Which Singapore International Schools Have 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...
Which Singapore International Schools Have a Pre-school?
By Carli Allan
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Canadian International School (Lakeside)

Open plan learning at CIS Lakeside

  • Age range: 2-5 years (KG)
  • Curriculum: IB PYP
  • Specialist subjects: Chinese, French, PE, art, music, drama, STEAM, library
  • Early years facilities: Junior library, kitchen, black box theatre, STEAM makerspace, kindergarten aquatics complex, outdoor discovery centre, and learner swimming pool
  • 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: Jurong 

For CIS’ youngest learners (aged two to five), the focus is very much on imagination, creativity and self-discovery. At Lakeside’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 Lakeside.

Dulwich College (Singapore)

Dulwich Singapore
Play facilities at Dulwich College (Singapore)

  • Age range: 2-5 years (DUCKS)
  • Curriculum: UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS)
  • Specialist subjects: Mandarin, swimming, music, PE
    Early years facilities: Learning swimming pool, library, bike track, ICT room, outdoor classroom, multi-purpose room, music and cooking rooms
  • Length of day: Full day, 9am-3.25pm; half day option also available
  • 2020-21 tuition fees: $16,880-36,240
  • Meal plans: Pre-ordered meals can be delivered to the classroom
  • Dedicated entrance: Yes
  • Location: Jurong

In keeping with Dulwich College tradition, the early years centre for children aged two to seven (Toddler to Year 2) is endearingly known as DUCKS. In the Foundation Stage, teaching follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and children learn through “purposeful play combined with a focus on learning to read and beginning to write in both English and Mandarin”. There are two Toddler classes, six Nursery classes and eight Reception classes housed in a purpose-built Kindergarten set over three floors that is fully equipped with indoor and outdoor facilities.

Click here to read our review of Dulwich College (Singapore).

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