Choosing the Right Preschool: A Parent’s Guide

Choosing the Right Preschool: A Parent's Guide

Choosing the right preschool is important for parents, as it sets the foundation for a child’s early learning experiences. Parents often consider various factors when selecting a preschool in Singapore, where educational standards are high.

Types Of Preschool Services in Singapore

In Singapore, there is a diverse range of preschool services to cater to the varied needs and preferences of families. These services may differ in terms of educational philosophies, curricula, and facilities.

  • Infant Care Centre: 
  • Serves infants from two months to eighteen months of age.
  • Program running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; half-day and/or flexible schedules (minimum of 12 hours per week, three hours each session) may also be offered
  • Baby care services are offered 5 or 5½ days a week, except for public holidays and Sundays.
  • Child Care Centre
  • Serves youngsters from 18 months to under 7 years old.
  • Program running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; half-day and/or flexible schedules (minimum of 12 hours per week, three hours each session) may also be offered
  • There are childcare facilities available. 5 or 5½ days a week, except public holidays and Sundays
  • Kindergarten

– Serves youngsters from 18 months to younger than 7 years old.

Half-day schedule -The Ministry of Education’s academic calendar states that kindergarten services are offered five days a week, except for Saturdays and Sundays, public holidays, and school vacations. Kindergartens that adhere to an international curriculum and academic year are an exception.

What To Consider

Educational Philosophy:

Understand the educational philosophy of the preschool. Some schools follow play-based learning, while others may emphasize a specific curriculum or approach such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, or the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Choose a philosophy that aligns with your values and beliefs about early childhood education.

  • Quality of Teachers:

Assess the qualifications and experience of the teaching staff. Qualified and experienced educators are crucial in providing children with a nurturing and stimulating learning environment.

  • Facilities and Safety:

Visit the preschool to assess the facilities and ensure they are safe and age-appropriate. Check for clean and well-maintained classrooms, outdoor play areas, and safety measures in place.

  • Curriculum and Learning Activities:

Parents can review the curriculum and learning activities offered. Look for a well-rounded program with academic, social, and creative activities. Consider how the curriculum supports the overall development of the child.

  • Reputation and Reviews:

Research the preschool’s reputation and read reviews from other parents. Word-of-mouth recommendations and online reviews can provide insights into the school’s strengths and areas for improvement.

  • Location and Convenience:

You consider the location of the preschool in relation to your home or workplace. Choose a location that is convenient and suits your family’s schedule.


When selecting a preschool service in Singapore, parents should consider their child’s developmental needs, the educational philosophy that aligns with their values, and practical factors such as location and schedule. Visiting preschools, meeting with teachers, and understanding the curriculum are essential steps in making an informed decision.

With the above considerations in mind, Mulberry Learning is one of the best choices for parents. Over the years, our unique pedagogy has touched the lives of many children and parents. We are recognized for our vibrant Reggio-inspired learning spaces, comprehensive bilingual programmes, holistic development outcomes, and strengths in character development via Habits of Mind.

Mulberry Learning has been recognised by parents and top parenting magazines, such as Young Parents, HoneyKids Asia, Singapore’s Child, and Parents World, as a leading preschool brand.

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