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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One World International School
One World International School offers an excellent international education to children from the age of 3 to 18 in a nurturing multi-cultural environment at a moderate fee. Our school enables students to learn in an intimate and engaging setting and our Early Years Programme is based on an inquiry led, play-based learning approach, specifically tailored for children 3 to 6 years of age.
OWIS has two campuses, one at Nanyang, offering internationally recognised curricula such as the IB PYP, Cambridge IGCSE and the IBDP to children from ages 3-18. OWIS’ East coast campus on the other hand, located at Mountbatten, caters exclusively for early learners from ages 3-6 and is underpinned by the English National Curriculum.
We believe that our youngest learners should be in an environment where they can develop academically, socially and emotionally. All our Early Childhood classes for children from ages 3-6, have a maximum of 18 students per class, allowing for personalised learning time with teachers and meaningful connection with each student.
“Small world” learning environment
Our early childhood facilities include inside and outside play and learning spaces, specially designed to accommodate our young students, with equipment and classrooms built to scale. In this “small-world” learning space, children feel safe, secure and develop a sense of belonging.
Inquiry based programme
OWIS’s inquiry-based learning programme features play-based learning activities, sensory activities and imaginative play areas that allow children to learn through play along with more formal activities, offering an important balance between self-inquiry and structured learning. Role-playing learning opportunities (such as running a toy ice-cream shop or bakery for example) enable collaboration and teamwork, and help our early learners to relate to the world around them.
At One World International School, we understand the critical importance of early childhood education. The right programme will lay a strong foundation for your children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. To learn more about the IB PYP curriculum and the difference our approach to early childhood education can make for your child, please contact us.
Nanyang Campus EC 1 to Grade 11
21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075
Phone: +65 6914 6700
East Coast Campus
EC 1 to EC 3
Block G, 231 Mountbatten Rd, Singapore 397999
Phone: +65 6914 7350
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!
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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)
GIIS is a K-12 international school, with modern preschool facilities in both its campuses - SMART Campus at Punggol and East Coast Campus at Cheviot Hill.
The preschool Programme at GIIS, known as Global Montessori Programme (GMP), is an award-winning Programme that is based on a cutting-edge combination of world-renowned Montessori philosophy and best practices of modern pre-school education.
The three-year Preschool Programme is designed for students 2.5 years and above. Small class size, experienced teachers and interactive learning environment make GIIS a preferred choice for parents looking for an international preschool.
Early years facilities like indoor play area equipped with age-appropriate toys, outdoor play area equipped with mist area, sand pit and water play, child-friendly classrooms with reading corner and built-in restrooms, dedicated facilities to encourage free-play and creativity, offer a nurturing environment to young children and develop their love for learning.
With its five strong pillars, the Global Montessori plus Programme grooms the preschoolers for a smooth transition to Primary school.
The five pillars that focus on different areas of child-development are:
‘Excelerate’ - Fluency in language through listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Future Ready Programme – Students become future-ready through hands-on approach to learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
Multi-faceted Learning - Individual qualities of students are developed through Thematic Learning methodology.
iPlay - Physical, social-emotional and cognitive student development through structured and free-play.
iCare - Students are sensitised towards the community and the environment through activities like gardening, charity drives and community care programmes.
A futuristic preschool Programme for newage kids
An inquiry-based approach to learning, exposure to age-appropriate technology, engagement in STEM activities and multiple avenues for students to hone their collaborative and communication gear the GIIS preschoolers towards 21st century skills.
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 69147100
WhatsApp: +65-9631 6000
“My son loves GIIS Preschool. There has not been a single day when he has said that he does not want to go to school. The journey so far has been very enriching and every day he comes back with a new learning which he also applies in real life, like using the leftover water in the school bottle for watering the plants. My son is much more confident now and conscious of things around him.
At GIIS, the focus is not much on rote learning, rather on developing early childhood skills like Cognitive, Gross Motor skills. I feel the combination of Montessori methodology and preschool best practices, prepares a very solid foundation which is important at the kindergarten level.
With great facilities and dedicated teachers, I think parents don’t have anything to worry about GIIS Preschool.”
By Punam Maheshwari, Mother of Mrigank Maheshwari, Kindergarten 2, GIIS SMART Campus.
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
Early Intervention Centre
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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