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Governed by ECDA, the Partner Operator (POP) scheme supports appointed centres to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of childcare and infant care services. Rest assured that our programmes and curriculum are the same across all Little Skool-House centres.
Within the Little Skool-House network of centres, we have reserved 14 of them to be POP centres (Partner Operator centres under the Partner Operator scheme governed by ECDA to improve accessibility, affordability and quality of childcare and infant care services for working parents). These centres operate on the premises of the partner employer. However, in all other aspects, our POP centres are the same as every other Little Skool-House centre in the delivery of programmes and curriculum.
While we prioritise working parents who are employees of the partner company for each POP centre, we invite other parents to apply and join the waitlist.
Our POP centres are:
- Kent Vale POP workplace centre
- Ngee Ann Polytechnic POP workplace centre
- OCBC Centre POP workplace centre
- OCBC Tampines POP workplace centre
- Outram (Outram Community Hospital) POP workplace centre
- Temasek Polytechnic POP workplace centre
- Thomson (MSF) POP workplace centre
- The Vista (Ulu Pandan Community Club)
- Alexandra POP workplace centre
- KK Hospital POP workplace centre
- Ministry of Education POP workplace centre
- Republic Polytechnic POP workplace centre
- The Lake (Khoo Teck Puat Hospital) POP workplace centre
- On The Green (Orchid Country Club)
We have 20 Little Skool-House centres across Singapore. Get a comprehensive list of our centres, their locations and their offerings along with principal introductions and centre photos by clicking Our Centres tab.
Preschool and infant care programmes range from $1,230 to $1,630 per month (after working mother subsidy and before GST).
POP centres fees are aligned with ECDA guidelines, and range from $460 to $730 (after working mother subsidy and before GST).
All parents with Singapore Citizen children enrolled in centres licensed by ECDA will continue to be eligible for:
- Child-care centres: a Basic Subsidy of $300, given to working mothers/single fathers who work a minimum of 56 hours per month or a subsidy of $150 for non-working mothers/single fathers.
- Infant-care centres: a Basic Subsidy of $600, given to working mothers/single fathers who work a minimum of 56 hours per month or a subsidy of $150 for non-working mothers/single fathers.
Our teachers are highly skilled early childhood professionals holding Degrees or Diplomas in the Early Childhood discipline. They have the right attitude honed over years of experience in nurturing young children. All our teachers go through our Professional Development Programme, which sets the quality standard of Little Skool-House.
Based on the age of your child as at 31 December:
Infant Care: 2–17 months
Toddler: 2 years
Nursery 1: 3 years
Nursery 2: 4 years
Kindergarten 1: 5 years
Kindergarten 2: 6 years
Mondays to Fridays: 7 am to 7 pm
Saturdays: 7 am to 2 pm
Some centres in the CBD area operate from 7 am to 7.30 pm.
You can enrol your child in a full-day or half-day programme within these hours. For more information of your preferred centre’s operating hours, please refer the respective centre’s page in Our Centres.
Our centres are closed for 6 days in addition to public holidays.
Yes, we do. We have curated a variety of optional Enrichment Programmes offered by external providers and designed to further develop your child’s interests while shaping lifelong learning habits such as focus, discipline and confidence.
Our enrichment programmes are available on-site in our centres at an additional cost to normal centre fees. Each centre offers a unique set of experiences. Please enquire at your preferred centre to see what they offer.
Breakfast, lunch and tea break are provided for our full-day programme. All our meals abide by the Healthy Meals in Pre-schools Programme (HMPP) criteria by the Health Promotion Board.
Four menus are rotated on a weekly basis over a period of one month. Our food does not contain pork, lard and beef.
Parents are advised to inform the centre staff of any religious or dietary restrictions upon registration.
Let us know what foods your child is allergic to.
We prominently display a list of each child and their allergies in the dining areas and issue iron-on allergy tags to be ironed onto your child’s uniform so your child can be easily identified as having an allergy.
Our staff are trained in identifying and managing allergic reactions.
Uniforms can be purchased directly at the centre where your child is enrolled. We recommend that you bring your child for a fitting before placing your order.
You should receive your order within 2 to 3 weeks.
Staff must produce their NUS staff card which the centre will verify with HR.
Enrolment is open all year round, depending on availability of spaces. You may register up to 12 months before your child’s intended enrolment date.
The online registration process is as follows.
- Pre-register: Pre-register by filling in your child’s details.
- Complete application form: Provide the parent details requested including working statuses, household income, etc.
- Submit documents: Upload the requested supporting documents to substantiate the declared information for ECDA to assess your child’s subsidy application (when your child enrols).
- Wait for document verification: You will both be asked to digitally sign the form(s) online (main applicant first) The Centre Principal will then provide final consent.
- Set up GIRO payment: Setting up a Non-CDA GIRO account for future school fees payment is mandatory for all children. For a Singapore Citizen child, parents have the option of adding your CDA account too. This is to ensure the timely deduction of GIRO payments on the first day of the calendar month once your child is enrolled.
The admissions procedure involves 3 basic steps:
- Book a Centre Tour to find out if Little Skool-House is the perfect fit for your child.
- Complete the registration by making a deposit equivalent to one month’s school fees, pay the registration fee and submit the enrolment form and required documents.
- Receive a welcome letter and invitation detailing things you need to prepare for your child’s first day in school.
For details, please see our Admissions Policy.
Yes, you can. We can initiate the process of applying for a Student pass with the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore. Upon approval, you will receive a Registration Acknowledgement Letter from us by email for online registration.
We offer 2 types of curricula designed to allow your child to reach their physical, social and emotional, language and cognitive potential:
Relationships-Based Curriculum (2 months to 3 years old)
We believe that our youngest children need good, positive and secure attachments and relationships in order to develop life-long positive learning dispositions. We focus on nurturing your child’s confidence by supporting them in routines for the development of independent self-help skills. We provide quality experiences and exploration opportunities so that your child can construct their own knowledge and apply their learning.
Literacy-Based Curriculum (4 to 6 years old)
We believe that stories shape how children see the world, introducing them to far-flung places, extraordinary people and eye-opening situations. Through bilingual, guided reading, writing, listening, speaking and problem-solving activities, we equip your child with the skills and knowledge they need to develop positive learning habits that will last a lifetime.
We focus on building strong relationships with children and parents, and aim to develop positive learning dispositions. That is why we have in place a 3-day settling-in programme, where you can join your child to offer support as they get used to their new environment.
The Little Skool House curriculum and teaching pedagogy inspires both learning and confidence in language. Our curriculum is a bilingual programme with equal emphasis to both English and Mandarin.
Our <<Pedagogy for Enhanced Mandarin Acquisition TO BE LINK>> focuses not just on learning the language but also on learning about the language. The Mandarin curriculum has 3 main goals:
1. Children will have an interest in learning Mandarin.
2. Children will develop foundational language and literacy skills in Mandarin.
3. Children will be aware of the local ethnic culture.
In fact, a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) study found that 93% of Little Skool-House children are assessed to be highly proficient bilingually.
Our Mandarin lessons are made fun through:
- a structured Reading and Literacy programme, which focuses on developing your child’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a progressive and systematic manner. This equips them with different strategies to read and write independently. Teachers act as facilitators of learning, matching requirements and instruction based on the assessed capability of your child.
- Pedagogy for Enhanced Mandarin Acquisition, where your child will internalise the Mandarin language and build creativity, teamwork and collaboration skills concurrently. They get to vote on the theme of their play, write their own script, assign roles for production, rehearse, create marketing materials and eventually perform to an audience – all in Mandarin.
We believe that children learn while having fun, which fosters greater language retention. We want children to enjoy the language and, therefore, enjoy learning it.