The Best Preschools and Kindergartens in Singapore [2023 Updated]



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Looking for a preschool in Singapore? Here's a giant list of Singapore preschools to help you find the right school for your child!

Finding a preschool is no easy feat! Where to start, what to look out - there are just so many options for infant care, nurseries, kindergartens and preschools in Singapore! Be it an international preschool, a play-based one or one focused on bilingualism - there are many preschools around the island! 

Let us help you get started with this list of the popular and best preschool in Singapore! The list is organised by location and with a section for schools with multiple locations. 

Terminology 

Before we jump in, we understand that for new parents, there might be confusion over the terms used to describe different schools. So here's some of the common terms and what they mean. 

  • Preschool - usually referring to early childhood schools that cater for between 18 months to 6 years old.¬†
  • Infant Care - some preschools will offer an Infant Care, this caters to babies from 2 months old onwards.¬†
  • Child Care Centre¬†- refers to the centres that operate longer hours (usually 7 am to 7 pm) to provide child caring services including nap time, meals and sometimes bath times too.¬†
  • Kindergarten - refers to centres that offer programmes that are usually just a few hours long. They usually do not serve meals.¬†
  • Anchor Operators - these are operators chosen by the Government to offer quality and affordable preschool. There is a cap in terms of school fees

Things to take note when looking for a preschool. 

Instead of sharing what you should look out for at a preschool, we like to share some tips about the journey of looking for a preschool. 

  1. Preschool starts at 18 months but school enrolment starts at the beginning of the year - this means that you cannot start looking for a school only when your child is turning 18 months. You should start at the end of the calendar year before your child turns 18 months. 
  2. Popular schools means longer waitlists - if you are staying in a neighbourhood with high density of young parents or intend to send your child to a popular preschool, be prepared for a 1 - 2 years wait on the waiting list and apply earlier. 
  3. Schools with multiple locations - while not always true, schools with multiple locations might be able to accommodate you in a new location if you shift houses or need to go to a new location. 

Do you have any advice for 1st-time parents looking for preschools? Share it in our Community Forum too! Otherwise let's go to the list below!

Featured Preschools

1. Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse

Locations: 9 locations including Cactus (Yio Chu Kang), Harbourfront, Jurong Gateway, Katong, MacRitchie Park, Newton, Novena, Orchard, Upper Bukit Timah
Contact: https://kiddiwinkie.edu.sg/, info@kiddiwinkie.edu.sg, 6817 1394

Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse is a premium preschool in Singapore that focuses on equipping children from 2 months to 6 years old with 21st-century competencies. With a guided inquiry-based approach, the school strives towards having a balance between play and primary school-readiness, inculcating curiosity and inspiring creativity in children.

Their all-rounded curriculum is specially designed to focus on the learning and development of the children, while building a strong bilingual foundation with an equal focus on English and Chinese that prepares children for the schooling years and ahead. With 9 locations island-wide, parents can find a school that is most convenient for them.

2. Little Footprints Preschool

Locations: More than 40 locations islandwide
Contact:
https://littlefootprints.edu.sg/, info@littlefootprints.edu.sg, 6817 1393

Little Footprints Preschool is a provider of quality and affordable childcare and early education. With more than 40 centres around Singapore, Little Footprints aims to make quality education accessible to the community. Most of their centres have attained the Singapore Pre-School Accreditation Framework (SPARK) certification that recognises preschools for their quality and programmes.

Their curriculum framework focuses on a holistic approach that encourages children to think independently, be confident communicators, and solve problems efficiently. In addition, the school actively engages parents as partners through parent-child activities and regular progress updates. Little Footprints also provides opportunities for children to give back to the community through involvement in projects with government agencies. With its comprehensive curriculum, quality education, and affordable fees, Little Footprints Preschool is an excellent choice for families seeking a nurturing environment for their children.

3. Agape Little Uni.

Locations: 11 locations including Cecil Street, Thomson, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi, Commonwealth, Compassvale, Gambas, Jurong West, Kallang, Upper Serangoon Crescent, and Seng Kang Eastway
Contact: www.agapelittleuni.com/

Agape Little Uni. is a SPARK-certified Child Care Centre appointed by ECDA as a Partner Operator Preschool with over 1,000 children across 11 locations island wide. Established in 1995, Agape Little Uni. aims to be your child's "home away from home," offering a well-designed campus that encourages children to learn and love learning. The school's bilingual Agape Inquiry-Based Learning curriculum focuses not only on academics but also character development and social skills. The school also follows an integrated STREAM curriculum to expose children to a diverse variety of subjects including Science, Technology, Relationship, Engineering/Entrepreneurship, Arts & Mathematics.

The learning journey at Agape Little Uni. is an exciting one, as children are encouraged to experiment, discover, and transform learning into action to develop their confidence, character, and passion for learning and life.

In addition to their comprehensive curriculum, Agape Little Uni. offers the best environment for learning with its state-of-the-art facilities, such as aerial playgrounds, hydroponic stations, and eco gardens, as well as specially-designed learning and showcase spaces, and more!

Agape Little Uni. a SPARK-certified child care and is appointed by ECDA as a Childcare Partner Operator Preschool, thus ensuring affordable fees without compromising on quality across its offered programmes, from infant care to preschool. 

[APRIL OPEN HOUSE] Don't miss the¬†April Open House¬†programmes at¬†Agape Little Uni.!¬†Held across all centres island-wide on¬†15 April 2023ÔĽŅ.¬†Admission is free! Simply register your interest¬†here!¬†

Preschools with Multiple Locations

1. Brighton Montessori

Photo Credits: Brighton Montessori Facebook page

Locations: 7 locations island wide, including Frankel Ave, HarbourFront, Mountbatten, River Valley, Sunset Way, Hillview, The Grassroots' Club
Contact: www.brightonmontessori.com.sg/, contact@brightonmontessori.com.sg, 6588 3883

Brighton Montessori, with over 25 years of experience and seven preschools in Singapore, prides itself on being one of Singapore’s favorite Montessori preschools. The school's uniquely-designed curriculum and individualized learning approach allows children to learn at their own pace. Brighton Montessori's Montessori curriculum emphasizes learning through hands-on activities that are conducted in fun and creative ways, revolving around the five Montessori subject pillars: Practical Life Skills, Sensorial Exercises, Language, Mathematics, and Culture Studies. The preschool also offers enrichment programs like Intensive Chinese Immersion and Kidz Fun Discovery to all children.

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 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, children are assured of getting personalized guidance to attain their learning objectives.

Parents praise Brighton Montessori's strong parent partnership and open communication policy. The school ensures that parents are kept informed about their child's progress and well-being in school. Brighton Montessori's diverse student population, which has a good mix of locals and foreigners, is also appreciated by parents.

2. Carpe Diem

Photo Credits: Carpe Diem Preschool Singapore Facebook page

Locations: Carpe Diem Preschool (32 locations island-wide)
Contact: https://carpediem.com.sg/

Carpe Diem Preschool is a reputable childcare provider in Singapore that offers bilingual learning environments for children aged 3 months to 6 years old. With 32 locations island-wide, the centre is known for its Multiple Intelligence-based learning curriculum that helps uncover and develop each child's potential, nurturing them into little legends.

The dedicated and passionate educators at Carpe Diem Preschool are committed to shaping a happy and confident childhood for each child. They believe in guiding children to embrace life with zest and enthusiasm while equipping them with essential life skills to become 21st-century learners.

3. Cherie Hearts

Photo Credits: Cherie Hearts

Venue: 6 locations island wide - Kovan, Pasir Ris, Mountbatten, Yishun, Sin Ming, Upper Thomson
Contact: https://www.cheriehearts.com.sg/

Cherie Hearts is a premium early childhood learning and care provider that is dedicated to helping children reach their full potential. With a purposeful in-house-developed multi-literacies curriculum approach and meaningful partnerships with parents, Cherie Hearts is committed to providing a comprehensive foundation in early childhood development to equip children with critical 21st-century skills that contribute towards joy for lifelong learning.

The school offers a wide variety of enrichment programmes like abacus, music and drama, ensuring that children are engaged and excited about learning. From infant care to kindergarten classes, Cherie Hearts provides specialist care and expertise for children as young as 8 weeks old. With a team of well-trained staff, parents can trust that their child's holistic growth is taken care of.

4. Chiltern House

Photo Credits: Chiltern House

Locations: Mountbatten (Block A & Block C), Thomson, Turf Club
Contact: https://join.chilternhouse.com.sg/, 6346 6130

Chiltern House 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. The childcare centre and preschool 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. An interactive and child-centered curriculum greets little learners, with small class sizes and a focus on developing independence in tots.

Chiltern House strives to recreate the nurturing qualities of home, aiming to nurture independence in children aged 18 months to six years, and to cultivate positive self-esteem and self-image as well as a love of learning. Within the comprehensive preschool curriculum, Chiltern House has a dedicated Learning Support program for kids who require extra help. Chiltern House wants to prepare your child for school and life, ensuring academic excellence while giving them the skillset to tackle difficulties outside of the classroom.

5. ELFA Chinese Preschool

Photo Credits: ELFA Chinese Preschool Facebook page

Locations: 3 locations - Hougang, Pandan Valley, Tampines
Contact: https://elfapreschools.com/, enquiry@elfa.edu.sg, 6881 8818

ELFA Chinese Preschool is an infant and childcare provider that places a strong emphasis on Chinese-focused bilingual education. Founded in 2000, it is the most awarded Singapore preschool brand in China, offering robust programmes and methodologies in Chinese-focused bilingual education.

The preschool has a strong focus on the oral acquisition and reading of the Chinese language, while ensuring that children are engaged, interested, and excited to learn the language from a young age. The unique story-based curriculum is designed to foster children's love for Mandarin while building their character during daily lessons. Children graduate with strong Mandarin fluency, as well as deep Chinese cultural exposure and appreciation.

ELFA Preschool's curriculum is jointly developed by a team of native Chinese and local early childhood specialists, and includes programmes such as Chinese Speech & Drama, Chinese-inspired art, Coding, and Higher-Order-Thinking Maths. All learning activities incorporate play components that effectively inculcate children's love for Mandarin. Infant Care for 2 months to 6 years old is available at ELFA Chinese Preschool's Hougang and Tampines centres. 

6. EtonHouse

Locations: 16 locations islandwide 
Contact: https://www.etonhouse.edu.sg/, enquiry@etonhouse.com.sg, 6746 3333

Eton House is one of the most reputable education providers in Singapore, offering a highly personalised approach to education for children from 2 months to 18 years old. With over 10 schools located across the island, EtonHouse provides a through-train education pathway from Infant Care to High School, offering the internationally recognised IBPYP, IGCSE, and International A-Levels programmes.

EtonHouse's unique Inquire.Think.Learn curriculum, inspired by the research-based Reggio Emilia approach, is followed in both their Singapore and International preschools. The preschools 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).

EtonHouse is the only education group in Singapore to work directly with Reggio Children as part of its international network. Its educators receive high-quality professional learning on the Reggio Emilia approach and have the opportunity to travel to Reggio Emilia for a study trip every year and gain first-hand experience from its infant-toddler centres and pre-schools.

7. Kinderland Singapore

Photo Credits: Kinderland Singapore

Locations: 15 locations islandwide 
Contact: https://kinderland.com.sg/, enquiry@kinderland.com.sg, 6881 8818,

Kinderland Singapore is a bilingual preschool and infant care provider with 40 years of experience. The school offers a primary school ready curriculum that combines the best education approaches and methodologies from the west with the interpersonal relationship qualities of the east. The curriculum is music-infused, which supports brain development in children's early years, and is taught by professional music teachers with international qualifications.

8. First Steps Preschool

Venue: 7 locations in Singapore - Admiralty, Yishun, MacPherson, Sengkang, Jurong, East Coast, Depot Road
Contact: https://ourfirststeps.com.sg/, 8870 1513

First Steps Preschool is an innovative school that believes in encouraging children to discover new knowledge, rather than memorize information from books and school. Their curriculum prepares children to face future challenges and seize opportunities brought about by globalisation, modernisation and technological advancements. Inspired by Confucius's quote ‚Äúthe journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step‚ÄĚ, First Steps Preschool began its journey in 2014 with the aim of providing personalized, world-class education to every child that enrolls in their school.

The school's holistic curriculum is innovation-focused and prefers to have learners discover on their own over rote learning. They integrate digital teaching and equipment to ensure that children receive the most up-to-date technology education possible.

9. Little Paddington Preschool

Photo Credits: Little Paddington Preschool - Bartley Facebook page

Venue: 5 Locations in Singapore, Bartley, East Coast, Kovan, Turf Club, and Tanglin
Contact: https://www.littlepaddington.com/, admin@littlepaddington.com, 6280 3007

Little Paddington Preschool believes that every child's curiosity and perspective is unique, and aims to create a world-class learning experience by empowering children to explore the world around them. Its bilingual immersion program and project-based inquiry curriculum provides a well-rounded approach to education, while its carefully-designed outdoor spaces and facilities such as a petting zoo, science atelier, and sensory garden offer endless possibilities for discovery and adventure.

The school's curriculum encourages children to be creative, curious, and confident learners, with a good balance of child-directed and teacher-guided activities. With 5 locations across Singapore - Bartley, East Coast, Kovan, Turf Club, and Tanglin - Little Paddington Preschool provides a warm and nurturing home-like environment where children are able to explore their interests and strengths. The preschool offers half-day and full-day programs, with operating hours from 7am to 7pm.

10. Little Skool-House

Photo Credits: Little Skool-House

Venue: 20 locations islandwide 
Contact: https://www.littleskoolhouse.com/, info@littleskoolhouse.com, 6509 7880

Little Skool House has been a trusted name in Singapore's preschool education for over 27 years. Its immersive bilingual curriculum is designed to cultivate children's curiosity and independence, encouraging them to investigate, create, and discover on their own. The school's literacy-based approach also ensures holistic development for children, preparing them for academic success and a fulfilling life.

With 20 locations islandwide, Little Skool House offers ample convenience to families. Its award-winning teachers have been recognized for their effectiveness in building a strong academic foundation and equipping students with essential social and emotional skills for a smooth transition to primary school. The preschool also offers a range of Enrichment Programmes, from fencing to STEAM, for some fun learning outside the classroom.

11. Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse

Photo Credits: Little Shepherds' Schoolhouse

Venue: 8 Locations in Singapore - Bukit Timah, Hougang, Jurong West, Sengkang, Serangoon Gardens, Tampines, Woodlands, Yishun 
Contact: https://littleshepherdsschoolhouse.edu.sg/, enquiries@catholicpreschool.edu.sg

Linked to the Catholic Church, Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse aims to provide preschool education that takes on the qualities of a shepherd caring for, protecting, guiding, and leading the young. With 8 locations islandwide, the preschool offers holistic learning experiences for children aged 18 months to six years old.

The curriculum is designed to cultivate GRACE in children - gratitude, respect, attitude, care, and empathy - and focuses on building their body, mind, and heart, and spirituality for sustainability. Little Shepherds’ Schoolhouse aims to create an environment where children can develop the knowledge and skills to connect with the world around them while growing in virtues.

12. MindChamps Preschool

Locations: 39 locations islandwide
Contact: https://www.mindchamps.org/contact-us/

MindChamps is a reputable international brand in childhood education, enrichment, and childcare and is one of Singapore's largest and most popular preschool brands, with over 30 centres across the island. MindChamps offers half- and full-day programmes for children at the playgroup, nursery, and kindergarten levels, backed by two decades of research across Education, Psychology, Neuroscience, and Theatre.

MindChamps is the leader in premium preschools in Singapore, with more than one-third of the market share in the sector. The unique '3-Mind' approach to education, which synthesizes the Champion Mind, the Learning Mind, and the Creative Mind, sets MindChamps apart. With this approach, children who attend MindChamps will develop a champion mindset with MindChamp's new model for enriching young minds.

MindChamps provides quality education and care for children, preparing them for primary school and beyond. With 39 locations islandwide, there is sure to be a MindChamps centre near you. Contact them today to learn more about their programmes and curriculum.

13. Mulberry Learning

Photo Credits: Mulberry Learning Centre Facebook page

Locations: 16 locations in Singapore
Contact: https://mulberrylearning.com/, enquiry@mulberrylearning.com, 6653 8082

Mulberry Learning is an award-winning preschool that is dedicated to nurturing children who are ready for the future. Established in 2006, Mulberry Learning is the first and only preschool network in the world to be certified by The Institute for Habits of Mind. Its Reggio-inspired learning spaces and comprehensive bilingual programmes help children acquire an expressive vocabulary of over 4,500 English words and more than 2,000 Chinese words by the age of 6. The school uses the Attitude-Skills-Knowledge framework to build the ultimate integrated curriculum, and implements the Habits of Mind, Reggio Emilia project learning and Multiple Intelligences approach to develop children's exploratory and imaginative thinking skills.

With 15 locations across Singapore, Mulberry Learning has a global footprint with centres in other countries such as Australia, Panama and China. Parents can rest easy with the school's home-to-school transitions through close bonding and daily routines.

14. My First Skool

Photo Credits: My First Skool Facebook page

Locations: 150+ Locations Islandwide
Contact: https://www.myfirstskool.com/, enquiries@myfirstskool.com, 6509 7887

My First Skool has been providing quality and affordable preschool and kindergarten education for over four decades. As one of the best preschools in Singapore, it offers a curriculum that encourages children to learn through non-traditional methods and develop interests in different areas such as STEM, nature, arts, bilingualism, and cultural intelligence. My First Skool aims to develop confident and creative children who are unafraid to make mistakes and ready to tackle future challenges.

With more than 150 locations islandwide, My First Skool is a leader in early childhood care and education in Singapore. Its holistic approach to education and track record of excellence make it a top choice for parents looking for quality preschool education for their children.

15. PCF Sparkletots

Photo Credits: PAP Community Foundation

Venue: 300+ Locations in Singapore
Contact: https://www.pcf.org.sg/sparkletots/

PCF Sparkletots is Singapore's largest preschool operator with over 300 locations across the island. As an anchor operator, it receives funding from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), making its fees affordable and accessible to all families. With a mission to develop confident, creative, and caring learners, the preschool provider offers quality programmes with trained educators that educate young children holistically.

Established in 1986, Sparkletots offers a preschool programme that aims to prepare children for a successful start to formal schooling in Primary One. It has a strong focus on community needs and improving the standard of kindergarten education in Singapore. Sparkletots' emphasis on quality education and affordability has made it a popular choice among parents seeking preschool options for their young children.

16. Rainbow Cove Preschool

Locations: 6 Locations in Singapore
Website: https://rainbowcove.com.sg/

Rainbow Cove Preschool is a warm and friendly learning environment that is designed to stimulate young learners. With six locations across Singapore, the preschool is easily accessible to families who are seeking quality early childhood education.

The preschool believes in cultivating children to become lifelong learners, and as such, adopts the Pikler approach and Erik Erikson’s principles in its programme. Rainbow Cove also places a strong emphasis on building respectful and trusting relationships between its staff and children, creating an environment where children feel safe and confident to learn.

The learning environment at Rainbow Cove is thoughtfully designed to cater to the different age groups of children, with age-appropriate materials and facilities such as an indoor baby gym for young ones to develop fundamental motor skills. If you are looking for a warm and nurturing environment for your child's early education, Rainbow Cove Preschool could be the ideal choice for your family.

17. Superland

Venue: 12 locations island wide
Contact: https://superland.com.sg/, superland@pacific.net.sg, 6278 5886

Superland is a preschool and childcare centre that has been providing quality education for two decades. The school uses a combination of Montessori and Thematic project approaches to provide a robust curriculum for children from infancy through kindergarten. Superland believes that every child is unique and precious and has the potential to give back positively to society.

Aside from the curriculum, Superland’s focus on art, music, and sports activities ensures that children develop strong social, creative, and linguistic skills at an early age. The school also encourages active family engagement to promote parent involvement in their child's learning journey.

With 12 locations islandwide, Superland is easily accessible for families in Singapore. The school has modern facilities to create a comfortable and stimulating learning environment. For parents who value hands-on learning and holistic education, Superland is an excellent choice for their child’s early childhood education.

18. Star Learners

Locations: 43 locations across Singapore
Contact: starlearners.com.sg, info@starlearners.com.sg, (+65) 6250 0173

Star Learners Child Care is a trusted preschool and childcare provider in Singapore with more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education. They offer full-day and half-day options to parents seeking quality education and care for their children.

The unique literature-based curriculum at Star Learners immerses children in exciting worlds and provides opportunities to tackle concepts in multiple learning areas. This curriculum is integrated with an activity-based approach to foster critical skills such as problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, and communication. The proprietary Starbeam Framework ensures children become Happy learners, Empathic thinkers, Respectful, confident communicators, and Open collaborators.

As the largest appointed partner under ECDA's Partner Operator (POP) scheme, Star Learners is committed to accessibility, affordability, and quality. Parents can easily find a Star Learners Child Care center near them as they have multiple locations across Singapore.

19. Odyssey The Global Preschool

Locations: Fourth Avenue, Wilkinson Road, Jalan Loyang Besar, Still Road South, Lloyd Road, Harding Road
Contact: www.theodyssey.sg, contact@theodyssey.sg,  6781 2288

Odyssey the Global Preschool is a premier preschool in Singapore that combines the Reggio Emilia philosophy with the International Baccalaureate approach to provide children with a well-rounded education. Its award-winning curriculum focuses on project work, literacy, math skills, Chinese language immersion, and creative programs to encourage critical and creative thinking, curiosity, and a passion for learning. The school’s learning environments are conducive to self-directed learning, which fosters innovation and exploratory learning. The school also offers additional programs, such as Little Chef, Outdoor Learning Experiences, and Emotional Cultural Quotient, to nurture children’s creativity, life skills, social emotional well-being, and sense of aesthetics.

Odyssey’s low teacher-child ratio ensures that every child gets individualized attention, while its best-in-class pedagogy and team of passionate educators provide an excellent early education experience. During the last semester of the Senior-K year, children go through a 6-month enhanced preparatory course to prepare them for Primary School. This course allows children to acquire advanced literacy and math skills, while also developing skills such as self-management, perseverance, risk-taking, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

20. Raffles Kidz International

Locations: Yio Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang, Punggol, Jurong West, Ang Mo Kio (Coming soon), Surbana Jurong (Coming soon)
Contact: www.raffleskidz.com, enquiry@raffleskidz.com, 6282 6319

Raffles Kidz International is a premium preschool in Singapore that has been providing a holistic and bilingual curriculum to children since 2014. Their aim is to inspire and nurture young minds by cultivating interests in core subjects like English, Mandarin and Mathematics. The school adopts the Montessori Method and emphasizes academic foundation, critical thinking, knowledge acquisition, and problem-solving skills. Along with the core subjects, children are also exposed to a variety of themes such as the arts, culture, and sciences to ensure a well-rounded education across different domains.

The school has won numerous awards in recognition of its excellence in early childhood education, including "Best School for Building Strong Academic Foundation" and "Best in Pre-School Education". Parents are happy with the results, as evidenced by their positive reviews on platforms such as Google and Facebook.

With programs from Pre-Nursery all the way through to Kindergarten and Infant Care, Raffles Kidz International is a popular choice among parents in Singapore. Register your child early, as the school usually runs at full capacity with a strong waitlist of intakes for the upcoming year.

21. Pat's Schoolhouse

Locations: 17 locations island-wide. 
Contact: www.patschoolhouse.com, contact@patschoolhouse.com, 6781 2288

Pat's Schoolhouse has been a household name in Singapore for over 30 years, offering infant care, preschool, and childcare services. The preschool follows an inquiry-embedded play-based teaching approach, allowing children to acquire new skills and knowledge through play. With a strong focus on developing 21st-century skills, Pat's Schoolhouse offers specially curated programmes such as Arts & Music, STEM, and Speech & Drama, as well as enrichment programmes like Robotics and Coding, Ballet, Golf, Soccer, and Taekwondo in selected centres.

The preschool is renowned for their Bilingual Immersion Core Curriculum, where teaching plans are co-created by English and Mandarin teachers, immersing children with equal amounts of exposure to English and Mandarin on a daily basis. Pat's Schoolhouse 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.

22. Learning Vision

Locations: 16 locations island wide
Contact: https://learningvision.com/, enquiries@learningvision.com, 6781 0888

Grounded in best international early childhood practices and backed by research, the award-winning curriculum of Learning Vision is trusted over three decades, empowers children to become critical thinkers and creative learners.

23. Josiah Montessori

Locations: Suntec City, Changi Business Park, Aperia, Alexandra, Pasir Ris, Tampines Mart, Raffles Place
Contact: https://josiah.com.sg/, info@josiah.com.sg, 9852 5705

Josiah Montessori was started in 1997 and designed  to develop our children to reach their best potential with the aim to be the best preschool for holistic learning in Singapore for all our children. Josiah's unique curriculum combines the Montessori method of learning with their in-house Musical Arts Programme to raise the young generation who are required to be creative, adaptable and eloquent in communication.

24. Bibinogs

Locations: Botanic Gardens, Bukit Timah, East Coast
Contact:
https://bibinogs.com/

Bibinogs is a specialist bilingual and Chinese language preschool that caters to children aged 9 months to 7 years old. The BibiNogs BE curriculum focuses on melding together context and real-life situations, providing an immersive learning experience that helps children make sense of the world around them. The preschool offers both bilingual and pure Mandarin programmes, with tiny class sizes and the option for adult-accompanied groups, drop-off programmes, and enrichment classes starting from 6 months old.

25. Lorna Whiston Preschool

Locations: Winchester, Kallang Wave
Contact: https://preschools.lornawhiston.com/, admissions@lornawhiston.com.sg, 6871 8844

Established in 1980, Lorna Whiston has built a reputation for high-quality education and teaching excellence across Singapore. Accepting children from 18 months to six years old, the school are committed to providing a safe and stimulating bilingual learning environment where children are happy, motivated and eager to learn.

26. MapleBear

Locations: Over 50 locations island-wide
Contact: https://www.maplebear.sg/, 

Maple Bear Preschool brings the best of Canadian bilingual education to the world by offering high-quality bilingual (immersion) education. All Maple Bear Early Childhood programmes emphasize play and play-based learning as a critical component. Whether the children are learning language, developing literacy, exploring numeracy or discovering the natural world, they do so through activities and experiences that are play-based.

27. Cherrybrook Kindergarten

Locations: Farrer Road, Thomson, and East Coast
Contact:
https://www.cherrybrook.edu.sg/, 6468 6550

Cherrybrook Kindergarten is a Montessori preschool that follows a holistic approach to education, with a focus on primary school readiness. With a mixed-aged Montessori environment, children aged 2 1/2 to 6 years old learn in specialised English and Chinese language classes with kids of the same age. The curriculum includes traditional areas such as language and literacy, motor skills development, aesthetics and creative expressions, numeracy, discovery of the world, and social and emotional development. 

28. House on the Hill Montessori

Locations: Mount Sophia, Balmoral, Pasir Panjang, Bukit Timah
Contact: https://www.houseonthehill.com.sg/, info@houseonthehill.com.sg

House on the Hill Montessori is a well-regarded preschool in Singapore, founded in 2012. The school is family-run by three passionate individuals who have a shared vision for quality early childhood education. The Montessori framework is used to ensure that every child that walks through its doors will have purposeful learning experiences which will prepare them for the future. House on the Hill has four campuses located at Mount Sophia, Balmoral, Pasir Panjang, and Bukit Timah.

29. Shaws Preschool

Locations: Braddell Heights, Lorong Chuan, Mountbatten, Katong Post and Tanjong Katong
Contact: https://shaws.com.sg/, carolynlai@shaws.com.sg, 9789 2255

Shaws Preschool is a trusted leader in play-based learning with over 30 years of experience. With a unique curriculum that incorporates Executive Functions and Life Skills, children from pre-nursery (18 months old) to kindergarten two (6 years+) are provided with a rich, stimulating, and active learning environment. Shaws Preschool follows a project-based curriculum where teachers let students take the lead on a subject and help them explore it in detail.

The school also offers a Sports Program, Reading Program, Creative Mathematics, and a bilingual program in English and Mandarin for the pre-nursery class. With plenty of outdoor space, including butterfly and herb gardens, students have access to a range of activities from messy play to mud kitchens, splash zones, and art spaces, where experiential learning takes place. Shaws Preschool is the perfect place for little ones to learn confidence, communication, teamwork, empathy, adaptability, resilience, and grit.

30. St James Church Kindergarten

Locations: Leedon, Gilstead
Contact:
https://sjck.org.sg/

Established in 1977, St James Church Kindergarten is a Christian preschool that prides itself on providing high-quality education to every child. With an eclectic approach to its curriculum, the school integrates the best of different practices such as play-based and nature-based learning. The preschool aims to develop every child into well-rounded individuals with a godly character. Children starting from pre-nursery level are guided through physical, social and spiritual development within a strong local curriculum. It is a beloved preschool by many, with some parents putting their children on the waitlist from before they're born.

31. Safari House Preschool

Locations: 16 locations island wide
Contact: https://www.safarihouse.com/, 6898 8888

Safari House is a space where your child feels safe to explore both the world around them, and the potential within themselves. The school nurtures your child’s curiosity, inspire their creativity and strengthen their confidence as they discover their sense of self and explore new knowledge through an intentional, varied and proven curriculum.

International Schools with Preschool and Early Years 

1. Australian International School

Photo Credits: Australian International School

Location: Lorong Chuan
Contact: www.ais.com.sg, admissions@ais.com.sg, 6517 0247

The Australian International School (AIS) offers a unique educational experience in Singapore, providing an Australian curriculum-based global education for students from 2 months to 18 years old. As the only Southern-Hemisphere school in Singapore, AIS has a team of qualified educators who are well-versed in early childhood methodologies. Their holistic and interdisciplinary approach to education emphasizes the development of the whole child, nurturing confident learners who are successful in academia, social and emotional areas.

AIS's Early Years Program at the Early Learning Village is designed specifically for babies and toddlers, offering Individual Care Programs that cater to each child's needs. The program follows the principles of the RIE (Resources for Infant Education) philosophy and is headed by the school's well-qualified and experienced carers and educators. The Reggio Emilia-inspired classrooms provide a stimulating and safe space for children to learn, explore, and grow. Each classroom has its own outdoor playground, complete with sandpits and water or creativity project tables, and sensory play equipment. Classrooms are clustered together in small groups, creating communities within the larger school community. Their inquiry-based approach to education ignites curiosity and provides the foundation for success in Elementary School.

With its focus on developing confident learners through a holistic and interdisciplinary approach, the Australian International School is an excellent choice for families seeking a well-rounded education for their children.

2. Blue House Nursery and International Preschool

Photo Credits: Blue House International

Locations: Jalan Mutiara, Rambai Road, Kay Siang Road
Contact: www.bluehouseinternational.com, marcom@bluehouseinternational.com

Blue House Nursery and International Preschool is a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool and childcare center that provides a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for children. With three centers in Eunos, Queenstown, and Sixth Avenue, Blue House offers programs for children aged 18 months to 6 years, tailored to their individual needs. Blue House believes in creating an active learning process that provides children with real-life opportunities that are tangible, meaningful, and interactive.

At Blue House, educators view themselves as coaches and mentors, supporting children with questions that help them learn and form their own answers as they journey in this world. As co-constructors of the curriculum, children have access to authentic and open-ended materials to design spaces within the school that reflect their power and creativity. With spacious and light-filled classrooms, children explore projects and inquiries collaboratively indoors and out, with other children and adults in the community, developing their communication and interpersonal relationships.

In addition, Blue House offers enrichment lessons in sports, music and dance, Chinese, and art lessons from on-site professional artists. For parents, the warm Pantry is the perfect place to meet up and have coffee while enjoying a picture-perfect view of the campus, complete with horses.

3. Brighton College (Singapore)

Photo Credits: Brighton College Singapore Facebook page

Location: Lorong Chuan
Contact: www.brightoncollege.edu.sg, admissions@brightoncollege.edu.sg, 6505 9790

Brighton College (Singapore) offers a preschool programme with small class sizes and a favourable child-to-staff ratio. The institution's Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum focuses on seven key areas of learning, including Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. The curriculum is planned dynamically to engage children's interests, and early years teachers plan collectively across year groups to ensure children's progression.

Apart from the exceptional facilities, including three large playgrounds, an indoor gym, and a teaching swimming pool, Brighton College has outdoor play spaces that are attached to each classroom. Parents looking for a preschool that engages early learners should consider Brighton College (Singapore) as their choice.

4. Little Skittles International Preschool

Photo Credits: Little Skittles Facebook page

Location: Mountbatten
Contact: https://littleskittles.com.sg/

Little Skittles International Preschool is dedicated to helping children achieve their developmental goals in cognitive, physical, social, and emotional aspects, building a strong foundation for their future schooling years. The preschool aims to prepare children to become confident lifelong learners who are naturally curious about the world around them.

Apart from standard classrooms, the school offers wide-open outdoor spaces that provide ample opportunities for different activities and programs, making every school day an exciting one for your child. The school follows the renowned International Preschool Curriculum (IPC) and has a huge playground for the little ones to run around in and an indoor playground covered in artificial turf.

5. One World International School

Locations: Jurong West, Suntec, Punggol (Opening soon)
Contact: https://www.owis.org/, admissions@owis.org

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. The best part of their Early Childhood curriculum is that it balances structure and flexibility in an effective and harmonious way. As a result, your child will be able to ease into the international schooling system, explore different concepts and stimuli in a play-based learning environment and develop their curiosity to learn from a very young age.

Phonics and Maths are given their due attention in the Early Childhood Programme, in preparation for Grade 1 in Primary School. Different skills and interests are stimulated in learners through dedicated lessons in Art, Music, Mandarin and PE. Because pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills are gradually introduced, your child will feel more confident and better prepared for Grade 1 in Primary.

At OWIS, students embrace a well-rounded educational experience based on inclusivity, diversity and kindness. OWIS has two established campuses in Jurong West and Suntec, and will be launching a third campus in Punggol later this year (subject to regulatory approvals) that will offer the Early Childhood grades.

6. Overseas Family School

Photo Credits: Overseas Family School Facebook page

Location: Pasir Ris
Contact: https://www.ofs.edu.sg/schools/kd/,  admissions@ofs.edu.sg, 6738 0211

Overseas Family School (OFS) offers a kindergarten programme that provides an excellent foundation for young children's schooling years. It offers the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), which incorporates child-initiated and teacher-led learning experiences that enhance children's curiosity, problem-solving and collaborative skills through play-based approaches. OFS's diverse student population provides interesting special events such as cultural holiday celebrations where parents are also invited to participate. The kindergarten also offers specialist lessons in various subjects including ICT, music, PE, library, cooking, and languages to promote the holistic growth of children's physical, social, and emotional well-being.

7. Rain Trees International Kindergarten & Preschool

Location: Holland Road
Contact: https://www.raintreeskindergarten.com/, 6474 6181

Rain Trees International Kindergarten & Preschool has been providing a fun yet challenging learning environment for preschoolers and kindergarteners for over two decades. Registered under MOE as a Foreign System Kindergarten, Rain Trees is based on the UK National Curriculum ( EYFS) and our children learn through a ‚Äėhands ‚Äď on‚Äô play-based approach through which they gain a solid foundation of pre-school skills in preparation for Primary School. The school aims to provide a homely and nurturing environment where children feel safe and happy.

8. Stamford American International School

Photo Credits: Stamford American International School

Location: Chuan Lane, Gate 4, Singapore 554350
Contact: https://www.sais.edu.sg/, admissions@sais.edu.sg, 6653 2949

Stamford American International School is a leading international school in Singapore that offers student-centred IB programmes for children from 2 months old. The school's Early Learning Village campus is purpose-built to cater to young learners with seamless indoor-outdoor classrooms, a Suzuki music program, art and design rooms, an aquatics center, library, multi-purpose hall, and six zoned playgrounds. The village is inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach, where the outdoor environment is the "third teacher."

The curriculum balances child-initiated and teacher-guided experiences supported by developmentally-appropriate best practices. Stamford American International School provides a love, care, and respect for each child, and it is grounded in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). The Infant Care program focuses on the love, care, and respect of each child, while the PreNursery/Nursery program draws on the Creative Curriculum. 

9. Viv's Schoolhouse

Location: Queen St, #04-01, Singapore 188553 
Contact: https://www.vivschoolhouse.com/, contact@vivschoolhouse.com, 6909 1311

Viv’s Schoolhouse is an international preschool that welcomes all children. They are an award-winning preschool that specializes in educating children between 18 months to 6 years old. As a highly rated Bilingual Immersion preschool, children develop a firm mastery of both English and Mandarin. The lessons are designed to be hands-on, with an emphasis on experiential learning. Children also have monthly field trips to explore things in authentic settings. Viv’s Schoolhouse prides itself on nurturing all children to be all-rounders, with a focus on communication skills, hand-eye coordination, critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence, and more.

Viv’s Schoolhouse is a safe and conducive space for all children to learn about cultures and diversity through bilingual immersion. The preschool also includes weekly Speech-and-Drama classes, cooking classes, and lots of time dedicated to gross motor activities such as daily gym classes and weekly swimming classes. Children at Viv’s Schoolhouse are happy, inspired, and engaged learners who also learn compassion for others.

10. XCL World Academy

Location: 2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039
Contact: https://www.xwa.edu.sg, info@xwa.edu.sg, +65 6230 4230

XCL World Academy is an international school that aims to mentor students to find their own voice to lead, learn, and innovate. With a world-class curriculum and personalised learning plans, XCL ensures that every student reaches their full potential. The Early Years Programme is designed for children aged 3-6 years and focuses on purposeful play, active learning, creativity, and critical thinking, with personalised education for every child.

The school boasts a highly qualified teaching faculty and small class sizes, allowing for a stimulating and safe learning environment. With over 50 different nationalities represented, XCL is a truly diverse community that fosters a dynamic and joyful community of young learners.

 

 



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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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