Welcome to Little Tykes! Our toddler drop-off boutique 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 sensory play, such as running in and out of an enchanted teepee, building imaginary cities out of recyclables, and growing their own healthy ingredients in the mini-herb garden.
We provide unique facilities such as the purpose-built Ocean Snoezelen Room – an inspirational multi-sensory space complete with colourful bubble tubes, fibre-optic blankets and a colour switching infinity portal. You really have to see it to believe it!
What Our Parents
We fell in love with Little Tykes for its structure, simplicity, flexibility and friendly staff! Initially, he was shy and not open to interactions, but today we see him playing with other kids and sharing his toys. We feel that he has made tremendous progress!-Rita & Nacim Zahouani
“I love this school! Such a personalized treatment and the teachers are great. My son feels very comfortable in class and has learned so much. It really is a wonderful school.”-Eugenia Rojas
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 Snoezlen 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 fun indoor jungle gym. A rainy day never stops the play at Little Tykes! Our indoor 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, cosy reading corner, 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
|8:30am||Drop-off and free play|
|9:00am||Outdoor Play (sand, sensory, water, group activities)|
|9:45am||Morning Snack (healthy & yummy nibbles provided)|
|10:00am||Numeracy & Literacy (ABC it's easy as 123! Our little ones will get acquainted with counting and reading through hands-on activities)|
|10:30am||Explorative Learning (everyday is different! They'll love multi-sensory activities like foam play!)|
|11:15am||Chinese - Mandarin (Creative lessons by our teacher will kick start their bilingual linguistic development)|
|11:30am||Lunch Time (Parents are requested to provide a packed lunch)|
|12:00pm||Free play (it's up to our kiddos, they can choose any toys or instruments to enjoy!)|
|12:30pm||Goodbye 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 youngest students aged between 18-36 months in our Little Tykes 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 Emilia 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, building, 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 Little Tykes 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 school day in which fundamental Reggio Emilia 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