First pre-school on Sentosa now open

First pre-school on Sentosa now open
Quayside Isle Preparatory School teachers (from left) Maureen Birdsell, Prethu Ann Joshua and Helen Pretorius, with the school’s current batch of three students – all of whom come from families living at Sentosa Cove.

SINGAPORE - A clear view of a private marina lined with million-dollar yachts, corridors decorated with Australian aboriginal artwork and an art studio complete with a professional kiln.

But this is no exclusive club or an upscale art gallery. Instead it is Sentosa's first pre-school.

Quayside Isle Preparatory School, which opened last week, sits snugly among swanky restaurants at Sentosa Cove's food and beverage enclave Quayside Isle, next door to the upmarket W Hotel.

The school caters primarily to the 5,000 residents of Sentosa Cove, which will have around 2,000 homes when it is fully developed next year.

With demand for pre-school services expected to go up, at least another operator is planning to set up shop on the island.

A spokesman for EtonHouse, one of the bigger private operators in Singapore, said it is looking for suitable premises near Sentosa Cove, but it has not set a deadline for opening a centre there.

But parents can expect to fork out more for pre-schools in the ritzy neighbourhood.

Quayside Isle Preparatory School, which started classes last week, charges $3,800 per term for a three-hour, five-days-a-week programme for three- to four-year-olds. That works out to about $1,500 a month.

The fees soar to $6,800 per term for a five-hour kindergarten programme for five- to six year-olds, which works out to be over $2,700 a month.

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