A great childhood is both memorable and mind-expanding – and this is what Kinderland wants for your little one. Take a look at its Yio Chu Kang preschool and kindergarten location in particular, which offers a unique approach to early childhood education.
Exclusive to Kinderland Yio Chu Kang, the Naturescape Play Area brings learning outside by recreating outdoor classrooms that provide research-based and nature-rich learning. The play area stimulates hands-on learning, creativity and play, providing the children with ample opportunities to explore their natural world.
Features such as the Play House, Climbing Hill and Sand Pit, made from natural and recyclable materials, allow children to develop motor skills and increased self-confidence through interactions with different structures and textures.
In 2016, the school introduced a first-of-its-kind programme into the curriculum, STREAM Through Nature, which captivates young children with exploration and active learning, while integrating artistic expression with reading, writing and arts.
By encouraging children to use analytical skills like an engineer or scientist would, STREAM Through Nature encourages your little ones to envision goals and achieve them. The children are challenged to think critically, requiring keen observation and interpretation, rather than rote learning.
Children are assessed on their developmental skills at the end of each project (every 2 to 4 months), according to a checklist provided by the Kinderland Curriculum team.
The school also nurtures children to be environmentally conscious by designating recycling bins so children can easily recycle glass, plastic and paper items. These areas are also decorated with posters that highlight the benefits of the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
To help instill self-reliance from a young age, the school revamped its canteen to include a serving counter where food is displayed buffet-style.
Older kids aged 4 to 6 are taught to queue up and serve themselves during meal times. After eating, the children are encouraged to clean up after themselves and to return their utensils. This self-help system builds confidence which will eventually lead to independence.
From The Finder (Issue 286), September 2017
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