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Nurseries in the Upper East Coast area

Postby maigonokoneko » Thu, 01 Sep 2011 9:35 pm

I will be moving to Singapore next week with my 2 year old and would like to line up appointments with nurseries.

So far the ones I have on the list are:

Mindchamps - Changi Business Park
Learning Vision - Changi Business Park
Pat's Schoolhouse - Siglap (waiting list till 2012)

Can anybody recommend other fulltime (7:30am-6:30pm) nurseries around the Upper East Coast area. I would also welcome your views (the good, the bad and the ugly) on the nurseries listed above and also what one is supposed to do when there is a waiting list on all your preferred nurseries but you need to start work right away? Particularly as I would rather leave my child with a qualified individual rather than with a maid/someone's aunt/friend of a friend.

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Re: Nurseries in the Upper East Coast area

Postby wannamove » Sat, 03 Sep 2011 1:33 am

maigonokoneko wrote:I will be moving to Singapore next week with my 2 year old and would like to line up appointments with nurseries.

So far the ones I have on the list are:

Mindchamps - Changi Business Park
Learning Vision - Changi Business Park
Pat's Schoolhouse - Siglap (waiting list till 2012)

Can anybody recommend other fulltime (7:30am-6:30pm) nurseries around the Upper East Coast area. I would also welcome your views (the good, the bad and the ugly) on the nurseries listed above and also what one is supposed to do when there is a waiting list on all your preferred nurseries but you need to start work right away? Particularly as I would rather leave my child with a qualified individual rather than with a maid/someone's aunt/friend of a friend.


Hi!
I am also looking for the same thing. I plan on moving around Nov with my 2 yr old to the East Coast area. If you find anything please keep me updated

Thank you

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Mindchamps - East Coast Road

Postby maigonokoneko » Wed, 07 Sep 2011 3:29 pm

Just wanted to update the link on my progress on my hunt for nurseries.

I dropped in on Mindchamps East Coast Road as I hadn't received a response to my e-mail. I will visit the nursery again on Thursday to view a class with my son but my initial impression was that it was VERY academic and VERY rigidly structured - I could feel my heart breaking if my son were to attend this nursery as there was no laughter or smiles from the children or the teachers but that could just have been the time of day. The nursery is full for this years intake for children born in 2009. There is a waiting list for next years intake as well. You can put down a non-refundable $380 to put yourself on the waiting list and you will be contacted in November if there is a slot for your child in 2012. The full-day program for Nursery & Kindergarten fee for 2012 is $1395/mth (as a non-Singaporean I do not qualify for government subsidy). The teacher to child ratio is 1:7 (it was 1:4 in my son's previous nursery; ratio set by MCYS 1:12). I think this nursery would be a dream come true for a helicopter parent or a Tiger mom.

So far out of all the nurseries I have contacted, Pat's Schoolhouse has been incredibly proactive in their correspondence, clear in their responses to my questions and wrote e-mails in a professional manner (i.e. not text speak - I have received an e-mail from a principal littered with text speak). Unfortunately all their centres are full even for 2012. Learning Vision have been quite responsive as well - however they are full and their waiting list is quite long as well.

Will check out Shaws @ Mountbatten on 17th September.

If anyone can recommend a full time (7am-7pm) nursery on the East Coast for an underachieving mother (I believe a child should have fun learning at least till they are 4 years old and not have to sit through critical thinking classes and memorisation classes at the age of 2) who believes individuality is a good thing.

Thanks.

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Re: Mindchamps - East Coast Road

Postby wannamove » Wed, 07 Sep 2011 6:50 pm

maigonokoneko wrote:Just wanted to update the link on my progress on my hunt for nurseries.

I dropped in on Mindchamps East Coast Road as I hadn't received a response to my e-mail. I will visit the nursery again on Thursday to view a class with my son but my initial impression was that it was VERY academic and VERY rigidly structured - I could feel my heart breaking if my son were to attend this nursery as there was no laughter or smiles from the children or the teachers but that could just have been the time of day. The nursery is full for this years intake for children born in 2009. There is a waiting list for next years intake as well. You can put down a non-refundable $380 to put yourself on the waiting list and you will be contacted in November if there is a slot for your child in 2012. The full-day program for Nursery & Kindergarten fee for 2012 is $1395/mth (as a non-Singaporean I do not qualify for government subsidy). The teacher to child ratio is 1:7 (it was 1:4 in my son's previous nursery; ratio set by MCYS 1:12). I think this nursery would be a dream come true for a helicopter parent or a Tiger mom.

So far out of all the nurseries I have contacted, Pat's Schoolhouse has been incredibly proactive in their correspondence, clear in their responses to my questions and wrote e-mails in a professional manner (i.e. not text speak - I have received an e-mail from a principal littered with text speak). Unfortunately all their centres are full even for 2012. Learning Vision have been quite responsive as well - however they are full and their waiting list is quite long as well.

Will check out Shaws @ Mountbatten on 17th September.

If anyone can recommend a full time (7am-7pm) nursery on the East Coast for an underachieving mother (I believe a child should have fun learning at least till they are 4 years old and not have to sit through critical thinking classes and memorisation classes at the age of 2) who believes individuality is a good thing.

Thanks.


I have no answers but thanks for the update. I am getting worried now. Pat's schoolhouse was high on our list and looks like the waiting list situation is going to be tough.

Thank you and good luck

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Postby wannamove » Tue, 18 Oct 2011 5:18 pm

We are in Singapore and looking into nurseries in the Upper East now. We have heard quite a few - no space available answers and kind of getting worried as I start work soon

Anyone else looking for nurseries at this time? Want to swap notes and suggestions?

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Postby maigonokoneko » Wed, 19 Oct 2011 9:06 pm

If your son is under 3 yrs old - have you tried Shaws @ Katong (4A Boscombe Rd)? It is a brand new centre (opened 3rd Oct, 2011) and my son loves it. We live near Tanah Merah MRT but the school bus picks up my 25mth old from my condo at 7:30 am and drops hims off around 5:30-5:45 pm. Drop me a message if you would like to know more of my nursery search.

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Postby Ekari » Thu, 08 Dec 2011 1:06 pm

Have you tried asking

http://www.applepie.com.sg ?

or maybe another option

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Postby maigonokoneko » Thu, 29 Dec 2011 8:29 pm

Hi Wannamove,

I got your message but I can't seem to send a reply. If you message me your e-mail address I'll send my reply there.

Thanks.


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