Expat parents with children too young to start primary school will find plenty of options for nursery schools in Singapore, including Montessori preschools. Some popular nurseries cost almost as much as regular school and can have long waiting lists, so be sure to enquire early.
Most schools allow parents to choose how many days of the week their child will attend, allow early drop-offs, provide lunches or have optional afternoon programmes for working parents. Always check these specifics with individual schools.
Nursery schools in Singapore are not only an excellent way for parents to ensure their children are safe while working, but they are also a great opportunity for them to build relationships with other parents who likely share similar experiences. Children also learn invaluable social skills at these schools.
Here are some recommended nursery schools in Singapore.
Nursery schools in Singapore
OWIS has two fantastic campuses in Singapore, both of which have Early Childhood sections for children from the ages of three to six. Following this, children can continue to primary and eventually secondary school on the same campus. The school's Early Years Programme is anchored by the English National Curriculum and fosters play-based learning. Read more
Ages: 3 to 6
Rain Trees Kindergarten offers a safe, creative environment that aims to prepare children for admission to an international primary school. Read more
Ages: 18 months to 6 years
Opened in 1999, Rosemount International School specialises in early childhood development and is one of the most respected schools for young children in Singapore. Read more
Ages: 2 to 7
Chatsworth International Kindergarten and Preschool in Singapore delivers an engaging IB Primary Years Programme for children aged 3 to 5. The school's play-based, inquiry-driven approach nurtures curiosity and imagination, supported by small class sizes and experienced international teachers. Read more
Ages: 3 to 5
What do expats say about nurseries in Singapore?
"I just started my two-year-old in Nursery One. It is more of a playgroup. Half-day to learn basics as well as socialising with a similar age group and having playtime." Read our interview with Filipino expat Honey to learn more about raising a family in Singapore.
►For primary and secondary school options, see International Schools in Singapore
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