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First Steps Preschool Curriculum

Our 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. 

Covering all 6 learning domains as prescribed by the kindergarten framework, we strive to give children the greatest gift of all – the ability to think creatively. Helmed by Ms Nancy Lee Wong (Associate Lecturer with National Institute of Early Childhood of NTU), First Steps Preschool is Singapore’s leader in Early Years Education.

“The jobs of tomorrow might not exist today. We cannot treat education as a straightforward, rote-learning process. We must prepare children to innovate, think and grow.” — Ms Nancy Lee Wong, Head of Pedagogy, First Steps Preschool

Preschool Curriculum Highlights

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Knowledge Discovery

Children learn how different subjects relate to one another, using their knowledge to analyse and connect the dots, rather than simply memorise what’s been taught.

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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.

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Public
Speaking

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

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Character
Building

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.

Connectors@ Work

This is a teacher-facilitated Thematic Integrated Learning programme that crosses over subject lines. It aims to develop competencies of children through carefully planned meaningful and developmentally appropriate learning experiences. It also strives to empower children to construct knowledge through exploratory and experiential learning. It certainly helps children relate basic academic skills to real-world ideas.

Language & Literacy

Language development is important for the progression of the child’s cognitive skills as well as social and emotional maturity.

  • Phonetic Programme (Letterland)
  • Individualised Reading Programme
  • Creative Writing (Bloom)
  • Public Speaking (Junior Orator)
  • First Steps Chinese for Early Learners

Early Numeracy

Explore and acquire mathematical concepts through experiential learning activities which are sequentially planned, and learning is from simple to complex, concrete to abstract.

Tinkering Fun

It is a fun-filled yet purposeful and uninterrupted play experience that leverages a child’s natural curiosity to promote scientific inquiry, exploration, experimentation & discovery of how things work. It is based on the recognition that children are naturally curious and can understand relatively advanced concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Mindful Kidz

This is a mindfulness-based programme where we hope to cultivate foundational attitudes (kindness, compassion, generosity, gratitude, non-judging, patience, trust, lifelong learning, acceptance, letting be, etc..) among children. This programme incorporates the evidence-based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) prescribed in the Nurturing Early Learners, a preschool framework of Ministry of Education.

Music & Movement with Kindermusik

Children thrive on music. It’s one of the best vehicles for learning in early childhood development. Partnering with Kindermusik, the leading provider in early childhood music curriculum, we take musical learning to the next level with the aim of developing our children holistically in a fun and enjoyable manner.

Information & Communication Technology

We believe that technology and interactive media are tools that can promote effective learning and development. We use technology intentionally and appropriately to support our learning goals established for children under our care.

Children are taught sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving as they play with coding robots as they enter their own commands and create more complex sequences.

Outdoor Learning Journeys

Field trips give children educational experiences away from their regular school environment. Such outdoor learning journeys can awaken their desire to try new things and pursue previously unconsidered dreams. We conduct learning journeys at least once a quarter, with the objective of introducing real-life applications of the lessons that our children learn in school.