What is Preschool in Singapore?
In Singapore, preschool is meant for children aged from 4 to 6. It includes half-day or full-day care programmes for busy parents as well as kindergarten preschool education.
For the early childhood sector in Singapore, Early Childhood Develpment Agency (ECDA) serves as the regulatory and development authority. On top of that, it oversees the key aspects of children’s development in both kindergartens and childcare centres.
Besides, MK stands for MOE Kindergarten. By 2024 and 2025, there will be 7 new MK sited within the primary schools:
- Casuarina MOE Kindergarten
- Tanjong Katong MOE Kindergarten
- Yangzheng MOE Kindergarten
- Punggol MOE Kindergarten
- South View MOE Kindergarten
- Elias Park MOE Kindergarten
- Hougang MOE Kindergarten
Benefits of Preschool
It is highly encouraged to send your children to preschool as it can help your children achieve important learning goals, such as:
- Building confidence
- Social skills development
- A good foundation in literacy and numeracy
- Nurture their curiosity to explore and discover the world
- Encourage active learning by experiment and experience
- Foster the competence to develop thinking and reasoning skills
- Motor skills development
- Language and communication skills
- Aesthetics and creative expression
How to Choose a Preschool in Singapore?
To foster your child’s holistic growth, a preschool should suit his/her needs as well as fit parents’ requirements. It is an important first step in your child’s educational journey. Here are some things to consider when choosing a preschool in Singapore:
Preschool education should be holistic and age-appropriate. It is important to understand what does preschool teach and how it is being taught.
Your child care needs
If you need a full-day or half-day child care programme, make sure you look at preschools that suit your specific needs.
Kindergarten Care (KCare) service is available for all MKs located within primary schools.
Cost and location
Go through the preschool list to find one that’s within your educational budget. Also, selecting a preschool close to your home can save time and travel costs.
SchoolFinder can help find an MK near you.
Learning philosophy and values
Preschools have different approaches to education and child development. It’s important to find one that aligns with yours. Visit different preschools’ websites and brochures to find out more.
Your child’s personality
Choose a preschool that suits your child’s personality and strengths. It is very important as it will cultivate their love for learning. Feel free to talk to preschool principals if you have specific concerns.
Visit open houses to get a sense of the preschool’s culture and environment. Talk to teachers and ask current parents if they’re happy with the preschool.