Little Tykes

Get ready for Little Tykes! Our toddler drop-off preschool programme that lets kids be kids through its child-centric, Reggio-Emilia inspired approach.

Kiddos aged 18 months to 3.5 years old are empowered to embrace their curiosity and sense of adventure under the loving guidance of our top-notch educators, including both English and Mandarin teachers.

Little Tykes is all about creative indoor and outdoor play, such as running in and out of an enchanted teepee, building imaginary cities out of recyclables, and growing their own ingredients in the mini-herb garden.

We proudly have a unique purpose-built Ocean Snoezelen Room – an inspirational multi-sensory space complete with bubble tubes, fibre-optic blankets and a colour switching infinity portal. You really have to see it to believe it!

What Our Parents

love about IIS

  • Olga & Edward Lim

    “We love that our son is growing, learning, playing and enjoying himself in a fantastic environment. Their teaching approach has had a positive effect which we noticed in his newfound learning abilities and knowledge.”

    -Olga & Edward Lim
  • Alicia & Davis Cecconi

    “IIS has made a remarkable difference in the life of my child and our family, he is learning to like school again and the atmosphere is very cheerful and welcoming! “

    -Alicia & Davis Cecconi
  • Damien & Anne Juan

    “Since enrolling, we’ve seen very positive changes in Sasha’s academics and behavior. There’s a real focus on helping children strengthen the skills they are good at and working on areas of improvement.”

    -Damien & Anne Juan
  • Deanna & Tony Harradine

    “The small class sizes and high teacher-to-student ratio ensure that George receives individual attention. Seeing George thrives makes us thankful for the outstanding and unparalleled dedication and kindness he receives from all the staff at IIS!”

    -Deanna & Tony Harradine

Facilities

Outdoor Recreational Area

Our beautiful green outdoor area includes a sandpit, enchanted tee-pee, musical wall and herb garden! We love spending time among nature and will often venture outside for sensory play. From building imaginary cities out of recyclables to digging for dinosaur fossils and racing around the mini track, there’s ample opportunity to mix up the way we learn inside and outside our atelier.

Multi-sensory Ocean Snoezelen Room

Embrace the wonder of our unique “Ocean Room.” Currently the only dedicated multi-sensory environment among international schools in Singapore that provides our students with stimulation and relaxation through the use of smell, touch, sound, color, and light. Here, they are encouraged to take their time watching fish swim by as they listen to calming waves, or play with colourful fibre optic tentacles while discovering an endless stream of mesmerizing bubbles!

Indoor Jungle Gym

Swing, slide and climb around our unique indoor jungle gym. A rainy day never stops the play at Little Tykes! Our jungle gym includes cosy hammocks, a colourful slide and a spinning swing that provide plenty of excitement, whatever the weather.

Bright airy playroom

Play matters! It’s what we firmly believe in and practice in our enriching learning environment where our mini-trailblazers are welcome to embrace their individuality and discover their growing interests by learning through play. Discover our bright space, colourful children’s art displays, reading cocoon, and discovery wall – the specially curated playroom is designed to encourage encounters, communication and relationships.

  • Outdoor Recreational Area
  • Multi-sensory Ocean Snoezelen Room
  • Indoor Jungle Gym
  • Bright airy playroom

“We live up to our motto of Redefining Success to encourage our kids to break the mould – and let their playfulness, energy and unique experiences drive our programme.” – Dr. Vanessa von Auer, IIS Founding Principal

Typical Daily Schedule

TimeActivity
8:30amDrop-off and free play
9:00amOutdoor Play (sand, sensory, water, group activities)
9:45amMorning Snack (healthy & yummy nibbles provided)
10:00amNumeracy & Literacy (ABC it's easy as 123! Our little ones will get acquainted with counting and reading through hands-on activities)
10:30amExplorative Learning (everyday is different! They'll love multi-sensory activities like foam play!)
11:15amChinese - Mandarin (Creative lessons by our teacher will kick start their bilingual linguistic development)
11:30amLunch Time (Parents are requested to provide a packed lunch)
12:00pmFree play (it's up to our kiddos, they can choose any toys or instruments to enjoy!)
12:30pmGoodbye Routine - We'll see you soon!

Afternoon sessions and extension options until 3pm daily are available. Please contact us to receive information about those options.

The Reggio Emilia Approach

When it comes to our younger students aged between 18-36 months in our Little Tykes nursery programme, we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. This innovative attitude to early childhood education is built upon the philosophy that children use 100 languages to express themselves, learn and make sense of their world. In line with Howard Gardener’s theory of multiple intelligences, the Reggio philosophy believes that each individual child can experience multiple successes, not one singular, academic one. Our role as adults is to observe, guide, and provide our students with opportunities to further explore their interests.

Some of the ways we encourage our children to learn are through drawing, sculpting, painting, dance and movement, pretend play, and music. At IIS, children are encouraged to discover new things about themselves and explore the world around them using all their different senses. As they play and learn, we also ensure that a strong focus is placed on social collaboration, group work, and interaction. At IIS, this translates to our students being active participants in their own learning journey. Our early years programme adopts the notion that children learn best when they are taught through play, creative expression (such as music and movement, singing, art, drama), encouraged to explore their environment, and to ask questions.

A typical IIS day in which fundamental Reggio principles are incorporated is one in which:

  • Children are capable of constructing their own learning
  • Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others
  • Children are communicators
  • The environment is the third teacher
  • The adult is a mentor and guide

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