Once the school season starts, parents will certainly be in search for the excellent preschools where their children can learn and explore different lessons that will surely be applicable in the future. They also want to ensure that a creative and supportive environment will be provided. If you have recently moved into the country or just starting the life of parenthood, this list of best preschools in Singapore might help you give the brilliant education that your children deserve.
1. Brighton Montessori
|BEST FOR||Personalized Learning Experience|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6588 3883|
For those parents who are looking for an academy that gives a hands-on approach and focuses on the individuality of each student, Brighton Montessori proudly presents their enhanced curriculum that is enriched with a variety of programs including pre-nursery, nursery, and kindergarten. In each class, it would not contain a large number of students to make sure that each child will be given sufficient guidance and attention. The curriculum consists of subjects that introduce basic and important lessons. The most impressive thing is that they strive to follow the children’s pace instead of having a strict schedule.
- Practical life skills lessons
- Sensorial exercises
- Culture studies
Parents do recommend Brighton Montessori for they are able to have an open communication with the teachers and discuss the daily progress of the children. Mario and Ana Montanari praised the preschool and shared their experience on the official website:
“The preschool has a good mix of locals and foreigners, which we love. The kids take part in a variety of fun and interactive activities including cooking classes, which allow for the refinement of sensory perception, and the development of literacy and mathematical understanding. There are also many opportunities for imaginative exploration and creative self-expression.”
2. Blue House International
|BEST FOR||Language of Art Education|
|ADDRESS||2 Turf Club Road Singapore 287988|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6734 0824|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday – 8:30am–5pm|
Blue House International incorporates traditional teaching methods that deal with the curiosity of a child, which can be a source of finding their full and true potential, even at such a young age. They prioritize in one’s freedom to voice out their thoughts and opinions. This will open up the eyes of the child into a positive and respectful environment as well as boost their confidence. The most unique feature of this institution is The Blue House Infant & Toddler Ateliers where children aged 6 to 36 months can enter classes to develop sensory skills.
- Discover classes
- Playgroups, classes, and drop in sessions
- Documentation of learning progress
The Blue House International has been receiving admiration from parents due to their natural and effective way of teaching. They stated that children are very much exposed to a creative and nature-friendly environment in which they can freely explore their surroundings. Katie Wong shared his son’s enjoyable experience on the school’s official Facebook account:
“Dropped by earlier today with my 6 month old to try out their drop in sessions. My son loved his time there exploring and playing with the materials provided! Wished there was a 6-18mont playgroup at the Bukit Timah branch.”
3. MindChamps PreSchool
|BEST FOR||Research-based curriculum delivered through proprietary learning techniques|
|ADDRESS||MindChamps PreSchool (HQ)
6 Raffles Blvd, #04-100
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6828 2688|
Among all the other academic institutions, MindChamps is the most recognised in the preschool sector, and was Singapore Parents’ top choice of preschool for 6 consecutive years*. The main reason for this is their continual advancement of the learning techniques used in their curriculum – as the demands of each generation change, the MindChamps Preschool curriculum changes to meet children’s needs as well.
Dedicated curriculum specialists design their preschool programme based on research and development in the 4 domains of Education, Psychology, Neuroscience and Theatre. The teachers at MindChamps PreSchool also undergo a full 200-hour training course on how to use the school’s proprietary learning techniques effectively with their future students.
The institution even provides opportunities for their students to expand on interests like singing, acting or writing through their separate suite of weekend enrichment programmes.
- Holistic curriculum includes both core programmes and enrichment modules like Creativity & Theatrical, NeuroMooves and more
- Use of unique Enquiry Teaching and Learning approach to pique students’ curiosity and encourage them to ask questions, leading to an enquiry exploration
- Integration of all S.M.I.L.E.S. elements (Sensory, Motor (Music and Movement), Intellectual, Linguistic, Emotional and Social) into engaging and stimulating lesson activities
MindChamps PreSchool has seen many children through their formative years and prepared them for primary school and life beyond academics. This has earned the school an abundance of compliments from parents, as Peter Tao shared on the official website:
During my son’s three fruitful years at MindChamps PreSchool, I witnessed tremendous growth in both his cognitive and social development. He enjoyed his lessons very much and was immensely fond of his teachers, who were uplifting in his education. He would always update and share with me his new discoveries in class, even testing me if I knew them.
In a nutshell, I must say the dedicated teachers at MindChamps had taken great care of my son’s overall well-being. I am extremely pleased with them. Also, my son is coping well in Primary 1 and this is without doubt partly due to the crafted learning programmes – meticulously prepared by MindChamps for him.
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4. White Lodge International Preschools & Childcare
|BEST FOR||Wide Range of Subject Selections|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6255 4230|
White Lodge International Preschools & Childcare is one of the most recommended schools by the foreign parents who have just moved into the country. They take pride in their activities that improves the bond of children, parents, and educators to build a supportive community. The teachers have years of experience in the industry, which will guarantee the quality of moral and academic lessons.
- Annual concert and festival celebrations
- Special discounts and promotions
- Recognized by the foreign parents
White Lodge International Preschools & Childcare has captured the hearts and interests of the parents because of the diversity in education and great facilities. Mellissa Su-Fen Saw & Bence Szegedi wrote these wonderful compliments on the official website:
“Being a first time mum, I had zero idea of what to look for in a playschool for my 18 month old daughter. After a couple of trial classes at various schools, I knew immediately that White Lodge Loewen Gardens was the best choice – and after a couple of weeks, my daughter settled in really well so it was definitely the right choice! The teachers are calm, patient, friendly and dedicated. I’m 100% confident with the care and education that they provide, with a focus on experiencing things through fun and exciting activities. A big thank you to the all the teachers at White Lodge!”
5. Early Years Montessori
|BEST FOR||Scientific-backed, inclusive teaching enviroment|
|ADDRESS||16 Sunset Drive, S 597475|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Telephone: 6469-1572.
Early Years Montessori is a vibrant community of families, early childhood practitioners and friends who apply Dr. Maria Montessori’s scientific method of educating young children as the best system to nurture qualities of respect, independence and a love of learning in young children. They foster a diverse educational community, welcoming families of every race, ethnic, religious origin, and socio-economic background. In their dual language immersion and multicultural environment, young children develop an early awareness of the interdependence of cultures – paving the way to an integrated understanding of their place in the world.
Early Years Montessori has systematically designed a curriculum that reflects and incorporates their knowledge of young children – derived from research, theory and their own observations, drawing from Dr. Montessori’s revolutionary idea developed over 100 years ago.
6. Rain Trees International Kindergarten
|BEST FOR||Classes for Essential Learning Areas|
|ADDRESS||60 Kheam Hock Rd, Singapore 298824|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6474 6181|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday – 9am–2:30pm|
Rain Trees International Kindergarten lets the children explore their surroundings, have fun, and be kind to one another. These visions have become a guide of the school to establish a curriculum filled with nurturing programs such as communication, language and literacy, creative development, and other essential learning areas. They also encourage the parents to accompany their children through various activities and let them have memorable experiences.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Physical Development
The parent–teacher conferences conducted by Rain Trees International Kindergarten, earned the trust of many parents for they can see the actual progress of their children as well as the communication between the teachers and students. Sarah and Alex Vaulkhard shared their story and stated:
“As soon as you join Rain Trees you feel part of the Rain Trees family. It has a small intimate feel and you feel as though your child is a very important part of the school and not just another pupil. My Daughter is currently in Dragonflies with Ms Terisa and seems to be well ahead of her peers attending other nurseries, this seems to have been achieved in a very fun and nurturing environment where they learn through play based activities. We have decided to keep our Daughter at the school for the final year, rather than moving her to a large international school for the nursery year as we have heard fantastic feedback about the Busy Bee year, teacher and class size. “
Preschools stand as the fundamental foundation of every child’s future that is why it is highly important to surround them with a productive and supportive environment.
7. Sunflower Baby House & Preschool
|BEST FOR||Age appropriate program|
|ADDRESS||200 Turf Club Rd, 04-01 & 07/08, Singapore 287994|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6463 1303 │ email@example.com|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunflower Baby House & Preschool believes that every child is unique. So, to cater to their individuality, they created an efficient curriculum that will address different areas of learning and development.
This premium day care center infants and children ranging from 2 months up to Kindergarten Level 2.
They have been in the service of providing not only education but also love and care to their students for almost 13 years. And throughout those years, the school had been the choice of many.
This can be attributed to their professional educators who makes learning easy and fun.
- Creativity and music development
- Fun activities
- Language development (bilingualism)
- Sports and physical education
Handling children can be very crucial to their development in later years. That’s why, parents rely on Sunflower Baby House & Preschool because of its established reputation all over the area. One parent commended the school and says:
“The teachers are experienced carers, and not only have the necessary patience and knowledge, but are there to offer the parents advice, support and understanding.” – Els Vansieleghem and Yves Demasure
8. Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Preschool
|BEST FOR||Life Skills Education (Highscope-Inspired Learning)|
|ADDRESS||5 Sennett Rd, Singapore 466781|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Tel: (+65) 6589 9503 / 6589 9500
Fax: (+65) 6225 7303
|OPERATING HOURS||Mon – Fri: 8am to 5pm (Closed on Weekends and PHs)|
Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Preschool’s guiding principle is pretty simple. Teachers are the facilitators, parents are considered partners, and the children are active learners. This Plan-Do-Review model allows for “active participatory learning and encourages a sense of purpose and reflection.”
This gives the children to actively seek out knowledge by interacting with their peers and environment and reaching out for their parents and teachers for additional support. This type of approach makes it easier for kids to ease into learning because they’re not boxed down and are given the chance to initially learn at a pace that works for them.
- Holistic Character Development
- Social and Cognitive Development
- Living Garden
A safe and fun learning environment is what this preschool promises and people can see that clearly. Just read what Jeremiah Su says about his experience:“Kids here enjoy the spacious environment through their living skills programme: home simulated room and living garden! They even have an indoor sports hall so be it rain or shine, there is always ample place for children to exercise and enjoy.
Personally witnessed a few international kids who doesn’t speak Chinese at all would start expressing themselves in Chinese after a few months later. I believe that the Chinese speaking environment really helps to develop children’s interest in picking up the language!”
9. Kindle Garden
|BEST FOR||whole-school approach system|
|ADDRESS||20 Lengkok Bahru, #02-05 159053, SingaporE|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6511 7660|
As Singapore’s first inclusive preschool, Kindle Garden employs a holistic system which supports diversity by providing a non-discriminatory curriculum for both typically-developing children and children with additional needs, encouraging them to embrace diversity and develop mutual respect and understanding at an early age.
The team at Kindle Garden believes that the “third teacher” of their students is the environment, which is why they make sure to design an environment that will help hone the skills of the children and motivate them to keep on learning.
Kindle Garden believes in the knitted collaboration between teachers, specialists, and parents. Thus, parents are given the opportunity to be involved in their child’s school activities, field trips and learning journeys for a more hands-on experience.
- · Community space in Enabling Village for teaching and learning
- Rich learning environments
- Emphasis on Practical Life, Sensorial Activities & Character Development
- Range of activities accessible to all children below 6 years old
- Space utilisation to create different experiences and social exchanges
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|BEST FOR||Research-based education with play & inquiry-Based and Multiple Intelligences approach|
|ADDRESS||MerlionKids @ Kovan
38 Poh Huat Crescent, Singapore 546871MerlionKids @ Hillview
21 Chu Lin Road, Bamboo Grove Park, Singapore 669915
Tel: +65 6288 1838
Tel:+65 6977 7929
MerlionKids is a premier preschool that focuses on a scientific and research-based early years education curriculum alongside Play & Inquiry-Based and Multiple Intelligences integrated approach to providing a holistic education for children. They use internationally recognised pedagogies and programmes to develop in their students a core executive functions of the brain, and self-regulation skills.
- Signature triage of complementary levels: Self-Expression, Self-Regulation and Self-Discovery.
- They devised a structure so as to support holistic learning for the delicate developing minds of children, in the multiple intelligences including: Linguistics, Numeracy, Spatiality, Kinesthetic, the Arts, and Interpersonal, Naturalistic and Intrapersonal proficiencies.
- They recognise that a growing diversity of children with different cultural, social economic backgrounds may result in very different ways of thinking, learning, and behaving.
11. Brainy Child Montessori
|BEST FOR||English literacy|
|CURRICULUM||Contact for more information|
|ADDRESS||150 Orchard Road, Orchard Plaza #05-38 to 43, Singapore 238841 (Beside Centrepoint OG)|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Tel:(+65) 6733 7669 | email:firstname.lastname@example.org|
Brainy Child Montessori is an international preschool full of young learners who are on a fun-filled journey. Their focus is to foster an environment of cognitive and social development across all learning levels, and their mission has been to provide a superior educational experience by utilizing the Montessori methods of teaching and learning.
Brainy Child Montessori aims to address the intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth of each child entrusted to their care. They offer quality education that emphasizes character building and developing strong values in children. With well-qualified teachers and state of the art facilities, Brainy Child Montessori is a reliable and trustworthy institution to meet all education demands of your children.
- Their specialized programs are suited for preschoolers (18 months to 6 years) and primary school students from Singapore and all over the world.
- If you’re looking for the right school to give your child a firm head start, you can enroll in their Mum and Tot Programme where your child will be able to start school together with you in class
12. Swallows & Amazons
|BEST FOR||High teacher:child ratio, 8-intelligence learning style|
|ADDRESS||The Grandstand, South Carpark
200 Turf Club Road
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6762 8158|
Swallows and Amazons focus on the EQ or Emotional Development of our their learners. Recognising that children learn in different ways and excel in different areas, they have developed their 8-intelligence learning style that allows the teachers to find the learning style or styles that best suits your child.
There are learning centres specifically developed to address the eight intelligences based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. During these sessions, children gather together as a whole class to listen to stories, sing songs and share and discuss ideas; smaller groups are used for exploration and discovery tasks.
Swallows and Amazons run a programme of Extra Curricula Activities of ECAs utilising the activities available within walking distance of the Centre.
13. Mulberry Learning
|BEST FOR||First and only preschool network in Singapore and the world to be certified by the USA for Habits of Mind™. Its award-winning curriculum incorporates established pedagogies like Habits of Mind™, Reggio Emilia, and Multiple Intelligences to nurture the future-ready child.|
|CURRICULUM||Voted as the preschool with Singapore’s “Best Holistic Learning Programme” for 3 years running by Young Parents and Singapore’s Child.|
|ADDRESS||Various locations around Singapore:
|CONTACT DETAILS||(65) 6653 8082 | email@example.com|
Established since 2006, Mulberry Learning is an award-winning premium preschool brand that has been voted as Singapore’s “Best Holistic Learning Programme” and featured by the Straits Times, Business Times, Channel News Asia and The Smart Local. Mulberry Learning is the only preschool network in Singapore and the world to be certified by the USA for the “Habits of Mind”, the same intelligent thinking framework used by Singapore’s Ministry of Education to groom the brightest Primary School students in its Gifted Education Programme. The unique preschool pedagogy incorporates the Reggio Emilia, Habits of Mind™ and Multiple Intelligences frameworks to instill core skills and knowledge, alongside intelligent thinking habits and dispositions needed for young children to prepare for and excel in the future world.
• Habits of Mind™ framework to nurture intelligent thinking skills and dispositions.
• Project inquiry that facilitates self-directed learning through exploration.
• Signature programmes that nurture a robust foundation in early literacy, bilingualism and mathematics.
• Extensive range of S.T.E.A.M. enrichment programmes to hone creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
14. The Odyssey
|BEST FOR||International Curriculums and Programs|
|CONTACT DETAILS||6781 8800|
Aside from the usual preschool education, The Odyssey also encourages the students to learn the essence of foreign cultures. Their programs range for infants up to preschool years. They also have preparatory classes to ensure that the children are certainly ready to transfer into primary schools. It would be quite difficult for them to adjust to a new environment since they will not be familiar with the place, teachers as well as classmates. They also have Chinese immersion classes where the language and culture will be explored and discussed.
- International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
- Research and education hub for professional development
- Parents and Community Outreach
The Odyssey has proven to be a great help in developing the interests of a child during the early stages. Gerry expressed these thoughts about his son’s improvement after attending the academy:
“Gideon wears a big smile on his face when he reaches the Odyssey every morning. When he first joined the Tots Explorers 6 months ago, he was shy, wary of strangers and suffered from separation anxiety. Gideoon has since transformed into a confident, independent and cheery boy, who loves singing the songs learnt in school! We credit this amazing transformation to the very warm, nurturing and experienced Tots teachers Gideon is so blessed to have. The Tots team has cared for and taught Gideon very well, while keeping us continually updated on his development and milestones. Thank you Tots team!”
15. Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse
|BEST FOR||English literacy|
|CURRICULUM||Contact for more information|
|CONTACT DETAILSfirstname.lastname@example.org | +65 6463 3465|
Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse aims to create a thought-provoking learning environment that challenges and stretches children’s learning and development. To encourage enthusiasm and fuel curiosity, they have developed a creativity-inspired curriculum and experimental pedagogical approach. They work in partnership with parents and external stakeholders to build a community that embraces diversity and celebrates childhood.
- Playtinkers are composed of hands-on activities to allow children develop 21st-century soft skills such as creativity, innovation and resilience through uninterrupted play
- Vitamin C Programme is where children will work on a particular value and reinforce the concept of the value weekly, through activities stories, songs, role-play activities, games and fun crafts
- LemonAide is an extension of Vitamin C programme which encourages collaboration and further develops communication and critical thinking skills.
16. Little Readers – Genius Tots
|BEST FOR||English literacy|
|CURRICULUM||Contact for more information|
|ADDRESS||71 Compassvale Bow
|CONTACT DETAILS||8138 5397|
Little Readers – Genius Tots specialise in teaching children from 15 months to 8 years old with a range of programmes rich in English literacy. They also have English Enrichment classes, Creative Writing & Reading Comprehension Skills or Primary One & Two English Tuition are created for K2, Primary 1 & 2 students.
- Left & right brain development programmes for Toddler Playgroup
- Nursery classes are specially designed for 15 months to 4.5 year olds to enhance their abilities. Max. class size: 10/12/14 students to 2 teachers
- The LITTLE READERS Phonics & Reading classes are solely developed for 4 to 7 year olds to help them to LEARN TO READ EARLY using the Systematic Phonics Approach. Small class of 8 for maximum results, moulding a fluent and proficient reader.
17. Emile Preschool
|BEST FOR||Internationally anchored curriculum|
|ADDRESS||#01-02, 12 New Industrial Road, Singapore, 536202|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(65) 6584-3668 | email@example.com|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mon — Fri: 7.00 AM — 19.00 PM|
Emile Preschool is founded by NUS (National University of Singapore) and former NTU (Nanyang Technological University) professors. In order to achieve their students’ full potential, they tailor their programs based on research findings and international best practices with learning materials from the US and UK, Japan and Germany.
Their classes are grouped and designed accordingly for playgroup, nursery 1, nursery 2, kinder 1, and kinder 2.
Emile Preschool acknowledges multiple giftedness and Intelligence that is why their curriculum works in diversity and offers abundant learning opportunities in different areas including English language and literacy, Chinese language and literacy, speech and drama, gymnastics, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), and gifted education for children.