Parents looking for a place to enrol your child into their first school will be happy to know that there is a brand new Early Learning Village, boasting a 50,000 sqm campus, now open at Kim Chuan Lane in central Singapore.
The Australian International School and Stamford American International School of the Cognita Group have collaborated to launch this first-of-its-kind Reggio Emilia-inspired pre-school with a capacity of 2,100, purpose-built entirely for children aged 18 months to 6 years, and caters to all nationalities.
While both schools are in one location, they operate independently supporting their respective education philosophies and pathways. Stamford American offers International Baccalaureate® (IB) and the US curriculum on the Northern Hemisphere academic calendar (August to June) while AIS offers the Australian curriculum on the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar (January to December).
The campus hosts over 100 classrooms, sports facilities, multi-purpose spaces, covered outdoor play spaces and a cohesive set of drop off, pick up and parking locations. Each corner of the Village caters to the growing and developing child, with changing discovery spaces attached to every classroom which empower young learners to play to their strengths and interests. Their learning experience also extends beyond the classroom where they can choose from specialty Co-Curricular Activities such as gymnastics, ballet, sports, drama and language-learning, amongst many others.
Among the shared facilities between the two schools in the Village are various multifunctional spaces thoughtfully designed with young children in mind, such as a 20-meter swimming pool which adapts to the competencies of the little swimmers – 10 short horizontal lanes for beginners, and four longer lanes lengthwise for more confident swimmers, and an indoor, air-conditioned gymnasium for their acclaimed SMART Steps specialist physical education classes and after-school enrichment.
Other facilities include:
- Adjoined outdoor spaces are an integral part of each classroom
- Outdoor play decks with UV cover
- Sand pits
- Bike tracks
- Water play activities
- Indoor, air-conditioned gymnasium
- UV-covered 20 metre swimming suite with horizontal young swimmers’ lanes and in-water resting benches, overlooked by family observation decks
- Parent Cafes
- Specialist classrooms with large round windows
- Dance studios
- Music rooms
- Specialist Physical Education rooms
During the opening ceremony, Michael Drake, CEO of Cognita Asia said, “The Early Learning Village is the product of an exciting collaboration between two of our schools and educational experts. We are proud to offer an unparalleled Early Learning Village that reflects our modern and innovative approach, enhanced by Reggio Emilia principles, at a scale unlike anywhere else in the world for children in their vital pre-school years.”
Inspired by the world-famous Reggio Emilia philosophy incorporating the environment as a third teacher in its architecture, interior design and curriculum, the Village represents a revolutionary step in early childhood education where this age group is the first and only thought. The campus is designed by award-winning Bogle Architects in collaboration with Gary Moore, Professor of Environmental Behavioural studies at Sydney University, and Rosie Long, a Reggio Emilia Early Years Education specialist, to include specific architectural and design elements that elevate the early learning experience.
Address: 3 Kim Chuan Lane, Singapore 554350 (Adjacent to AIS campus and 2.6km from Stamford American Woodleigh campus)
Tel: 6602 7247
For Australian International School queries:
Tel: 6517 0247
For Stamford American International School queries:
Tel: 6602 7247
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