New preschool in a park opens in Bukit Panjang – here’s what you can expect

April 04, 2019
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    For children enrolled at the new My First Skool on Segar Road, preschool is a walk in the park – literally. The 3,000 sqm Singapore preschool – situated in Zhenghua Nature Park – opened on Sept 20, 2018 with the capacity to take 400 kids.

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    Large childcare centres have intakes three to five times larger than centres at HDB void decks and are set up in areas with high demand.

    There are others in Yishun, Woodlands, Jurong West, Sengkang and Punggol.

     

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    The opening of this preschool brings My First Skool’s enrolment to 20,000 children across Singapore. Over the next five years, 40,000 more preschool places are expected to added by various providers across Singapore, especially in estates with more young families.

     

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    In an effort to bring nature closer to preschoolers, the centre includes outdoor learning in its curriculum. Children there will be part of a pioneering initiative that aims to equip teachers and students with knowledge of local plants and animals.

    Called ‘Every Singaporean a Naturalist’, it has been set up by a partnership between My First Skool and the Nature Society of Singapore. Children will monitor the 37 species of birds in the park and its surrounding nature reserve.

     

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    Ms Thian Ai Ling, deputy general manager of My First Skool, said: “We developed these programmes with the deep appreciation that outdoor and nature-based learning is important for holistic and healthy early childhood development.”

     

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    She added: “It has numerous benefits, from building resilience to developing collaborative and communication skills, as well as a sense of curiosity and care for the community and environment. This also provides both physical and mental health benefits, assists gross and fine-motor development and develops in our young children a lifelong love of the outdoors.”

    A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.

    Photos: ST and My First Skool

     

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