SINGAPORE - Five new kindergartens set up by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in a move to raise pre-school standards in Singapore welcomed 250 children into their premises on Dec 2. The five centres, which are the first of 15 to be set up by 2016, will develop best practices in childhood education and share them with other pre-schools. These include focusing on letting children learn through play. Another highlight is that children will learn through stories, songs and dances with a distinct local flavour, reading big picture books that include references to Singapore culture and local neighbourhood settings. A third of the places at the centres will be set aside for children from lower-income families to help them level up.
One of them is located in a void deck in Tampines Street 45. The other four kindergartens are sited in primary schools to expose children to the formal schooling environment. They are located in Dazhong Primary in Bukit Batok, Farrer Park Primary, Blangah Rise Primary in Telok Blangah and Punggol View Primary.
Get a copy of tabla! for more stories.