Tea & Tots
Jumpstart your playgroup with Tea & Tots – our adult-accompanied baby playgroup designed for active bubs aged 8-18 months. Here, babies will giggle and mingle, while the adults will pick up some handy play-inspiration over an energizing afternoon boost of coffee, tea and treats!
Reggio-Emilia inspired and rooted in thematic and play-based learning, Tea & Tots play sessions are more structured than a typical play date at home, with circle time, magical stories, sensorial play, music & movement, and arts & crafts built into the 75-minute class. What’s more, we welcome any loving adult to accompany the kiddos, so that means anyone from mom and dad to grandparents, helpers, aunts, and uncles!
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.
Multi-sensory Ocean Snoezelen Room
Embrace the wonder of our unique and mesmerizing Ocean Snoezelen room! Currently the only dedicated multi-sensory environment among international schools in Singapore that provides our children 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 bubbles!
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, the children’s colourful art displays, cosy reading corner and discovery wall – the specially curated playroom is designed to encourage encounters, communication and relationships.
Rooted in thematic and play-based learning, Tea & Tots play sessions are more structured than a typical play date at home, with circle time, magical stories, sensorial play, music & movement, and arts & crafts built into the 75-minute class!
|3:30pm||Welcome to Tea & Tots! Time for free play and settling into class|
|3:45pm||Circle time: get ready to sing along and move about with our terrific teachers|
|4:00pm||The mystery box will reveal a fun focus activity and craft-of-the-day|
|4:15pm||It’s time for a little break and yummy snack time for our tots and adults|
|4:30pm||Explore the magical multi-sensory Ocean Snoezelen room|
|4:45pm||Goodbyes, sing-a-longs, and bubbles!|
The Reggio Emilia Approach
When it comes to our youngest students aged between 18-36 months in our Little Tykes drop-off 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