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pre nursery in the east

Postby pinkbear » Thu, 07 Oct 2010 11:13 pm

Hi - I'm looking to enrol my daughter into a nursery around the East Coast area. I've been to visit a couple already and would like some feedback from other parents who might already be sending their kids there. Specifically I'm considering:

Shaws - seems ok, building seems a little weary and stuck in between 2 condos being constructed which puts me off it a bit
Eton House - (does anyone else think they are pricey? Especially since classes finish at 3.30 and there are 2 big long holiday periods in a yr)
Global Kids - seeing this next week
Pats School House
the new one at Mountbatten Square

Would love to hear from other parents on their experiences and if they would recommend these places or any other places in the east.


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mandarin based kindergarten

Postby sportycarelle » Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:05 am

heard there's a new mandarin based kindy in the east, and they offer a holistic curriculum that integrates Arts and Fitness components into the core pre school curriculum

Its called twinkle kidz preschool and the website is ... n;catid=63

you may want to check it out!

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Postby mangla » Thu, 25 Nov 2010 3:51 pm


I've just moved from London this past week and visited Odyssey on Wilkinson Road. I was really impressed with their activities and all the teachers I met were very friendly and the grounds are beautiful.

I've been put on a waiting list for my 3 year old daughter.

I've also seen Brighton Montessori but prefer Odyssey.

Hope this helps.


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Postby cmahabir » Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:03 am

I just tried the school Playdays at Mountbatten. They are awesome! Heaps of fun. You may want to try it out. Ask for Fifi, shes a lovely lady, Im sure you will find her helpful.

Good luck!

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playdays and oddessey

Postby peacetruth » Sat, 12 Mar 2011 6:28 am

dear cmahbir - is palydays a kind of place where i can leave a child from morning to evening? it suggests on their website that they do morning and evening, suggesting you need to collect child from 12-2pm?

also re oddessey - please see other poeples reviews on this in the past on this forum site, i just came accross a few, and its very damning, says stuff like high staff turnover, bad care, though premise is impressive at start, most people are not too beware and check out other reviews...

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eaton house

Postby peacetruth » Sat, 12 Mar 2011 6:34 am

hi pinkbear

i agree eaton is v pricey...especially as they need a $7000 deposit (!!! what for i ask!!!) and $1700 admission/registration fee!

i still gave them a cheque today as was blown away by their fascility.

now i am regretting it as having second thoughts as i am wondering if childcare needs to be so pricy and i did not shop around as i thought i will lose the place...

i will call and ask them to hold my cheque for a couple of days so i can check out other well recommended options like playdays and (learning connections)...

its soooooo hard. god i never thought chosing a nursery for a 3 year old will keep me up at night!

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Postby mumfromOz » Sun, 13 Mar 2011 1:31 pm

7k deposit...?? Wow that is huge. We paid 500. I guess it is to do with how big thE school is. My kids nursery is a small one so maybe they don't need to collect so much upfront.. I can understand for elementary school or primary levels but preschool??

Petite Papillon
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Postby Petite Papillon » Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:15 am

Hi If you looking for a few hours integrated montessori program, you can check out
Playhouse, Playdates, Playschool

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Eton House and Full day nurseries

Postby maigonokoneko » Mon, 20 Jun 2011 5:09 am

Hi Pinkbear,

Where did you end up enrolling your daughter? And are you happy with your choice?

I am looking for a full day US/UK (Early Years)/Australian style nursery (pre-school?) for my soon to be 2 year old.

What did you think of Eton - other than the price and the short days?


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Great philosophy, small groups

Postby angelinagrass » Sat, 24 Sep 2011 4:43 am

We spent a lot of time looking for a place for our 17 months old. We wanted something that lets her freely choose what she wants to play, something that stimulates her and is fun, let's her interact with and observe other kids. We did not want the typical Singaporean "teach her the alphabetS" and flash cards approach, we did not want the "let her cry it out" approach to settling in.

The place we initially liked best couldn't take her until she was 18 months, then we chose a very expensive Montessori house. We liked all the expat environment and high quality fitting and toys. But it did not work out at all. The groups were too big already so the teachers didn't have enough time to gently let our daughter settle in. She just cried and cried and cried. We took her out after a few days.

Then this place opened: They have really small groups and exactly the philosophy we wanted. They were very happy for a parent to stay with the kid as long as the parent/kid wanted. This was exactly the gentleness our daughter needed and after a few days she was happy by herself. There was never any crying!

She is now at Petite Papillon for about two months and absolutely loves it. She plays "going to playhouse" on the weekends: She packs her daycare bag, asks for help putting it on her back, waves and says good-bye and walks out the door. At home she also practices the songs and dance movements she learns at daycare. She has started to wipe her spills, put her toys back into the box, take shoes on and off. Her fine motoric skills have improved a lot. We love Petite Papillon!!

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