Early Years Centre

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Early Years Centre (EYC) is a new model for pre-school service that guarantee a Kindergarten 1 place in a nearby partner MOE Kindergarten, in the year that the child turns 5. It offers pre-school programme for children aged two months to 4 years.

My First Skool has planned for three EYCs, with two of them opening by mid 2018 and the other one opening by mid 2019.

The EYC Programme

Early Stepping Stones: Supporting Responsive Relationships & Building Core Life-Skills for Life & Learning – from Infants (Crib) to Kindergarteners

We believe that children are born with the innate ability to learn, and in our nurturing pre-school environment, will co-construct knowledge together with their teachers. The My First Skool Early Years Programme is specially-designed for infants aged 2 months to young children up to 4 years old and is built on the proven relationships-based curriculum. The emphasis is on fostering the bond between child and teacher and to enhance your child’s well-being, sense of autonomy, independence and a sense of agency.

When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, both crucial for learning and development. We encourage children to draw observations from the things they experience every day and in turn pique their interests to explore and discover more.

As the children grow, the programme transitions to prepare them for their journey into the kindergarten years where we use PETAL© (Playing, Exploring, Thinking and Applying Learning) as an approach to build on children’s learning experiences around themes and topics of interest. This inquiry-based learning further deepens the child’s curiosity, the ability to question, investigate and discover the world around them.

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Importance of Outdoor Play and Playscapes at My First Skool 2 Punggol Drive

Children who spend time outdoors are healthier physically, mentally and emotionally. Being outdoors also provides ample opportunities for exploration and as a result, much learning occurs outdoors. Through physical play, children naturally gravitate towards exploration when they are outdoors, and it brings benefits to their development. This is why we have designed 5 playscapes at My First Skool 2 Punggol Drive:

Children have the opportunity to freely explore, from crawling through tunnel to building sandcastles. The outdoor playground is a learning zone that houses a bamboo igloo where children can listen and share stories. There is also a designated cycling track for toddlers to push their buggies and cars around.

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With 9 water jets sprouting into the air, this amazing sensory water play area introduces our young children to textures and temperatures while providing many opportunities to help our children strengthen their fine and gross motor skills through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing

Our rock climbing mounds, designed with safety in mind, allows our children to build up their confidence and help increase their strength and flexibility. To further enhance the children's motor skills, we have balance beams of different heights as well as stepping logs to add challenge and imagination.

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In this area, children are immersed in a fun learning environment where they are exposed to gardening activities. Gardening offers children a chance to appreciate the value of responsibility when they grow their own plants and food, from seed to harvest.

This zone features a tree house that invites children to a completely new escapade where they can observe the sky, passing clouds and birds flying by, offering them endless learning opportunities through play and exploration.

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A Day In My First Skool Early Years Centre

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Children enrolled in EYC can expect to go through the same curriculum as other My First Skool centres from 0-4 years old.

Both My First Skool and MOE Kindergarten’s programmes are fully aligned with the Ministry of Social and Family Development Early Years Development Framework and the MOE’s Nurturing Early Learners Framework in Singapore.

All the children in EYC will be guaranteed a space in the MOE Kindergarten(s). To facilitate positive transition experiences for children, children and their parents will be invited to an orientation session organised at the partner MOE Kindergarten before the start of their K1 year. At the orientation, children will meet with their kindergarten teachers and classmates and this will be helpful in introducing them to the new learning environment. Parents are also invited to accompany their children to the MOE Kindergarten on the first two days of Term 1 to help their child through the routines in the MOE Kindergarten.

The MOE Kindergarten programme is a 4-hour programme with care services available should parents require a full-day programme for their child.

You may request to be transferred to other MFS centres, however, successful enrolment will be dependent on the centre’s vacancies.

Under the EYC model, the child will only be guaranteed a place to the MOE Kindergarten(s) mapped to the centre. Parents can choose not to accept the guaranteed place at the partner MK and they can indicate this during the pre-admissions phase of the MK Registration Exercise, which will be conducted during the start of their child’s N2 year. If they wish to enrol their child in another MK, it will be subjected to availability.

My First Skool (MFS) is collaborating with MOE Kindergarten to provide a continuum of quality and affordable pre-school education for children aged two months to four years through a new model for pre-school services. In this collaboration, MFS operates an Early Years Centre to provide infant care and childcare services for children aged two months to four years. Five and six-year-old children will then continue their Kindergarten 1 (K1) and Kindergarten 2 (K2) programme at a partner MOE Kindergarten. This new model will help to increase the number of quality and affordable pre-school places in Punggol, so as to support the needs of young families in the area.

All eligible Singaporean children enrolled in Nursery in the MFS Early Years Centre will be guaranteed a K1 place in one of the partner MOE Kindergartens. Your child will enrol in the partner MOE Kindergarten through a pre-admissions phase of the MOE Kindergarten Registration Exercise, conducted during his/her Nursery year.

The mapping of Early Years Centre to partner MOE Kindergartens is as indicated:

 

Early Years Centres(s)

Partner MOE Kindergarten(s)

My First Skool at Punggol Bayview (address TBC) (opening in 2019)

MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol Cove

My First Skool at 2 Punggol Drive

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MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol Cove

MOE Kindergarten @ Punggol View

MOE Kindergarten @ New Primary School along Punggol Central (near Sumang LRT)(Opens in 2020)

My First Skool at Blk 659A Punggol East

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MOE Kindergarten @ Waterway