Preschools in Singapore: Playgroup or Kindergarten Fees Can Cost You as Much as $2,000 Per Month
I remember heading to Kindergarten at the age of four and end up getting into a fight on day one.
Most Singaporeans from my time started school at age four at one of those kindergartens founded by the PAP Community Foundation. That was our first school then, but time has changed.
In search of the next Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, parents are looking to give their child a headstart with Early Childhood Development Care and Education.
To give a quick overview of this head start we just talked about, parents are sending their child to Pre nursery (Toddlers) Programme which is as early as 18 months. Before you even realise it, you are starting to go to school.
This reminds me of the banned advertisement which Xbox did a while back about life being too short, play Xbox.
TL;DR – Which Is The Cheapest Pre Nursery (Toddlers) Programme in Singapore?
Kicking off the education journey of your child may be beneficial, but it comes at a cost.
|Name of School||Pre Nursery (Playgroup)|
(18 Months to 2 Years Old)
|Nursery and Kindergarten
(Age 3 to 6)
|Half Day (7am - 1pm)||Full Day (7am - 7pm)||Half Day (7am - 1pm)||Full Day (7am - 7pm)|
(10 weeks with GST)
(10 weeks with GST)
(10 weeks with GST)
|MindChamps||$1,865 + GST||$2,065 + GST||$1,765 + GST||$1,965 + GST|
|my first skool||-||$770.40|
(till 5.30pm with GST)
(till 5.30pm with GST)
|Between Two Trees||$1,369||$1,979||$1,369||$1,979|
|My Little Skool||$1,551||$1,979||$1,551||$1,979|
|PCF Sparkletots Pre-school|
(Singaporeans call them PAP Kindergarten)
In Singapore, where both the parents are working, Preschool allows parents to assure that their child is in good hands while they are at work. Preschool education is also a good headstart for children to develop independence and communication skills while acquiring knowledge.
What Is the Age for Pre Nursery (Toddlers) Programme?
Preschool generally means any form of education programme received before one enter primary school. Preschool can also be broken down into several stages from as young as 18 months, all the way to six years old.
To give an overview of the early years of preschool education in Singapore, they can be broken down into these few stages:
|Pre Nursery (Toddlers) Programme|
Also known as Playgroup
|18 Months to 2+ Years Old|
|Nursery 1||2 - 3 Years Old|
|Nursery 2 to Kindergarten 2 (K2)||4 - 6 Years Old|
Child Care Subsidy for Singaporean Children
From January 2020, there are subsidies in place to make preschools more affordable.
Some may argue that this is Singapore’s government trying to encourage Singaporeans to work more. But in our opinion? Free money, just take!
Full-day Child Care Subsidy for Singaporean Children by Anchor Operator or MOE
If you are looking to enrol your child into any of the kindergartens or preschools run by Anchor Operators or MOE, you get to enjoy these subsidies:
Household Income Per Capita Income Basic Subsidy Max Additional Subsidy Cap Minimum Co-payment Required of parent
$3,000 and below $750 and below $300 $467 $3
$3,001 to $4,500 $751 to $1,125 $440 $30
$4,501 to $6,000 $1,126 to $1,500 $340 $130
$6,001 to $7,500 $1,501 to $1,875 $260 $210
$7,501 to $9,000 $1,876 to $2,250 $190 $280
$9,001 to $10,500 $2,251 to $2,625 $130 $340
$10,501 to $12,000 $2,626 to $3,000 $80 $390
Above $12,000 Above $3,000 NA
To better recognise these childcare centres, it is that that charge a fee of $770 per month.
Other Factors to Consider When Looking for a Preschool
There are usually a few factors parents take into consideration when choosing a Preschool:
- The location of the Preschool
So that they find a convenient preschool to send and pick up their child before and after work
- The cost of the Preschool programme
There is a $5 way of raising a child, and a $500 way of doing so. Find one that suits your comfort zone.
- Teacher-Child Ratio
Some parents use this as an indicator, to determine the amount of attention their child receives from the teacher.
- Types of Preschool programme
There are a few variations of programmes available in schools to better prepare our next generation for the world. Examples of programmes include bilingual lessons, music or even art-focused programmes.
Preschool Teacher-child ratio set by Early Childhood Development Agency Singapore (ECDA)
|Type of Preschool Class||Age||Teacher-child Ratio Set by ECDA|
|PlayGroup||At least 18 Months||1:8|
|Nursery 1||The year they turn 3||1:12|
|Nursery 2||The year they turn 4||1:15|
|Kindergarten 1||The year they turn 5||1:20|
|Kindergarten 2||The year they turn 6||1:25|
Ultimate Guide to the Best Preschools in Singapore
The EtonHouse Education Group has 120 schools over 12 countries. EtonHouse has a separate group of teacher trainers that was created to provide on-the-job training, professional courses, workshops and conferences and research projects to enhance the quality of programmes in the schools.
EtonHouse has outlets in these locations:
- 681 Bukit Timah ( Chinese Pre-School )
- Mountbatten 223 ( Singapore Pre-School )
- Mountbatten 717 ( Singapore Pre-School )
- Mountbatten 718 ( International Pre-School )
- Newton ( Singapore Pre-School )
- Robertson Walk ( Singapore Pre-School )
- Vanda ( Singapore Pre-School )
Founded almost two decades ago, MindChamps based their education outline on a 3-Mind approach. They develop their programme around cultivating the Learning Mind, Creative Mind and the Champion Mind. MindChamps constantly research for ways to liberate and train the instinct for creativity and problem-solving skills for children enrolled under their programme.
MindChamps has 36 outlets all over Singapore for your convenience.
|MindChamps PreSchool Outlets||Address||Contacts Number|
|Boon Keng (Kallang)||30A Kallang Place, #01-01, Singapore 339213 (near Bendemeer MRT)||6291 3068 / 8820 3118||[email protected]|
|City Square Mall||180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall #07-01/05, Singapore 208539 (Farrer Park MRT)||6834 4388||[email protected]|
|Concorde Hotel (Orchard)||100 Orchard Road, #01-03C, Concorde Hotel & Shopping Mall, Singapore 238840 (near Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut MRT)||6235 2358 / 9665 3840||[email protected]|
|River Valley||58 Kim Yam Road, #03-01, The Herencia, Singapore 239359||6338 3002 / 9114 2280||[email protected]|
|Paragon||290 Orchard Road, Paragon #06-19/20, Singapore 238859 (Orchard MRT)||6732 0087||[email protected]|
|Raffles Town Club||1 Plymouth Ave, #03-00, Singapore 297753||8809 3816||[email protected]|
|Tanglin||318 Tanglin Road, #01-42, Singapore 247979 (Former Phoenix Park and opp. Brunei Embassy)||9782 6663||[email protected]|
|Zhongshan Park (Balestier)||18 Ah Hood Road, #05-51 Hiap Hoe @ Zhongshan Park, Singapore 329983 (near Novena MRT)||6734 7702||[email protected]|
|Bishan||18 Sin Ming Lane #01-18 Midview City, Singapore 573960 (near Marymount & Bishan MRT)|
School Bus Available
|6734 8400||[email protected]|
|2 Gambas Crescent #01-26/27/40/41 Nordcom II, Singapore 757044|
School Bus Available
|8522 7282||[email protected]|
|151 Lorong Chuan, New Tech Park, #03-06 (Lobby F), Singapore 556741 (Lorong Chuan MRT)|
School Bus Available
|6281 5638||[email protected]|
|The Brooks II||25 Springside Green, #01-08 The Brooks II, Singapore 786015|
School Bus Available
|Toa Payoh||490 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, HDB Hub Biz 3, #05-12 (Lift Lobby 2), Singapore 310490 (Toa Payoh MRT)||6828 2648||[email protected]|
|Upper Thomson||9 Tagore Lane, #01-08, 9 @ Tagore, Singapore 787472 (near Lower Peirce Reservoir & Teacher’s Estate)||6513 0933||[email protected]|
|Woodlands||11 Woodlands Close, #01-38/39 Woodlands 11, Singapore 737853 (near Admiralty MRT)||6339 3296||[email protected]|
|Yio Chu Kang||202 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9, #01-204 Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex, Singapore 569771 (Yio Chu Kang MRT)||6481 6626||[email protected]|
|Yishun||6 Yishun Industrial Street 1, #01-09/10/11 NorthView BizHub, Singapore 768090||6966 8758||[email protected]|
|apletree Business City||20 Pasir Panjang Road, #02-25 Mapletree Business City, Singapore 117439 (Labrador Park MRT)|
School Bus Available
|6659 4100||[email protected]|
|Marina Square||6 Raffles Boulevard #01-213, Marina Square, Singapore 039594||6333 0331 /|
|One Raffles Place||1 Raffles Place, Tower 1, #06-00, Singapore 048616||6802 5838 /|
|Bedok||750C Chai Chee Road, #01-01 Viva Business Park, Singapore 469003 (near Bedok MRT)||6445 4567 /|
9782 6663 (Sarah)
|Changi Airport||65 Airport Boulevard, #03-22/29 Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore 819663 (Changi Airport MRT station)||6241 0100 /|
|Changi Business Park||51 Changi Business Park Central 2, The Signature #01-16, Singapore 486066 (Near Expo MRT)||6781 6870||[email protected]|
|KINEX (East Coast)||11 Tanjong Katong Road, #03-19, Singapore 437157||6440 0859||[email protected]|
|Leisure Park Kallang||5 Stadium Walk, #01-01, Singapore 397693 (Stadium MRT)||6242 6902 /|
|MacPherson||56 Kallang Pudding Road, #01-01/02/06, HH @ Kallang Singapore 349328 (near Aljunied MRT)||6385 5803||[email protected]|
|Tampines Point||2 Tampines Central 6, NTUC Income Tampines Point Level 2, Singapore 529483||6260 0531||[email protected]|
|Buona Vista||3 Biopolis Drive, Synapse #01-11, Singapore 138623 (Buona Vista MRT)||6684 5568||[email protected]|
|Fusionopolis||1 Fusionopolis Way, #03-03 Fusionopolis One, Singapore 138632 (one-north MRT)||6463 4567||[email protected]|
|Holland V||211 Holland Avenue, #04-01 Holland Road Shopping Centre, Singapore 278967||6463 0881||[email protected]|
|JTC Summit||8 Jurong Town Hall Road, The JTC Summit #05-01, Singapore 609434 (Jurong East MRT)||6896 8896||[email protected]|
|1 Woodlands Road, #02-15 Junction 10, Singapore 677899||6767 2381||[email protected]|
|Jurong West||20 Jurong West Street 93, Jurong West Sports and Recreation Centre, #02-06/07, Singapore 648965||6790 8878||[email protected]|
|West Coast Plaza||154 West Coast Road, #01-63 West Coast Plaza, Singapore 127371||6900 4500||[email protected]|
|Buangkok||15 Serangoon North Ave 5, #02-00, Singapore 554360||6969 9947||[email protected]|
|Punggol Northshore||11 Northshore Drive, #01-B Singapore 828670 (Marina Country Club)||6208 7488||[email protected]|
Lorna Whiston Preschool
Lorna Whiston started in the year 1980 and has built a reputation for high-quality education and teaching excellence. They are known for their Preschools, signature English Enrichment and Speech & Drama programmes.
Lorna Whiston has two outlets, at Kallang Wave Mall and Winchester Road.
Lorna Whiston Preschool at Kallang Wave Mall
Address: #01-28 Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, 397628
Lorna Whiston Preschool at Winchester Road
Address: 9 Winchester Rd, Singapore 117783
|Yishun||61 Yishun Avenue 11|
|+65 6257 2456||[email protected]|
|Woodlands Ring Road||Blk 628A #01-282|
|+65 6462 6513||[email protected]|
|Woodlands Crescent Meadow||Blk 782D #01-341|
|+65 6375 4149||[email protected]|
|Marsiling Drive||Blk 24 #01-191|
|+65 6368 9244||[email protected]|
|Sembawang Canberra East Crown||Blk 128B #01-530|
Canberra Street S(752128)
|+65 6950 0308||[email protected]|
|Sembawang Sunbreeze||Blk 365 #01-11|
Sembawang Crescent S(750365)
|+65 6950 0309||[email protected]|
|Yishun Orchid Spring||Blk 430A #01-376|
Yishun Avenue 11 S(761430)
|+65 6710 5137||[email protected]|
|Yishun Oleander Breeze||Blk 512 #01-01|
Yishun Street 51 S(760512)
|+65 6257 5404||[email protected]|
|Fernvale Lane||60 Sengkang West Avenue|
|One Punggol||1 Punggol Drive, #03-03 S(828629)||+65 6978 8533||[email protected]|
|Sengkang Riverside Park||3 Anchorvale Crescent, S(544618)||+65 6817 3430||[email protected]|
|Hougang Buangkok Square||Blk 992B #01-181|
Buangkok Link S(532992)
|+65 6950 0305||[email protected]|
|Punggol Waterway Banks||Blk 673A #01-593|
Edgefield Plains S(821673)
|+65 6702 5608||[email protected]|
|Punggol Waterway Cascadia||Blk 314A #02-601|
Punggol Way S(821314)
|+65 6817 3890||[email protected]|
|Punggol Northshore||Blk 409C Northshore Drive #02-258 S(822409)||-||-|
|Sengkang Anchorvale Crescent||Blk 336B Anchorvale Crescent #01-38 S(542336)||-||-|
|Senja Parc View||Blk 636C #01-335|
Senja Road S(673636)
|+65 6465 6117||[email protected]|
|Bedok Ping Yi Greens||Blk 807C #01-56|
Chai Chee Road S(463807)
|+65 6243 6564||[email protected]|
|Tampines GreenForest||Blk 878C #02-65|
Tampines Avenue 8 S(523878)
|+65 6817 3895||[email protected]|
|Tampines GreenLeaf||Blk 524A #01-51|
Tampines Central 7 S(521524)
|+65 6853 6469||[email protected]|
|Tampines GreenRidges||Blk 606B #01-404|
Tampines St 61 S(522606)
|+65 6931 2961||[email protected]|
My First Skool
My First Skool is the pre-school arm of NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) First Campus Co-operative.
They have been in business since the year 1977, and aim to give working families peace of mind, by making quality child development and care services accessible.
As happy children are better learners and at NTUC First Campus’ My First Skool, their teachers build meaningful relationships so that every child is happily engaged in the quality holistic curriculum they offer.
My First Skool recreates everyday activities within and outside their learning environments, coupling it with fun and practical real-life applications.
My First Skool offers programmes for children aged 2 months to 6 years old and has 145 centres in Singapore.
Website: My First Skool
Contact number: 6509 7887
Email: [email protected]
Brighton Montessori now has six preschool centres. Brighton Montessori’s curriculum was uniquely designed to cater to each individual child’s needs. Their classrooms are well equipped and ever ready for a child’s learning, allowing them to explore and express themselves freely.
With over 30 years of experience, Pat’s Schoolhouse now has 15 preschools and 2 infant care centres throughout Singapore. Built on the continued support of our parents and the unwavering passion of our professional team to give of their very best, we are grateful to still remain at the forefront of early childhood education in Singapore.
Between Two Trees
Between Two Trees believes in meaning in learning for each child and quality in guiding. Their teachers are highly qualified and are equipped with skills and abilities to formulate a constantly evolving curriculum that is tailored to each child’s needs and progress.
Between Two Trees has outlets in both Holland Road and Clarke Quay.
Little Skool House
Little Skool House believes that every child should have access to quality education. They aim to provide quality early childhood education for all.
Little Skool House has centres located around Singapore:
- Ang Mo Kio Hub
- Orchid Country Club
- Marina Boulevard
- Delta House
- Ulu Pandan Community Club
- Mountbatten Square
- Tampines Junction
- Downtown East
Established in the year 1990, Greentree Montessori supports a mindful approach to education, parenting and human development by adopting the Montessori Method, the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) approach, the Pikler approach, and a natural environment.
Greentree Montessori has centres located around Singapore:
- 45 Jalan Mata Ayer
- Sembawang Shopping Center
- 26 Jalan Shaer
Superland Montessori Preschool
Superland has been making a difference in the lives of thousands of children since 2002. Superland Montessori’s teaching approach is combined with our thoughtfully-crafted bilingual curriculum and delivered in a fun and creative way to keep your child inspired to learn.
Superland Montessori has three centres:
- SingPost Centre
- Kreta Ayer Community Centre
- Tiong Bahru Community Centre
Cherie Hearts believe that every child is a unique individual who deserves to reach his potential. At Cherie Hearts, their purposeful multi-literacies curriculum approach enhances children’s holistic growth, allows children to experience personal success and develop a joy for learning.
Cherie Hearts now has 20 centres islandwide.
PCF Sparkletots Preschool
Singaporeans usually label these preschools as “PAP Kindergarten”. PCF stands for PAP Community Foundation. It is a charitable foundation founded by the Singapore People’s Action Party. PCF Sparkletots preschool is one of the initiative from this foundation.
PCF Sparkletots now has 360 childcare centres and kindergartens islandwide.