Early Childhood Programme at OWIS Nanyang International Preschool

Starting with our youngest preschoolers in our Early Childhood grades, we nurture a love of learning and inquiry that lasts well beyond their academic years at One World International School, Singapore.

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A Play-Based And Inquiry-Led International Kindergarten

At OWIS, we pride ourselves on offering a play-based and inquiry-led international preschool programme that sets the foundation for lifelong learning. 

Central to our philosophy is the belief that every experience and interaction is an opportunity for learning. From the outset, our youngest learners are immersed in an environment that encourages curiosity, creativity, and a deep-seated love for exploration. 

Our international kindergarten in Singapore is uniquely designed to cater to the developmental needs of preschool-aged children across all backgrounds, providing them with the tools and resources they need to thrive. With a curriculum rooted in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), OWIS Nanyang ensures a seamless blend of academic excellence and developmental appropriateness, preparing young children not just for school, but for life.

Why Choose OWIS for Preschool Education in Singapore

A Personalised Learning Experience

Every Child is a Unique Individual

For us, every child is a unique individual. This is why we personalise your child’s learning journey and focus on their particular progress and needs as a young learner.

Low Student-Teacher Ratio

Small Student-Teacher Ratio

Due to our small class sizes and low student-teacher ratio, your child receives great personal care and attention in a safe and family-like classroom environment.

Kind and Multicultural School

With kindness at the core of our school’s culture, your child becomes part of a kind and truly international community where diversity and inclusivity are celebrated.

School-Wide Nationality Cap

School-wide nationality cap

To ensure all 70+ nationalities are equally represented across our school body, we cap enrolment of students coming from a single nationality at 30%.

Benefit of All-Through K-12 Education

At our all-through school, they have the possibility to advance from Early Childhood to IB Diploma Grade 12, which helps them to feel the sense of belonging that will help them to flourish.

Premium Education for a Moderate Fee

Reasonable tuition fees

As a not-for-profit educational institution, we reinvest back into our school to continuously improve our quality of teaching. This is how we deliver high-quality education with modest kindergarten fees in Singapore.

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What Parents Have To Say About Our International Preschool

Hear from OWIS parents about their child’s experience in OWIS’s international preschool and kindergarten.

What OWIS parents and students say

Madison C.

My daughter really loves learning about other cultures and traditions from around the world. OWIS has such diversity, leading to many great learning opportunities for the students. My daughter has come to appreciate differences and respect others while being proud of her own heritage.

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Charity D.

All of our children have bloomed, and have become more confident and independent. They are all excited about learning. My oldest is so proud that she has learned how to read and has made some wonderful friends at school. ‍ It is clear that kindness and international mindedness are a core philosophy of the school. These values are incorporated into the daily activities and celebrated during special occasions. My children come home talking about the special things they do to celebrate kind acts at school. The level of care and dedication displayed by Miss Nurul and other staff is second to none.

What to expect from our IB Preschool Programme

Safe and Inviting Learning Environment

From our bright, airy classrooms to the outdoor sensory learning opportunities, young learners have ample space to nurture their curiosity in a safe and intimate setting. Our warm and enjoyable environment was designed to bring out the best in your child, encouraging them to grow and learn with enthusiasm.
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Play Encourages Cognitive Development

Play-Based and Inquiry-Led Learning

Based on the IB PYP curriculum and underpinned by the English National Curriculum, our school programme for Early Childhood follows a play-based and inquiry-led approach to learning. Through activities suitable for their development stage, your child embarks on an exciting journey of self-discovery and sensory exploration of the world around them.

We Stay True to Our Values

Dedicated, caring and enthusiastic teachers encourage your child to develop a sense of responsibility, self-confidence and independence from a young age.

Our educators are trained to deliver instructions in line with IB programme standards, and continuously expand their knowledge and skills so they can meet our high standard of education and provide your child with the personal care and support they need.

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Continuity from Early Childhood to Secondary School

Early childhood education at OWIS is your first opportunity to introduce your preschool-aged child to an all-through international school in Singapore. At the end of Early Childhood, your children are ready to take their natural inquiry and curiosity, independence, self-confidence, sense of responsibility, and excellent academic skills to our vibrant international Primary School and further to our academically-rigorous international Secondary School. Our passionate and dedicated teachers prepare them with the skills they need not just to succeed in their present grade, but also to achieve their potential in the next stage of their academic journey.

IB Preschool Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) curriculum revolves around five key elements needed to guide students onto a journey of lifelong educational curiosity and success. These five elements are:


Here at OWIS’s international preschool, these five aspects are applied across a wide range of lesson approaches and projects, such as:

Service projects
Environmental stewardship
Technological mastery
Inquiry-based approach
Inquiry-led framework

Each aspect of the curriculum thoughtfully shapes a unique aspect of your child’s learning, reflecting our commitment to the holistic development of every child. Students are also exposed to different topics across different subject areas, helping to build transdisciplinary connections that deepen their real-world understanding.

Benefits of the Early Years Component of the IB Primary Years Programme for Preschoolers

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) for Early Years education offers numerous benefits:

Its holistic approach fosters curiosity, critical thinking, and social skills from an early age.

Through inquiry-based learning, children develop a deeper understanding of concepts and gain a lifelong love for learning.

The IB PYP’s international perspective promotes cultural awareness and open-mindedness.

It emphasises language development, numeracy, and social-emotional growth, providing a strong foundation for further education.

Collaborative projects nurture teamwork and communication skills.

Overall, the IB PYP’s focus on creativity, exploration, and global understanding equips young learners with essential skills to thrive academically and personally in preschool and beyond.

" Early Childhood and Primary school Students participating in the OWIS Nanyang Maths Day 2023"

Your Child’s Educational Journey

Early childhood education at OWIS is your first opportunity to introduce your child to an all-through school in Singapore. At the end of Early Childhood, your children are ready to take their natural inquiry and curiosity, independence, self-confidence, sense of responsibility, and excellent academic skills to our dynamic primary school. You can expect your child’s journey through our K-12 international school to go like this:

Play Based Classroom
From ages 3 to 6
They spend time in an immersive, play-based preschool classroom setting in our Early Childhood Programme.
Play Based Classroom
Primary Years Programme
From ages 6 to 11
They will enjoy open concept classrooms that emphasise discussion, teamwork and critical thinking in our Primary Years Programme.
Primary Years Programme
academic development and personal achievements
From ages 11 to 18
They will focus on furthering their academic development and personal achievements as they prepare for life beyond our Secondary School.
academic development and personal achievements

Admissions & Eligibility

Children must meet the following requirements to be eligible for OWIS’s Early Childhood Programme:

  • Early Childhood 1: Child must be at least three (3) years of age and able to use the bathroom independently.
  • Early Childhood 2: Child must be at least four (4) years of age by September 1 (i.e. start of term).

Parents or applicants interested in enrolling their child in our kindergarten must also complete all steps of the application process accurately and in a timely manner.

Find out more about OWIS’s entry requirements for our international preschool, primary and secondary school students in Singapore.

Frequently Asked Questions About our International Kindergarten in Singapore

A typical day in OWIS’s Early Childhood Programme involves engaging, play-based activities that foster learning through exploration and inquiry. Children participate in individual and group tasks, encouraging both independent thought and teamwork.

Our preschool programme is primarily taught in English, but Early Childhood students also receive two hours of Mandarin Chinese lessons per week to nurture their bilingual capabilities.

At OWIS, play is a key part of the learning process. Our international kindergarten curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) and designed to incorporate play in a way that stimulates curiosity, encourages creativity, and enhances cognitive development. Through play, preschool-aged children learn to navigate their surroundings, interact with their peers, and develop essential life skills in a natural and enjoyable manner.

Parents will have the option to order nutritious meals for their children from the canteen. Parents are also welcome to pack a lunch from home.

OWIS believes in strong parent-teacher partnerships. We involve Early Childhood Programme parents through regular communication, parent-teacher meetings, and participation in school events and activities. This collaborative approach ensures that parents are actively engaged in their child’s education and school life.

The tuition fees for our international preschool are structured to reflect the quality of education and care we provide. As a not-for-profit institution, we ensure that our fees are reasonable and transparent. Find out more about OWIS school fees or reach out to our admissions team if you have any questions.

Enrolment in our international kindergarten program is open year-round, subject to availability and nationality caps to ensure diversity of the student body. We encourage parents to apply early to secure a place for their child. For specific enrolment periods and requirements, please visit the OWIS admissions page or contact us directly.

The school day for Early Childhood students is designed to balance active learning with adequate rest and playtime. The school timings for Early Childhood are from 9am to 3.10pm. Please contact our Admissions Team for further information.

Curious about the IB PYP at OWIS Nanyang?

Please fill in the form and we will be happy to share a recording of our recent IB PYP webinar, which was hosted by our school leaders from OWIS Nanyang.

How to Reach OWIS Nanyang

Address: 21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075

Phone – +65 6914 6700

Email – [email protected]