Pre-school and Childcare Full Day
Guide to Choosing a Preschool for your Child
Asked By : Linda Mama
Words from the Expert:

Question: I am overwhelmed with the childcare centre options, offering different specialization in their curriculum. What should I really prioritize in my consideration in choosing the right childcare centre for my child?

Answer from the Expert:

When considering which childcare to put your child, it is crucial to prioritize your specific needs. You can start by identifying what kind of services you would require. Some centres provide half-day programmes, while most preschools operate from 7am-7pm on weekdays. You can find out more about this here:

An equally important consideration would be if the childcare centre you are looking at can meet your child’s basic needs and provides a safe and secure environment. Other factors you may want to consider would be the food menu of the school or any specific values they advocate. For example, does the school place importance on your child’s social and emotional development? Additionally, different schools have different facilities and resources, such as spacious outdoor areas for motor skill development or musical instruments for exploration.

Although every preschool may vary from their adoption of different approaches and methodologies, the overall curriculum for preschools in Singapore are guided by the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework. If you are able to identify your child’s learning style, perhaps such as inquiry-based or play-based, you can find a preschool that aligns with that approach of teaching. You may look for places that offer activities tailored to your child’s interests too. Some preschools do offer uniquely designed curriculum. Kinderland is renowned for its music-infused curriculum with in-house designed programmes such as Children’s Music Programme, Literacy with IT and KinderFit to maximise our children’s holistic development.  

If you are concerned about your child’s transition to primary school, inquire about the strategies the school uses to prepare children for this transition. For example, at Kinderland Preschool we closely follow the developmental domains and learning areas identified by MOE in the development of our curriculum. All our Kinderland preschools also offer Chinese Integrated Curriculum that benefits our children with a second language to prepare them for primary school.

You may consider scheduling centre tours and attending open houses to allow your child a first-hand experience with the environment. By considering these aspects, you’ll be able to make an informed decision when choosing the right preschool for your child.

The Expert:

Dr Carol Loy
Director of Curriculum & Professional Development