KENT RIDGE EDUCATION
LITTLE SKOOL HOUSE
Next up, we hopped over to explore the newest 17th outlet of The Little Skool House preschool in Singapore!
Liked any excited parents, we hurriedly swing in to check out the capacious center. We went into a huge and airy environment, with high ceilings and cloud murals hanging from above, and it felt homed being there. We were impressed that instead of having the strong alcohol stench that lingers in new schools, Little Skool House uses gentle for skin, foamy soap-liked fragrance free hand sanitizers, we could see how dedicated they are willing to invest in the basic things that concern the little ones.
Together with a hybrid of closed and open concept learning spaces to give children a sense of freedom, it also allows teachers to manage the safety and supervision of children. The center is able to fit in 9 infants and 160 for toddlers to kindergarten 2.
Their classrooms are designed with adjoining smaller cosy spaces to create integration and a sense of wonder in the children. The use of glass in the design serves the purpose for high visibility, allowing children to see beyond their own classroom environment.
There were also a large mass amount of wood and wood-grain with natural colours furniture where the earth tones, green, and blue colours provided the children a sense of calmness. Children in a way won’t feel liked they are in school, and be in an environment where they can feel liked being at home in their comfort zone.
We see several role-playing toys, basic wooden blocks, all the simple things that kids can learn and play without the tech gadgets. This is some basic concepts that we would appreciate if we were to leave our child for a full day at least we know he’s not having a screen on his hand or eyes on the tv but in good hands of some good old-fashion toys to build their character.
Furnitures are all custom-made to fit their little heights. Even toilets for the little tots and kindergarden are separated to ensure any conteminations doesn’t spread across the whole school. With a low ratio of teachers and students, the quality of attention that the children are well proportion to enhance and faciliate their growth and development in each programme.
Infant care (1:3), Toddler (1:6), N1 (1:10), N2 (1:12), K1 (1:15), K2 (1:15).
Other than incorporating the latest environment design for a more engaging learning experience for young children. It also has a partnership with Explorer Kids (indoor playground) that allows teachers to make use of the equipments for developing children in motor skills.
In addition, the access to the Early Literacy Centre (ELC) is an added edge for all children in this branch. Workshops will be held at the centre, and sometimes there will be open events for public to bring their kids to enjoy the library of books and art.
So, keen to enrol your child here? Check out their website at www.littleskoolhouse.com/our-centres/east/at-downtown-east for more information!
Located in a small lane in between eXplorerKid & Cristofori music center, Berries can be easily seen with it’s brightly lit main entrance. Classes here are conducted to nurture children to develop on their mother tongue language independently from young.
If you are looking for quality chinese language building classes for your little ones (from N1 onwards), Berries provies a range of course structure that targets conversational practices, craftworks, read & recongise programme, and even refine language skills with thematic nursery rhymes. Each session takes 1 hour 30mins to 1 hour 45 mins depending on their levels (N2 is 1 hour 45mins) across 47 weeks.
During the open house, kids were warmly invited to join in their Story-telling Sessions with hand puppets and animation clips suitable for 5-7 years old. For parents who are inclined to speaking english at home, to start the kids early in learning mother tongue is benefical before entering in primary schools, which would drastically aid their learning in classes. To know more about their course, click here to their website at www.berriesworld.com.
CRISTOFORI MUSIC SCHOOL
Looking for kids-friendly music classes? you definitely should take a look at the list of music course available here at Cristofori Music School. Being Singapore’s Largest and most prestigious music school, your children gets to chose from the classical piano lessons, violins, guitar, drums, and even Ukelele and Cajon Ensemble (music tapping on the cajon boxes as seen below)!
We got our hands on the Afro-Peruvian instrument orginated from Peru in 19th century during the Open house workshop. Most of the bigger kids joined in the Cajon (Pronounced as Ka-hon) Circle sessions, when the music started, the instructors taught everyone the tricks how to properly drum the beat with the music played on the player. It was fun and engaging and though our little hands couldn’t catch up with the class, the music session was infectious, and there was our little one swaying to the beat!
Additionally, if you are interested to bring home your own instruments, there are adorable kids sized Ukulele selling at $25 each, and the mini Cajon for your junior at $99! Nevertheles, do check with their staff for any ongoing promotions! For more info, visit their website at www.piano.sg.
THE TREE CAFE
To think that with so much fun kids activities going on at E!Hub, there better be a place for parents to sip a tea or catch some breath! Located in the middle of the level, stood an alfreso and causal cafe tucked right by the enrichment schools, The Tree Cafe & Restaurant offers all families an relaxing idyllic spot to rest their feet and enjoy some simple delicious menu that caters to everyone including kids! (yes, kids menu available!)
The Tree cafe noticeably have a iconic tree perched within the cafe with sofas offering their guests a relaxing spot to kick back and relax.
We tried all of their main courses which includes their kids chic meal ( $4.90), fish and chips ($6.90), chic culet ($6.90) and BBQ Chic steak ($6.90) and to our surprise, food was not too bad for a first day! Considering the portion was filling enough and super pocket friendly! Our favourite was their Kids Chic Meal, as we enjoyed their large bowl of savory spagetti, a handful of salad and tender chicken breast meat (nor tough or dry). Fried stuff was well-prepared, so next time if you are here, do try these out!
Even the price for their All-Day Breakfast looks decent! We will be back to try out those!
Disclosure: We were invited for a media tour, opinions are ours.
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