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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 offers 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 6653 6071 to book an appointment now.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

Opening in September 2014, GEMS World Academy (GWA), Singapore will be the first school in South East Asia to be connected to the GEMS global network of international schools. The network provides the opportunity for students from Singapore to interact with their peers in other cities around the world from over 150 nationalities. This unique learning environment is designed to prepare students for a world that is more interconnected than ever before.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

GWA (Singapore) will initially enrol students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 (ages 3-13), and will expand in the future to include children up to Grade 12. It intends to apply to become a full International Baccalaureate Programme for students, within a state-of-the-art educational facility on a five-hectare campus. GWA (Singapore) will be led by Dan E. Young, Founding Head of School, an internationally recognised educator with more than 40 years of experience and previously Head of School for GWA-Dubai.

GEMS IB Diploma students have been recruited and accepted into more than 350 universities worldwide.

While all the academies under GEMS Education focus on academic excellence, they are also dedicated to the concept of "Ad Vitam Paramus" - "preparing for life". GWA students will study world languages from an early age, participate in global initiatives and specially designed extracurricular activities and sports programs that develop leadership skills through peer interaction. GWA Singapore will encourage independent learning, empowering students to take on personal responsibility and will look to develop a student's character, talents, skills, creativity, values, entrepreneurship and leadership. The school will support parents by reinforcing basic human values such as honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality and respect, all reflected in a defined learner profile.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
Information and Enrolment Centre
582 Orchard Road
#15-02 Forum
Singapore 238884


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

Red SchoolHouse

Red School House

Red SchoolHouse @ Katong occupies a quaint red and white bungalow with plentiful space for interesting outdoor activities. A herb garden is in the pipeline where the little ones will have a chance to learn how to grow and care for the living plants and the environment.

The Curriculum

At Red SchoolHouse, we embark on a unique holistic SPICE curriculum incorporated with innovative approaches. Emphasis is given on hands-on experiential learning as kids are encouraged to be independent learners and creative thinkers. Class sizes are kept small (below the teacher-child ratio guideline required by the Ministry of Education / Early Childhood Development Agency) to ensure the child gets the maximized attention from the teachers.

Field Trips

Monthly field trips take the little learners to various places in Singapore such as goat / mushroom / tortoise farms, kampongs, health promotion board and various museums. The school will also take them for age-appropriate theatre plays at least once a year at places like the Esplanade and Act 3 International at Cairnhill Road. Apart from stimulating the kid's curiosity, these trips also teach them to be more confident and aware of their surroundings when they are outdoors.

Parent Volunteers

Red SchoolHouse believes in forming a strong partnership with parents. We invite parents to be actively involved in the school�s activities e.g. field trips, baking classes. Together, as a BIG family, we support and care about the well-being of each other.

The Team

The mission at Red SchoolHouse is to create an environment where one feels secure, happy and loved unconditionally. Our team of dedicated and dynamic staff is also constantly building up and refreshing their knowledge and expertise to better support the children's learnings.

The tag line that keeps this BIG family grounded - "Settling The Heart, Defining Your Child".

Our School

Address: 11 Margate Road Singapore 438052
Tel : +65 6342 1377
Fax : +65 6342 1477
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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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***** Admin please kindly approve my post alright ^^ Thank you *****

My name is Johnson, I'm working for Toni and Guy Hairdressing Singapore as a apprentice for 2 years now. Right now I am entering my last 8 weeks of Vardar(Final Exam) starting from 2nd February 2015.

The reason why I'm looking for models is because I would need to present my work to my trainers to deem that I'm qualified to be a Technician in the company. Mainly why I must go through this exam is because they are training me more on my soft skills than techniques as I have been doing it for the past few months.

I know majority of you doesn't like the coppery / red reflect am i right? Which i will avoid doing it unless you request for it. If you're still in doubts I guess I could only say afterall it's still Toni and Guy. Lastly, no worries I would do a consultation with you. Then I would need to seek my trainers for approval before I could proceed on doing your hair which she will be notified what is going on. ^^

---------------------- Terms and Condition --------------------------
* For now I would be needing only ladies to be my models.
* First of all it's only charging @ $30 net.
* You cannot be an existing client in Toni and Guy. ( As i wouldn't want any conflict among our staff )
* Color choice wise you could choose it. I would also advise you on it too. But no acid colors. (eg: blue, pink, green, turquoise)
* Basically I would be doing lots of global colors and highlights + lowlights.
* No catwalks or photoshoot is required. It's like a client coming into the salon to get her hair done.
* Lastly you would have to book an appointment with me via my phone number (90116256). Please do not call the salon as they only book in client for my Stylists and Technicians.
* Once you have booked an appointment with me, try not to back out last min as my career is at stake.

If any of you are interested do feel free to contact me @ 90116256. I'm active on normal message and whatsapp.

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Singapore 138639

Time and Date:
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Sorry I need to seek a bit of clarification. After he completing an online e-journey, a Singapore Experience Tour and a Community Sharing Session, he needs to notify ICA and wait for the approval letter? For US citizens, the renunciation of citizenship can take months due to 2 interview requirement (a few weeks wait for 1st interview, a few weeks wait again for the 2nd interview). Do these need to be completed before the oath taking? What if the 2nd interview appointment is after the assigned oath taking appointment by ICA?

After the SH Journey and SET, you don't need to do anything. They know you've completed (you can even see that in your online SG Journey page).

Within 2-4 weeks they will send you an Approval letter with an appointment date to complete the formalities: forms, photos, Oath taking. You are required to provide your proof of Renunciation at this appointment, so if you don't have that yet *you can't go to the appointment*.

Instead, log in to e-appointments on ICA website, then change your appointment time to something a couple of months in the future.

When you have completed your renunciation and have the documents to prove it, then you can go back in and re-schedule again to a closer date. Don't worry, this type of appointment is available most days, so its not like you have to wait six months for an appointment.

If you're changing appointment dates, make sure to do it at least three days in advance, or you can't change it and you are declared to have defaulted on the appointment. I don't know what the consequences of that are.

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1. You should be able to find a job in the (Foreign School System) here. However the bastards will not pay you a full expat rate if they find out you're a trailing spouse (no housing allowance or flight allowance or moving expenses for example). Your choice to hide or disclose that. Check out the websites of all the schools (Tanglin Trust, UWC, OFS, Chatsworth, yada yada).

2. You can also try applying via the ISS (International School Search) - however as you know where you're going AND you're a trailing spouse I would apply directly to the school.

3. AFAIK all the contracts are fixed term; typically 2 years with a one year roll over thereafter. Provided you keep your nose clean it's normally not a problem to renew yearly and often you can negotiate to leave mid year.

4. MAKE SURE your contract does not have an early termination penatly. Some of the shoddier schools have been putting this in ($10,000!).

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