MindChamps PreSchools will open a new pre-school dedicated to acting, singing and dance in 2020. The MindChamps Performing Arts Pre-school will be run jointly with one of Australia’s top theatre schools, Actors Centre Australia (ACA).
The new pre-school will open in April next to the existing MindChamps PreSchool Concorde Hotel in Orchard Road for children from 18 months to six years. Facilities will include a performance and stage area, dance-type studio and outdoor play area. Monthly fees will be $1,800 for a full day programme (7am to 7pm).
The new Performing Arts Pre-school will offer what it describes as a "cutting-edge ‘unique champion mindset’ and ‘learning how to learn’ programmes that focus on developing a child’s mind, social and intellectual growth." It will develop the ACA enrichment programme, which was offered to students on a pilot basis at the MindChamps centre in Toa Payoh (pictured above).
Founder and CEO of MindChamps, David Chiem, said:
"Mindchamps’ unique model of education, the 3-Mind approach of the Champion Mind, the Creative Mind and the Learning Mind was developed through 21 years of solid research and has become a global revolution, preparing our pre-schoolers for the unknown world and workforce they will enter by 2039.
“Following the latest research, which was reinforced by a pilot ACA kids’ programme in Singapore for the past year, as well as teacher training in acting, singing and dance, we are now able to add new vital elements to our already successful global model.
“Performing Arts Preschool students will further discover the champion within themselves through the 3Cs – Confidence, Creativity and Collaboration.”
Mr Chiem said these new theatre and arts elements were being introduced by MindChamps at a time they were most needed "because of the global concern about the negative effects of children’s screen time".
The MindChamps network of pre-schools and nurseries certainly dominate the early years education sector in Singapore. This homegrown brand has expanded from one branch in 2008 to more than 30 centres across Singapore and beyond. Its pre-schools deliver an early years programme that the group says is "drawn from research in the fields of psychology, education, neuroscience, and theatre".
Read our interview with MindChamps CEO David Chiem here.
Mr Chiem has a background in the arts, with experience in film, television, theatre and literature; at the age of 14, he was the first Asian to win a lead role in an Australian TV series, Butterfly Island.