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When was Shaws established?

Shaws Preschool was established by Lucy Shaw in 1989. That makes us 30 years old!

Do you have open houses?
We host 2 open houses per year, usually in March and August on a Saturday. We do not offer any deals or discounts during these open houses.
Can I visit the campuses?

Yes you are welcome to do so! We receive visitors during weekdays, by appointment, at the following time slots:
– 9.30 to 11am
– 3 to 5.30pm.
Do let us know the date and time that works for you, so we can schedule your visit.

Do you have a trial period?
Yes we do. Our trial period is 1 month from the date you enrol your child. Should you decide that your child is not ready, you are able to withdraw in the first month and we will return your deposit fully. After the first month, our normal withdrawal policy applies.
What do I do if I need to change my child's start date?
The school must receive a minimum of two months notice in order to try to accommodate a new start date. The new start date will be subject to availability of our enrolment schedule.
What kind of food will be served to my child?
We serve food that has no pork, no beef and no processed foods. The rice we use is also 100% whole grain rice. Vegetarian and no-salt options are available upon request.
How would we handle bullying?
We have a zero tolerance policy for bullying. We always work with parents and children to ensure our schools are safe and happy.
What are your teacher's qualifications?

All of our teachers are qualified as per ECDA guidelines.

How do you discipline our children?
We talk to our children about the behavioural expectations for each age group and work closely with parents if there are any areas of concern.
Do you use aircon or fans?
We use both. If the weather is very hot, we will use the aircon in order to keep everyone at a conducive temperature. All our class rooms have ceiling fans and we use those as well as opening the window whenever possible.
Do you have bus services?
We are able to provide quotes from our long standing bus company for either one or two ways, should you require bus transportation for your child.
Do you have any optional activities?
Optional activities are only applicable from N1/N2 and older. The cost varies with the programme, for example, Shaws Little League (at the Cage), Swimming (at a local swimming pool), Art, Hindi and Robotics.
Which are the schools that children go to after graduating?

We prepare children for all schools – local and international schools.  Some of the schools our children moved on to after graduation in 2017 to 2018 include:-

For the East side – Tao Nan Primary, Khong Hwa Primary, Haig Girls, CHIJ Katong Primary, Ngee Ann Primary, Temasek Primary, St Stephens Primary, Tanjong Katong Primary, Opera Estate Primary, Canadian International School, Eton House.

For the Serangoon Side – Anglo Chinese School, St Joseph’s International, CHIJ Toa Payoh Primary, Maris Stella Primary, St Gabriel’s Primary, Australian International School, Stamford American School.

What is the enrolment cost?

Our enrollment cost consist of:
– $500 non-refundable booking fee
– 1 month’s deposit for the programme of your choice (refundable on withdrawal)
– 1 month’s advanced fees’

What are some other costs that I should be aware of?
The following are some additional costs that may be relevant to you:
– Uniform top: $15
– Uniform shorts: $15
– Mattress: $40 (applicable for full-day children)
– Excursions: 2 to 3 per term. The cost varies but most are already included in the school fee.
– Optional activities: Applicable from N1/N2 and older, strictly optional, cost varies with programme.
– Readers: This is already included in the school fees. The price ranges from $30 to $72 per year for Chinese readers; from $45 to $80 per year for English readers (depending on level). Additional readers, if required, may be chargeable.
– K2 Journals, Diaries and Exercise books: These will be given free of charge. But should they be lost or spoilt, replacement charges will be incurred ($2 – $10 depending on the publication).
What is your settling in policy?
– Only 1 adult will be needed to settle your child (any more may confuse or upset your child).
– This person should preferably be the same person over the settling period and is welcome to stay for a few days either for a few hours or for the whole morning.
– It is common for it to take three weeks or more for a child to fully settle in, but our teachers will do their best to encourage them to settle as quickly as possible.
– At the one-month stage we email you with our observations as to how well your child is settling in.
– Also, at the point you leave your child in the classroom with their new friends and teachers. We will set up a Whatsapp chat with you to show you how your child is doing.
– Before you join we will request for you to complete an ‘all about me’ form, giving us lots of details about your child so we are able to help comfort and distract them if they become unsettled.
What is your withdrawal policy?
Our withdrawal policy after the first month is 2 months’ notice with the last day being the last day of the month.
What are your health check protocols?

The following are the health protocols that we abide to:
– Children’s temperature, hands and mouth are checked when they arrive at school.
– If they have a fever or if they have unexplained spots, they will be asked to go home until the fever or spots have cleared.
– Our record for HFMD cases is very good (for more information please check ECDA/MOE/MOH website).
– If there are cases of HFMD or any illness that should be reported as per the ECDA guidelines, we will place a note on the door of the school as well as our schools online communication portal.

What is your haze protocol?
If the 24 hour PSI reading is between 91 and 191, we will:
– Cancel all outdoor activities for the children
– Reduce physical indoor activities and exercises for children
– Monitor the health situation of all children closely

If the 24 hour PSI reading is above 200, we will:
– Cancel all indoor and outdoor physical activities for children
– Keep children strictly indoors, close all doors and windows
– Continue to monitor the health situation of all children closely

If the 24 hour PSI reading is above 300, we have been advised to:
– No outdoor activities
– Scale down on all indoor activities for children
– Keep children strictly indoors, close all doors and windows
– Continue to monitor the health and situation of all children closely

Please note that despite the PSI index, should we feel that the air is bad, we will keep the children indoors. Whatever the PSI reading, children who have respiratory conditions or any child who experiences discomfort may request to remain indoors.


Our Parents' Testimonials


We love the school's belief that life is an educational adventure, beyond just text books, and children learn more outdoors than indoors. We also really like the school campus - the beautiful quirky building and the playground. The teachers that Qaveri has had through the years have been outstanding. They’ve been equal partners with us (the parents) in developing our child into this well-rounded young lady she is today. We are also so pleased with the parents' community that has formed over the years.

Raj and Polly (Mountbatten Campus)
Parents of Qaveri

A few of our friends send their kids to Shaws and have only good things to say about this brand. We love that Shaws encourage outdoor play; kids in Singapore spend too much time being cooped up at home! Little League is also a big plus for us because Adam gets a gentle introduction to different forms of sports. Adam also looks forward to water play every Wednesday and show and tell every Monday. Lastly, the teachers are amazing! They are very approachable and know Adam very well. I am awed by how much energy they have.

Nabil and Priscilla (Lorong Chuan Campus)
Parents of Adam

We chose Shaws because their play based learning approach was inline with how we wanted to expose our child to education at an early age. We love that our son gets to do things like the evening play at the mud kitchen, something that we ourselves enjoyed as kids. Kobe loves Tuesdays because of Shaws Little League!


Arvind and Marina (Mountbatten Campus)
Parents of Kobe

We got a really positive vibe when we visited the school. The Lorong Chuan branch had just opened when we visited and only had a handful of students. But it already felt like a genuinely happy place, with kind, enthusiastic and warm teachers. It also ticked all the boxes for us, with a play-based curriculum, equal emphasis on English and Mandarin, good class sizes and lots of outdoor time. We are thrilled by how much Ellie loves going to school – she’s always upset when she’s ill and has to stay home. She loves her friends, her teachers and her coaches, and always runs off to play as soon as we get to school. She particularly looks forward to water play, sports and after-school swimming lessons.

Ben and Jolene (Lorong Chuan Campus)
Parents of Ellie

Children learn through play. Hands on education. The school focuses on the children’s interests. Bilingual school. Larger than average outside open play area. Multicultural environment. These are some of the reasons why we chose Shaws to be the preschool for our children. Our daughters love the variety of activities that the school has. Especially the show and tell and dress ups.

Marta and Jordi (Mountbatten Campus)
Parents of Martina and Mariona

The school was recommended to us by multiple parents when we moved to Singapore 2 years ago. The happy environment left deep impressions on our minds when we first visited the school. The teachers were friendly and lively! The way we saw them interacting with the young kids felt just right. We placed ourselves on the waitlist and were thrilled when we did get the slot! The school's focus on character based alphabets, the reputation of being the first play based preschool in Singapore and the actual attention to sports outside the classroom clinched it for us. Our child has been going there for close to a year now and we're pleased to see his growth and his happy face while going in! They love the show and tell sessions and sports time.

Megha and Avijit (Mountbatten Campus)
Parents of Abir

We liked that Shaws is truly a play based preschool. The small size of the Katong campus made it feel more intimate and this allowed us to get to know most of the teachers and children. We really like the sense of community that has been built at Shaws. We have a lovely community of staff, children and parents at Shaws and we are very grateful for them being present in our parenting journey. Thomas enjoys being with the teachers and learning from them because they are so caring and nurturing.

Chris and Rhonda (Katong Campus)
Parents of Thomas

I like how Shaws has a very homely feel. The school compound is in a house with an inviting garden and space for kids to run and play in the fresh air. The staff are also friendly, nurturing and invested in my children. Curriculum-wise, I like how there is a right balance between academia and sports, and encouraging the kids without mollycoddling them. My children enjoy the learning games, sports and cookery classes. They have grown close to their classmates and I feel that that can only happen in an environment which they feel happy and safe in.

Karen (Braddell Heights Campus)
Parents of Rebecca and Ben

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