Expat Guide - Education, Pre SchoolsExpat Guide - Education, Pre SchoolsExpat Guide - Education, Pre Schools

Education is essential for every child, and it can start as early as preschool years. Singapore Expats comprehensive list of schools from preschools to playgroups.

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Rain Trees Kindergarten


Rain Trees Kindergarten is a small, family orientated preschool that provides a ‘home-from-home’ environment for children aged 2-6 from the international community.

We offer a caring, fun and friendly preschool with experienced international teachers in an integrated indoor-to-outdoor setting

Rain Trees Kindergarten , founded in 1999 is highly recommended by parents and is located in Bukit Timah on Kheam Hock Road.

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Rosemount International School

Rosemount International School

Established in 1999, Rosemount International School is a private international school in Singapore providing schooling at the preparatory (kindergarten) and junior school (primary) levels.

Our curriculum is built on an inquiry-based philosophy in which students are encouraged to question, discover and communicate through an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to learning.

At Rosemount it is the combination of highly trained teachers, a challenging, yet flexible curriculum and an individual approach to learning that allows students to develop to their full potential.

For more information please contact admissions:

P: +65 6446 4636
A: 25 Ettrick Terrace, Siglap, 458588, Singapore


British Council Pre-School


At British Council Pre-school, we believe that a forward-looking, stimulating environment is the key to developing your child’s inquisitive nature. Instil the love for learning in your child with our 21st century education.

Our mission

  • We will help every child fulfil his or her true potential.
  • We will provide a happy, secure and healthy learning environment.
  • We will work together with parents to nurture the leaders of tomorrow.

Our curriculum

We believe every child is unique and is constantly learning. Using the best pre-school practices from both the United Kingdom and Singapore, we provide holistic, hands-on and concrete learning, with a strong emphasis on language and literacy.

Our Daily Programme

Our 3-hour programmes are available in two sessions:
Morning   09:00 to 12:00
Afternoon 13:00 to 16:00

Delivered by a team of dedicated and passionate teachers with professional qualifications in early childhood education, children will learn about:

  • Language and Literacy: Immerse in a language-rich environment and learn about the multi-sensory Jolly Phonics programme
  • Speech and Drama: Build strong communication skills and confidence through fun activities
  • Art: Foster creativity through the exploration of art
  • Motor Skills Development: Develop coordination, control and movement through purposeful play
  • Music and Movement: Learn to appreciate music, sound and dance while honing gross motor coordination skills
  • Numeracy: Understand mathematical concepts through hands-on learning experiences
  • Discovery of the world: Build the foundation for learning science, history and geography
  • Social and Emotional Development: Through the reinforcement of “Golden Rules”, children cultivate a positive sense of themselves
  • Primary School Induction Programme: K2 students will experience new teaching styles in Terms 3 and 4
  • Chinese: Stories, songs, games and role-play will develop the confidence to use the language

11 Tampines Concourse  #01-02/03/04 Singapore 528729

Free school visits can be arranged. Call +65 6783 9209 to book an appointment now.

Canadian International School Kindergarten

Canadian International School

As one of Singapore’s leading international preschools, Canadian International School Kindergarten is recognised as a perfect place for discovery and exploration. The school focuses on unlocking young children’s potential through:

  1. A Tailored Global Language Programme
  2. Stimulating Learning Pods & Playgrounds
  3. A Hands-on Literacy & Numeracy Curriculum
  4. Dedicated Arts, Music & Physical Education Specialists

Global Language Programme
All students at Canadian International School (CIS) Kindergarten learn an additional language from 4 years of age. They have the opportunity to choose either French or Chinese taught by dedicated language specialists, or enrol in our pioneering bilingual Chinese-English programme. Our bilingual programme provides equal exposure to both Chinese and English, with two qualified teachers in each classroom.

Stimulating Learning Pods and Playgrounds
Our state-of-the art, purpose-built Kindergarten facilities are designed specifically to support play-based learning. At our Lakeside campus, classrooms are organised around stimulating ‘learning pods’(large, open learning spaces), where teachers can set up hands-on learning centres. Dedicated outdoor play areas include an early years playground, bike tracks, sandpits with water-play zones, a large wading pool (Lakeside campus only) and gym.

Hands-on Literacy & Numeracy Curriculum
Literacy and numeracy learning is built into the daily schedule. Concepts are taught based on an inquiry, play-based approach (for example our students explore volume and capacity through ‘hands-on’ water play activities) and tailored to a wide range of academic abilities.

Dedicated Arts, Music & Physical Education Specialists
Students at CIS Kindergarten engage in Physical Education and Arts (Music, Visual Art, Dance, Drama) classes with single subject specialists. Our Physical Education lessons focus on movement (running and jumping) and gross motor development while our Arts lessons focus on teaching children how to express themselves through different types of mediums.

A quote from a happy parent
“ Our CIS experience has been a great one. There is a wide range of hands-on activities, so both Matias and Luciana are always engaged in learning new things. Both of them really enjoy the bilingual classes”. Evelyn Carvajal, CIS Kindergarten parent, June 2015.

Lakeside Campus (ECE to Grade 12)
Jurong West Street 41
Singapore 649414
T: +65 6467 1732

Tanjong Katong Campus (ECE to Grade 8)
371 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437128
T: +65 6345 1573

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

Located 25 minutes from Orchard Road, GEMS World Academy (Singapore) brings 55 years of international education experience to families seeking globally recognised education for their children.

With state-of-the-art facilities located on a five hectare campus, GWA ensures that children are provided with a world-class learning environment as they undertake a balanced learning programme across Sports, Arts and Academics.

Facilities include a 750-seat auditorium, dedicated music practice rooms, Olympic and learner swimming pools, all-weather sports field and indoor gymnasium with rock-climbing wall.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

Programme objectives and methodology.

Utilising best practices from Montessori, Reggio Emilia and international curriculum frameworks, our pre-schoolers are provided an exciting and challenging programme of enquiry specifically tailored for international students.

Play is used as a primary tool for learning, self-awareness, confidence and expression. Students are actively involved in hands-on, play-based activities that develop their love of learning and communication, as well as their physical, cognitive and social skills.

Learning environment.

Our inspired World-class facilities and innovative menu of classroom activities spark a child’s curiosity and provide rich opportunities to explore, develop and grow on all levels. Families are immersed in an exciting, specialised environment through our planetarium, purpose-built Early Years pool, special kindergarten play area, library and parent area.

Mandarin language programme.

With Asia’s growing importance in the world, knowledge of the Mandarin language is an asset we would like to arm all our children with. Children are taught daily classes, by a specialist Mandarin teacher who makes the language come alive and fun to learn.

GWA is part of GEMS Education, the largest K-12 private education provider in the world, with a network of 60 schools across 15 countries. GEMS educates more than 140,000 students representing 173 different nationalities, and employs over 13,000 education specialists and staff from over 115 countries.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
2 Yishun Street 42
Singapore 768039


German European School Singapore

German European School Singapore

The first school you choose for your child is one of the most important milestones in your child's life. Knowing this, the GESS Pre-School Department provides a learning environment that is fun, safe, and stimulating. One that promotes passion and enthusiasm for learning to children between 18 months to 6 years. As a bilingual Department, we provide a unique German and English Language Programme designed specifically to meet the diverse language levels of our students. Additionally, we are offering a fully integrated Danish Mother Tongue programme to our Danish students two afternoons a week.

  • In Kindergarten and Pre-Primary, we offer the IB PYP inquiry-driven approach to teaching and learning. Along with our learning curriculum, we are promoting pre-reading and pre-writing skills, science, sports, music, drama, ICT, arts, cooking as well as using play as a learning tool. GESS provides lots of space to run, explore and embrace the natural environment around us. We foster our cultural diversity by celebrating European and Singaporean festivities. Parent-Child groups are suited for children aged from 18 months - 3 years. The groups are kept to a small number and are using generous group rooms as well as extra rooms for crafts, music, movement and a generously laid-out playground.
  • In preparation for starting Kindergarten, GESS offers Toddler groups from 2-3 years, to ensure a smooth transition from those first steps of independence to full-time kindergarten attendance.
  • In our Kindergarten classes, we provide heterogeneous grouping, for 3 to 5 years old. This uniqueness promotes a child-centred approach, where the structure for play is closely linked to real life.
  • Our Pre-Primary is for our five and six year’s old students and is located at the "Habitat" on Junior School Campus.

A quote from a happy mother:
“Up to now, my son has loved each and every day at class and sometimes even demands on the weekends to go to school!" - Maria Gialakis, Mother

Main Campus
72 Bukit Tinggi Road
Singapore 289760
Tel: 6469 1131

Junior School Campus
300 Jalan Jurong Kechil
Singapore 598668
Tel: 6461 0802

Nexus International School, Singapore

Nexus International School, Singapore

Nexus International School, Singapore (NISS), started in January 2007.
NISS currently meets the educational needs of about 400 students from over 50 different countries. Enrolment is steadily increasing to meet the educational needs of the children of expatriates in Singapore.

The 470,000 sq ft campus at 201 Ulu Pandan Road has facilities to support all academic and co-curricular programme for up to 1,200 students. These include swimming pools, gymnasiums, sports fields, as well as Science, Computer and Multi-media laboratories to support our Centres of Excellence - Sciences, Arts and Sports.

NISS has a team of highly qualified international educators delivering a well-balanced curricula based on the best standards and practices used around the world. NISS is an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). It is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), and an approved Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Centre. NISS is currently a candidate school for the CIS/WASC accreditation.

NISS is a member of Taylor's Education Group and the second Nexus International School (NIS) campus in the region. The first NIS is located in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Nexus International School
201 Ulu Pandan Road Singapore 596468
Tel +65 6536 6566, Fax +65 6536 6866

Raffles Montessori Kindergarten

Raffles Montessori Kindergarten

Located off Still Road (East Coast), Raffles Montessori Kindergarten is ensconced in a beautiful detached house, with an immaculate carpet grass lawn, exciting outdoor playground equipment, and herbal gardens for the children to enjoy. At Raffles Montessori, we aim to give the children the best start in life, an environment conducive for learning, social interactions and physical development.

Clinical Psychologist / Adjunct Associate Professor, NUS


VENUE: Raffles Montessori Kindergarten (Still Road)

TIME:    10AM- 12.30PM

To Register, Please Call 6344 0077 or Email:

Why Raffles Montessori?

  • Individualized learning
  • Full set of authentic Montessori materials
  • Bilingual curriculum
  • Programmes for toddler age through kindergarten
  • MOE registered School
  • Holistic experience

Contact Us
Phone: +65 6344 0077
Address: 105 Lorong Stangee Singapore 425080

Two by Two

Two by Two

Two by Two Schoolhouse is a Bilingual kindergarten cum enrichment centre with a Mandarin emphasis. We specialize in language acquisition and have successfully developed a curriculum that nurtures lifelong learning.

Our background

Two by Two Schoolhouse was founded by two mothers who only wanted the best learning environment for their children. We wanted to create innovative and experiential programs whereby our children could learn through play.

Our methodology

Children thrive in a stress-free, natural and immersive environment with a low teacher-student ratio, grasping the nuances of the language effortlessly through a play based and child initiated approach.

Our curriculum also develops a child holistically in English, Math and Science, exposing them to a wide variety of subjects, including the Arts and Sports. They are encouraged to explore and experiment, ultimately developing confidence and become effectively bilingual.

Learning takes place through structured hands on activities and is not confined to the classroom. Frequent field trips reinforce learning and a Multi-sports program trains children’s physical and mental capabilities.

Our strength

Our enrolled children are of diverse heritage and ethnicity, with the non-local nationalities making up 40% of our enrolment. This provides invaluable opportunities for greater learning experiences and exchange of knowledge.

Our non-native speakers using Mandarin confidently and effectively is testimony of the success of our teaching methodology.

Core Daily Program

Nursery, K1 and K2
830am – 1230pm or 1pm to 5pm


Accompanied playgroup
130 – 3pm

Afternoon Enrichment

Mandarin Speech & Drama: I’m a Star! (小小明星体验班)
Mandarin Language & Literacy (华语快速认读)
The Mandarin Muse (华语。娱乐。沉思)
Treasure Trove of Values (底子规学堂)

Call us today to enjoy free trial classes, ongoing promotions and giveaways!

Two by Two Schoolhouse

55 Lor L Telok Kurau #03-61
Bright Centre S425500

Tel: 62450838

White Lodge

White Lodge

White Lodge is a well-known and popular pre-school and kindergarten with eight centres across Singapore. It caters towards children aged 6 months to 6.5 years. White Lodge helps them get the greatest value, pleasure and fulfillment from their childhood through parent and child playgroups, nursery and kindergarten programmes.

Over the years, White Lodge’s passionate team of early childhood educators has worked to develop a curriculum that supports the growth and development of children as unique individuals.

The schools facilitate active learning, involvement and discovery through a hands-on approach. White Lodge’s curriculum framework is based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

White Lodge believes that children should experience learning as an adventure, and that stimulation inspires and encourages the development of their imagination. White Lodge provides a world in which children can explore and express themselves best.

Additionally, the Global Language Academy by White Lodge (GLA) is a language school that takes a balanced academic and creative approach to teaching a new language, making it both fun and effective.

GLA offers Mandarin, French, Hindi, Korean and Spanish lessons for children 3 to 10 years of age.

The Mandarin programme is designed in line with the requirements of Ministry of Education, Singapore and is comparable to the Primary One to Primary Three syllabus.

For more information visit or call a White Lodge close to you on the numbers below where you can arrange a time to visit the school and speak with teachers.

Bukit Timah 39 Linden Drive, Tel: 6468 8846
Central North 45 Burghley Drive, Tel: 6280 7388
East Coast 102 Guillemard Road, Tel: 6440 6690
Loewen Gardens 75E Loewen Road, Tel: 6475 7262
Phoenix Park 310 Tanglin Road, Tel: 6235 5310
Upper Bukit Timah 1 Jalan Siap, Tel: 6314 5481
Upper East Coast 36 Toh Drive, Tel: 6543 1802
West Coast 9 South Buona Vista Road, Tel: 6779 8465

Preschools at Bukit Timah

Cherrybrook Kindergarten
Address: 5 Vanda Road, Singapore 287775
Tel: (65) 6468 6550

German European School Singapore
Address : 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760
Tel: (65) 6469 1131

Raffles House Preschool Pte Ltd
Address: 1 Robin Drive, Singapore 258261
Tel: (65) 6732 1455

Preschools at Holland

Buttercups Montessori Kindergarten Pte Ltd
Address: 37 Grove Lane, Singapore 279029
Tel: (65) 6462 4838

Faith Montessori Centre
Address: 4 Moonbeam Walk, Singapore 277219
Tel: (65) 6465 2751

Nanyang Kindergarten
Address: 118 Kings Road, Singapore 268155
Tel: (65) 6466 3375

NTUC Childcare Centre
Address: 170 Ghim Moh Road #03-03 Ulu Pandan Community Building,
Singapore 279621
Tel: (65) 6468 3725

St James’ Church Kindergarten
Address: 1 Leedon Road, Singapore 267878
Tel: (65) 6468 7609

Preschools at East Coast

Raffles Montessori Pte Ltd
Address: No.95 Telok Kurau Road, Singapore 423797
Tel: (65) 6841 1111

Christ Methodist Church Kindergarten
Address: 597 East Coast Road, Singapore 429082
Tel: (65) 6344 8823

Schoolhouse By The Bay
Address: 51 Kampong Arang Road, Singapore 438178
Tel: (65) 63458258

NTUC Childcare Centre
Address: 1 Haig Road #01-555, Singapore 430001
Tel: (65) 6846 3065

Learning Tree Preschool Pte Ltd
Address: 26A Ulu Siglap, Singapore 457184
Tel: (65) 6242 9975

Preschools at West Coast

Ellas Kindergarten Pte Ltd
Address: 12 West Coast Walk #02-16 West Coast Recreation Centre,
Singapore 127157
Tel: (65) 6778 1293

Japanese Kindergarten (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Address: 251 West Coast Road, Singapore 127390
Tel: (65) 6779 3434 / (65) 6776 2930

Tanglin Trust School Limited
Address: Portsdown Road, Singapore 139294
Tel: (65) 67703171

TownforKids Pte Ltd
Address: 10 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139940
Tel: (65) 6776 1888

Preschools at North

Cherie Hearts Kids-At-Play Pte Ltd
Address: 34 Westlake Ave, Singapore 574245
Tel: (65)  6352 4889
Email :

Kinderland Preschool
Address: 449 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 805946
Tel: (65) 6483 2261

Modern Montessori Preschool Centre
Address: Block 750 Woodlands Avenue 4, #01-317, Singapore 730750
Tel: (65) 6369 0700

Sonrise Preschool
Address: 2 Kovan Road #01-01 Simon Plaza, Singapore 548008
Tel: (65) 6285 5911

Jansen Preschool
Address: 39 Jansen Rd, Singapore 548441
Tel: (65) 6487 6116

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hey guys,

thanks for the overwhelming response. just to clarify, I am a Singaporean Citizen born and bred, so not on EP, and certainly not on any expat package, although the benefits I enjoy from my company are very favourable for a stay home wife. :) Hence not sure if she qualifies as a 'trailing spouse'.

Having said this, if (unlikely but you never know) I do ever lose my job, does it mean she loses her LTVP status assuming she has not gotten her PR or EP?


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If I might add a comment to this, in case the rational isn't clear.
If she were hired from abroad 'on her own merits' then she might expect to receive something akin to an 'expat package' that tends to compensate for the familial upheaval of uprooting and moving half-way around the world. But: in the case of an LTVP+, she's already here, and so the employer (naturally) is most unlikely to offer her such a 'bells and whistles' package. In fact, there might be a sense that she already enjoys the benefits of your expat package (rent, flights, health insurance etc), and that 'she's here any she wants rather than needs this job, so no need to be generous eh?'. This would apply increasingly less if she has hot and in demand skills, where they might realise they have to offer a decent package to get her 'unique' skillset.

And yes, spouses' jobhunts can be long and disheartening. You will need to offer a lot of support, and in the meantime ensure she is kept busy, can build a social life, and so on. Your own social life will probably begin in the office. Much harder for her home alone all day in a new place, with you bedding in and working all hours 'proving your worth' in the office... it's to your advantage to keep that in mind, especially while she goes about getting something fulfilling to do to fill her time. I am again in precisely such a position as hers right now, but some years ago was lucky enough to find a side-line that is geographically mobile, and keeps me mentally fully engaged. Without it there is no question I'd pack up and go home, ...or stay and go nuts :)

Re: German wife's LTVP/LTVP+ chances

To add on:-
- All documents have been prepared and sorted out as per the requirements stated on the website.
Excellent. I learned the hard way, arriving and having no hard-copy records to evidence my by then archaic (and IMO at that time, irrelevant) qualifications.

Yes, absolutely, without question. IIRC this is either specifically requested on the forms, or there is a 'white space' box to enter such 'additional information'. Anything you can add that makes her more desirable in ICAs/MOMs eyes will only be of benefit to her. Being qualified and experienced to attain roles such as you mention will help set her application apart. Payslips or salary credit entries on bank statements, would probably serve an equal purpose in this regard.

My approach was to detail everything, and then evidence it too with an attachment. In some ways you cannot provide too much information of this kind. The caveat is not to overdo it too much and so irritate the officer handling the case... her '50M swimming award, aged 10', and so on.

we will be ticking the '+' box for sure as she does not wanna sit around idle at home. Problem is, a month or 2 prior to today, we have been sending out resumes for jobs but to no avail. I am wondering is the workforce climate towards foreigners that cold now?
Should I include details of a property that I own which generates passive income? Will that help?
Cheers guys!

Being a 'trailing spouse' is a curious thing. Some arrive in SG and imagine they can happily sit by the pool all day, and that's what they happily do. Others need to have a sense of personal achievement and fulfilment, which translates into a job, or some 'side-line' even as basic as setting up an EBay sellers account. Some arrive, spend a month by the pool, then realise the sloth is slowly eating them up inside. Like early retirement perhaps, it's often not what you expect of it, you need to work (hard) to fill the gaps in your self-worth that successful employment provided. I know I have tried to describe this here before (some while ago now).

re: jobhunting.
As a rule of thumb, she won't get any interviews until she is physically in SG. So getting no replies is completely expected, and you mustn't take it at all negatively. Secondly, in SG if she wants to work she has two routes, qualify on her own merits for an EP (which the employer applies for), or get an LTVP+ which allows her to be employed outside an employers 'foreigner visa quotas' (that is how I recall it). One thing of note re: an LTVP+ is that it is tied to your EP. So, if you lost your job, then her ability to work is lost too. --- Perhaps these kind of considerations are a little premature at this stage. I'd focus on getting to SG, with all the possible documentation you might need in future.

There has been a lot of noise recently from the locals along the lines of 'You for 5 locals, it's now 1 for 8. These ratios are being increasingly squeezed. But the jobs now going to locals rather than FT, are jobs locals have the quals/exp for. That naturally suggests roles that cannot be done by locals. This goes back to an earlier point about evidencing what useful skills/exp she has, but also anything within that that is in demand from SGn employers, that perhaps SGns cannot do, or demonstrably cannot do as well. Consider it like petitioning for a US employment visa; you need to win the case of demonstrating that you want a visa to do a job that a local can't.

As I recall on the LTVP forms non-employment income of the applicant is disclosed but I'm not sure if it's asked re: the associated spouse/EP. So for my LTVP application forms I disclosed (my) rental income under a broader heading of 'investment income' that included income from stocks etc. Anyway, I'd just look at the forms and see how they detail what kind of data they're after. And in due course if you're unsure when filling them out come back to this topic and poll for clarification on any specific points.

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Re: German wife's LTVP/LTVP+ chances

A question and I hoped I understood correctly from the numerous threads, if she is granted LTVP status, she is still allowed to go for interviews and in the event that a company do offer her a position, the EP will replace the LTVP without any hassle?

Thanks once again guys!

Correct. Or if you get the LTVP+ they can put her on a Letter of Consent, although without any Foreign Worker levies on EP holders, it's a moot point. However, if she is being offered a position for an EP, it must be, in the MOM's eyes, a position not easily filled by a local. Therefore, the LoC might be the only way to position her to enable employment. There are gates and trap doors everywhere today. But as she doesn't have to worry about the breadwinner losing their EP she is much better placed to successfully find a position.