Education is essential for every child, and it can start as early as preschool years. Singapore Expats comprehensive list of schools from preschools to playgroups.
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Stamford American International School
Stamford American International School is one of the leading international school in Singapore, offering the sought after education for children from 18 months to 18 years: the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum combined with the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards. Opening in Aug 2017, Stamford American is launching a new extraordinary purpose-built campus, The Village, conceived for their youngest and most impressionable generation of learners for children aged 18 months to 6 years.
As part of the curriculum, Stamford American offers a plethora of specialist programs including language instruction in Spanish and Mandarin, plus the world-renowned Suzuki Violin Program, drama, art, and the exclusive ‘Smart Steps’ physical education Program, from aged 18-months.
Each classroom is bathed in light and equipped with its own adjacent discovery area, complete with age-appropriate features like nursery sandpits, living plant walls and maker spaces. There are three development architypes that guide the school’s resources and stimulation activities: Toddlers; Explorers; and Creators, which is why their built environment adapts as the children grow.
Classrooms are clustered in small groups of four, a unique feature that allows young children to foster a sense of community bonding as they bond in each early years’ classroom, learning social play, as well as sharing and caring skills. Lunches are served ‘family-style’, where ‘table talk’ is actively encouraged to promote communication and camaraderie. At the heart of each cluster is the ‘Pod’, complete with an inquiry center, mini-library, a teaching kitchen, and science lab.
Beyond the classroom, the campus is equipped with stunning state-of-the-art facilities. The Hive is a generous, air-conditioned indoor space for running, dancing, gymnastics, parades and performances. The 22-meter swimming pool conceals water-resting benches to help young swimmers gain confidence in the water, plus lanes and water depths to match varying abilities. There are many places and spaces for outdoor play with six themed ‘zones’, like ‘The Village Green’ shipyard and ‘Discovery Cove’.
And perhaps most importantly. Stamford American recognizes that partnership between an educator and parents are just as important, why is why the Village has the parent café where the parents can relax and observe school in action.
Discover the benefits a purpose-built environment can bring to your child’s vital preschool years. Book a personal tour with our friendly Admissions team today!
Sais.edu.sg|+65 6653 7907
Canadian International School Kindergarten
As one of Singapore’s leading international preschools, Canadian International School Kindergarten is recognised as a perfect place for discovery and exploration. The school focuses on unlocking young children’s potential through:
- A Tailored Global Language Programme
- Stimulating Learning Pods & Playgrounds
- A Hands-on Literacy & Numeracy Curriculum
- Dedicated Arts, Music & Physical Education Specialists
Global Language Programme
All students at Canadian International School (CIS) Kindergarten learn an additional language from 4 years of age. They have the opportunity to choose either French or Chinese taught by dedicated language specialists, or enrol in our pioneering bilingual Chinese-English programme. Our bilingual programme provides equal exposure to both Chinese and English, with two qualified teachers in each classroom.
Stimulating Learning Pods and Playgrounds
Our state-of-the art, purpose-built Kindergarten facilities are designed specifically to support play-based learning. At our Lakeside campus, classrooms are organised around stimulating ‘learning pods’(large, open learning spaces), where teachers can set up hands-on learning centres. Dedicated outdoor play areas include an early years playground, bike tracks, sandpits with water-play zones, a large wading pool (Lakeside campus only) and gym.
Hands-on Literacy & Numeracy Curriculum
Literacy and numeracy learning is built into the daily schedule. Concepts are taught based on an inquiry, play-based approach (for example our students explore volume and capacity through ‘hands-on’ water play activities) and tailored to a wide range of academic abilities.
Dedicated Arts, Music & Physical Education Specialists
Students at CIS Kindergarten engage in Physical Education and Arts (Music, Visual Art, Dance, Drama) classes with single subject specialists. Our Physical Education lessons focus on movement (running and jumping) and gross motor development while our Arts lessons focus on teaching children how to express themselves through different types of mediums.
A quote from a happy parent
“ Our CIS experience has been a great one. There is a wide range of hands-on activities, so both Matias and Luciana are always engaged in learning new things. Both of them really enjoy the bilingual classes”. Evelyn Carvajal, CIS Kindergarten parent, June 2015.
Lakeside Campus ( PreK- Grade 12)
7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414
T: +65 6734 8088
Tanjong Katong Campus ( PreK – Grade 6)
371 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437128
T: +65 6734 8088
Chatsworth International School
Established in 1995, Chatsworth is a diverse and internationally minded school that caters to students of approximately 50 nationalities from Kindergarten One to Year 13 (Grade 12). Highly qualified and dedicated teachers come from all over the world to offer a truly international education.
Our preschool curriculum is based/built on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) and, as an IB World School is authorised to offer the three programmes of the IB education. We are enthusiastic and dedicated to its approach and philosophy as it directly supports our school’s mission to Inspire, Educate & Enlighten. The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. In the primary school, opportunities to share experiences between students, parents and teachers are a critical element in developing a sense of international mindedness.
Small Class Sizes
At Chatsworth, we recognise that each child is unique, tailoring learning through careful observation and documentation of student progress. We practise a low teacher to student ratio in order to ensure that our students receive the attention they need to learn, grow and thrive in a nurturing environment.
Stimulating Spaces and Facilities
With Orchard campus catering to students from Kindergarten One through Year 6 (Grade 5), we have redesigned and recreated spaces to support development through learning and play. The repurposed campus boosts facilities such as innovative and quality playgrounds that offer challenge, cycling track, discovery center and new space for enhanced motor skills programme. More key facilities that will meet students’ learning needs and interests include sports hall, astro turf, netball court, swimming pool, drama/ black box etc.
Excellent Campus Locations
Chatsworth has two international campuses, one in central part of Singapore in Orchard and another amidst lush greenery in Bukit Timah. Both campuses offer preschool and primary education from Kindergarten One through Year 6.
Contact our Admissions and find out how your child can benefit from a Chatsworth education.
Orchard Campus (Kindergarten to Year 6)
37 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229313
Tel: +65 6737 5955 Fax: +65 6737 5655
Bukit Timah Campus (Kindergarten to Year 13)
72 Bukit Tinggi Road Singapore 289760
Tel: +65 6463 3201 Fax: +65 6463 3202
The East Campus is now permanently closed (in June 2018).
More than just a school, the GESS Preschool is a warm and supportive community of diverse learners ranging from 18 months to 5 years of age.
Our View of Your Child
At GESS, we believe that every child is a powerful individual with an innate desire to learn about the world and has the natural potential to explore and develop this understanding in their own ways. We focus our effort on promoting this desire further.
Respectful and Responsive Educators
Our Preschool educators are qualified teachers from all around the world. They are dedicated to supporting your child as they make sense of the world around them, develop a self-identity and grow as a learner and a global citizen. Our educators listen to children to identify their interests and needs, and respond with prompts, activities and suggestions for learner-intiated exploration.
Learning Spaces That Bring the World to Your Child
Our learning spaces provide a safe and comfortable environment for young children to uninhibitedly open themselves up to learning. The spaces are designed to help children with cognitive, physical and creative growth and include sensory gardens, light ateliers, art rooms, cooking spaces, outdoor playgrounds and so much more.
Each child receives instruction in two languages (English and German) at varying points of the day. This helps them become powerful communicators in an increasingly globalising world.
A Robust Curriculum
Our Preschool curriculum is built on the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). Your child will be exposed to an inquiry-based learning environment with focus on language, mathematical, scientific, artistic, and physical disciplines. Through inquiry, children will construct a developmentally appropriate understanding of their world.
“Before our eldest started at GESS, going to school was a nightmare for all of us…As soon as he joined GESS, all of this stopped. His teachers understood and respected his nature. They gave him the time and space he needed, even if that meant that he sat in the reading corner while everyone else was engaged in a group activity. They met with me regularly, always reassuring me that they had Luca’s best interests in mind.” – Leila Boukarim, Mother of 2 children who attended the GESS Preschool
Little Paddington Preschool
Imagine. Enquire. Engage
We recognize how important it is for parents to find just the right preschool to fully nurture their child in their early most formative years of learning.
With a philosophy in holistic education, Little Paddington Preschools aim to engage each child’s interest and motivation by giving them daily opportunities for creative expression through child-led, process focused learning. We encourage our children to question, reason, hypothesize, develop self-confidence and learn in our warm and engaging environment.
We are committed to excellence. Our educators focus on the process of co-construction of knowledge, in turn releasing the traditional roles of a teacher and opening doors to new possibilities for our children. The highly qualified team comprises of Curriculum specialists, Chinese language teachers and English Language Teachers. In addition, we engage specialists for arts, sports and sciences to facilitate child’s learning experiences.
Learning is their journey
Let them navigate
Push them to explore
Watch them discover
Encourage their questions
Allow them to struggle
Support their thinking
We believe children are competent thinkers and communicators. And our curriculum focuses on “Construction of knowledge” through Projects. These group and individual projects provide the backbone of the children’s and teachers’ learning experiences. They are based on the strong convictions of learning by doing. These projects affirm that we are able to create new things and achieve new understandings. It suggests the affinities between the child, the artist, the inventor, the scientists, the explorer.
This approach is inspired by the most pioneering and internationally acclaimed teaching practices of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner, Montessori by Maria Montessori and Reggio Emelia by Loris Malaguzzi.
We encourage children to explore their environment by providing them state of art learning spaces. These spaces are specifically designed for children to build deep relationships with the natural world and engage in a balanced learning programme across Sports, Arts and Academics.
Little Paddington Preschools has two campuses on the island, Turf Club in the central, and Kovan in the Northeast. Both campuses are conveniently located near public transport and are in the heart of residential communities.
Turf Club Campus
236 Turf Club Road
Phone Number: 96495801
Hougang and Kovan Campus
4 Jalan Tani
Phone Number 62803007
If you believe in the power of play, then Little Tykes is perfect for your toddler.
Welcome to Little Tykes, a boutique drop-off toddler programme with the refreshing philosophy of letting kids simply be kids! The Reggio Emilia inspired programme for those aged 18 months to 3.5 years was adopted by the Integrated International School’s very own Founding Principal, Dr. Vanessa von Auer.
Our Little Tykes will enjoy their days learning through play whether it be in our bright airy classroom or exploring our green outdoor space. Our facilities include, the outdoor recreational area, enchanted tee-pee and sandpit, herb garden, outdoor music wall plus mini-race track! The kiddos will have the opportunity to explore our unique interactive multi-sensory Ocean Snoezelen room, the indoor jungle gym, watch the fish in our fantastic Amazonian aquarium or they can snuggle down in our story time corner.
Our terrific teachers are qualified in Early Childhood Education and bring regional and global experience with them. We provide a 1:4 teacher-to-student ratio to ensure our little ones’ needs are always met.
In addition, we teach Chinese while taking a fun creative approach. Our dedicated teachers communicate closely with parents through an online platform, where teachers share their child’s progress, daily photos, updates and upcoming activities.
To enhance the home away from home feel, Little Tykes is based out of IIS’s bright new campus on Sunset Way nestled in leafy Clementi, in a loving, bright, enriching and safe play atelier.
School hours – 8:30am to 12:30pm (Flexible 2/3/5 day options)
School year dates – Beginning in January through to December (Enrolments accepted all-year round)
Ages – 18 months to 3.5 years
Class sizes – 1:4 teacher to student ratio
Learn more about Little Tykes
To explore how a Little Tykes experience will provide your children with fun, stimulating and meaningful learning opportunities, please contact us +65 6466 4475 and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel: +65 6466 4475
Schoolhouse by the Bay
Tyler, 4, demonstrating what thinking looks like.
Miss Abby: “Can you tell me more about thinking?”
Tyler: “Well, when you ask me a question I have to close my eyes and think really hard to find an answer. Sometimes I don’t know the answer and then my brain hurts a bit.”
Miss Abby: “What do you do when you don’t know the answer?”
Tyler: “I find out, then my brain feels good.”
Teachers at Schoolhouse by the Bay extend learning by valuing the child’s thoughts and ideas, and from there the teacher facilitates the learning through guided questions. We believe young children have great capacity for creativity that thrives when it is nurtured. We Inspire and support innovative thinking and problem solving skills. Creative opportunities are provided across all domains of learning, where subjects are integrated together through a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Environment, Arts and Mathematics) approach to learning. Our E. stands for Environment. We cultivate our children from young to be respectful and responsible for both the community (local customs and cultural celebrations) and their natural environment.
Schoolhouse by the Bay has been an established Immersive Bilingual (Chinese/English) school since 2001 that offers programmes from Infant Care to K2, for both Expatriate and Singaporean families. The programme we offer aligned both to the local MOE curriculum and international practices, led by a team of experienced local and international educators. Our fees are affordable for a high quality education. Specialist and external programmes such as Robotics, Lego, Speech and Drama, Gym, Taekwondo are brought in to enhance learning with no extra cost. Both of our centers are located in Community Clubs, which provides students an opportunity to use the dance studio, gymnasium and outdoor play spaces.
Come and find out how we live up to our Mission of - Inspire the children, encourage them to Imagine, take action and Innovate!
Schoolhouse by the Bay has two centers. One in Tanjong Rhu and one on Hillview Rise.
Schoolhouse by the Bay @Katong
51 Kampong Arang Road (off Fort Road and Mountbatten Road) Singapore 438178
Schoolhouse by the Bay @Hillview
1 Hillview Rise Singapore 667970
Two by Two Schoolhouse
Two by Two Schoolhouse is a Bilingual kindergarten cum enrichment centre with a Mandarin emphasis. We specialize in language acquisition and have successfully developed a curriculum that nurtures lifelong learning.
Two by Two Schoolhouse was founded by two mothers who only wanted the best learning environment for their children. We wanted to create innovative and experiential programs whereby our children could learn through play.
Children thrive in a stress-free, natural and immersive environment with a low teacher-student ratio, grasping the nuances of the language effortlessly through a play based and child initiated approach.
Our curriculum also develops a child holistically in English, Math and Science, exposing them to a wide variety of subjects, including the Arts and Sports. They are encouraged to explore and experiment, ultimately developing confidence and become effectively bilingual.
Learning takes place through structured hands on activities and is not confined to the classroom. Frequent field trips reinforce learning and a Multi-sports program trains children’s physical and mental capabilities.
Our enrolled children are of diverse heritage and ethnicity, with the non-local nationalities making up 40% of our enrolment. This provides invaluable opportunities for greater learning experiences and exchange of knowledge. Our non-native speakers using Mandarin confidently and effectively is testimony of the success of our teaching methodology.
Core Daily Program
Nursery, K1 and K2
830am – 1230pm or 1pm to 5pm
130 – 3pm
Mandarin Speech & Drama: I’m a Star! (小小明星体验班)
Mandarin Language & Literacy （华语快速认读）
The Mandarin Muse （华语。娱乐。沉思）
Call us today to enjoy free trial classes, ongoing promotions and giveaways!
Two by Two Schoolhouse
68 Namly Place
55 Lor L Telok Kurau #03-61
White Lodge Pre-school and Kindergarten was established in 1999 and has grown to seven centres across Singapore catering to children aged 6 months to 6.5 years. White Lodge provides an inspirational and nurturing learning journey for each individual and strives to provide an education with “something more“.
Teachers are carefully selected for their work experience, positive personalities and dedication to provide the most secure, nurturing and educational environment for the children. All are qualified in Early Childhood Education and receive training in Music, Drama and First Aid.
Using the Primary Years Programme, UK, US and Australian Frameworks for their curriculum, White Lodge educates not only with an academic framework in mind but thinking about life skills and the future well-being of each pupil. The schools facilitate active learning, involvement and discovery through a hands-on teaching approach. The Mandarin and Mathematics Curriculums are based on Singapore Kindergarten and Primary School framework developed to meet the expectations of the local Singaporean Schools governed by the Ministry of Education.
Parent and Child classes are available for children aged 6 months to 2 and a half years old. These interactive sessions introduce children to various activities like Circle Time, Music and Movement, Mandarin, Art, Sensory and Play giving the opportunity for adults and children to play together. These sessions are also open to helpers and other caregivers.
From eighteen months of age, a child can attend White Lodge unaccompanied making the transition from the Playgroup class all the way up to Kindergarten class. Each centre is fully equipped with indoor and outdoor play areas including trampolines and climbing frames, an outdoor planting area, water and sand play, libraries, dressing up and imaginative play and facilities for cooking.
White Lodge offers a unique educational experience and takes pride in providing a high quality education with compassion for others and care for the world.
For more information visit www.whitelodge.edu.sg or call a White Lodge close to you on the numbers below where you can arrange a time to visit the school and speak with teachers.
• Bukit Timah 39 Linden Drive, Tel: 6468 8846
• East Coast 102 Guillemard Road, Tel: 6440 6690
• Loewen Gardens 75E Loewen Road, Tel: 6475 7262
• Phoenix Park 310 Tanglin Road, Tel: 6235 5310
• Upper Bukit Timah 1 Jalan Siap, Tel: 6314 5481
• Upper East Coast 36 Toh Drive, Tel: 6543 1802
• West Coast 9 South Buona Vista Road, Tel: 6779 8465
Preschools at Bukit Timah
Address: 5 Vanda Road, Singapore 287775
Tel: (65) 6468 6550
German European School Singapore
Address : 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760
Tel: (65) 6469 1131
Raffles House Preschool Pte Ltd
Address: 1 Robin Drive, Singapore 258261
Tel: (65) 6732 1455
Preschools at Holland
Buttercups Montessori Kindergarten Pte Ltd
Address: 37 Grove Lane, Singapore 279029
Tel: (65) 6462 4838
Faith Montessori Centre
Address: 4 Moonbeam Walk, Singapore 277219
Tel: (65) 6465 2751
Address: 118 Kings Road, Singapore 268155
Tel: (65) 6466 3375
NTUC Childcare Centre
Address: 170 Ghim Moh Road #03-03 Ulu Pandan Community Building,
Tel: (65) 6468 3725
St James’ Church Kindergarten
Address: 1 Leedon Road, Singapore 267878
Tel: (65) 6468 7609
Preschools at East Coast
Christ Methodist Church Kindergarten
Address: 597 East Coast Road, Singapore 429082
Tel: (65) 6344 8823
Schoolhouse By The Bay
Address: 51 Kampong Arang Road, Singapore 438178
Tel: (65) 63458258
NTUC Childcare Centre
Address: 1 Haig Road #01-555, Singapore 430001
Tel: (65) 6846 3065
Learning Tree Preschool Pte Ltd
Address: 26A Ulu Siglap, Singapore 457184
Tel: (65) 6242 9975
Preschools at West Coast
Ellas Kindergarten Pte Ltd
Address: 12 West Coast Walk #02-16 West Coast Recreation Centre,
Tel: (65) 6778 1293
Japanese Kindergarten (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Address: 251 West Coast Road, Singapore 127390
Tel: (65) 6779 3434 / (65) 6776 2930
Tanglin Trust School Limited
Address: Portsdown Road, Singapore 139294
Tel: (65) 67703171
TownforKids Pte Ltd
Address: 10 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139940
Tel: (65) 6776 1888
Preschools at North
Address: 449 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 805946
Tel: (65) 6483 2261
Modern Montessori Preschool Centre
Address: Block 750 Woodlands Avenue 4, #01-317, Singapore 730750
Tel: (65) 6369 0700
Address: 2 Kovan Road #01-01 Simon Plaza, Singapore 548008
Tel: (65) 6285 5911
Address: 39 Jansen Rd, Singapore 548441
Tel: (65) 6487 6116
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