Start Early to Future-proof Your Child
Programmes for 18 months to 6 years old
At ChildFirst, in our full-day pre-school, your child has the benefit of more time for learning and social interaction with children of the same age. Beyond academics, it is vital that your child is socially and emotionally ready too. Academically competent with a love for learning and
equipped with good social and emotional skills, your child will be ready for Primary school. More importantly, their learning journey at
ChildFirst Pre-school will be fun!
For 18 months to 2 years old
Our Pre-Nursery class is filled with magical discoveries, developmental achievements, strides in independence and a multitude of challenges which promote unique learning experiences that set the foundation for future learning. Our classrooms are set up to meet the developmental needs of the children and to provide them the opportunities to make choices. All the learning experiences promote blossoming independence, good habits and social skills in our little ones, as well as foster self-confidence in each and every one of them. Our special Sensory Experiences Programme (SEP) provides sensory experiences that ensure that the children receive abundant sensory stimulations for optimal brain development.
At this level, we also strive to develop their gross and fine motor, early literacy and early numeracy skills. Our facilities such as the Speech & Drama Room, Indoor Playground and Fitness Centre create an environment that enhances the children’s learning journey!
For 3 years old
Our world of N1 involves learning personal responsibilities and independence, decision making, good habits and navigating the art of making friends. Our children can also be found immersed in thoughts and conversations (in both English and Chinese Languages) as they make exciting and new discoveries through varied learning experiences daily. The learning experiences include activities from our Sensory Experiences Programme (SEP) which stimulate the brain to establish neural pathways and connections as we recognise that the child’s brain develops at a fast rate during these early years.
Our N1 programme also builds up children’s learning journey through fun activities such as music and story-telling. More art and craft activities are also introduced to further develop children’s fine motor skills and creativity. Children at this level are also encouraged to be more independent by developing their self-help skills.
With the uniqueness of our programme made alive through the rich blending of music, art and dramatic play, our children are often seen engaging themselves with all the early learning fundamentals, including pre-phonics, pre-reading, pre-writing and early numeracy. All these will prepare them for a smooth transition to reading, writing and Mathematics in later years.
For 4 years old
Early literacy skills are an important feature in the N2 classroom with cognitive activities, storytelling and group discussions based on children’s literature. In this world, children dictate stories that are then acted out with the help of their friends, allowing their own words to come to life. The N2 activities encourage creativity, exploration and discovery in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. The children develop their self-concept, and are exposed to reading and math-readiness skills, and fine and gross motor skill development in an age appropriate setting. Our N2 programme also builds up children’s learning progress as we introduce programmes such as the reading programme, mathematics programme and even computer classes. These range of activities provide children with a more all-rounded curriculum to prepare them for a more academic-based curriculum in kindergarten.
For 5 years old
The K1 classroom reflects the notion that the five-year-olds are vibrant, active doers. Our children experience life through learning centers, technology and continued bilingual immersion as well as teacher support. In this classroom, a strong sense of “we-ness” (togetherness) invites children to work cooperatively, to give and take leadership. Recognising that in this level, a strong foundation of language and math is essential, children are exposed to our in-house phonics and reading programme where they learn to read, spell and write better. Having said that, having a well-proven mathematics programme, enables the K1 children to build on strong concepts where the components feature real-world situations that stimulate the children’s interest and involvement in mathematics.
Our K1 programme further strengthens the foundation for children to be prepared for Primary School Education. The programme is more academic-focused, without neglecting the other essential skills and developmental areas. Children are exposed to a more intensive reading and writing programme to enhance these skills that are essential.
For 6 years old
The programme in the K2 level is exclusively designed to prepare our six-year-olds for formal education. It feeds their curiosity and addresses their sense of industry…it keeps the mental wheel “humming.” In this world, we take advantage of a child’s insatiable desire to learn both languages — exposing our kindergarteners to all of the vital information they are demanding about the world. The daily lessons conducted via technology infusion promote not only a more engaging learning environment, they also create opportunities for our children to learn control over their lives by offering choices and encouraging the development of their sense of self. Armed with a strong foundation of Chinese Language through our very own Chinese Rapid Word-Recognition Program (CRWR) and Chinese Step Readers, the K2 children recognise Chinese characters through meaningful pictorials, and this in turn, provides the opportunity for the children to apply their new found word recognition skills to reading stories.
Our K2 programme has a more academic-based structure that also encourages independent learning so as to aid children in adapting to both local and international Primary School environment. Children at this level will also be introduced to Han Yu Pin Yin and Spelling (both English and Chinese).