Finding the right preschool for your child is a significant decision. With numerous options available in Singapore, the process can feel overwhelming. At Shaw Preschool, we understand these concerns and aim to guide you through this important journey. With 35 years of experience, we combine valuable tips with insights into Singapore’s preschool landscape to help you make an informed choice.

When to Start Looking

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to when you should start looking for the best early learning programs. Preschools in Singapore accept children as young as 18 months. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Is your child ready for school? Are they interested in activities and social interactions?
  • Family support situation: Do you need childcare during work hours?
  • Your child’s comfort level: Bring them along on visits to gauge their reaction.

Taking 2-3 months to find the perfect preschool can provide you with enough time to make a well-considered decision.

How Does Your Child Learn?

Every child blossoms differently. Some thrive in play-based environments, while others excel in more structured settings. Consider your child’s personality and learning style:

  • Social Butterfly or Shy Explorer? Look for a preschool that caters to both personalities.
  • Hands-on Learner or Instructions Maestro? Play-based programs might suit the former, while structured activities benefit the latter.

Important Considerations

When choosing a preschool, consider the following:

  • Outdoor Learning: Does your child love learning outdoors? Look for a school with ample, safe outdoor space.
  • Development Areas: What areas of development are important to you? Academic, social, or both?
  • Learning Methods: Which learning methods work best for your child?

Questions to Ask During Your Preschool Visit

Go beyond the basics to understand the preschool better:

  • Curriculum: Which curriculum does the preschool follow?
  • Teachers: Are they ECDA qualified?
  • Teacher-to-Student Ratio: Smaller ratios allow for more personalized attention.
  • Discipline: Explore the school’s approach to positive reinforcement and conflict resolution.
  • Communication: How do they keep parents informed? How involved can parents be?
  • Initial Adjustment: Can you stay with your child for their first few days?
  • Teacher Qualities: What qualities does the school look for in their teachers?

Singapore’s Preschool Curriculum Landscape

Singapore offers a vibrant mix of preschool curriculums. Here’s a glimpse into some popular choices:

  • Play-based Learning: Learning through play emphasizes creativity and social interaction. Find out more in our article: benefits-of-a-play-based-preschool
  • Reggio Emilia Approach: Focuses on project-based learning and expressive languages like art and music.
  • Theory of Multiple Intelligences: Recognizes different ways children learn, including logic, music, and movement.
  • Montessori: Fosters independence, exploration, and self-directed learning.
  • Waldorf: Emphasizes creativity, imagination, and artistic expression.

Researching these philosophies will help you find the program that aligns best with your child’s learning style and your parenting goals.

Facilities Matter: Creating a Safe and Stimulating Environment

When evaluating preschools, consider the quality of their facilities:

  • Well-Designed Spaces: Are there spaces for play, learning, and exploration?
  • Inviting Classrooms: Are classrooms equipped with plenty of learning materials?
  • Outdoor Areas: Are there ample areas for sports, exercise, and outdoor play?
  • Cleanliness and Ventilation: Are classrooms clean and well-ventilated with sufficient sanitary facilities?
  • Quality of Toys and Materials: Is there a good range of high-quality toys, books, and puzzles?
  • Meal Options: Are there healthy and attractive meal options available?

Why Choose Shaws Preschool?

At Shaws Preschool, we’ve been nurturing young minds in Singapore for over 35 years. Our unique play-based curriculum, combined with our dedication to providing a safe and stimulating environment, sets us apart. Here’s what you can expect when you visit:

  • Unique Play-Based Curriculum: Engage with our curriculum designed to foster creativity and social skills.
  • Outdoor Spaces and Butterfly Gardens: Explore our beautiful outdoor areas that encourage learning and exploration.
  • Caring and Experienced Teachers: Meet our dedicated teachers who are passionate about early childhood education.
  • Welcoming Classrooms: Step inside our well-equipped classrooms that provide a nurturing learning environment.

To find out more and arrange a visit to one of our East Coast locations (Mountbatten, Katong Post Office, or Katong Boscombe Road) or Serangoon (Braddell Heights or Lorong Chuan), contact our Enrolments Manager Olive at +65 Olive@Shaws.com.sg.

We look forward to welcoming your child to the Shaw Preschool family!

 

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