How to choose the right preschool for your child? Factors to consider

Rema Rajiv
Oct 29, 2021
Preschool education

Looking for a preschool that’s the right fit for your child to enhance their learning journey? We understand that choosing one which is best for your child’s future is no easy task in Singapore, where we are spoiled for choice. 

For a preschool programme, you have the option to choose from private kindergartens, private international schools or those that fall under the Ministry of Education, Singapore. Preschool education under the Singapore government comprises kindergartens and day care programmes. Just the thought of exploring all the options can put you in a spin. We’ve got you covered here as we talk about factors to consider while choosing the right preschool for your child.

Your child’s learning opportunities and social skills will be taken care of once you know where to start from. Do read on to find out the criteria for you to make an informed decision for your child.

Preschool is the first big step for your child as he/she transitions to primary school. As a parent, your desire is to see your child blossom in a learning environment that is positive, safe and supportive. When deciding which preschool works best for your child, consider the following:

A curriculum with a strong learning outcome

When choosing a preschool, you should consider the curriculum offered (e.g. Montessori, Reggio Emilia) that will help your child to progress by achieving the desired learning outcomes. While some preschools focus on learning through play, others blend different learning styles and educational philosophies into their curriculum - the idea is to opt for the one that suits your child’s learning style.

A positive teacher-student relationship helps the learning process

Trained and dedicated Early Year teachers

Early childhood education lays the foundation for your child’s future development. Dedicated and supportive teachers can easily earn the trust and confidence of your child who’s just starting to explore the world of learning. Trained teachers who are adept in catering to early childhood requirements, not just academically but also their social and emotional needs, will help your child master the key skills required for future learning.

Learning environment for easy transition to primary school

Apart from curriculum and teachers, one must look at the learning environment that can easily become the differentiating factor. It is a good idea to explore a kindergarten that is a part of a bigger school campus. Apart from facilities, your child will get exposure to the surroundings that are beyond the kindergarten environment. It will help them get comfortable with a bigger school environment and ease their transition to primary school.

Location and cost

The location of the preschool matters as it’s not a great idea to send your child on the other side of the island. Also, do check out the programme fee as preschool costs vary widely across Singapore. Do look out for early-bird offers, sibling discounts or connect with the admissions team of the preschool to avail the best option. You can also book a campus tour and ask any questions you may have before you make the decision.

At GIIS, we have a n award-winning preschool curriculum, called the Global Montessori Plus (GMP) programme that combines the Montessori method with new age curricula. Our focus lies on Multiple Intelligences and futuristic pedagogy. The curriculum structure is based on five strong pillars which aim for all-round development of young children. Beyond the literacy and numeracy skills, your child will be nurtured through multifaceted learning and holistic development. This includes physical and social awareness and sensitivity towards the environment and community. 

The caring, supportive and experienced Early Years teachers of GIIS are committed to help your child become holistic, creative and caring learners, ready for formal education. GIIS also offers extended preschool hours with multiple enrichment activities and our fees are almost 40 percent lower than comparable international schools.

Ultimately, whichever preschool you choose, do remember that these factors will have a lasting impact on the formative years of your child. We wish you the best in your search for a preschool that is the right fit for your child.

To learn more about the preschool programme at GIIS, contact our friendly admissions counsellors.

Rema Rajiv

Ms Rajiv has been an Early Childhood educator and practitioner for the past 15 years at GIIS. She heads the Global Montessori Plus (GMP) Programme, supporting kindergarten students in their learning and holistic development to maximise the potential of every student. She has been instrumental in implementing developmentally age-appropriate curriculum that provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning. She is well-respected due to her rich experience in the field and passion for working with preschoolers, helping establish a good rapport with the parent community.​

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