6 things you need to know about the Little Skool-House preschool at Downtown East

By Lynn Wee   — March 08, 2019
  • It's designed to look like little houses
    1 / 6 It's designed to look like little houses

    Explorerkid indoor playground at Downtown East has downsized to make way for Little Skool-House preschool at Downtown East, which opened its doors in August 2016.

    Spanning 9,460 sq ft, the school can accommodate over 200 students, but is capped at 160 to ensure kids have adequate space to move around.

    Children feel like they’re at home, thanks to details such as classrooms designed to look like little houses, and cosy language corners with sofas and armchairs.

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  • It has cloud-shaped acoustic boards to help with the noise
    2 / 6 It has cloud-shaped acoustic boards to help with the noise

    The centre has an open space area, which doubles as a place for the children to have activities such as telematches and mini gym sessions, helping them improve on their gross motor skills.

    The classrooms are also separated with folding doors – a flexible design to incorporate a bigger space area when needed, and ceilings are specifically installed with cloud-shaped acoustic boards (pictured above). 

    The latter helps absorb the noise proliferated by the high ceiling and in doing so, maintains an ideal environment for the little ones.

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  • The school allows children to roam about during lesson time
    3 / 6 The school allows children to roam about during lesson time

    The school follows a relationship-based curriculum for toddlers up to age three, where the focus is on building bonds with their teacher.

    As children this age find it hard to regulate themselves, teachers allow them to roam about during lesson time and explore other learning materials in the classroom

    This proves to be a more effective form of learning for kids in this age group, explains Felicia Yan, principal of The Little Skool-House at Downtown East.

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  • It uses storybooks as a springboard
    4 / 6 It uses storybooks as a springboard

    On the other hand, storybooks are used as a springboard to introduce concepts of developmental areas such as numeracy, aesthetic and creative expressions, and social and emotional development. 

    The school also utilises magazines and newspapers to expose the kids to language and literacy, as the stories help them piece bits of information together.

    Children will also have access to Explorerkid two to three times a week (an hour each time), which helps to hone skills like problem solving and communication, as well as physical skills to build agility.

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  • It is connected to the Early Literacy Centre
    5 / 6 It is connected to the Early Literacy Centre

    Connected to the school is the Early Literacy Centre (pictured above) which opened in October 2016. More than just a reading area with over 1,000 books in English and Chinese, it also has a stage for the little ones to dramatise their story adventures.

    Kids are encouraged to express their creativity with artwork using recycled materials, such as milk tins, bottle caps and egg cartons. 

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  • Fee structure
    6 / 6 Fee structure

    Pupils in this school get free membership, and are allocated a designated time during curriculum hours to utilise the various materials and mediums. 

    The centre is also open to the public for a small fee, and targets children aged one to eight.

    The infant-care programme costs $1,900, while the childcare programme costs $1,500. Fees are before GST andgovernment subsidies.

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    On the other hand, storybooks are used as a springboard to introduce concepts of developmental areas such as numeracy, aesthetic and creative expressions, and social and emotional development. 

    The school also utilises magazines and newspapers to expose the kids to language and literacy, as the stories help them piece bits of information together.

    Children will also have access to Explorerkid two to three times a week (an hour each time), which helps to hone skills like problem solving and communication, as well as physical skills to build agility.

    Related: How to choose books for kids

    Connected to the school is the Early Literacy Centre (pictured above) which opened in October 2016. More than just a reading area with over 1,000 books in English and Chinese, it also has a stage for the little ones to dramatise their story adventures.

    Kids are encouraged to express their creativity with artwork using recycled materials, such as milk tins, bottle caps and egg cartons. 

    Related: Should you change preschools?

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