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About Us

As Singapore's leading Pikler-RIE influenced school with an innovation-focused curriculum, we are proud to be the gold-standard in Early Years Education.

Our Story

Started in 2014, First Steps Preschool is a leading Innovation-Focused school. It was conceptualized on the belief that children must be encouraged to discover new knowledge, rather than memorize information from books and school. Our curriculum prepares children to face future challenges and seize opportunities brought about by globalisation, modernisation and technological advancements.

The brand has since become synonymous with quality education and has grown to 4 schools – with over 40 teachers, 20 support staff and 350 preschool places.

Our Philosophy

Our curriculum for infants is strongly influenced by the philosophy of world-renowned child therapist and infant specialist, Magda Gerber from RIE™ USA and the insightful research of Hungarian paediatrician Dr Emmi Pikler from Pikler-Lóczy.

As they graduate to the early years, students get exposed to our researched-based curriculum, focused on intellectual learning. It is designed based on Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Framework for 21st Century Competencies, Nurture Young Learners (NEL) and Early Years Development Framework (EYDF).

Our Vision & Mission

To nurture the innovators of tomorrow.

By encouraging and developing imagination, creativity and out-of-box thinking for every child, while cultivating the right moral values, First Steps Preschool wants to play a part in shaping inspiring leaders for the next generation.

Taking a truly international approach to curriculum, we strive to become Singapore’s gold standard in Early Years Education and make quality education more accessible.

Mr Er Kwong Wah, Chief Education Officer (First Steps Preschool)

Former Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education, Singapore
BBM, PBM, PPA (E), PBS
Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques,
BA Sc (Hons), MBA, Hon Fellow (UWIC), FCIM, FIES, MIPS

“The leaders of tomorrow must be innovative problem solvers, and not just experts within a limited field. The ability to create new solutions from out-of-the-box ideas will become the world’s most valuable skill.”

As one of the highest authorities in education in Singapore, Mr Er served as Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Education) from 1987-1994. There, he was involved in the planning and development of our universities, polytechnics, the Institute of Technical Education, and schools. Even after retirement, he was actively involved in the Education Sector as a Member of the Board of Governor of Raffles Institution, a Governor of United World College of South East Asia, and a Member, Board of Trustee of the then SIM University.

The S.T.E.P.S Advantage

Self-confidence:

The ability to present and communicate ideas clearly is a vital skill for leaders. We help children build up their confidence in these areas throughout their most formative years with us.

 Thoughtfulness:

Considering other perspectives and worldviews helps us understand people better. It is the most important part of communication, without which, we are left disconnected from others outside our social circles.

 Expressiveness:

We nurture the inherent curiosity of the child while encouraging them to question and learn. Good questions and smart debates are key to cultivating an expressive nature, aiding our children to compete at a global level.

 Problem Solving:

Rote-learning skills and knowledge does not help us solve brand new problems. By teaching our children how to analyse situations and find solutions, we equip them to handle today’s fast moving, globalised environment.

 Streetsmarts:

This is the main difference between industry leaders and everyone else. Thinking of roundabout ways to approach issues and access to less academic problem solving skills helps put our students another level up.