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.
Parent of Rebecca and Ben
We were looking for a play based school with a friendly atmosphere and when we looked at Shaws at Braddell we noticed how happy the children seemed straight away. Since attending the school, both my children have developed their characters in different ways. One of my sons has really come out of his shell and now actually enjoys presenting in front of the class which we would never have thought possible before. Our other son is more active and able to concentrate better now. The variety of activities provided at school seem to have sparked his interest. He is now eager to learn and concentrate in a way he was not before.
Chris and Emily
Parent of Oscar and Alex
We were searching for pre-schools in our neighbourhood and were especially drawn to Shaws because of its key phrase – A World of Learning Through Adventure. It embodied what we hoped for our children to experience. We didn’t want anything too regimented or too rigidly based on academics. Our children love the music and play at Shaws. They often come home singing the songs and showing off the dance steps they learnt from school. We also like the familial feel of Shaws. Teachers seem close knit, and they make the effort to get to know each child well, even if the child is not in their class. Children from different age groups also know and interact with each other, which is great!
Robin and Huiyuan
Parents of Natasha, Issac and Isabel
I chose Shaws because of its nurturing and caring environment. Being able to choose between the half day / extended / full day options and having daily mandarin lessons also met my criteria. Evan loves his teachers, cookery sessions, outdoor play and art classes. According to my son, learning at Shaws is great fun.
Parents of Evan
We chose Shaws because of the rave reviews from a neighbor. During my first and subsequent visits, I learned more about the play based curriculum which was well-balanced between in-class and outdoor activities. Shaws also offers many program options (half day, full day etc), so we could choose the timing option that worked best for our family. The school has a nurturing vibe which is essential for kids taking the first step away from home. My daughter loves the water play, field trips and songs taught in class. She comes home and sings the songs she learned with much flair and joy.
Kanika and Kevin
Parents of Kiana and Kia
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
Parents of Ellie
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
Parents of Adam
A school plays a vital role for children and we were very particular about providing the best for our little boy. Few of our colleagues and friends often recommended Shaws and we were very eager to find out more about the school. We loved it when we came for the open house at the Mountbatten campus. Friendly teachers, wonderful hospitality, extra care, low teacher to student ratio, excellent environment and the outdoor playground were some things that impressed us. We were happy with the curriculum that Shaws had as well. It was comprehensive as it covered everything from language to counting, science and even sports. My son enjoys coming to school. There hasn’t been a single day that he has cried and hesitated from going to school.
Dinesh and Reshma
Parents of Advik
We love that the school focuses on aspects beyond studying such as sports and outdoor play. We like the different excursions to interesting places and also the themed events where kids get to dress up and do fun activities with parents and friends. Our favourite was Letterland Day where they dressed up as their favourite Letterland Character and also the Zumba Session for Mother’s Day.
Johannes and Sarah
Parents of Liam Alexander Sunden
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
Parents of Thomas
We visited quite a few local and international childcare centers before we found the Shaws Tanjong Katong campus. Once we did, however, we knew our search was over. While other schools were extremely concerned about sharing with us their rates and “unbeatable syllabus” above all, Shaws@Katong was focused on creating a fun and creative learning environment for the kids. And we could tell they were succeeding by all the happy little faces playing around or proudly waving at us from their stations. No queue of silent C3POs following instructions like we observed in other places.
Pedro and Claudine
Parents of Louis
There are so many reasons why we are really happy with Shaws at Tanjong Katong. It is a small school with lots of personal interaction, so everyone knows everyone. The flexible bilingual programs make it easy to accommodate kids as they start their journey into schooling. Our girls absolutely love their teachers who are truly passionate and caring. Both are very excited to go to school every day to play with their friends. The project-based learning approach is lots of fun and there’s also plenty of time for outdoor play, sports and games. And last but not least, our little ladies always smile at drop-off and pick-up.
Marlies and Bryce
Parents of Mia and Amy
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
Parents of Kobe
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
Parents of Martina and Mariona
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
Parents of Qaveri
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
Parents of Abir