Nurturing Our Children Since 1996
Halifax Montessori Childcare Singapore is a preschool providing half and full day classes for the local and international community, in a bilingual environment. We have been established since 1996. Our school follows the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) and provides a holistic education at the following levels:
Playgroup programme (1.5 – 3 years old)
Nursery programme (3 – 4 years old)
Kindergarten programme (5 – 6 years old)
Before & After School Care (7 – 12 years old)
This renowned and time-proven method of teaching uses concrete hands-on teaching materials to help children learn and understand concepts. These progressive materials stimulate children to work, help expand their attention span, develop independence, self confidence and self esteem.
The Montessori Method, founded by Dr. Maria Montessori - a physician and psychiatrist, a hundred years ago in Europe, is a learning process where children are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a safe and caring environment. The Method is internationally renowned and has profoundly influenced early childhood education in many countries in the world.
Montessori advocated that education should be for independence, liberty and empowerment of the child, focusing on the development of the human personality and not solely the acquisition of information. Montessori education seeks to create a link between school, learning and society – encouraging initiative and independent learning and the development of self-discipline and responsible social behaviour. Adults can assist the growth by providing them with ample opportunities for work, play, pleasure and freedom to explore.
The use of concrete materials specially and beautifully designed to teach abstract concepts and operations is fundamental to the Montessori teaching method. As the teacher guides and monitors the children’s choice of material to work with, children can grasp abstract concepts and operations at their ease and with a high level of interest.
I started the school in 1996 because I have a passion in working with children and thoroughly enjoy their company; watching them grow and blossom. As early childhood teachers, we carry with us important and heavy responsibilities as we are one of the child’s “development-facilitators” in their foundation years. My team and I believe in and will aim to uphold this sacred profession, through effective use of our five senses:
In our Montessori school, we aim to inculcate in our children social, intellectual, emotional, physical and cultural skills which will prepare them for life long learning - adaptation and resilient to the changing environment. Established worldwide, thousands of children all over the world have benefited from the Montessori Method. Graduates from our school have a history of doing well in our local education system. This is due to the concrete foundation they received here at Halifax Montessori Childcare.
You are welcome to visit our school to have a better understanding of our curriculum and programme. We look forward to meet you and your child.
Yeo Hwee Fung (Ms) B. Sc. Psychology (University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point)
At Halifax Montessori Childcare, the needs of the children are of utmost importance. The Montessori apparatus, together with the help of our trained Montessori directresses (teachers), allow the child to develop at his own pace and progress base on his interest and strength. Our Montessori Method of teaching aims to challenge the child to attain his or her maximum potential and develops into a holistic person.
OUR SCHOOL MISSION
We aim to assist in the total development of the child in areas of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and cultural aspects by:
The child will learn to care for and respect others, develop a natural curiosity in the world around him, nurture a love of learning and will be able to balance responsibility with freedom of choice. He will be given the opportunity to realize his or her potential and promote:
We are nestled in a quiet and serene neighbourhood at the fringe of Orchard Road, with the picturesque Kampong Java Lotus Pond within close proximity. Our school building is a spacious double-storey black and white bungalow with a big outdoor play area equipped with slides, climbers and numerous bikes and mobile toys.
All our classrooms are beautifully organised in accordance with the Montessori philosophy. The classroom shelves are systematically stocked with materials which are changed periodically to suit the curriculum theme. Our school is also equipped with a kitchen where we prepare daily meals for the children and staff. Kid-size shower room is also available for children in the full day program to have shower before their nap.