Singapore International Schools With a Pre-school

Many of Singapore’s most popular international schools offer nursery and kindergarten classes in a self-contained early-years’ centre with its own community of classrooms, learning pods and recreational areas. Here is our round-up of more than 20 international schools in Singapore with a pre-school on campus...
Singapore International Schools With a Pre-school
By Carli Allan
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Singapore East

Canadian International School (Tanjong Katong)

Play facilities at CIS Tanjong Katong

  • Age range: 2-5 years (KG)
  • Curriculum: IB PYP
  • Specialist subjects: Chinese, French, PE, art, music, drama, STEAM, library
  • Early years facilities: Outdoor discovery centre, library, amphitheatre, and STEAM makerspace 
  • Length of day: Full week, 8.30am-3.30pm; half day options for nursery and Pre-K
  • 2020-21 tuition fees: $16,500-32,100 ($32,000-plus for bilingual programme)
  • Meal plans: Lunch can be pre-ordered
  • Dedicated entrance: Yes
  • Location: Marine Parade

For CIS’ youngest learners (aged two to five), the focus is very much on imagination, creativity and self-discovery. At Tanjong Katong’s dedicated kindergarten wings, you’ll find a kitchen, black box theatre, STEAM makerspace, and a kindergarten aquatics complex. While there are all the facilities you’d expect from a nursery environment – colourful classrooms, a junior library and a swimming pool – the kindergarten’s headline attraction is the Outdoor Discovery Centre, which is used for plenty of play-based learning. Facilities include a play fort, sound and herb garden, mud kitchen, natural tunnels and bike track.

The school’s bilingual Chinese-English programme encourages all children to be fluent in both languages. In Pre-K, morning classes are conducted entirely in either English or Chinese, while afternoon classes are conducted in English only. From the age of four, students can choose to enter a bilingual programme and learn equally in both Chinese and English.

Click here to read our review of CIS Tanjong Katong.

UWC South East Asia (East)

Outdoor play facilities at UWCSEA's East campus

  • Age range: 4-6 years (KG1-2)
  • Curriculum: UWCSEA concept-based curriculum
  • Specialist subjects: Music, Mandarin, art and PE
  • Early years facilities: Learner swimming pool, playground, music room, and gym for Perceptual Motor Programme
  • Length of day: Five full days
  • 2020-21 tuition fees: $31,500
  • Sibling discount: No
  • Meal plans: Students can bring their own snacks and lunches, or lunches can be ordered from the canteen
  • Dedicated entrance: No
  • Location: Tampines

Smaller and newer than the UWCSEA Dover campus, the East campus, which still has a large student body of 2,400, has a dedicated kindergarten block. There are also specialist teaching rooms for Chinese language, music, learning support and cooking, as well as an outdoor play, learn to swim pool, indoor playground, and separate entrance.

Click here to read our review of UWCSEA (East).

GIIS (East Coast)

Pre-schoolers at GIIS East Coast can continue their primary education at the same campus

  • Age range: 2.5 years (Nursery) to 5 years (Kindergarten 2)
  • Curriculum: Global Montessori Plus Programme – combines Montessori methods, Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) from UK and other early years frameworks
  • Specialist subjects: Environmental awareness, music and movement, practical life and sensorial exercises
  • Teacher-student ratio: 1:12
  • Class size: 24
  • Early years facilities: Indoor play area equipped with age-appropriate toys, outdoor play area equipped with mist area, sand pit and water play, child-friendly classrooms with reading corner and built-in restrooms, dedicated play area
  • Length of day: 9am -12.15pm
  • 2020-21 tuition fees: $15,150 
  • Sibling discount: 25% sibling discount on tuition fee for the younger sibling of an existing GIIS student
  • Dedicated entrance: Yes
  • Location: Siglap

GIIS East Coast offers students a pathway from pre-school through to primary; students can then transition to the GIIS SMART Campus in Punggol for their secondary education. The pre-school curriculum follows the Global Montessori Plus Programme, which "encourages learning through free play, spirit of inquiry, social intelligence, sensitivity towards environment and mastery in reading, writing and mathematical skills". Children then have the option of joining the CBSE or IB Primary Years Programme from Grade 1 at the same campus.

Click here to read our review of GIIS East Coast.

Next: Which international schools offer a pre-school education in Singapore West?

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