What makes the Blue House Nursery unique? Director Shona Sanosi explains
Director Shona Sanosi explains why The Blue House Nursery is a truly unique educational experience with a homely feel.
TF: Why did you start The Blue House Nursery and what makes it unique?
SS: Some years back, when I was looking for a good preschool for my twins, Alfie and Ella, I realised I couldn't find one which reflected my professional philosophy and personal high standards. So, instead of making do, I decided to start my own. At Blue House Nursery we believe all children are capable and competent, and we encourage our students to be risk takers. The process is always more important than the product and we set the ideal platform for our students to thrive within our quiet, leafy location, a well-equipped, conducive classroom environment led by a team of passionate, highly-qualified, international, creative staff.
TF: How has your previous calling as a professional nanny benefitted your current role?
SS: My 20-year experience as a sole charge, professional nanny working and living alongside families from all over the world has given me a unique insight into family dynamics. My standards and levels of professionalism are extremely high and this is reflected in the quality of the school. I'm also able to offer valuable help to our parents - from passing a snippet of advice along the corridor to individual consultations.
TF: Tell us more about your Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum?
SS: Reggio Emilia is a town in northern Italy where the teaching approach developed many years ago. There are no Reggio Emilia schools other than those in Italy so our curriculum is only inspired by the approach. The key principles which are visible at our school are:
TF: Tell us about the Blue House Village.
SS: Regardless of our location, being part of a community is an integral part of our philosophy. The Blue House Village now offers our children and families a creative space with access to music, language and drama ateliers while our wider community supports us in providing access to football coaching, swimming and horse riding.
TF: As a mother of twins, what's family life like for you in Singapore?
SS: The first few years of parenthood - although rewarding - were pretty tough, especially with twins going through the same developmental milestones together. From about the age of three it became easier as my kids became increasingly independent and cooperative. Family time is precious so we try not to book too many activities during the weekend as we prefer to spend time together at home, in the park or in our garden, exploring in the new "mud kitchen". We lead a very Reggio - emergent lifestyle at home too!
A school with a difference
The Blue House Nursery caters to children as young as 18 months up to five-and-a-half years old. The unique curriculum views children as competent, curious individuals full of knowledge and potential, with a keen interest to connect with the world. The professional teachers at the School facilitate the students by listening, documenting, challenging and supporting their learning in a collaborative manner. The School also actively encourages parental involvement. 2 Turf Club Road. Tel: 6734 0824, www.thebluehousenursery.com
Posted April 2012