The Early Learning Village is the world’s first Reggio Emilia-inspired campus at this scale designed especially for little ones aged 18 months to 6 years. And Stamford American, one of Singapore’s top international schools, recently welcomed its first students there.
Want to find out what it would be like to send your kids to Stamford American Early Learning Village? Read on and watch our video for a sneak peek (Psst, Stamford American has an upcoming Open House!).
“It’s a thrill to be at the Early Learning Village,” Principal Michael Day told The Finder from this brand-new school. “Seeing the looks on the children’s faces – when they discover the outdoor play decks, classroom discovery spaces, swimming pool and learning in our specialist classrooms – is just amazing!”
There’s a lot at the Early Learning Village to amaze both children and adults. Architecturally designed with young learners in mind, the much-anticipated campus was built by award-winning Bogle Architects in close consultation with experts in Environmental Behavioral studies and Reggio Emilia Early Years Education.
All for the Little Ones
Every detail of the facility was considered with tiny tots in mind, from the round, child-height windows and doors to the petite, well-stationed water fountains. And it’s the first such early-years campus at this scale built anywhere to integrate the Reggio Emilio philosophy that the environment nurtures the child.
The Best Start for Life
“Research clearly shows that investment in early years doesn’t just give children the best start to their education, it gives them the best start for life,” said Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, United Kingdom, who spoke to a packed room at the Early Learning Village’s recent Grand Opening.
We might also mention that, despite the large crowd, everyone was able to be seated comfortably in The Hive, an air-conditioned gymnasium perfect for sports and performances!
At Stamford American, which follows the Northern Hemisphere US curriculum and is grounded in the globally recognized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), students are encouraged to initiate their own learning with an inquiry-based approach. On a recent visit to a Pre-K classroom, The Finder overheard one Cognita award-winning teacher say, “I learn from my students!”
Each of the classrooms – from Pre-Nursery up to Kindergarten – are clustered in groups of four, creating small communities within each level. Each classroom has an adjoined Discovery Space tailored to each grade level, complete with sand- and water-play areas to extend the children’s learning.
During the Grand Opening, The Finder team was also able to see, first hand, how spectacular the six outdoor play decks were, how the 20-metre swimming pool accommodates the youngest learners (complete with in-water resting benches!) and how light-filled the specialist classrooms were thanks to big, round windows.
As an adult visiting Stamford American Early Learning Village, at some point, you’re probably going to say, “I wish I was a kid again!”
Its specialist programmes are offered as part of the school’s curriculum, including daily Mandarin or Spanish instruction, weekly Suzuki Violin and Cello lessons plus SMART Steps and Perceptual Motor Program physical education program. All are led in an engaging, inclusive way, and some are available for children as young as 18 months.
Similarly, the Village has more than 10 after-school Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs), such as soccer, creative drama and swimming (We heard even siblings are welcomed!). The CCAs are ideal for little ones’ fun and stimulation, and parents are encouraged to come cheer their children on.
For Parents and Families
Another welcoming spot on campus: The Nest Cafe is a cosy and convenient place for parents to stop for a coffee, juice, muffin, salad or something more substantial while waiting for their kids or to connect with other parents.
Oh, and more good news for busy families! The Village offers a flexible school schedule where you can choose from half days and full days; a 3-, 4- or 5-day school week and even an extended school day with a Breakfast Club (7:15 to 8:30 a.m.) and Afternoon Tea Time Club (3:30 to 6 p.m.).
— Brought to you by Stamford American —