- Lianhe Zaobao
As every parent can attest to, education is not something to take lightly when it comes to the future success of their child.
Learning starts at an early age, so even pre-schools these days are upping their game in order to stand out in Singapore’s increasingly competitive education scene.
That seems to be the case, especially with yesterday (Aug 30) marking the official opening of the world’s largest pre-school for children aged 18 months to six years.
Consisting of five buildings with more than 100 classrooms, the Early Learning Village is a collaboration between the Australian International School (AIS) and the Stamford American International School. It is located beside the AIS campus at Lorong Chuan.
Said to be a “first-of-its-kind Reggio Emilia-inspired pre-school”, the mega campus takes up a space equivalent to seven football fields, and is open to all nationalities, including Singaporeans, said a report by The Business Times.
It features multi functional spaces such as outdoor play decks, a 20m swimming pool and an indoor, air-conditioned gymnasium for specialist physical education classes and after-school enrichment, said the same report.
Although both schools share the same location, they operate independently. Stamford American follows the US curriculum which runs from August to June and AIS follows the Australian curriculum running from January to December.
According to Channel NewsAsia, the school has the capacity to house a total of 2,100 children, and more than 80 Singaporean children have already been enrolled.
Backing the collaboration is the Cognita Group, a private education group that operates both Stamford American and AIS.
For a pre-school to have such extensive facilities, you know the price tag to send your child there won’t come cheap.
Fees reportedly vary depending of the age of the child and the number of days the child attends school.
For a three-year-old who goes to school five days a week, the fee is around S$14,500 ($10,670) a semester or S$29,000 ($21,340) a year, reported CNA.