All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
Play is important in the little ones’ educational foundation too. These 5 preshools structure their curriculum based on this idea.
1. Little Ones Kindergarten
It’s all about playful learning here, as this kindy believes that a strong preschool curriculum builds learning opportunities around play so that learning keeps pace with the growing child. Because children are naturally curious, through play, they learn about themselves, their environment and the people and world around them.
The student body is a diverse one, and Little Ones provides a cosy atmosphere that’s conducive for teachers to really get to know their little charges and vice versa.
Little Ones now has a branch in Bukit Timah: This quiet neighbourhood is full of lush greenery and each day comprises unstructured free play, music and fun sensorial activities like dough play, foam play, sand play and more.
The preschool aims to develop each child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills in an environment rich in language and communication. Classes have a ratio of 10 students per two teachers, and one of the teachers speaks only Mandarin – an important component of the school’s strong Mandarin bilingual immersion programme.
2. Pink Tower
This premium preschool offers full Montessori classes for children from 18 months to 6 years old with a curriculum that is rich in Montessori activities, bilingual learning plus world and green studies.
Each child has individual lesson plans that are drawn weekly and enrolment is limited to ensure a balanced teacher-child ratio.
8 Dempsey Hill #01-15; 252 Tembeling Rd #01-07
6255 6654 (Dempsey); 6444 2582 (Tembeling)
3. Shaws Preschool
Shaws Preschools is one of the first play and activity based preschools in Singapore, serving children from rom Pre-Nursery (18 months old) to Kindergarten Two (6 years+).
The Shaws curriculum focuses on project based learning, which enables the teachers to guide the children through in-depth studies of real world topics. Children at Shaws also enjoy sports run by Shaws Little League and outdoor play daily.
This school follows the German curriculum for an education in German or the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for English. GESS also offers Dutch and Danish as mother tongue languages that are integrated into the school day, as it strongly supports the preservation and development of a child’s mother and father languages to keep connections to each home country alive.
Furthermore, the school emphasises small class sizes for personalised attention to each student.
5. White Lodge
Catering to children aged 6 months to 6 years, White Lodge’s team of early childhood educators continually works to develop a curriculum that supports the growth and development of children as unique individuals.
The preschool’s Parent-and-Child programme is available to children from 6 months to 2 ½ years, and the Playgroup drop-off programme from 18 months allows a child to attend White Lodge on his or her own, helping to make a smooth transition all the way up to kindergarten.
6. Swallows and Amazons
Tucked away under a canopy of trees at Turf Club Road, Swallows and Amazons focuses on cultivating EQ and IQ as part of its curriculum. The school’s curriculum prepares children for elementary school and encourages curiosity, self-esteem and the ability to care for others. Many of the school’s learning areas mimic real life and promote a love for learning through purposeful play.
200 Turf Club Rd
7. LEAP Schoolhouse
At LEAP, a conducive learning environment, a holistic curriculum and the teachers’ personal touches are key in helping young children enjoy learning and to experience little successes in their own ways.
They also offer infant care and playgroup sessions for children from two months to six years old, as well as holiday programmes for children from eight months to nine years old.
180 Kitchener Rd, City Square Mall, Singapore 208539
8. Melbourne Specialist International School (MSIS)
This special needs school offers a unique and innovative model for teaching students with intellectual and multiple disabilities, using the arts as a vehicle for highly meaningful engagement in curriculum delivery.
MSIS combines education, therapy and wellbeing to plan and deliver learning on an individual student basis.
75C Loewen Road, Loewen Gardens, Singapore 248853
By Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder, last updated November 2016