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Early Years Curriculum

( 0YRS -3 YRS)

Our Early Years curriculum adheres to 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. 

Based on a respectful relationship between educarers and infants, we’re proud to help nurture next generation’s innovators, striving to give children the greatest gift of all – the ability to think creatively.

Early Years Curriculum Highlights


Knowledge Discovery

Children learn how different subjects relate to each other, using their knowledge to analyse and connect the dots, rather than rote-learning.

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Nurturing Imagination

As opposed to the traditional route learning methods, which kill creativity, we focus on creative writing and storytelling to help children build upon their wondrous imagination.



Public speaking builds children’s confidence up and serves as the foundation for them to engage in meaningful discussion and debate their ideas.



When moral education is sacrificed in pursuit of academic excellence, we end up with uninspiring bosses. Here, we teach children compassion, gratitude, patience and acceptance among other core values.

Today is the start of your child’s journey to becoming tomorrow’s leader

Our curriculum prepares children to face future challenges and seize opportunities brought about by globalisation, modernisation and technological advancements.

Experiential play

This refers to activities that require young children to tap onto their sensory systems.  We strive to provide a physically safe environment that challenges the use of the innate sensory abilities and enhance those that are emerging. Opportunities are provided for hands-on science to test, predict, examine, investigate, observe and experiment, which then lead to discovery.

Early Language & Literacy Play

Language and literacy skills are learned best through everyday moments — reading books, talking, laughing, and playing together. Young children learn language when they are spoken to, when they respond, hearing stories and singing songs.

At First Steps Preschool, early language and literacy skills are promoted through these playful and enjoyable moments with the infants.

Uninterrupted Exploratory Play

We believe that skill acquisition is self-reinforcing when young children are empowered to discover things on their own. As we value children’s self-initiated activities from their earliest age, we give them the freedom to direct their own play, explore the environment, and choose from various available play objects and tasks to work on.

Allowing uninterrupted exploration play is our way to foster the development of autonomy and support natural curiosity and discovery.

Motor Play

Motor play is part of our everyday learning routine for young children. It is not just important for helping children grow physically strong and healthy; it is also a key factor in their overall development. Through motor play, we help children to take pleasure in and learn through movement and to support growing physical awareness and excitement about the world.

Attachment / Relationship Building

Our respectful and responsive curriculum is based on relationships that occur within planned and unplanned activities, experiences, and happenings. We view relationships as the key to emotional connections.

We encourage our teachers to engage in authentic, deep, loving relationships, as the primary need for children at this young age is emotional connection.

Music & Movement with Kindermusik

The Early Years curriculum includes Kindermusik to enhance growth and development.  Research has shown that exposing children to music will boost brain development and enable them to learn at a faster pace. It is a great multi-sensorial play experience for every child.