Choosing which type of preschool to send your children to is most likely one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your life. There are currently six different types of curriculum throughout preschools in Singapore, ranging from play-based programmes, practical learning experiences and intelligence increasing or excelled programmes.
If this will be your first time enrolling your child in a Singapore preschool, then visiting different schools in your area will help you make a more informed decision. Talking to friends, family, and neighbours who have children is also beneficial in helping you make the right choice for your children’s early learning experiences.
You should also keep in mind the finances of your family, so you do not choose a Singapore preschool that will rob you of your savings and put your entire family at a financial detriment. There is a wide range of costs and different financial assistance available with each preschool.
Things to Look at
If you desire to keep your costs low then consider for your child’s nursery and preschool aged child, most child care centres in Singapore offer nursery and preschool level learning and education through these care centres. These child care centres will generally cost you less than other preschool programmes, and they also offer government subsidies between $150 to $600 per month in child care costs.
Make sure that the preschool you choose is clean, sanitary and provides a structured and safe environment for your children. The class size should be fairly small – at a ratio of one educator to fifteen to twenty students, and the centre should be close to your home or workplace for convenience.
Over Five Hundred Preschool Programmes to Choose From
Pat’s School House
Pat’s School House caters to age groups between two months and six years, making it technically a child care centre that also hosts an infant care programme as well. There are over 15 preschool locations and one infant centre throughout Singapore and will fit even the tightest of budgets.
Little Oaks Montessori Kindergarten
Little Oaks is also a child care centre and provides education and care to children through the first six years of their lives. The curriculum is very structured and teaches social, physical and mental development. The cost to enrol your children is average for most Singapore preschools, costing around $750 per month, depending on how long they stay and the number of days required.
Strictly Nursery through K-Two
If you desire to enrol your child strictly into a preschool that only handles nursery school through to kindergarten two aged children, please note you will be in for a huge cost shock. There are some affordable ones, but on average, places like Eaton House will run you between fifteen thousand to almost fifty thousand a year. With that being said, they offer the best learning environments and some of the best international schools in the world.
Choosing which Singapore preschool will suit your family’s financial and educational needs can be daunting. Don’t simply choose, go and see for yourself, and talk to other parents in your local area, and find the exact fit for you, your family and especially your child’s needs.