The Ultimate Guide to Infant Care in Singapore

The Ultimate Guide to Infant Care in Singapore

When it comes to infant care centres in Singapore, there are a dizzying array of options available. For new parents, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming and stressful. After all, we only want the best for our little ones, and it is crucial to let them grow and develop in an enriching and safe space. 

Lucky for you, we are here to demystify the process by crystallising the key things you should look out for when choosing an infant care centre for your child, as well as offer a comparative look at five established infant care centres in Singapore. 

Government Subsidies for Infant Care for Singaporeans

First things first, you need to understand the infant care landscape in Singapore, and that means understanding the various government subsidies available to offset the potentially expensive costs of infant care programmes. 

Government subsidies for infant care apply only to Singapore Citizen (SC) children enrolled in an Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)-licensed infant care centre. There is a Basic Subsidy and an Additional Subsidy, and the amount you will receive depends on the parent’s applicant status and programme type enrolled. 

Take a look at the comprehensive table by ECDA and if you need additional assistance, there is a Subsidy Calculator available here

Subsidies Rate Source: ECDA

Factors To Consider When Looking for an Infant Care Programme

There are also several factors to consider when looking for an ideal infant care programme for your child. These factors are:

  1. Qualifications, Accolades and Track Record
  2. Centre Environment
  3. Teachers
  4. Curriculum
  5. Meals

Take a look at our previous article that explains these factors in greater detail.

Five Established Infant Care Programmes in Singapore

Mulberry Learning

Mulberry Learning leverages upon Experiential Learning as the main approach for its Infant & Toddler Programme. Source: Mulberry Learning.

Mulberry Learning has an award-winning curriculum that is distinctly unique. It is the first preschool network in the world to be certified by The Institute for Habits of Mind and has won several accolades over the years, including Winner of the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (2020/21), Best Early Learning Program (aged 0 – 6 years old), 2021 and Best Holistic Curriculum, 2019 to 2020.

In particular, its Reggio-inspired learning environment is crafted specially to inspire growth and learning in infants and young children. As part of their belief that children learn best in thoughtfully-curated surroundings, the centre environment has specially-designed learning areas where students can best explore their interests, spark their curiosity, and grow. As a bonus, several centres also feature a special infant spa where your little one will enjoy fun spa sessions and massages, complete with whirlpool jets, bubbles and lights in specially imported spa pods.

Mulberry Learning leverages upon Experiential Learning as the main approach for its Infant & Toddler Programme, and encourages children to be mini-explorers through beautifully crafted learning spaces, playing with quality toys, musical instruments, and textural materials.

The Experiential Learning framework comprises the following 5 Learning Domains:

  1. Self-Exploration
  2. Music & Stories
  3. Muscle Development
  4. Thematic Discovery
  5. Multi-Sensory Experience

These developmental outcomes are achieved through their signature programmes such as Little ExplorerTM, Music StimulationTM, Muscle MasterTM, First TouchTM, and Colourful WorldTM.

Mulberry Learning Infant Care Outlets

Address

Contact Number

Alexandra

12 Hoy Fatt Road,

#02-01 Bryton House

Singapore 159506

6653 8082

Alexandra Technopark

438B Alexandra Road

Block B Alexandra Technopark #01-02

Singapore 119968

Braddell

1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh, #01-02/03/04

Singapore 319637

Bukit Batok

25 Bukit Batok Street 22, #03-01,

Singapore 659591

Cairnhill

1 Anthony Road

#02-06/07

Singapore 229944

Dover

1010 Dover Road

#01-02, #02-14,#02-15

Singapore 139658

Jurong East

31 International Business Park,

Creative Resource,

Level 1,

Singapore 609921

Kallang

8 Stadium Walk #02-05 Water Sports Centre Singapore 397699

Punggol

407 Northshore Drive

Northshore Plaza 1, #03-02

Singapore 820407

Shenton Way

6A Shenton Way

#03-01/04 Downtown Gallery

Singapore 068815

Woodlands

21 Woodlands Close

#01-01/02/17 Primz BizHub

Singapore 737854

Maple Bear

Maple Bear is inspired by the quality Canadian education system. Source: Maple Bear Singapore

Inspired by the Canadian education system, Maple Bear is a leader in bilingual education through its bilingual immersion learning programme. They also offer Bear Care – their infant care programme for infants from two months of age.

Bear Care acknowledges that infants are capable and active learners that do not need to be ‘taught’; instead, they are respected as competent learners who are allowed and encouraged to explore and play in a variety of ways that best fits their emerging abilities, interests, and skills.

The infant programme consists of consistent and predictable routines to cultivate an ‘unhurried’ atmosphere. The learning environment is safe, secure, and allows for exploration and further discovery, whilst also being equipped with developmentally appropriate toys and furnishings that will accommodate all infants.

There are 14 Maple Bear outlets that offer infant care:

Maple Bear Infant Care Outlets

Address Contact Number

Alexandra (Alexis)

354 Alexandra Road #01-21 Alexis Singapore 159948

8858 0777

Bukit Timah (Horsecity)

100 Turf Club Road

#01-02 Blocks D/E/F Horsecity

Singapore 287992

6463 5733

Harper Junior

73 Upp Paya Lebar Rd Centro Bianco #02-01 Singapore 534818

9357 2823

Havelock (Annex @ Furama)

407 Havelock Road

#04-01 [email protected]

Singapore 169634

6737 8898
Highgate

2 Highgate Walk

Singapore 598754

9777 4866 / 6467 2714

Lavender

2 Kallang Avenue

#04-16, CT Hub

Singapore 339407

6493 7168 / 9029 8981

Moulmein

207 Balestier Road

#02-02/#03-01

Singapore 329683

8686 3873

Orchard (Claymore Connect)

442 Orchard Road

#02-05 Claymore Connect

Singapore 238879

(Located next to Orchard Hotel)

8569 9560

St. Michael

1 Jalan Taman

#01-01 St Michael’s Place

Singapore 329022

8163 9818

Toa Payoh

978 Toa Payoh North, #01-01

Singapore 319001

8797 8978

Bedok (Panasonic Building)

202 Bedok South Ave 1

#03-12

Singapore 469332

9777 4866 / 9424 4188

SIA Group Sports Club

726 Upper Changi Road East

Singapore 486046

6214 8170 / 9661 6735

Bukit Batok

15 Bukit Batok St 22

#02-01, Propell Building

Singapore 659586

6901 0272

Jubilee

31 Jubilee Road

Singapore 128583

9777 4866

MindChamps

MindChamps’ play area is filled with age-appropriate toys. Source: MindChamps Singapore

For infants and young toddlers, MindChamps adopts the S.M.I.L.E.S methodology, which believes that the brain, especially in the formative stages, needs all aspects of the mind to be stimulated simultaneously. Therefore, all activities designed for their students have the potential to provide experiences that engage all the S.M.I.L.E.S. elements. This includes: Sensory, Motor (Music and Movement), Intellectual, Linguistic, Emotional and Social.

Their specialised infant care programme is offered at the MindChamps PreSchool centre at Biopolis, and the day-to-day care for infants and toddlers typically takes place in a separate area away from the older children. The environment includes dedicated areas such as: sleeping area, activity area, bath area, and food preparation area.

Address: 3 Biopolis Drive, Synapse #01-11, Singapore 138623

Contact Number: 6684 5568 or 9831 4567

Email: [email protected]

My First Skool

My First Skool adopts a facilitated play approach to aid learning and development. Source:  My First Skool Singapore.

My First Skool is the pre-school arm of NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) First Campus Co-operative. They aim to empower their students to learn through PETAL© – Playing, Exploring, Thinking, and Applying Learning. This approach provides facilitated play experiences that aid learning and development. The activities planned at My First Skool also cover five learning areas which provide holistic development. This includes:

  1. Language and Literacy
  2. Numeracy
  3. Discovery of the World
  4. Motor Skills Development
  5. Aesthetics and Creative Expression

At My First Skool, they expend significant effort to curating the perfect learning environment. They have a special team to design the pre-school based on eight principles, such as safety and health, age appropriateness, privacy and social space, and student competence and autonomy.

My First Skool has numerous outlets across the island. They can be reached at 6509 7887 or [email protected].

Pat’s Schoolhouse

Pat’s Schoolhouse boasts a unique inquiry-embedded play-based learning curriculum. Source: Pat’s Schoolhouse.

Established for over 30 years, Pat’s Schoolhouse aims to train its students to become challengers of the future. They are also the pioneer of the Bilingual Immersion Core Curriculum since 1988, and in the classroom, both the English and Mandarin teachers are co-partners, co-owning the holistic development of children under their care.

Their approach is unique as well, as it revolves around planning intentional, meaningful and thought-provoking inquiry-embedded play-based learning experiences to support children’s holistic development. As part of this, they even have an enhanced music-integrated curriculum, where children are exposed to music by the in-house music specialists.

There are two outlets that offer infant care programmes at Pat’s Schoolhouse:

Pat’s Schoolhouse Infant Care Outlets

Address

Contact Number

Grassroots

190 Ang Mo Kio, Ave 8, #01-04 The Grassroots’ Club, Singapore 568046

6781 2288

Prinsep

30 Prinsep Street, [email protected], #04-01 and #05-01, Singapore 188647

With the burgeoning number of infant care centres in Singapore, it is still necessary and recommended to do your due diligence and conduct research as to the merits of each centre. After all, we only want the best for our children! If you are looking for an award-winning and established centre equipped with a wide selection of unique infant care facilities and programmes, look no further than Mulberry Learning. Contact us today!

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