While every parent desires to take care of their own child, sometimes life gets in the way and that may not be possible. For busy working parents, most either seek help from their parents or turn to options like infant care. Some opt to hire someone to care for their child, either a babysitter, nanny or domestic helper. Each option has its pros and cons, but in this article today we will focus on covering the best infant care options in Singapore. Infant care is designed for babies and toddlers aged 2 months up to 18 months old, catering to parents who are both working. Most infant care centres have part-time and full-time programmes for your baby to cater to your working schedule. Let’s check out the best infant care in Singapore.
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1. My First Skool by NTUC (from $1,364.25/month)
Since 1977, My First Skool has been a leader in early childhood care and education for over 40 years and have served over 20,000 families. As one of the more affordable infant care centres in Singapore with many locations (over 140 preschools) islandwide, My First Skool is also one of the more popular infant care in Singapore. Getting a spot might take more time and patience than you would expect, so if you know you are planning on infant care as a childcare solution, it is better to register early and ahead of time as slots fill up very quickly.
My First Skool prides themselves on a well-devised curriculum that encourages learning through non-traditional modes to develop interest and all-round development in children. Their aim is to provide a comfortable and engaging learning environment for the children. Check out this My First Skool review by Mothership. SG Budget Babe has also reviewed My First Skool positively for their learning environment amongst many other factors!
Monthly fees for infant care costs $1,364.25 for Singaporeans and $1,705.31 for PRs (before subsidy). See their full price list here. The teacher to child ratio at My First Skool is 1:5. You can register for preschool here. After preschool, you can also opt for their nursery and kindergarten program for toddlers aged 4 years and up.
Address: 229 Mountbatten Road #02-08
Mountbatten Square Singapore 398007
Tel: 6509 7887
Mon to Fri 7am – 7pm
Sat: 7am – 2pm
2. SparkleTots by PCF (from $1364.20/month)
SparkleTots Preschool is Singapore’s largest preschool operator and is an Anchor Operator funded by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). SparkleTots has over 360 preschool centres located islandwide with an enrolment of over 40,000 children.
Run by the PAP community foundation, their infant care rates are affordable to ensure that every child has access to good preschool education. Their mission is to constantly raise the bar of preschool education. Understanding that every child is different, their curriculum offers a diverse range of learning programmes to cater to different learning styles. If your child’s age permits, they even take learning beyond the classroom for outdoor adventures! Very importantly, the centre ensures to constantly improve facilities to ensure that it is safe and comfortable.
Their childcare programme caters to children aged 18 months to 7 years old. It is a combination of focused education complemented by quality care for meals, naptime and play. For Singaporeans, the monthly fees cost $1364.20 for infant care and $770.40 for child care (excluding subsidy and registration fee of $53.50). Rates for PR and foreigners can be found here.
Address: Blk 57B New Upper Changi Road#01-1402
PCF Building, Singapore 463057
Tel: 6244 4600
3. Mindchamps (from $2,300/month)
Address: #04-100 Marina Square,
Tel: +65) 6828 2688
4. Cherie Hearts (from $1,400)
Cherie Hearts is one of Singapore’s leading childcare centre and education provider with 20 locations located islandwide. Their multi-literacy curriculum caters to enhancing a child’s holistic growth, to develop their joy of learning, and to prime them for future success. Their staff are well-trained in nurturing children to have a solid learning foundation, to develop 21st Century skills and a lifelong learning mindset.
Their infant care programme caters to precious babies and curious toddlers alike. Their curriculum for infants and toddlers provide them with a variety of activities that stimulate development in various learning domains, whether it is Language & Communication, Emotional, Social, Cognitive and Physical. Their mission is to create a stable, caring and loving environment facilitated with attentive staff to care for their first milestones. After infant care, Cherie Hearts has playgroup (18 months), pre-nursery (3 years), nursery (4 years), Kindergarten (5-6 years) and preschool services that your child can graduate to.
Cherie Hearts has been recognized by the Health Promotion Board and Ministry of Health for healthy eating, so you can be sure your child is getting the nutrition they need. Simply book a tour here.
Infant care at Cherie Hearts costs S$1,400 to $1,880/ month. Their teacher to child ratio ranges between 1:3 and 1:4.
Address: 20 locations islandwide in Singapore
Tel: +65 6235 8820
5. Agape Little Uni (from S$1,498/month)
Since 1995, Agape Little Uni’s philosophy is to build firm foundations and cultivate strong values in your child. Their firm believe in character development lead them to develop the inquiry-based learning curriculum that is driven by concepts and questions to create learning experiences relevant to current world trends. Agape Little Uni is one of the first ISO certified academic institutions, and on top of providing outstanding childcare and education services, their mission is to shape inquisitive minds. Over 200 qualified staff take care of a full enrolment of over 1,000 children at their 12 islandwide locations.
Their infant care service caters to babies 2 months to 17 months, with a teacher child ratio of 1:4. On top of providing a safe and nuturing environment for your little ones, their cirriculum consists of play-based activities, character building and values infused learning. They accommodate natural feeding times and daily routines to create a safe and secure space for all children.
As a POP centre under the ECDA scheme, their rates are reasonable to give fair opportunities to families of varying economic statuses. Rates start from S$1,498 for Singaporeans. You can submit your enrolment application here.
HQ Address: 2 Gambas Crescent
#09-17/18/19 Nordcom 2 Singapore 757044
Tel: +65 6479700
6. Pat’s Schoolhouse (from $2,033/month)
At Pat’s Schoolhouse, they focus on being bold, vivacious and inspiring. Their teaching approach is specially designed for each growth stage, to work holistically with your child’s current and potential abilities and development. Their immersive curriculum uses inquiry-embedded play and engaging activities to teach and develop active, inquisitive and competent learners. They also have an enhanced music-integrated curriculum to promote confidence, discipline and promote motor and social skills among others.
Cheer, energy, movement – you name it, you got it – it’s the perfect place for energetic pre-schoolers! Pat’s Schoolhouse has 15 preschools and 2 infant care centres conveniently located islandwide. You can schedule a visit here.
Rates range from S$2,033 to $2,515.50/month. Their teacher to child ratio is at 1:3.
Address:15 preschools and 2 infant care centres
Tel: +65 6501 7500
7. Kinderland (from S$1,600/month)
Kinderland Educate Services, member of Crestar Education Group, has over 40 years of experience in the early childcare and education industry. Their speciality lies in providing quality infant care and bilingual preschool education for children from 2 months to 6 years old. Check out their curriculum here.
Every infant in Kinderland is well-tended to by qualified and experienced care-givers, to provide responsive, tender and loving care for proper development. Safety is one of Kinderland’s highest priorities. Their learning environment also provides opportunities for sensory stimulation and motor skills development during your child’s growing months. Their strong belief in using music as a tool to aid language literacy development in young children has led to a music-infused curriculum that utilizes the keyboard, percussion instruments, singing and rhythm training. If you want your child to develop their inclination toward music, Kinderland is a great preschool for you.
Their rates start from S$1,600 to $2,160/month. Register your interest here.
Address: Blk 87 Marine Parade Central #03-202, Singapore 440087
Tel: +65 6881 8818
8. Mulberry Learning (from $1,712/month)
Mulberry Learning started with the dream of creating well-rounded children with imaginative young minds, positive attitudes and strength of character. It is the first and only preschool in Singapore to be certified by The Institute for Habits of Mind from the USA. Their infant care programme for children aged 2 to 17 months focuses on experiential learning, which has been deemed one of the most interesting, engaging and effective ways to acquire new concepts.
Taking a peek into the Infant and Toddler Programme, we find their curriculum features self-exploration, music and stories, muscle development, thematic discovery, and multi-sensory experience. Infants here are encouraged to be expressive mini-explorers as they achieve their developmental milestones!
Mulberry has been recognised for their vibrant Reggio-inspired learning spaces, comprehensive bilingual programmes, holistic development outcomes, and strengths in character development, of which they have received awards for. They have also been featured in popular publications like The Straits Times, CNA, Young Parents. Mulberry Learning also offers a Chinese preschool curriculum which integrates the Chinese language into your child’s learning routine for a strong foundation.
Their rates start from S$1,712 to S$2,354/month. Their teacher to child ratio is 1:3. They have 11 locations islandwide.
Address: 12 Hoy Fatt Road #02-01 Bryton House Singapore 159506
Tel: +65 6653 8082
9. Brighton Montessori (from $2,000/month)
Believing that every child is unique and develops at his/her own pace, Brighton Montessori focuses on an individualised approach. This private preschool’s mission is to challenge every child to their maximum potential. They pride themselves on creating a creative, stimulating and supportive environment supported by dedicated Montessori trained teachers who utilise a hands-on approach. Their teaching style comprises of both concrete and abstract methods for phonics and mathematics.
Since 1955, they have grown to 6 preschool centres located islandwide. While being one of the pricer infant care and preschool options in Singapore, Brighton Montessori promises to be a home away from home. At Brighton Montessori, you can be assured that their educators are trained to observe, monitor and evaluate your child’s progress daily.
Brighton provides nursery classes for 1.5 to 2 years, and their teacher to child ratio is 1:6. Their rates start from S$2,000/month. Schedule a visit here.
Address: Multiple office locations
Tel: +65 6501 7500
Email add: [email protected]
10. St. James’ Church Kindergarten (from $1,440/month)
Established in 1977, the St. James’ Church Kindergarten is a Christian preschool registered with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and is certified under the Singapore Preschool Accreditation Framework (SPARK). Their mission is to provide quality education to develop children into well-rounded individuals that display godly character traits. Their environment focuses on cultivating a positive and nurturing atmosphere so children can feel safe and secure to express themselves.
Their curriculum features a foundational, multi-pathways, a nurturing and integrative approach. Their pre-nursery programme includes art and craft, construction, cookery, dramatic play, music and movement, outdoor activities, physical development, sand and water play, and story-telling sessions. They have 3 locations at Harding Road, Leedon and Gilstead Road.
Their rates start from S$1,440.50/month.
Address: 29 Harding Road Singapore 249537
Tel: +65 6476 6026
Email: [email protected]
Other infant care services in Singapore include:
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