According to Health of Children, a preschool is an early childhood program in which children combine learning with play in a program run by professionally trained adults. Children are most commonly enrolled in preschool between the ages of three and five. As we can observe around, there are a lot of preschools everywhere. Some of us think that they are all the same, but actually are not because they still differ in some aspects.
One such school in Singapore is My Little Campus preschool, that caters from infants to kindergarten children. They are notable for their primary school preparation programs, that teaches kindergarten children linguistic, Mathematics, Science, and social skills to prepare them adequately for primary school. You should definitely check their site above if you are serious about helping your child.
In an article by Heather, let us read about a guide to local preschool options in Singapore.
Guide to Local Preschool Options in Singapore
With so many preschools in Singapore, do you know the difference between childcare, anchor operators and alternative kindergartens? Or who’s eligible to attend each one? Sassy Mama Heather spells out all the educational options available in Singapore!
“Local school” can mean different things to different people. This is a reference to help you navigate the different non-international preschools available in Singapore. As an overview, grade Primary 1 of local government school begins the January of the year the child is 6 turning 7. Singapore classifies children by grades, N1 (2-3) & N2(3-4) for nursery and K1 (4-5) & K2 (5-6) and this is based on their birth year.
When my family moved to Singapore from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, like all mothers, I wanted to find the best preschool for my child. Both my children were in an organised childcare program in the United States, with the oldest enrolled in a Montessori school and her baby sister in a family owned infant care program. I hoped to find similar environments for my children but found the challenge quite daunting as I was unfamiliar with local customs. Below is a summary of the research I conducted and other things I have learned along the way while living in Singapore. Read more here.
In Singapore, we have MOE Kindergartens, child care centres, private kindergartens, and other alternative kindergartens. There are also some schools mentioned which fall below those different preschool options. Next thing we need to know is curriculum. The Asian Parent will then tell us about the different types of preschool curriculum. Let us read below.
The different types of preschool curriculum
While the main aim of any preschool is to foster the development and education of children in a play-based, child-centred environment, there are a variety of curriculum approaches that are used to achieve this.
The best preschools develop their curriculum by understanding various early childhood approaches and developing an individualised curriculum that follows the children’s interests and needs. Most preschools in Singapore do actually do this, even if they do officially claim to be focusing on one particular curriculum over another.
“It’s very important that the curriculum responds to the children in the room. They should take a bit of this and a bit of that and put it together” says Alexandra Senanayake, whose 2-year-old has recently started preschool “It was important to me that the curriculum was developed taking different approaches into consideration as all children learn differently.”
Preschool curriculums encourage the teacher to not only understand educational approaches, but also to foster the children’s development within the educational framework in a manner that best suits the individual child and the group as a whole. Read more here.
The six main preschool curriculums in Singapore are Montessori, Waldorf Steiner, the Play-Based curriculum, the Reggio Emilia approach, the High Scope Method, and the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Also provided above are some information regarding these curriculums such as origins and key principles.
Singapore’s pre-school sector: Assessing its growth amid challenges
SINGAPORE: When Ms Ho Zhi Li was looking for a pre-school for her first-born son Clyde, she paid special attention to its environment and surroundings.
“I wanted to see if there’s space for the kids to explore and run around,” said the mother of two. “Some of the operators I saw were very crammed, and all the kids were packed together. I looked at their teaching materials and toys as well.”
“As a parent, you need to feel comfortable, and in some places, the toys were old, dirty and worn out, and you just won’t feel comfortable putting your child there,” she added.
Her eventual choice: An EtonHouse pre-school near her home in Mountbatten.
As for another parent, Ms Jorelin Lee, it was a simple, pragmatic consideration that tipped the balance in the favour of Citikids Edventure: Whether or not dinner was provided for her daughter. Read more here.
Problems would always be a part of a business, but good thing that the schools mentioned above have made ways in order to improve through the years. Tips on how to choose a preschool are also provided above along with other important pieces of information. Entering preschool is an important phase for our children that is why we have to prepare for it. We have to be knowledgeable about the background of the school and the curriculum as well.