It probably felt like yesterday that you were bringing your little one home for the first time, and now it’s already time to send them to preschool or kindergarten!
If you’re still in a tizzy and not quite sure where to send your child, fret not, we’re here to save you some time by giving you a list of the best preschools in Singapore.
You'll find a wide array of choices available, whether you're looking for an international preschool, a bilingual preschool, or one that will prepare your child best for Primary School.
To make things easier for you, we’ve also organised these schools by location, as well as school size so that you’ll have the best knowledge on hand to make the right schooling decision for your child.
Little Lions Preschool is a close-knit school that fosters holistic growth and makes learning fun for children through themed projects.
The school's vision is to cultivate a love for school and learning in every child.
As children learn best when they have a genuine love for learning, Little Lions Preschool is committed to creating a joyful, happy, and safe environment for your child to flourish.
The dual-lingual school offers an opportunity for kids to be immersed in an environment where they can learn both English and Chinese effectively.
Children are engaged in creative and fun filled activities everyday, and are encouraged to explore their environment through arts and craft, music, sensory activities, and group games.
Little Lions Preschool's teachers are professionals that are experienced and qualified, which means you can be confident that your little ones are cared for in a warm and nurturing environment.
Low teacher to child ratios ensure that every child receives individualized attention and can develop their full potential.
Teacher to child ratios:
At Little Lions Preschool, you can be assured that your child's education will be full of fun and their development supported in every aspect.
They will be put on a path to grow into happy and well-balanced individuals who are equipped with life skills to thrive in all environments!
Location: 73 Lucky Heights Singapore 467624
Before and after school care: From 7am-7pm
1 week of fun classes from 8:30am-3pm: $350
2-hour weekly afternoon programes, $30 per class or $100 per month:
Contact: 8832 9756
Established in 2014, Raffles Kidz International is a multi-award-winning premium preschool in Singapore that offers a holistic and bilingual curriculum that inspires and nurtures young minds.
The school's success is driven by a combination of its dedicated teachers, nurturing environment and comprehensive curriculum that incorporates the best-proven learning pedagogies to give children the best head start in their learning journey.
To prepare students for primary school, their well-rounded curriculum aims to build a solid foundation by cultivating children’s interests in the core subjects of English, Mandarin, and Mathematics. Adapting the Montessori Method, their pedagogy comprises four pillars that emphasize academic foundation, critical thinking, knowledge acquisition, and problem-solving skills.
In addition to the core subjects, children are exposed to a variety of themes such as the arts, culture, and sciences, to ensure that they are being given a broad and balanced education across a range of domains. A range of hands-on discovery and exploratory activities are conducted in a carefully crafted learning environment to let children learn about the world around them.
In recognition of its commitment to young learners and excellence in early childhood education, Raffles Kidz has garnered numerous awards since its inception including "Best School for Building Strong Academic Foundation", and "Best in Pre-School Education".
Parents likewise are happy with the results, as evidenced by their positive reviews on platforms such as Google and Facebook.
Make sure you register your child early, as Raffles Kidz centres usually run at full capacity with a strong waitlist of intakes for the upcoming year.
Raffles Kidz offers programmes from Pre-Nursery (18 months) all the way through to Kindergarten (6 years old) for all their centres, with additional Infant care (2-18 Months) for their Jurong West centre.
Locations: Yio Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang, Punggol, Jurong West
Guided by the vision of inspiring every child to be a happy explorer, Pat's Schoolhouse is committed to helping children prepare to be "Challengers of the Future".
For more than 30 years, Pat's Schoolhouse has helped thousands of young learners from ages 2 months to 6 years to build strong foundations in order to realize their full potential.
Pat's Schoolhouse believes in being Bold, Vivacious, and Inspiring in everything that they do, and they impart this same philosophy to their students so that they are able to take on the world with confidence and courage.
The preschool has specially curated programmes aimed at nurturing 21st Century creativity skills in their students – Arts & Music Programme, STEM, and Speech & Drama.
The campuses are also well-equipped with facilities that help facilitate experiential learning including large outdoor and indoor play spaces, water-play area, and sand-play areas.
This is combined with an enhanced music-integrated curriculum, as well as an inquiry embedded play approach to provide a learning haven where children can explore their interests and discover the joy of learning.
Pat's Schoolhouse is also renowned for their Bilingual Immersion Core Curriculum that immerses children with equal amounts of exposure to English and Mandarin on a daily basis.
In addition, selected centres offer a range of additional exciting enrichment programmes such as Robotics and Coding, Ballet, Golf, Soccer, and Taekwondo.
Locations: 17 campuses located island-wide. View the full list of locations here.
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In the 1 month Immersion Programme, your child can experience daily lessons at Pat's Schoolhouse to help you assess if the school is a good fit before you make a longer term commitment.
There will be no registration fees, deposits, and withdrawal notice required for the first month.
Founded in 1995, Brighton Montessori prides itself on giving your child the best preparation for formal education in Primary School and beyond, while still maintaining a holistic approach so that children enjoy learning.
At Brighton Montessori, they have created a school where fun and academics go hand in hand so that your little ones look forward to going to school every single day!
The school's Montessori curriculum emphasizes learning through hands-on activities that are conducted in fun and creative ways, revolving around the five Montessori subject pillars:
Brighton Montessori adopts an individualized approach to learning, with teachers giving every child the attention they need, and letting them learn at their own pace.
With one of the best teacher-child ratios amongst preschools in Singapore, your child is assured of getting the personalized guidance they need to attain their learning objectives.
Believing that the environment is an important component of learning, all of Brighton Montessori's spaces have been designed purposefully to encourage exploration and discovery for all levels.
The school has a strong parent partnership and is big on parent communication, so you'll always be kept updated of your child's progress.
Parents praise the school's level of communications, with both the principal and teachers readily available to address questions even after school hours.
They also appreciate Brighton Montessori's diverse student population, which has a good mix of locals and foreigners.
Locations: 7 Centres located island wide (Frankel Ave, HarbourFront [new], Mountbatten, River Valley, Sunset Way, Hillview [new], The Grassroots' Club. View full list of locations here.
Contact for enrollment enquiries:
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Odyssey the Global Preschool offers an award-winning curriculum within a fully equipped Reggio Emilia- inspired campus.
If you're looking for a preschool in Singapore that will encourage your child to develop a love of learning and an interest in exploring their world, then you've come to the right place.
Odyssey’s low teacher-child ratio, along with a best-in-class pedagogy, and team of passionate educators, ensures that every child gets individualized attention and an excellent early education experience.
The school combines the Reggio Emilia philosophy with the International Baccalaureate approach to create an environment that allows children to direct their own learning, and fosters innovation and exploratory learning.
Odyssey's core preschool curriculum centres around project work, literacy, math skills, Chinese Language Immersion, and creative programmes.
The curriculum is designed to develop skills including critical and creative thinking, as well as encourage children to be curious and to develop a passion for learning.
Art, music, and sports are at the heart of its creative curriculum. These are supplemented by additional programmes such as Little Chef, Outdoor Learning Experiences, and Emotional Cultural Quotient, that nurture children's creativity, life skills, social emotional well being, and sense of aesthetics.
During the last semester of the Senior-K year, children go through a 6 months enhanced preparatory course to prepare them for Primary School.
During this time, they will acquire advanced literacy and math skills, while developing skills including self management, perseverance, risk taking, critical thinking, and problem solving.
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Established in 1995 with the goal to redefine early childhood education in Singapore, Agape Little Uni. is an award-winning child care and preschool centre with 12 locations islandwide.
Agape Little Uni.'s philosophy is to build firm foundations in children to prepare them for success in life.
Starting with a well designed campus, Agape Little Uni. strives to be your child's "home away from home", a conducive environment where children learn to love and love to learn!
The school's Inquiry-Based Learning Curriculum was developed with character development as its foundation, as Agape Little Uni. believes in not only educating your child academically, but also developing your child's social skills and personality.
Its bilingual curriculum also provides children with a well-rounded education, exposing them to a diverse variety of subjects including science, technology and engineering, relationships, arts, mathematics, and even entrepreneurship.
It's a fun inquisitive journey at Agape Little Uni. everyday, as children are encouraged to experiment, discover, and transform learning into action, in order to develop their confidence and character, as well as to cultivate their passion for learning and life.
All of Agape Little Uni.'s teachers are qualified professionals that are skilled at bringing out the best in every child, while teaching them how to be responsible citizens of the world.
Teachers also receive periodic customized professional training that keeps them updated on the latest skills and best practices in childcare and early childhood education.
Locations: Cecil Street, Thomson, Choa Chu Kang , Clementi, Commonwealth, Compassvale, Gambas, Jurong West, Kallang, Upper Serangoon Crescent, Seng Kang Eastway
View full list of locations here.
Carpe Diam Preschool has been providing quality preschool education in Singapore since 2022 and has since expanded to cover 32 locations islandwide.
The centre believes in guiding children to embrace life with zest and enthusiasm through its multiple intelligence-based learning curriculum, which also delves into your child’s potential and teases it out.
The school is home to dedicated and passionate educators who are committed towards shaping a happy and confident childhood and future for your child.
Locations: 32 locations across Singapore
Cherie Hearts is a premium early childhood learning and care provider that believes that children are unique individuals capable and deserving of being able to attain their full potential.
It wants to help children achieve this through its purposeful in-house-developed multi-literacies curriculum approach, meaningful partnerships with parents, and a team of well-trained staff.
The school takes children through a wide variety of enrichment programmes like abacus, music and drama, to keep things engaging and exciting, and for your child’s holistic development.
Locations: 6 locations – Kovan, Pasir Ris, Mountbatten, Yishun, Sin Ming, Upper Thomson
Elfa Chinese Preschool, as its name suggests, is an infant and childcare provider with a strong emphasis on Chinese-focused bilingual education.
Started in 2000, the bilingual preschool is also the most awarded Singapore preschool brand in China, so you can be sure its programmes and methodology of Chinese-focused bilingual education are robust and recognised.
The school has a strong focus on the oral acquisition and reading of the Chinese language while ensuring your child is engaged, interested and excited to learn the language from a young age.
Locations: 4 locations – Marine Parade, Hougang, Pandan Valley, Tampines
Depending on your preference for your child, you can take your pick of Eton House’s 10 standalone preschools and 4 international schools across Singapore.
Eton’s Singapore pre-schools adopt MOE’s Nurturing Early Learners and Early Childhood Development Agency’s (ECDA) Early Years Development Framework while the International preschool follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP).
However, both schools also follow Eton house’s Inquire Think Learn framework which was guided by the research-based Reggio Emilia approach.
Locations: More than 10 locations islandwide – Broadrick, Sentosa (2 outlets), Orchard, Claymore, Mountbatten (3 outlets), Newton, Upper Bukit Timah, Bukit Timah, Robertson Walk, Thomson, Sixth Avenue
Kinderland Singapore has been a reputable infant care and bilingual preschool in Singapore for the past four decades, for children aged up to 6 years old.
The school undertakes some of the best education approaches and methodologies from the west, and values and inter-personal relationship qualities of the east within its primary school ready curriculum.
The curriculum is also music-infused, which aids in your child’s brain development in their early years, and is supported by professional music teachers with international qualifications.
Locations: 16 locations islandwide – Marine Parade, MOM (Havelock), MND (Maxwell Road), IRAS (Newton), Choa Chu Kang (2 outlets), Hougang, Loyang Point, Marine Parade, Pandan Valley, Sengkang, Siglap, Upper Changi, Woodlands (2 outlets), Yio Chu Kang
Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse wants to inculcate curiosity in children through exploratory and inquiry-based learning, giving them opportunities to imagine and be creative as they explore the world around them.
The school strives toward having a good balance of being academically ready and having playtime. Kiddiwinkie kids leave the school confident, resilient and future-ready.
Locations: 8 locations islandwide – Yio Chu Kang, Harbourfront, Katong, MacRitchie Park, Newton, Novena, Orchard, Upper Bukit Timah
Inspired by Confucius's quote “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”, First Steps Preschool, which began in 2014, believes in providing personalised, world-class education to every child that enrolls in its school.
The school's holistic curriculum is innovation-focused and prefers to have learners discover on their own over rote learning.
It also integrates digital teaching and equipment so that children receive the most up-to-date technology education possible.
Locations: 7 locations – Admiralty, Yishun, MacPherson, Sengkang, Jurong, East Coast, Depot Road
Little Footprints wants to be a childcare and early education provider that provides quality education but yet remains affordable and accessible.
The school nurtures its children to be confident communicators, solve problems efficiently, and think independently.
The school implements a holistic curriculum framework that takes children on a journey of discovery, stimulates their imagination, and encourages their holistic development. The school also believes that parents are partners and actively tries to engage them in parent-child activities while providing regular progress updates.
Locations: More than 40 locations islandwide
Little Paddington Preschool believes that the world is your child’s classroom and implements programmes that let children explore the world through their perspective and tap on their curiosity.
There is a good mix of both child-directed and teacher-guided activities at Little Paddington’s schools. Its curriculum encourages a child to be curious, explore, and to be creative and brings learning beyond the classroom.
Its schools have intentionally-designed outdoor spaces that are spacious, green and provide a sense of adventure. You’ll find a gardening patch, a pirate ship, water play, a sand pit, a cycling track and a petting zoo all in one location – learning will be so fun for your child!
Locations: 5 locations – Bartley, East Coast, Kovan, Turf Club and Tanglin
Little Skool House is a common household name among preschools in Singapore and for good reason.
The school, which has been around for more than two decades is the preschool of choice for children across government agencies such as the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).
It has an immersive bilingual curriculum that encourages children to be proficient in both languages, and also to be curious, to learn and discover by investigating and creating on their own.
Its name ‘skool’, which is spelt using invented spelling, showcases how the school believes that absolute correctness and memorisation are not the sole focus when teaching preschoolers to write.
Locations: 20 locations islandwide – Orchid Country Club, Yishun, Woodlands, Marina Boulevard, Alexandra, Raffles Place, Thomson, Outram, Bukit Timah, Mountbatten, Tampines (3 outlets), Pasir Ris, Ulu Pandan, Jurong East, Buona Vista, Clementi (2 outlets)
Linked to the Catholic Church, Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse hopes to provide preschool education akin to a shepherd that cares for, protects, guides and leads the young.
It wants to create an environment where your child can grow in virtue while developing the knowledge and skills to connect with the world around them.
Little Shepherds’ curriculum is designed in a manner that cultivates GRACE in children – gratitude, respect, attitude, care and empathy.
Locations: 10 locations islandwide – Commonwealth, Hougang, Yishun, Woodlands, Jurong West, Boon Lay, Serangoon Gardens, Tampines, Sengkang, Bukit Timah
Maple Bear is a Canadian school that offers full in-house developed Canadian programmes worldwide.
The school uses a preschool curriculum developed by Canadian teaching experts and refined by Education Ambassador Mrs Patricia Koh who was the head of the Early Childhood Department at Canada’s national education institute.
It has a signature bilingual preschool immersion methodology that incorporates a progressive language structure – children are encouraged to speak, read and write in English and Mandarin, and if they have, their own respective native languages.
There is also a focus on art, creative activity, technology, physical skills, and personal and social awareness.
Locations: More than 50 locations islandwide
The Methodist Preschool Services was started recently in 2020 to consolidate the management of the current five Methodist preschools in Singapore, helping to unify all with the same vision, mission and core values.
Methodist Preschool hopes to nurture every child that walks through its doors to be a person of good character, to be an explorer, innovator, and entrepreneur.
The school has a strong focus on character development with Christian values as the underlying foundation. It also implements a STEM-based curriculum that is age-appropriate while ensuring that lessons are kept challenging enough while still being engaging.
Locations: 5 locations – Commonwealth, Bedok, Sengkang, Bukit Timah, Toa Payoh
Originating in Sydney two decades ago, Mindchamps has grown to be a reputable international brand when it comes to childhood education, enrichment and child care.
In Singapore, MindChamps is the lead in premium preschools in Singapore, with more than one-third of the market share within the premium preschools sector. MindChamps was started with the belief that if we understand how one learns, this can also be applied to help children discover their full potential.
Since then, this thinking has brought about MindChamp’s unique ‘3-Mind’ approach to education – which involves the synthesis of the Champion Mind, the Learning Mind and the Creative Mind. A child that goes to MindChamps will develop a Champion mindset with MindChamp’s new model for enriching young minds.
Locations: 39 locations islandwide
Mulberry Learning is the first preschool network worldwide to be certified by The Institute for Habits of Mind and hopes to use its unique pedagogy to nurture a child that is unafraid to explore, think and solve problems creatively.
Mulberry wants to create future-ready children through its Reggio-inspired learning spaces, and bilingual programmes, among its multitude of resources.
A school with a global footprint, Mulberry Learning also has centres in other countries such as Australia, Panama and China.
Locations: 15 locations – Alexandra (2 outlets), Braddell, Bukit Batok, Cairnhill, Jurong East, Kallang, Kovan, Marymount, Punggol, Shenton Way, Tanjong Pagar, Woodlands, Fusionpolis, Sixth Avenue
Voted as one of the best preschools in Singapore, My First Skool’s track record of providing quality, holistic, and affordable preschool and kindergarten education for the past four decades speaks for itself. It prides itself on being a leader in early childhood care and education in Singapore, and has a curriculum where children are encouraged to learn through non-traditional methods and develop interests in different areas like STEM, nature, arts, bilingualism and cultural intelligence.
Like how school is misspelt in its name, My First Skool believes that children shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes, and want to help its children grow into confident and creative persons who can tackle challenges in the future when they grow up.
Locations: More than 140 locations islandwide
PCF Sparkletots is Singapore's largest preschool provider with more than 300 locations across Singapore. It is an anchor operator funded by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) so fees are affordable and the centres are accessible.
PCF Sparkletots wants to raise confident and creative learners with a caring heart and does so by providing quality programmes with trained educators to educate young learners holistically.
The school's preschool programme seeks to prepare children for a successful start to formal schooling in Primary One.
Locations: More than 300 locations islandwide
Rainbow Cove Preschool aims to be a preschool that has a warm, friendly and stimulating learning environment.
The school wants to cultivate children to be lifelong learners. It adopts the Pikler approach and Erik Erikson’s principles in its programme, believing strongly in respectful trusting relationships between its staff and children.
The Rainbow Cove learning environment is designed in such a way that there are age-appropriate materials and facilities, such as an indoor baby gym for those young ones to crawl and climb to their hearts’ desires, and to develop fundamental motor skills.
Locations: 6 locations – Upper Serangoon, Upper East Coast, Boon Keng, Kallang, East Coast, Sembawang
Star Learners has dedicated itself to providing high quality education and early age childcare for close to two decades.
They believe that beyond the regular childcare activities, there is room to inspire children to do greater things. Its literature-based curriculum builds a strong base for literacy within your child while ensuring that critical thinking, collaboration, and communication are also imbued within them.
Locations: More than 40 locations islandwide
Started in 2002, Superland has been providing infant care, playgroup nursery, and kindergarten taught using a combination of Montessori and Thematic project approaches, for two decades.
The school believes that every child is precious, unique and has the potential to be nurtured into someone who can give back positively to society. Aside from a robust curriculum, Superland’s focus on Art, Music and Sports activities ensures your child will develop strong social, creative, and linguistic skills at an early age.
Locations: 12 locations – Paya Lebar, Outram, Tanjong Pagar, Telok Blangah, Kreta Ayer, River Valley, Bukit Timah, Tanglin, Novena, Woodlands, Tiong Bahru, River Valley, Bukit Timah
The Australian International School is the only Southern-Hemisphere school in Singapore that has an Australian curriculum-based global education for students from 2 months to 18 years.
The AIS comprises qualified teaching teams which are well-versed in early childhood methodologies and it aims to develop confident learners who are successful in academia and social and emotional areas.
The school focuses on the development of the whole child and believes more in a holistic and interdisciplinary approach – children are taught to question, to wonder and to have agency, and are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning here.
Location: Lorong Chuan
Blue House Nursery and International Preschool is an international preschool and childcare centre that provides a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for children.
The school was started in 2008 and implements the Reggio Emilia approach.
Blue House believes that education is not just about pre-packaging knowledge and getting children to digest them – they believe education is an active process and will provide children with real-life opportunities that are tangible, meaningful and interactive.
Educators at Blue House view themselves as coaches and mentors who will support your child with questions to help them learn and form their own answers as they journey in this world.
Locations: 3 locations – Eunos, Queenstown, Sixth Avenue
Brighton College is a school that believes that education can do more than help your child make sense of the world and be future-ready.
Utilising the English National Curriculum, Brighton College provides an ambitious and challenging schooling environment that ultimately prepares your child for primary and then, senior school.
The school has a nurturing and personalised environment where children are seen and recognised and its programmes and culture are driven by three key pillars — confidence, curiosity and kindness.
Location: Lorong Chuan
Located in Mountbatten, Little Skittles International Preschool wants to ensure that all kids achieve their developmental goals – cognitive, physical, social and emotional to ensure they have a strong foundation for their schooling years ahead.
Little Skittles wants to prepare children to be confident lifelong learners who are naturally curious and keen to learn about the world around us.
Aside from standard classrooms, the school also has wide open outdoor spaces that allow its staff to plan for different activities and programmes to keep things exciting for your child every school day.
One World International School (OWIS) is a trusted international school that takes on children aged 3 onwards.
Its early childhood programme, underpinned by the English National Curriculum, is play-based and inquiry-led.
It hopes to provide a safe and inviting learning environment for all children that walk through its doors and has bright airy classrooms, as well as outdoor sensory learning opportunities – giving a child space to be curious while feeling safe.
Locations: Jurong West, Suntec
Overseas Family School’s (OFS) kindergarten hopes to provide children with the best possible start to their schooling years through its early childhood programme which develops knowledge, skills and attitudes while involving play.
At OFS, children have the space to inquire, ask questions, express themselves freely, problem-solve and work collaboratively and creatively.
Because of its diverse student population, OFS also has interesting special events including the celebration of cultural holidays, where parents are also invited to join.
Location: Pasir Ris
Started in 1999, Rain Trees International Kindergarten & Preschool has been providing a fun yet challenging schooling environment for preschool and kindergarteners for more than two decades.
The school bases its educational philosophy on the UK National Curriculum and provides children with a hands-on play-based approach.
The school is registered under MOE as a Foreign System Kindergarten but does nothing short of equipping your child well for primary school.
Children at Rain Trees are provided with a homely and nurturing environment, and its staff strive toward making your child feel safe and happy.
Location: Buona Vista
Stamford is a leading international school in Singapore that has student-centred IB programmes for children as young as 2 months old. It has an Early Learning Village that is tailored for those in preschool, from pre-nursery to kindergarten 2.
The village is inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach where the outdoor environment is the “third teacher”. The village is a safe and experiential space with natural wood structures and open spaces, inviting children to safely explore and discover, as a means of expressing themselves.
Within its curriculum, there is a balance between child-initiated and teacher-guided experiences, and all of these are supported by developmentally-appropriate best practices.
Location: Lorong Chuan
Viv’s Schoolhouse is an international preschool that welcomes all children.
As a school that accepts children from all walks of life, it is a safe and conducive space for all children to learn about cultures and diversity through bilingual immersion.
Not only do children get to associate with other children of different cultures, but they are also taught to be kind, gracious and magnanimous.
Children at Vivi’s Schoolhouse are happy, inspired and engaged learners that also remember to have compassion for others.
XCL calls itself the school of the future and wants to bring forth a next generation that aspires to positively impact others by mentoring its students to find their own voice to lead, learn and innovate.
The school designs personalised learning plans and implements a world-class curriculum to help students realise their utmost potential.
Aside from having educators from over 20 nations, the school also has students from more than 50 countries, so you can be sure that your child will not only receive the best teaching experience from around the world but also be exposed to different, diverse cultures helping them learn more and grow.
Bibinogs is a specialist provider of bilingual and Chinese language preschool in Singapore for children aged 9 months to 7 years.
Its BibiNogs BE curriculum makes use of a bilingual and pure Mandarin immersive classroom setting to help your child make sense of the world around them by melding together context and real-life situations. Its programme is aimed at nurturing confident, expressive, kind children who are appreciative of the various world cultures.
Its programmes are often offered in a bilingual or pure Mandarin format, perfect for parents who want to ensure their child has a firm foundation in both languages.
Locations: Botanic Gardens, Bukit Timah, East Coast
Cherrybrook Preschool on East Coast is set up by the PAFED (Parents for EDucation), a social enterprise started by some parents who were inspired by teachings from Saint Josemaria Escrivá, the founder of the Opus Dei Prelature.
The school is part of a worldwide network of schools that have a collective mission, philosophy, and education practices.
Location: Farrer, Thomson, East Coast
ChildFirst is a preschool in Singapore with a trilingual environment – English, Chinese, and coding – and hopes to future-proof children by providing such an environment. ChildFirst wants your child to find success in school and academia while having the room to stand out from the crowd and be unique.
ChildFirst also recognises that knowledge’s shelf life is getting shorter so there is a need to have timeless skills like lifelong learning, computational thinking, problem solving and creativity, which will better prepare your child in dealing with the unknowns of the future.
Locations: King Albert Park, Mountbatten and Tampines
Chiltern wants to make a child’s first foray into school a fun and formative one, sparking a different foundation for children right from the get-go.
It uses the EduDrama methodology together to inject language, imagination, and discovery into a child’s world. The child will gain exposure to literature, mathematics, science and the arts.
Chiltern wants to prepare your child for school and life, ensuring academic excellence while giving them the skillset to tackle difficulties outside of the classroom.
Locations: Mountbatten, East Coast, Thomson, Turf Club
House on the Hill Montessori (HotH) was founded in 2012 and believes in immersing children in an open and stimulating environment, coupled with an experiential learning curriculum.
The school is family-run by three passionate individuals who have a shared vision for quality early childhood education.
True to its name, HotH is surrounded by lush greenery and play is a necessary component of the curriculum. Guided by the Montessori framework, the school ensures that every child that walks through its doors will have purposeful learning experiences which will prepare them for the future.
Locations: Mount Sophia, Balmoral, Pasir Panjang, Bukit Timah
Touting itself as first play-based preschool in Singapore, Shaws just has one clear objective – to provide a different type of preschool education to the young in Singapore.
Say goodbye to boring lessons, rote learning and a top-down teaching approach.
At Shaws, lessons are planned such that children learn and express themselves through play, all while having fun! Learning is hands-on and Shaws ensures that every child will get sufficient spots and outdoor play daily. In fact, through its methodology, Shaws is certain that even the timidest of children will walk out of Shaws’ doors confident and self-assured.
Locations: Serangoon and East Coast
Established in 1977, St James Church Kindergarten is a Christian preschool that prides itself in providing every child with a high quality education.
The school believes every child matters and wants to develop them into well-rounded individuals with a godly character.
St James Church Kindergarten uses an eclectic approach to its curriculum, integrating the best of different practices, such as play-based learning and nature-based learning, and gets its materials from various countries such as Taiwan, Israel, US, and Russia.
Locations: Novena, Holland Village, Dempsey
Located in the heart of town at Somerset, Coco-Ro Learning House wants to educate children by helping them develop a strong foundation for them to define their own happiness in the future.
It does so by creating an environment where children are encouraged to think, act and choose their own actions and engage in independent play.
It has a strong focus on instilling freedom, ability and power in children to prepare them for life, and doesn’t believe in imposing an ‘ideal’ image on a child stemming from adults’ definitions and expectations.
Its programmes encourage the development of self-awareness, discovery and self-learning.
Kay Poh Road Baptist Kindergarten (KBK) was established in 2000 and aims to provide preschoolers with a strong academic foundation while nurturing their physical, spiritual, and character development.
Their experienced and passionate educators are dedicated to providing a high quality education for children, ensuring they will be ready for primary school.
KBK encourages play, love for learning, and exploration, and organizes field trips regularly to expose children to new things and to engage in experiential learning.
Children are also given lots of outdoor time to develop fundamental motor skills.
The school maintains strong bonds with parents as it believes in partnering with parents in the holistic development of your child.
An example of this close partnership with the parents is the school's Community Garden which was donated, set up, and maintained by the parents.
Location: River Valley
Mahota Preschool has been providing its nature-based curriculum and pedagogy for more than two decades, bringing children engaging classes and meaningful activities that develop their mind, body and spirit.
Through nature-based learning, the school wishes to develop children’s eco-consciousness and eco-literacy, while ensuring the child receives an age-appropriate curriculum across the disciplines of movement, arts, languages, sciences and mathematics.
The school wants to bring out the inner potential of each child and wants to bring forth a generation of capable and committed individuals that can tackle challenges head-on.
Location: Farrer Park
Sparknauts is an enrichment and gym centre for babies and toddlers that believes in not only helping the little ones reach their full potential, but also employing purposeful play and research-based class activities.
If you’re a parent concerned about your child’s progress among their peers, Sparknauts provides weekly reviews and assessments to keep you informed of their development.
The school opts to have a strong physical education focus as they believe good fundamental motor skills and physical development is the foundation for intelligence.
Location: Farrer Park
Trehaus calls itself a modern village and preschool and is an integrated co-working space with childcare services.
The space was created with working parents who recognise the importance of spending time with their children in mind. It is a flexible workspace with an adjacent creche run by full-time trained caregivers, as well as the Trehaus school next door.
Its preschool programme has a small 1:5 ratio, comprises inspiring indoor and outdoor spaces and doesn’t just want to build smart and academically-strong kids, but also those who have character and want to create a positive difference in this world.
Set up in 2019, Blue Lion Preschool is a Buddhist preschool guided by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.
It is also the first contemplative preschool in Singapore that provides a programme rooted in the Buddhist approach, which means that it features Asian heroes, stories and values within its programme.
Blue Lion believes in a “come and see” learning approach which relies on the child’s inherent ability to see, experience and discern and has the teacher asks questions rather than provide the answers.
Location: East Coast
The British Council preschool utilises the best preschool practices from both the UK and Singapore to provide children with holistic, hands-on, and concrete learning while ensuring that they have a strong foundation in language and literacy.
Even though it bases the learning on the UK curriculum, the school prides itself on its equal emphasis on Mandarin and has a well-staffed team of qualified and passionate individuals who can engage your child in both languages.
Classes include purposeful play, hands-on activities and child-led projects which will help them stay curious, and learn to love learning while ensuring academic milestones are met.
Discovery Kidz Preschool offers early childhood education and care for children from 18 months to 6 years and 11 months old.
The school was founded in 2005 and its mission is “all for children” showcasing its dedication to the physical, psychological and behavioural health of all children that comes through its doors.
The school recognises that every child is unique and provides programmes that are tailored to your children’s development needs.
Founded by university professors, Emile Preschool prides itself in using trustworthy research-proven discoveries and high-quality learning materials from countries like Japan, Germany, US and UK.
Aside from providing an environment that develops and nurtures every child’s strengths and talents, the school also provides well-balanced meals approved by a professional nutritionist, complete with organic produce.
Started in 2009 by educator Kenny Low, the name Little Big refers to “little angels with big dreams” and wants to not only provide children with a sound early childhood education but also work with parents to create amazing memories for children as they grow.
This preschool in Singapore believes in the Reggio Emilia approach that a child’s first teacher is their parent(s), the second the teacher and the third the environment, and ensures that its programmes facilitate quality exchanges between parents and their little ones.
Academics are celebrated, but what matters more here are good memories and imparting love to the children so they feel empowered to dream big and realise these dreams.
Location: Telok Kurau
Located in Tampines, Kinderstori SchoolHouse is centred on the belief that children have an innate curiosity to learn and explore and aims to enhance this natural curiosity by providing them with the right support, environment, and resources to help them realise their full potential.
Kinderstori’s programme comprises various educational theories while ensuring children get a good chance to be hands-on and engage in experiential learning.
There is no one pre-set curriculum, but an environment that is continually inviting and sustains learning.
Bucket House Preschool is a new preschool in Singapore founded in 2018 by Amber Koh, who is an advocate of the Reggio Emilia approach and outdoor learning.
Koh believes that children are competent learners and believes in a balance between a structured and inquiry-based curriculum. With this balance will children be given the right amount of control over their own learning such that they have room to express their thoughts and feelings.
It believes that parents need to be connected and involved in a child’s learning journey and that educators are the child’s second teacher, and the environment the third.
With this in mind, they hope to create a supportive community, together with parents, to help children stay connected to the world as they grow and learn.
Kanopy Forest Preschool was started to provide a holistic learning environment that is inspired by the Forest School approach and movement.
The school hopes to nurture a child’s curiosity by having them spend time regularly in nature and to have them connect with nature. Its classrooms are purposeful-designed and children have space to express their needs and learning interests freely, in an open-ended manner.
Location: King Albert Park
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