific.”
10 Raeburn Park, Block C #02-33 | 6456 8003
262 Higher Bukit Timah Street, #01-03/04 Previous Hearth Station | 6469 1739
Australian Worldwide Faculty
Rebecca Craig and Peter Hubert, Australian; Darcy (21 months)
“Darcy has attended AIS since he turned a yr previous. He was the primary scholar within the Toddler Care Program on the Early Studying Village, so he had loads of consideration for the primary three days earlier than others began arriving! The Early Studying Village was initially not on our radar as we weren’t conscious that it provided an choice for youngsters youthful than 18 months. We then chanced upon the launch of the brand new Toddler Care programme and the remaining is historical past.
We love the day by day updates and pictures we obtain about Darcy’s actions and it brings us such pleasure to see him so comfortable enjoying, whether or not it’s within the sandpit with diggers, cooking within the kitchen or portray. The varsity makes use of RIE-based educating and Reggio Emilia practices and you may see the best way they observe child-led pursuits. What we’ve been most impressed by lately is the supportive setting the varsity created to assist Darcy transition from the Toddler Care (two to 18 months) to the Pre-Nursery programme (18 to 24 months). He’s loving the tougher actions whereas staying with the classmates he is aware of and enjoys being round.
The mixture of an exquisite educating philosophy, individualised look after the youngsters, unbelievable amenities and fantastic academics makes the Early Studying Village an superior expertise for youngsters and fogeys. One query we’re typically requested is that if we discover the varsity too huge and overwhelming for the little ones. Our expertise couldn’t be extra totally different – with the mixture of the pod-size lecture rooms, the group really feel and the employees, we genuinely really feel a part of a tight-knit group with the advantages of a bigger establishment.”
1 Lorong Chuan
6653 2958 | ais.com.sg
Blue Home Nursery & Worldwide Preschool
Kimberly Popma and Sashidhar Thothadri, Canadian and Indian; Ayaan (9) and Uma (four)
“Uma has been attending Blue Home since August 2017 and is now in Junior Kindergarten. Because it’s a Reggio-inspired faculty, the kid is on the centre of the curriculum. The academics are exemplary at listening to what Uma is saying; they don’t simply present solutions to her questions, however thoughtfully information her to discover concepts and options. This is applicable to each social improvement challenges and exploratory studying. The documentation of scholar concepts and explanations can also be spectacular: youngsters’s concepts are recurrently shared in father or mother letters, class conferences and every day conversations at decide up or drop off.
We love that Uma has many decisions in her day, together with going outdoors. Visiting the playground isn’t restricted to recess or throughout a particular a part of the day. She spends a number of time within the outside area and tells tales of creating castles, boat journeys and extra. Apart from these emotional and social improvement expertise, she’s additionally studying about numbers and writing. When she feels impressed, her academics are there to encourage and construct on her pure curiosity. We consider within the high quality of the programme, and Uma is glad, liked and in a protected setting with good buddies.
We spent numerous time researching faculties on-line, speaking to individuals dwelling in Singapore and visiting campuses. Blue Home was nicely beneficial by buddies and people who work in schooling. The small faculty setting, quick access and use of the outside playground units the varsity aside from others. Getting a really feel for the surroundings is one thing that may solely be skilled by visiting the varsity.”
2 Turf Membership Street, Bukit Timah
6734 0824 | bluehouseinternational.com
Mario and Ana Montanari, Brazilian; Guido (four)
“We’ve been dwelling in Singapore for nearly three years now, and our solely baby Guido has been attending Brighton Montessori for a few yr. We’ve got all the time appreciated the Montessori technique of studying, so once we got here throughout a brand new department of Brighton Montessori close to our rental, we determined to go to the varsity – and we fell in love with it. The campus is good and clear and has a superb setup with many considerate particulars that profit the youngsters. There’s additionally a big play space the place the youngsters can work together and socialise. The varsity’s employees are very supportive, too, and we’ve loved the Father’s Day and Mom’s Day celebrations the place we ready surprises for each other with Guido.
The preschool has a very good mixture of locals and foreigners, which we love. The youngsters participate in quite a lot of enjoyable and interactive actions – together with cooking courses, for instance – which permit for the refinement of sensory notion and the event of literacy and mathematical understanding; there are lots of alternatives for imaginative exploration and artistic self-expression. We’re additionally glad to have the ability to monitor and witness Guido’s progress at college. Dwelling in Singapore and in Asia, we felt that it was necessary for our son to select up the Chinese language language. This yr, we determined to go for the varsity’s Chinese language Immersion Programme and he’s having fun with it! Our son loves the varsity, his academics and his buddies. We’re very completely satisfied there and extremely advocate different households to hitch the group.”
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Brilliant Path Preschool
Azly Bin Din and Norashikin Binte Mohamed Barak, Singaporean; Muhammad Wafiy (5) and Nur Afina (four)
“Our son Wafiy has been with Vibrant Path Preschool since October 2018. The varsity has enormously helped his social expertise, speech and behavior. He enjoys play actions together with his buddies and academics, and is now extra interactive at residence. Once we weren’t capable of get him right into a mainstream preschool in our space, we determined that we would have liked a preschool and remedy centre underneath one roof. We got here throughout Brilliant Path because it’s listed beneath the Enhanced Pilot for Personal Intervention Suppliers in Singapore. The inclusive faculty has a low student-teacher ratio, thrice-weekly therapies, and a inexperienced and peaceable surroundings. Once we visited for the primary time, we knew it was the fitting place for Wafiy.
We undoubtedly advocate the varsity to different households, particularly with youngsters who’ve further studying wants. The devoted academics and therapists replace us and work with us in coping with our son’s day by day routine and his studying progress. We’re given weekly updates of his progress in class by way of footage and evaluations. The varsity focuses on every youngster’s strengths, and integrates therapies with studying methods.
When selecting a faculty, it’s essential to think about in case your baby will take pleasure in being at that faculty, and that it’s one thing that they sit up for every day. Robust and loving help from academics and therapists and open communication between mother and father and the varsity is vital. Shiny Path by no means fails to do all these and it’s one in every of our greatest selections we’ve made for Wafiy!”
55 Fairways Drive
6873 1777 | brightpath.com.sg
Canadian Worldwide Faculty
Christie Jamieson and Michael Sensible, Canadian; Elsie (7), Noah (four) and Maeve (2)
“We heard about CIS by means of phrase of mouth earlier than we moved right here. As soon as we visited and came upon extra concerning the bilingual programme, we couldn’t cross it up. Elsie is presently in Grade 2 and Noah is in Junior Kindergarten (JK), his first yr on the faculty.
We love the bilingual curriculum. It’s superb to see our youngsters chatting away in Mandarin once we don’t converse any! The youngsters love their academics a lot and the courses supply nice actions and a great deal of outside play time. The sector journeys are nice – Elsie has been to see a couple of performs and Noah has been to at least one too. Storytelling is superb in JK; mother and father can volunteer to be a “thriller reader” and the youngsters get to guess whose mum or dad shall be in to learn to them. The performances are additionally nice. A couple of weeks after she joined in Senior Kindergarten, Elsie did her first one (in Chinese language, no much less!) for Chinese language New Yr. The theatre and efficiency amenities are additionally wonderful, and the youngsters study music and songs in each languages. The youngsters have a great time placing on the exhibits, and we love watching them. Academics additionally come on stage to carry out, a lot to the delight of the youngsters and fogeys.
There’s a terrific sense of group among the many mother and father of our youngsters’s courses in addition to inside the bigger faculty itself. We’re so lucky to have our youngsters in such a multicultural and numerous faculty, and we will’t anticipate Maeve to hitch when she reaches JK age!”
Tanjong Katong Campus: 371 Tanjong Katong Street
Lakeside Campus: 7 Jurong West Road 41
Dulwich School (Singapore)
Tracy and Ed Whitney, British; Molly (7) and George (5)
“Molly has been at Dulwich because it opened in 2014 and she or he moved into Junior Faculty final September. George joined in 2017 and received nicely settled instantly. This was largely as a consequence of his academics’ understanding of his want for outside play, making studying enjoyable and attending to know him personally. The employees additionally managed Molly’s transition from DUCKS to Junior Faculty fantastically!
We heard Dulwich was opening in Singapore once we began our seek for a faculty for Molly. After listening to Headmaster Nick Magnus’s speech about his ethos (despite the fact that there was no precise campus then to stroll round), he had us hooked. We like that the varsity has a twin language programme (English and Mandarin) and locations an emphasis on sports activities and music. We love how he strongly believes that youngsters come first; we now have seen this come alive during the last 5 years. Our youngsters participate in performs, take pleasure in a variety of sports activities and music CCAs, and have gained confidence.
The School amenities are excellent and one other spotlight is the devoted Mandarin instructor in every class. Dulwich might look like an enormous place, particularly whenever you’re solely 5 years previous; nevertheless, it manages to create the texture of a small faculty. We’d advocate the School to new arrivals to Singapore and never simply due to the excellent academics and excellent amenities; it’s additionally a spot the place you’ll shortly really feel at house and also you and your youngsters will make buddies and really feel a part of a group.”
71 Bukit Batok West Avenue eight
6890 1003 | singapore.dulwich.org
Rosalind and Joey Arwas, British and British/Swiss; Leo (11), Zoë (9) and Rafael (four)
“Our three youngsters have been at GESS since we arrived in Singapore in January 2018. We selected the varsity for 2 principal causes: firstly, as a result of it presents the IB curriculum, which our older youngsters have been doing again in Germany; secondly, as a result of we needed to proceed supporting their German language expertise. The older youngsters are taught in English within the IB part of the varsity however have 5 classes every week in German, whereas Rafael is in a Germans peaking Kindergarten group.
The preschool amenities within the new campus are unimaginable. There’s a library, spacious playground, cooking lab, digital atelier, music room and artwork studio, designed particularly for ages six and beneath. On the finish of Rafael’s first time period, he acquired a folder full of pictures of him and his work, and a reminiscence recreation lovingly adorned with pictures of his classmates. Rafael loves going to the identical faculty as his siblings. The little ones have their very own playground, lunch space and amenities however commonly go on “outings” to discover different areas of the varsity. As a part of their Design and Know-how curriculum, the highschool college students have lately hung out with the kindergarten youngsters, researching their pursuits after which designing and constructing toys for them.
We’ll advocate the GESS preschool to any mother and father trying to construct social expertise, confidence and independence of their youngsters. Information is acquired by means of play and inquiry relatively than direct instruction. Rafael appears ahead to going to high school daily and takes delight in displaying off his preschool to visiting household and pals.”
2 Dairy Farm Lane
6469 1131 | gess.sg
GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
Emma and Alan Mathew, Australian and Indian; Lushington (5), Lakerson (three) and Lexton (1)
“Lushington has been attending GEMS (Singapore) for 2 years, and Lakerson for about six months. We found the varsity on-line following pretty arduous analysis; we then organized a go to and it sealed the deal for us. We’ve had the warmest, most encouraging and constructive expertise there. The varsity locations group as a really excessive precedence – you’ll have many alternatives to forge friendships with present and new households. It’s very heat and welcoming.
Being a combined race household, we needed our youngsters to be enrolled in a multicultural faculty that was partaking and artistic whereas additionally providing educational prowess. The classroom and specialist academics have actively and lovingly invested in our youngsters. They’ve gone out of their strategy to join, help and encourage each Lushington and Lakerson on a private degree. As mother and father, we’re extraordinarily grateful for these impactful touches. The varsity has a robust emphasis on day by day Mandarin and specialty swimming, library and music programmes, making a well-balanced instructional expertise. We’re wanting ahead to seeing our youngsters develop, uncover, examine and create alongside their friends and academics. Our youngsters love going to high school every single day and are disillusioned when the weekend comes round!
As GEMS (Singapore) is a full-scale worldwide faculty, the preschoolers work together with the older youngsters. It’s an exquisite alternative for them to speak with these greater youngsters – it’ll make the transition to Main Faculty much less daunting!”
2 Yishun Road 42
6808 7321 | gwa.edu.sg
Little Tykes (Built-in Worldwide Faculty)
Rita and Nacim Zahouani, French; Adel (2) and Mina (1)
“Adel joined Little Tykes in Might 2018 when he was 20 months previous. Mina isn’t but attending however will be a part of him as quickly as she reaches education age. When Adel turned 18 months, we began to search for a faculty, and we fell in love with Little Tykes for its construction, simplicity, flexibility and pleasant employees. We arrange a trial interval for Adel to regulate and combine and it labored very properly. He has been studying so many issues since beginning there. Initially, he was shy and never open to interactions, however right now we see him enjoying with different youngsters and sharing his toys together with his sister. We really feel that he has made large progress!
We have been additionally nervous about Adel’s capability to select up different languages, however the faculty provides him the alternatives in each English and Chinese language. Adel is by nature very cautious however being on the faculty has made him extra self-confident and he’s extra adventurous than ever. We really feel that Little Tykes actually cares about our son and his progress. With their every day updates, we really feel very related. Additionally, the varsity lets us find out about any considerations they’ve, units up common follow-up discussions and shares useful recommendation. One other facet that we actually like is the varsity’s numerous surroundings, the place there’s a good mixture of cultures and nationalities. Everybody within the faculty is so pleasant and welcoming that we love taking Adel to high school; it’s a tremendous option to begin the day.”
41 Sundown Approach #01-01 Clementi Arcade
6466 4475 | iis.edu.sg/little-tykes
Worldwide Group Faculty
Jasmine and Logan Jordan, American; Clara (eight), Hannah (7) and Bennett (four)
“All three youngsters attend the varsity; Clara and Hannah are of their second yr and Bennett simply began Pre-Okay. We got here throughout ICS whereas we have been looking for faculties on-line earlier than shifting to Singapore. As soon as we have been right here, we met co-workers and different church households that attend ICS they usually adore it. So, we determined to enrol our youngsters too. We all know that our youngsters are studying properly, being nurtured and being taught Christian values.
The academics at ICS really care about our youngsters and train them good values. Additionally they share tales about what our youngsters rise up to. Despite the fact that the varsity is comparatively giant (Pre-Okay by means of to Excessive Faculty), it doesn’t really feel impersonal and the group is a really caring one. The older youngsters buddy up with the youthful ones, and academics and directors know the youngsters and fogeys properly. They’re attentive to our wants and are prepared to assist if any points come up.
In Pre-Okay, academics organise enjoyable actions for every season, vacation and lesson. Apart from studying what they want for Main Faculty, the youngsters have time to relaxation and play every day, which we consider is essential at that age. There are additionally after-school actions provided in the course of the week (for a charge) the place your youngster can decide up a sport or new interest. These embrace Lego, colouring and taekwondo.”
27A Jubilee Street
6776 7435 | ics.edu.sg
ISS Worldwide Faculty
Savannah and Andy Fellows, American and British; Charlie (7) and Molly (four)
“Each women are attending ISS; Molly began her first yr in August 2018 and Charlie is in the midst of her second yr; she began in August 2017. I got here throughout the varsity whereas driving previous and scheduled a tour of the Paterson campus. The best attraction was that it felt like a spot the place my women would blossom. I used to be drawn to the nice and cozy and pleasant employees, small class measurement, and the general close-knit atmosphere within the faculty. We really feel that the varsity is a superb place for our women to start out their studying journey. I’m excited concerning the steerage provided to college students and the super appreciation for cultural variety. I additionally respect the robust help for charities and alternatives for folks and college students to volunteer.
I’m grateful for the academics’ endurance and kindness. Molly’s instructor can also be an alumnus of ISS. Molly is constructing confidence and her sense of self within the actions they participate in, comparable to making an attempt new meals and sophistication shows. She is studying to look after herself, others and the setting. The varsity’s counsellors additionally host common group and particular person dialogue periods on widespread parenting considerations resembling wellness, scholar stress and nervousness, constructing resilience, self-discipline and household bonding. Sharing with different mother and father has been a terrific supply of help.
I might advocate ISS to different mother and father” – and have, fairly a number of occasions. My women are excited to attend faculty every day and this can be a reflection of the caring and enthusiastic environment.”
25 Paterson Street (Elementary & Center Faculty)
6737 9171 | iss.edu.sg
Studying Imaginative and prescient
Elena and Yury Afanasyev, Russian; Stefan (three) and Vera (three months)
“We’ve been dwelling in Singapore since 2012. Stefan has been enrolled at Studying Imaginative and prescient (CET East Campus at Paya Lebar) for greater than two years. He attended Toddler Care from the age of 10 months, adopted by the Toddler degree, and he’s at present within the Nursery class.
We had a pleasing expertise with Toddler Care on the faculty. The employees are skilled and caring, there are devoted play areas and child zones with spacious rooms. It helps your youngster make a clean transition to childcare. Our son additionally loved his time at Toddler degree, with the music, craft and storytelling actions – and never forgetting having enjoyable with the buddies he made whereas he was in Toddler Care. Now he’s at Nursery degree the place he continues to develop his communication and language expertise. We’re proud of the surroundings, and we additionally just like the low student-teacher ratio, the well-planned days and the wholesome meals served on the faculty.
Earlier than selecting the varsity, we did some analysis and visited a number of centres. We selected Studying Imaginative and prescient due to its excessive requirements and handy location. We’ll undoubtedly advocate the varsity because it helps youngsters’s emotional and social progress and presents a multicultural surroundings. It’s additionally a great selection for households with mother and father working in Paya Lebar because it’s situated close to the workplaces there.”
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Little Woods Montessori Pre-Faculty
Adam and Sandra Stead, Australian; Emilia (2)
“Emilia has been attending Little Woods since Might 2018. We did in depth analysis of the faculties round our space and lots of visits to take a look at the amenities. We favored that Little Woods has its personal enclosed home on a small again street. It felt protected and appeared enjoyable for Emilia. Our expertise has been superb. As first-time mother and father, you set a variety of thought into the place you ship your youngsters to high school. We have been initially somewhat involved whether or not Emilia was prepared for college, nevertheless that shortly modified as we noticed how glad she is there. The academics deal with her very properly and now she hugs them, not wanting to go away once we take her residence. Every week, we uncover new issues she has learnt, be it phrases, songs and even Chinese language!
One of many issues we actually love is the good communication from the academics who supply us day by day updates so we’re capable of understand how she is progressing. The varsity follows the Montessori system of schooling which fits Emilia. We love this as we consider that, at this age, she ought to be immersed in an surroundings that has many various and fascinating issues to do. There’s additionally an tour each time period, which folks can be a part of. One instance is our journey to the butterfly park; it was an amazing expertise to share with Emilia whereas on the similar time attending to know different mother and father.”
45 Mild Street
6251 6317 | littlewoodsmontessori.com
Marlborough School Malaysia
Simone and Barry Mclean, Canadian and British; Beth (5), Blair (three) and Freya (6 months)
“We now have lived in Singapore and Malaysia since September 2011, and Blair has simply began preschool at Marlborough. My oldest daughter Beth began on the faculty final yr in Reception and she or he is presently in Yr 1; that’s how I learnt of the preschool. When Blair was sufficiently old to attend, I used to be curious to seek out out extra, so I went alongside to a espresso morning. Marlborough School Malaysia has been an distinctive expertise for my youngsters.
The preschool programme particularly is exclusive because it incorporates Forest Faculty strategies as a part of the curriculum. The curriculum hyperlinks instantly with the UK’s Early Years Basis Levels (EYFS) framework and uniquely overlays this with child-led, inquiry-based studying and outside nature-based Forest Faculty periods 3 times every week. The youngsters take pleasure in nature walks and outside exploration, which has been a spotlight for Blair. One other element of their studying that I additionally encourage at house is Mandarin. I really feel that it’s an important topic to start out in preschool. To not point out, the youngsters even have swimming and yoga courses, and the varsity additionally celebrates the totally different cultural backgrounds of the youngsters, offering insights into numerous traditions.
For those who’re on the lookout for a preschool that encourages youngsters to study by way of play (indoors and outside) and in a multicultural setting, then that is the one. Blair could be very joyful to go to high school every single day and he has discovered a lot, not solely academically however about totally different cultures and nationalities.”
Jalan Marlborough, Iskander Puteri Johor, Malaysia
+607 560 2200 | marlboroughcollege.my
Jendana Chanyaputhipong and Rameysh Danovani Bin Mahmood, Thai and Malaysian; Jacob (6)
“Our son Jacob has been attending Masterminds since September 2018. We discovered the preschool on-line after having short-listed and visited numerous preschools throughout the town. We have been in search of a spot the place youngsters can nonetheless be youngsters whereas being age-appropriately stimulated. Many faculties have spectacular amenities however we felt that one thing was nonetheless lacking; throughout our trial interval with Masterminds, we have been satisfied that that they had their coronary heart in the appropriate locations. The academics are glad to replace you in your youngster’s progresses, struggles, likes and dislikes. There’s a heat and constructive setting, and youngsters aren’t afraid to make errors and ask questions. Jacob has settled down comfortably.
The curriculum focuses on the kid’s improvement as an entire, with equal give attention to social, emotional, and educational elements. A sensory playroom is out there for youngsters to alleviate their sensory stresses between courses – Jacob enjoys his downtime there; he likes to make use of the Lego, magnetic partitions and sensory play tables. The varsity additionally has a holistic strategy on the subject of educating languages, particularly Mandarin. There’s often a Mandarin instructor round throughout play, snack or different transitional occasions, encouraging the youngsters to make use of the language extra spontaneously. Jacob began faculty with out understanding Mandarin, however now eagerly teaches us and our helper at residence. We additionally like that cultural and science subjects are launched in school. Our son is all the time excited to share info he has learnt, whether or not it’s about international warming, recycling or science experiment outcomes.”
204 Bukit Timah Street, #01-00
6235 0983 | masterminds.sg
Melbourne Specialist Worldwide Faculty
Shuntaro and Akiko Suzuki, Japanese; Rei (9), Junnosuke (6), Kei (four) and Kentaro (1 month)
“We moved to Singapore in April 2018. Earlier than shifting right here, I visited some faculties the place I hoped to enrol my son Junnosuke, who has Down syndrome. We have been launched to MSIS by one other faculty and ultimately selected it. The varsity caters to particular wants youngsters, providing totally different remedy programmes together with occupational remedy, speech remedy and physiotherapy.
My son just isn’t capable of converse nevertheless it isn’t a problem because the academics use playing cards, footage and different methods to go well with his character and studying fashion. He enjoys watching TV and loves automobiles so the academics use films and toy automobiles throughout class. The academics at MSIS are pleasant and type they usually instruct “We take pleasure in attending to know different households within the faculty group my son nicely – gently however firmly. I’ve attended my son’s speech remedy periods twice. Apart from providing swimming classes, the varsity additionally has a big backyard with a slide, swing, trampoline and a great deal of huge timber.
We take pleasure in attending the occasions MSIS organises; these embrace drum performances, science festivals and Christmas events. The varsity additionally went to the Purple Parade collectively. By way of these occasions, we take pleasure in attending to know different households within the faculty group. My son is adapting properly and has by no means expressed the sensation that he doesn’t need to go to high school. I extremely advocate MSIS to households who’ve youngsters with particular wants.”
75C Loewen Street Singapore
6634 8891 | msis.edu.sg
Nexus Worldwide Faculty (Singapore)
Hannah and John Bergdahl, Swedish; Sixten (11), Sonia (eight) and Kerstin and Edit (four)
“We moved to Singapore in July 2018 and all 4 youngsters have been at Nexus since August. Buddies already dwelling right here beneficial the varsity and we appreciated that it provides an IB curriculum, like the varsity our son attended in Sweden. We visited Nexus a few occasions earlier than the youngsters began and located that it has a stimulating studying setting. It’s additionally child-focused and has a heat and pleasant environment.
Our youngsters have totally different wants and types of studying. The varsity believes that each youngster is exclusive in terms of the strategy to studying they usually give attention to assembly your youngster wherever she or he is at. They provide them steerage and the fitting instruments of their studying course of. Our three youngest youngsters knew little or no English once we moved to Singapore. They’ve had additional language help and at the moment are speaking extra in English. The youngsters have additionally been capable of attempt quite a lot of after-school actions, from ballet and Bollywood fusion to guitar and soccer.
We come from Sweden the place youngsters begin Yr 1 when they’re seven – they solely do a preparatory yr when they’re six. So, we have been initially apprehensive that it will be a shock for the twins to start out kindergarten the place they could really feel strain academically whereas additionally studying a brand new language. However we’re seeing them progress at a speedy tempo as the training is play-based and thrilling. Past teachers, the varsity additionally teaches social expertise comparable to interacting with friends in a respectful approach and making good decisions, which has been useful.”
201 Ulu Pandan Street
6536 6566 | nexus.edu.sg
Odyssey – The International Preschool
Ewelina and Nathan McGlothlin, Polish and American; Ryan (eight) and Maya (5)
“Maya has been attending Odyssey at Fourth Avenue since 2016, whereas Ryan was there from late 2013 to August 2014 and has since moved to the Singapore American Faculty. We checked out quite a lot of faculties comparatively near our house again once we have been in search of a faculty for Ryan – we didn’t have a automotive on the time. Odyssey stood out within the high quality of its amenities and outside area, and the care they took to point out potential mother and father and college students round. This degree of care continued after we enrolled Ryan there. When it was Maya’s flip, we instantly despatched her to Odyssey.
Maya has developed very properly on the preschool, forming friendships, studying and creating unbiased considering. Most significantly, she enjoys faculty and displaying us what she has learnt. She has picked up Mandarin comparatively properly, regardless of not having any help at house; and she or he completely enjoys excursions and particular actions akin to Little Chef, the semi-annual performances and water play.
The standard of instructors and curriculum at Odyssey is extraordinarily excessive. They take a student-centred strategy and search for methods to maximise their assets to profit particular person college students, quite than focusing efficiency on exterior benchmarks or getting ready for duties that aren’t developmentally applicable. The employees type actual connections with their college students, which suggests our youngsters take pleasure in their time there. Additionally they genuinely care concerning the improvement, well being and security of our youngsters.”
5 places islandwide
Abroad Household Faculty
Veronica del Pilar Gongora Gutierrez and Jaime Israel Gonzalez Esteves, Mexican; Regina (7) and Israel (three)
“Each Regina and Israel are attending OFS. Regina is in Grade 1 and has been on the faculty since K1; Israel is in Pre-Okay – he began in October 2017 when he turned two. As an expat household, we have been on the lookout for a world faculty that’s close to to the place we stay. We chosen OFS firstly due to the space from our residence – we reside in Pasir Ris so it’s actually shut by. As soon as we had our first interview, we additionally observed the nice and cozy strategy that the academics and employees use to teach and information the youngsters, and this attracted us. The varsity’s infrastructure can also be spectacular and we love the multicultural surroundings they’ve created.
A particular aspect of the varsity has been the enrichment programme that gives totally different actions and courses for the youngsters. Our youngsters have since learnt ballet, piano and gymnastics, and have attended Mandarin classes. One other nice function is the Mom Tongue Programme the place our youngsters have the chance to study Spanish with a licensed instructor. We’ve additionally been fortunate to have discovered good associates inside the mother or father group; the surroundings is all the time pleasant and respectful. We will see that our youngsters take pleasure in attending faculty day by day and we’re capable of clearly see their progress in creating expertise and competencies.
In case you’re in search of a caring faculty with competent employees, a pleasant setting, world-class amenities and look after values and the enjoyment of youngsters, OFS faculty is a superb place for your loved ones.”
81 Pasir Ris Heights
6738 0211 | ofs.edu.sg
Rain Timber Worldwide Kindergarten
Christina Poulsen and Bjarke Mikkelsen, Danish; Frederik (22 months)
“Frederik has been attending Rain Timber Worldwide Kindergarten since he was 18 months of age once we first arrived in Singapore. The varsity has pretty values and a really constructive power. All of the employees members greet the youngsters with huge smiles each morning and are devoted and concerned. Mixed with a structured studying schedule that also encourages unbiased play, the programme is nice.
Frederik attends the youngest class and the academics there did a implausible job settling him in. He was their first 18-month baby to show. They’re heat and affectionate with him, which is essential to us. For the youngest youngsters, days may be brief so notice that working mother and father might need assistance with pick-up. Lastly, it actually touched our hearts that proceeds from a bake sale in December went to the varsity caretaker and his household after they’d misplaced all the things as a result of a storm of their house nation.
I had browsed on-line for faculties earlier than shifting to Singapore and short-listed Rain Timber as a consequence of its worldwide/UK curriculum, but in addition due to the cultural variety. We love that our son is uncovered to totally different customs and cultures, and that the kindergarten is just not too massive. In the event you’re on the lookout for a family-oriented kindergarten with an awesome curriculum, I’d extremely advocate Rain Timber.”
60 Kheam Hock Street
6474 6181 | raintreeskindergarten.com
Jayne and Tom Pryce, British; Laina (four) and James, Rory and Finn (four months)
“We’ve been in Singapore for approaching 9 years now. Laina has been attending Shaws Preschool since she was 20 months previous, and we’ll be sending our triplet boys there too when they’re round 20 months. Laina began with the half day programme and is now a part of the prolonged half-day programme. We selected Shaws because it has a superb status. The Mountbatten campus additionally has nice outside amenities, versatile programmes and a pleasant ethos.
The varsity is excellent in managing each mother and father and youngsters. The academics talk often with mother and father and arrange particular communication channels for transitional occasions. For instance, throughout Laina’s first week of faculty, the academics created a gaggle chat with us on WhatsApp and often gave us updates on how she was doing. This was the identical for key moments or instruction similar to potty coaching. This shut communication with the academics on the faculty actually helped to place my thoughts comfortable!
Laina loves faculty and is keen to go there every morning. She loves studying Chinese language and has bonded with the academics in each class she has been in (she’s in her third class now). She is keen to inform them about what she will get as much as in the course of the weekends.”
Six places island-wide
Singapore American Faculty
Tiffanie and Jerret West, American; Talia (12), Ellie (9), Logan (6) and Grant (four)
The day is full of a terrific mixture of free time for exploration and in addition scheduled actions like World Language, Transfer and Groove, Library Time and Recess. Mother and father are additionally members of the training group and we love coming collectively to rejoice holidays all year long. Having the Early Studying Middle on the identical campus because the older college students provides the youthful ones some implausible alternatives, corresponding to popping in to see the highschool band carry out or heading to the soccer fields to cheer for groups throughout a event.
SAS has an unimaginable status all over the world so it was first on our listing when looking for faculties. Having all the youngsters in a single campus can also be extremely handy. However past that, from the beginning, we felt accepted and welcomed. It’s a group that celebrates the distinctive backgrounds, skills and aspirations of our youngsters. It’s a tremendous feeling to drop them off and know they’re in nice palms, receiving extraordinary care from everybody they encounter all through the day.”
40 Woodlands Road 41
6363 3403 | sas.edu.sg
Stamford American Worldwide Faculty
Martín and Malisa, Danish and American; Emil (14), Niels (12) and Astrid (three, pictured with faculty pal, Connor)
“Astrid is attending Nursery, after ranging from 18 months in Pre-Nursery. Niels and Emil stay in Denmark however attend the Camp Asia programmes. We searched extensively for programmes (ranging from Pre-Nursery) at each native and worldwide faculties and have been invited to a playgroup at SAIS when Astrid was about 14 months. The programme on the Early Studying Village intently resembles the Danish Early Years routines and elements of the Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia techniques. The amenities have been additionally nicely designed and properly thought out for the age group. The welcoming environment and constructive angle from the academics, employees interactions and observations with college students have been all interesting. We discovered it very straightforward to speak and thought that it can be an ideal setting for our daughter.
Astrid loves Nursery! Each Tuesday, there’s a library cart that involves her class and it’s an enormous a part of her week. Ms Jill the librarian additionally places in effort to search for good supplies for story time and is all the time prepared to offer guide suggestions. Astrid additionally enjoys her Mandarin and music courses (it’s superb how languages might be learnt so shortly at her age!). What’s extra, the varsity gives swimming as an extracurricular exercise.
The varsity group is nice. Considered one of our favorite issues is assembly different households and seeing our youngsters get alongside. The mother and father in our class organize group play dates throughout holidays or simply to hang around. Many people are removed from our house nations and it’s good to have a group”
three Chuan Lane, Gate four (Early Studying Village)
6602 7247 | sais.edu.sg
Tanglin Belief Faculty
Hannah and Benjamin Aymé, British; Tabatha (eight), Scarlett (6) and Raphael (three.5)
“All three of our youngsters began attending Tanglin Belief Faculty in January 2019. As soon as we arrived, we acquired the prospect to go to the varsity earlier than formally beginning. The youngsters have been very excited and couldn’t wait to satisfy their new classmates and academics. We selected Tanglin not solely as a result of their pastoral care is superb, as exemplified by how content material the scholars are, but in addition due to their tailor-made strategy to studying to make sure all pupils attain their full potential. The varsity’s not-for-profit standing additionally ensures that its assets are absolutely dedicated to schooling and college students’ private improvement. The scholars and employees additionally appeared actually joyful and engaged. The varsity has nice libraries with common visitor authors, a café for folks, an open classroom surroundings and a incredible outside nursery play space.
We have been initially nervous, as a brand new metropolis, lifestyle and faculty are fairly robust challenges for younger youngsters, however the youngsters jumped into faculty life in a matter of days! In the present day, they nonetheless excitedly inform us concerning the unimaginable issues they skilled and learnt in school. Raphael in nursery has absolutely built-in. His class just lately visited the Chinese language Backyard the place they noticed a lot of monitor lizards (in his phrases: “mini dinosaurs”).
We get common studies and emails from the academics who’re extremely approachable. Via the Interactive Studying Diary, we will monitor Raphael’s progress and think about photographs of him studying at college. Briefly, we couldn’t be happier. The employees, assets and amenities on the preschool are distinctive, and our son skips onto the bus each morning and comes again full of latest discoveries and vocabulary, and, fortunately, just a little drained.”
95 Portsdown Street
6778 0771 | tts.edu.sg
UWCSouth East Asia
David and Nicole Nguyen, Australian/Vietnamese; Liv (7) and Will (four)
“Our youngsters began at UWCSEA (Dover) in August 2018. Liv is in Yr 1 and Will is in K1. UWCSEA is a lot greater than a faculty: it’s a worldwide group. Our youngsters are studying superb issues; the varsity’s ethos helps them not solely in what they’re studying, however in who they’re studying to be. They’re taught methods to work by way of issues, be it mathematical, scientific, literary or private, social or emotional ones. Studying is given actual which means and context.
We heard concerning the faculty largely from different mother and father. Each dad or mum we met with youngsters at UWCSEA completely loves the varsity. They converse with such conviction about its mission locally, the power and heat of the varsity group itself and the holistic studying expertise. It’s exhausting to disregard such a robust and genuine mother or father voice! The varsity hosts frequent boards and workshops for folks, run by curriculum leaders and heads of grade, offering perception into the curriculum and studying journey. It’s an expertled, research-based and globally knowledgeable curriculum. It’s so gratifying to know what goes into crafting the tutorial expertise.
Academics are heat, educated and admittedly superb and the varsity group is welcoming. There are various occasions and alternatives to attach with the varsity and bigger group. In the event you’re on the lookout for a faculty that believes within the energy of David and Nicole Nguyen, Australian/Vietnamese; Liv (7) and Will (four) schooling and want in your baby to be a part of a various worldwide group of youngsters, households and employees, that is the one!”
Dover Campus: 1207 Dover Street
East Campus: 1 Tampines Road 73
This text first appeared within the Preschool Mini Information within the March 2019 version of Expat Dwelling Singapore. Subscribe now!
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