Kindergartens are defined as education centres with 10 or more children. They offer structured, comprehensive and holistic preschool education programme for children from 18 months to below 7 years of age. The centre must offer at least Kindergarten-1 and Kindergarten-2 programmes. It can further include Playgroup, Pre-Nursery (or Nursery 1) and Nursery (or Nursery 2) Programmes. The programmes are about 40 weeks long per year and are offered daily from Monday to Friday. Most kindergarten sessions comprise 3 to 4 hours each day with two sessions a day.
Kindergartens were previously registered by MOE, but have come under the oversight of ECDA since 1st April 2013. Kindergartens must be registered with ECDA. Under the Education Act, kindergartensare subject to the following regulatory requirements:
- Staff Provision and Quality
- Space, Facilities and Resources
- Safety, Health and Hygiene
- School Experience
Selecting a Kindergarten
Every parent wants the ‘best’ kindergarten for their child. Below are some factors to consider whenselecting a kindergarten for your child.
It is always useful to find out more about the kind of curriculum offered. Key considerations may include:
- Is the curriculum holistic?
- What is the school’s curriculum structure like? - What are the content/skills/values taught?
- Are the learning outcomes age-appropriate?
- What kind of lesson delivery approach does the centre adopt?
Learning should be an exciting process for your child. Always pick a kindergarten that will build on your child’s strengths and cultivate his/her love for learning.
2. School Experience
The diversity of our current kindergarten landscape caters to the varied needs of children. Many kindergartens have different education philosophies and beliefs, and they adopt a wide array of teaching and learning and child development approaches. For a start, you may wish to decide if the kindergarten’s philosophy is aligned with yours. And more importantly, you should know your child well to identify the kind of school experience that will benefit him/her most.
3. Knowing the Kindergarten
At the top of parents’ mind is always the question – Can I entrust my child to the kindergarten? Here are some guidelines on what to look out for:
- Speak to parents of the kindergarten. Do they have positive feedback about the kindergarten?
- Observe the teachers in action. Do they exhibit professionalism and competence in their work?
Do they show warmth and patience towards the children?
- Observe the children. Do they look happy?
- Look at the learning environment. Is it age-appropriate and inviting for the children?
It is always good to speak to the Principal of the kindergarten to find out more about the centre. Alternatively, you may want to find out if you can visit the centre to get a sense of what it is like at the centre.
4. Financial Consideration
Knowing the programme fee structure is important. In addition, it is useful to find out if any other costs such as transport cost (school bus), material cost or other miscellaneous costs for learningjourneys, additional programmes, year-end concert and so on involved. Such financial considerationswill help you determine if your preferred kindergarten falls within your budget.
The kindergarten registration form usually contains clauses pertaining to the policies for centre’s operation matters such as fee revision, withdrawal from the kindergarten, lateness in picking up your child at dismissal and so on. You should examine the clauses carefully to understand the underlying financial implications.
Finding a Kindergarten
Kindergartens conduct their own admission/mass registration exercise. For placement matters, please contact the kindergarten of your choice directly.
Please click here to search for the kindergartens by location. Please contact the kindergartens directly for enrolment matters.
For details on MOE kindergartens, please click here.