The early years are crucial for children’s holistic development. A quality pre-school education provides children with opportunities to build self-confidence, learn social skills and develop learning dispositions. These build a strong foundation for children’s future learning.
From enrichment programmes to speech and drama classes, from local institutions to international schools, it is elevating to see many wonderful options available to expat and local alike in Singapore. Expat parents can be assured that your child’s educational path gets off on the right foot in Singapore.
Programmes for preschool children, commonly called Nursery, Kindergarten 1 (K1) and Kindergarten 2 (K2), are varied and serve different needs and purposes. Pre-school education covers children from 18 months to 6 years old. You can choose between full day, half day and part day options. Preschools provide an environment for children to learn how to interact with others, and to prepare them for formal education at Primary school.
Activities include learning language – written and oral – and numbers, development of personal and social skills, games, music, and outdoor play. Children learn two languages, English and their official Mother Tongue (Chinese, Malay, or Tamil). Many private or church-based kindergartens might not offer Malay or Tamil, so non-Chinese pupils might also learn some Chinese in these schools.
Make sure that you do your homework before enrolling your child and don’t be afraid to ask specifics when consulting an early childhood education centre.
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