1. The Learning Lab
Kids here tend to excel in their academics as well as boast 21st century skills like public speaking and knowledge of current affairs. At last year’s PSLE, 94 per cent of their students scored an A or A* in English and Chinese, and 91 per cent scored an A or A* in Maths and Science. Visit www.thelearninglab.com.sg.
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Its centres are designed with a garden concept where the teachers are gardeners, kids are the seedlings. The school’s pedagogy is that learning is a two-way process, both teachers and children work hand-in-hand together to discover the Chinese culture while learning the language. Visit www.berriesworld.com.
3. British Council
It fosters children’s confidence in the English language through interactive activities like speech and drama, music and movement and science discovery. There’s also a strong emphasis on developing 21st century skills such as teamwork, leadership, critical thinking and media literacy. Visit www.britishcouncil.sg/enrichment.
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aquaDucks’ team of highly trained instructors delivers baby-friendly aquatic programmes which use toys, games, songs, motion and verbal communication to gain confidence. Visit www.aquaducks.com.sg.
5. I Can Read!
Created by educational psychologists following years of research, it is the world’s first system that guides young children to link clusters of letters to single sounds, aka phonics. Visit www.icanread.asia.
6. Lorna Whiston Schools
The team is always on the hunt for fresh and new ideas to engage students with the English language. Last year, the teachers worked with local animation companies to produce the Dinosaur Train curriculum to teach English, speech and drama, and science. Visit www.lornawhiston.com.
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7. Heguru Education Centre
Heguru’s holistic programmes are based on a brain-training methodology that’s backed by extensive 30-year research and practicum in Japan. During the classes, conducted by Japan-trained and certified instructors, children undertake interactive activities to develop their photographic memory, speed calculation, IQ and EQ skills. Visit www.hegurueducation.com.sg.
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8. Amy's School of Dance & The Arts
Dance instructors at Amy’s School of Dance & Arts are directly trained at the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) to deliver early childhood programmes that teaches children classical ballet and jazz dance through storytelling. Visit www.amydancearts.com.
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Its Suzuki Early Childhood Education preps newborns to three-year-olds to learn an instrument through nursery rhymes, songs and movement and playing simple percussion instruments. Visit www.juzmusic.com.
10. Crestar Learning Centre
Its Abacus and Metal Arithmetic Course is exclusively developed by abacus experts from Taiwan. Lessons are taught in both English and Mandarin, and aims to help children solve complicated mental sums, develop a stronger memory, have better concentration power, and discipline. Visit www.crestar.com.sg.
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11. Julia Gabriel
Julia Gabriel Centre’s programmes are delivered via “EduDrama”, which encourages students to express ideas through speech, music, movement, art, writing, drama, debate and visual media. Visit www.juliagabriel.com.
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12. People Impact
IQ is not enough. So People Impact created an IQEQ Programme based on research by university professors to nurture a child’s IQ and EQ. Through a series of group activities, children learn to work together to solve an IQ challenge, while in the process develop leadership, communication and creativity skills. Visit www.people-impact.com.sg.
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13. Da Little Arts School
Its arts enrichment programmes for tots and up incorporate reading, song and dance, science and history lessons, too. Its most popular programme is “Little Performers”, where preschoolers learn to create their own props and costumes, and song and dance to stage their own play. Visit www.dalittleschool.com.sg.
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14. Kindermusik With Love Studios
Music is used as a tool to stimulate a child’s senses and enhance her learning ability. So teachers at Kindermusik With Love Studios expose kids to music through singing, movement and percussion instruments. Visit www.kindermusikwithlovestudios.com.sg.
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15. Happy Train
This Japanese-style enrichment school conducts its lessons in English, Mandarin and Japanese. Through play, kids develop their IQ, EQ, creativity, music, photographic memory skills and language skills. Visit www.happytrain.com.sg.
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There’s no such thing as an average child, says MindChamps’ instructors. Part of its reading, writing and learning programmes is to teach kids to put on the “champion mindset”, unlock their hidden potential and learn to think, study, process and recall via innovative methods. Visit www.mindchamps.org.
17. My Gym
My Gym is an award-winning specialised programme for kids to build physical skills and self-confidence. The centre boasts custom-made equipment and ever-changing gym configuration so no two classes are ever the same. Visit www.mygym.com.sg.
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Kids as young as three years old learn to build simple machines and robots with Lego and craft materials. The school also offers various applied-technology courses such as Robotics, animation and game designs to tech-savvy kids. Visit www.worklab.com.sg.
19. Chengzhu Mandarin Centre
Set on the Julia Gabriel’s philosophy that language is “caught” and not “taught”, Chengzhu Mandarin Centre offers carefully-designed, age-appropriate activities to enable each child to acquire the Chinese language naturally. Visit www.chengzhu.edu.sg.
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20. Stamford Education
Its Whole Brain Training System (WBTS) will make your preschooler smarter than the rest of her peers. During lessons here, kids participate in activities and brain exercises to train their memories, thinking skills and intelligence. so they can learn to read the newspaper, perform mental calculations and solve problem sums with Maths models by the time they’re in Primary One. Visit www.stamford.edu.sg.