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
Give your child a head start to life at the Stamford American Early Learning Village, which welcomes children aged 2 months to 6 years. Babies and toddlers aged 2 to 18 months enjoy an extra special level of care at our Infant Care Program. Your little one will have lots of opportunity for growth and learning in a secure and comfortable space under the thoughtful supervision of our experienced Early Childhood carers and educators. The Early Learning Village is just minutes away from the Elementary & Secondary Campus, and offers a first-class international program to all children of preschool age.
Inspired by Reggio Emilia philosophy, our Early Learning Village is a treasure trove of state-of-the-art world-class school facilities which have been carefully developed for the little people who will use them, and their families. For example, The Hive is a spacious, air-conditioned indoor space for running, dancing, gymnastics, parades and performances. The 22-meter swimming pool, with a UV-protective roof, 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 playgrounds tailored for age groups. There is also a library, health center and a parent cafe.
We also provide an international environment with over 75 nationalities represented in our student community. Our world class curriculum includes specialist languages of Mandarin or Spanish, English as an Additional Language (EAL) support, a Bilingual English/Mandarin program and we are the only school in Singapore to offer the world-renowned Suzuki Violin Program from the age of 3.
Stamford’s unique curriculum is guided by the USA Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Year’s Program (PYP). STEAMInn - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Innovation is integrated across the curriculum.
And perhaps most importantly, Stamford American recognizes that a strong partnership between an educator and parents is just as important, which is why the school provides regular updates such as through 5 daily teacher blogs, 1 weekly newsletter, 4 quarterly reports and 2 parent-teacher conferences.
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!
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
Global Indian International School (GIIS)
Global Indian International School (GIIS) is a leading international school in Singapore since 2002. The K-12 school has two campuses in the city state – SMART Campus in Punggol and East Coast Campus in Cheviot Hill, with a combined strength of around 3,200 students from 42 nationalities.
GIIS has full-fledged preschool facilities at both its campuses that cater to students from 2.5 to 5 years. GIIS’ Kindergarten programme called the Global Montessori Plus (GMP) programme, follows the Maria Montessori approach, combined with best practices of renowned early childhood programmes worldwide.
It helps mould young students into confident learners who are ready to explore the world around them, while developing a solid academic foundation. Small class-sizes, state-of-the-art early childhood facilities catering to young learners, dedicated Early Years educators, the option of a regular (9 am to 12.30 pm) or extended (9 am to 3.30 pm) programme, and a moderate fee structure are some of the differentiating factors that make GIIS’ preschool programme a compelling choice for early learners.
Play is woven into GIIS’ preschool programme because children learn best through play. Not only does play impact physical, social-emotional, cognitive development but it has a positive effect on numeracy, literacy and all other aspects of the curriculum. Our preschool furniture, facilities and play-areas are customised for very young children.
Our kindergarten students also complete STEM activities on a regular basis. They use manipulatives and classroom resources to complete a variety of engaging and educational projects.
Education is not all rounded in its true sense unless children become global citizens with values that help them empathize, lead and solve real world problems. The values-based learning aspect of our curriculum helps them achieve this. It ignites awareness on social responsibility, culture and the environment from a young age.
Reputed International Curricula for Primary and Secondary students
Serving a diverse community of expats, GIIS provides its students the flexibility to choose a curriculum that is aligned to their long-term plans.
Primary students (Grades 1 to 5) can choose between the Primary Years Programme designed by the International Baccalaureate, which encourages children to think independently, or the CBSE - the Indian national curriculum.
Secondary students who prefer international curricula can choose the Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme (Grades 6 to 8), followed by the internationally recognised IGCSE for Grades 9 to 10 and one of the best pre-university programmes, the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for Grades 11 and 12. The CBSE is also available for students from Grades 6 to 12, so that they can transition seamlessly to other CBSE schools in India and other parts of the world if they have the need to.
Holistic Approach to Education
GIIS’ 9GEMS framework is an award-winning holistic approach to education which is aligned to the school’s mission of producing well-rounded individuals. The framework fosters all-round development in students through an integrated approach to learning. Under the 9GEMS framework, special efforts are taken to develop students’ excellence in the following nine areas – academics, sports, visual and performing arts, innovation & creativity, entrepreneurship & leadership, personality development, universal values & ethics, community care and skill-development.
Year after year, GIIS students perform exceptionally well, not just in academics but in sports, arts and other extracurricular activities.
GIIS believes in delivering a world-class education to students from all backgrounds. In keeping with the same philosophy, GIIS fee is 40% lower than other international schools in Singapore. GIIS also offers several scholarships to talented and hard-wroking students from Grades 1 to 12, in various academic and non-academic categories as well merit-cum-means scholarships. To know more about GIIS, do get in touch with us.
GIIS SMART Campus
27, Punggol Field Walk, Singapore 828649
T: +65 69147100
WhatsApp: +65-9631 6000
GIIS East Coast Campus
82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663
T: +65 69147000
WhatsApp: +65-9631 6000
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 email@example.com.
Tel: +65 6466 4475
Preschools at Central
Buttercups Montessori Kindergarten Pte Ltd
Address: 37 Grove Lane, Singapore 279029
Tel: (65) 6462 4838
Address: 5 Vanda Road, Singapore 287775
Tel: (65) 6468 6550
Faith Montessori Centre
Address: 4 Moonbeam Walk, Singapore 277219
Tel: (65) 6465 2751
German European School Singapore
Address : 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760
Tel: (65) 6469 1131
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
Raffles House Preschool Pte Ltd
Address: 1 Robin Drive, Singapore 258261
Tel: (65) 6732 1455
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
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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