The Tots & Teddies
Approach

At Tots & Teddies, we’ve carefully crafted a well-balanced curriculum that adopts a thematic, inquiry-based approach through purposeful play, with the last term specially devoted to projects.

Children construct knowledge through hands-on activities while concepts are reinforced through learning centres, rhymes, songs and field trips. Numeracy and phonics are introduced from Nursery onwards.

Learning is enhanced through strong, nurturing, secure and positive relationships. Learning environments are planned carefully such that they’re safe, secure, fun, responsive to children’s interests, spark curiosity and creativity, as well as invite exploration, manipulation and a sense of discovery.

Our desired outcomes are that children:

  • Are secure and confident
  • Are happy and safe
  • Are creative and compassionate
  • Have strong social and emotional skills
  • Have strong foundations in numeracy and literacy
  • Are Primary 1 ready by the end of K2

The Cornerstones

Besides arts and crafts and storytelling, Tots & Teddies engages quality external specialists for weekly enrichment activities at no extra charge:

  • Bi-weekly excursions to the children’s playground at Gardens by the Bay
  • Indoor gym sessions
  • Speech and drama
  • Coding classes that introduce logical thinking in a fun way (for pre-school K1s and K2s)
  • Chinese Wushu classes

Between terms, kids can try their hand at making pizza and cookies with our in-house professional chef, amongst many other fun and enriching activities. Infants don’t miss out on the fun either, with our infant educarers monitoring their development milestones and providing daily updates to parents through our dedicated app.

Learning is enhanced through strong, nurturing, secure and positive relationships. We hire only experienced, warm educarers and teachers providing small intimate classes with low teacher-student ratios: 1:3 for infant care and 1:5 for childcare/preschool.

Our bilingual inquiry-based curriculum is reviewed by the Head of Department of a renowned local primary school to ensure it’s “P1-ready” and executed in a fun way so kids can be kids. We ensure your child seamlessly adapts to primary school life upon graduating from kindergarten.

Besides arts and crafts and storytelling, Tots & Teddies engages quality external specialists for weekly enrichment activities at no extra charge:

  • Bi-weekly excursions to the children’s playground at Gardens by the Bay
  • Indoor gym sessions
  • Speech and drama
  • Coding classes that introduce logical thinking in a fun way (for pre-school K1s and K2s)
  • Chinese Wushu classes

Between terms, kids can try their hand at making pizza and cookies with our in-house professional chef, amongst many other fun and enriching activities. Infants don’t miss out on the fun either, with our infant educarers monitoring their development milestones and providing daily updates to parents through our dedicated app.

Learning is enhanced through strong, nurturing, secure and positive relationships. We hire only experienced, warm educarers and teachers providing small intimate classes with low teacher-student ratios: 1:3 for infant care and 1:5 for childcare/preschool.

Our bilingual inquiry-based curriculum is reviewed by the Head of Department of a renowned local primary school to ensure it’s “P1-ready” and executed in a fun way so kids can be kids. We ensure your child seamlessly adapts to primary school life upon graduating from kindergarten.

Our Programmes

Infant Care

2 to 18 months

A child’s early years are the most precious and crucial. That’s why we ensure each infant is physically and emotionally secure in our environment.

At Tots & Teddies, every infant is specially cared for by our qualified and experienced infant educarers who provide tender, loving and responsive care that’s highly important for the child’s development.

Our infant environment is specially designed to stimulate young minds and instil curiosity while upholding the highest safety and hygiene standards. We provide an environment that fosters trust, security and comfort where each infant forms a deep attachment with an infant carer.

Our infant room is designed to be calming to the child’s senses. We plan our days to include a focus on individual babies in caregiving relationships, believing that the daily tasks for an infant provides a natural time for the child to engage in what directly involves them.

Hence, our practice is to focus the child’s engagement with the process rather than simply completing the task during diapering, feeding, dressing, and preparing for nap time.

We model the behavior we wish to teach, understanding that children learn through imitation. Plenty of time is given for babies to be on the floor. With a caregiver nearby, they learn to move and stretch, which is important for building self-confidence and physical control.

Our infant toys are selected carefully based on safety, interest to babies and flexibility of form. We also consider the ability of toys to stimulate the child’s imagination but not overwhelm them with over-stimulating experiences.

With personal interactions and a low ratio, our infants are encouraged to explore to develop their sensory, cognitive, creative, social and emotional development.

In line with Urie Bronfenbrenner’s theory in Early Childhood studies, a child’s development begins with the immediate family which forms the centre of a child’s life. As such, connection with family is one important aspect of our programme.

We provide daily updates of your child’s development such as feeding, behaviour and other important issues that concern every parent through an effective two-way communication mobile app, as well as a daily update from our infant carers at sending and pick-up time. Infants’ development is also closely observed and recorded and the information is shared with parents during parent-teacher meetings at the end of each term.

Our infant curriculum offers holistic experiences with activities planned weekly by our dedicated infant carers
through observations to extend and enhance infants’ development and progress.

The programme ensures that infants are secure and emotionally connected, demonstrating increasing confidence and autonomy through respectful, responsive
and reciprocal relationships with the infant carers. Through daily routine care, our infant carers foster positive
learning and development in our infants. Our infant carers adhere to professional standards and ethics and
constantly engage in reflective practices.

Our play-based programme is fun-filled and ensures every infant/toddler develops holistically.

Tots’ Gym

Our specially imported play equipment and padded obstacle course provides locomotor and non-locomotor
activities to promote well-rounded development of infants and toddlers.

Tots’ Literacy

Through our wide range of rhymes, songs and stories in English and Chinese language, little children develop
interest and exposure to literacy and bilingualism.

Tots’ Music

All babies respond to music, which plays a vital role in their creative development. Through music, little
ones develop rhythm, music appreciation and communicative gestures.

Tots’ Art

Through the exploration of colours, textures and paint, young children develop their senses and interest for
art.

Tots’ Sensory

Sensory activities heighten the awareness and language acquisition of infants and toddlers. Our Tots’
Sensory programme nurtures your child’s awareness of their surrounding world.

Preschool

18 months to 6 years

We believe each child is unique and special and each child has his or her own unique way of learning. As such, our programme caters to each child’s interest and curiosity in learning. We provide resources for a small class ratio of one teacher to five children to ensure holistic progress and development.

As a bilingual childcare centre, we believe in providing children with ample opportunities to construct knowledge with active participation, both in the English and Chinese language. The constant exposure to both languages allows children to develop fluency in reading, speaking and writing.

An environment that facilitates learning

We believe a safe and inviting environment is important for young learners. Our environment is well-equipped
with an
indoor playground and safe structures for creative play. Within each classroom, age appropriate toys and
manipulatives are provided to develop children’s sensory, fine motor skills and cover our major learning areas:
Discovery of the World, Literacy, Numeracy & Logical thinking, Chinese language, Motor Skills, Social &
Emotional
Development, and Aesthetics & Creative Expression.

We also believe in providing a print-rich environment to enrich children’s literacy skills such as library
corners
and interactive picture and flash cards. Each classroom also has different learning spaces, catering teaching
materials from simple to complex to reinforce children’s concepts in numeracy, language, imagination and
discovery
of the world. Children’s works are also attractively showcased around the classroom to boost their confidence
and
self-esteem.

In line with the Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) framework,
our curriculum consists of the following learning areas:

Our English and Chinese activities engage the five senses to help children discover the world around them. Through active participation and learning with concrete objects, children’s senses are enhanced as they discover the world through fun and lively activities. Through science experiments, children develop a sense of curiosity and wonder.

We also provide regular field trips to a variety of outdoor places to reinforce concepts learnt in our comprehensive programme. Parents are always welcome to join.

Each of our classrooms come with a library shelf with both English and Chinese books of different genres. Every day,
children engage in songs, stories, pictures or object talks during circle time. To enhance their literacy
capabilities, stories are read to them daily.

Our environment is print-rich with labels including the learning centre
areas where simple instructions are written to guide children in using materials. All materials are labelled to
promote children’s literacy skills.

In addition, our literacy area consists of a “Word Wall” which displays high frequency words, phonics words and
theme words for reinforcement. In and around the classroom, teachers also model good verbal language to children.

Our special Reading Programme, which comprises School and Home Reading, provides children with quality selected
readers, which is conducted through each term. Our Home Reading programme aims to promote family bonding and parents
to inculcate reading interest in their children.

Our early numeracy programme consists of activities that promote young children’s logical thinking skills. This includes sorting of objects from one to two attributes, grouping, matching and one-to-one correspondence. Through play and incidental learning, teachers who closely interact with young children also promote logical thinking skills.

We introduce math concepts such as cardinal value, addition and subtraction and complex topics such as number bonds and problem sums gradually from Nursery to K2 in preparation for the children to enter Primary 1.

All Math concepts’ activities are taught with concrete objects with children’s active participation. Children at Kindergarten level work in small groups to brainstorm and problem solve logical thinking questions and teachers act as facilitators to probe and assist children to find their answers.

Our Numeracy learning corner also provides various simple to complex materials and activities to reinforce and challenge children’s thinking skills.

Our immersive Chinese language learning involves play, stories, songs, rhymes and planned experiences. Young learners mimic Chinese teachers in rhyming and singing.

Through active learning, such as role play and stories, children develop speaking skills and learn simple Chinese vocabulary with preschool children recognising simple Chinese characters.

Chinese characters recognition and strokes which begin from Nursery level are reinforced daily during lesson time. Children master the skills of writing Chinese single and double words to sentence writing from K1.

To cater to children’s fast motor skills development and provide outdoor experiences, we ferry our children every
other week for morning outdoor time at the Children’s Park @ Gardens by the Bay.

In addition, children also develop their gross motor skills through our weekly extracurricular activities (e.g.
Chinese Wushi, Gym and Music and Movement programmes provided by specialist external vendors).

To enhance their fine motor skills, we provide materials such as large jumbo crayons, large manipulative toys,
sensory objects, playdough, paint, arts and crafts materials and various manipulative tools.

We promote social and emotional development in our children daily during mealtime, routine time, scheduled drama
play time, classroom interactions, and at the indoor playground and outdoor time at Gardens By the Bay.

Social and emotional skills are also reinforced in our thematic lessons with topics such as “Caring for Others”, “My
Friends” and “Feelings & Emotions”. Teachers also observe children’s social and emotional development closely to
promote interaction or interventions where necessary.

We also aim to carry out charity activities at least yearly so that our children learn to care for others and we
participate in events such as the President’s ‘Start Small, Dream Big’ programme annually.

We provide children opportunities to freely express themselves during creative play, arts and crafts activity and
dramatic play time. Teachers as facilitators also assist in scaffolding children’s creativity during activity.

In addition, as part of our core programme, we provide enhanced English Speech and Drama lessons imaginative and
creative skills. Through our singing and music and movement lessons, our children cultivate interest in music and
develop the sense of rhythm and tempo through percussion instruments. Children also learn about cultural music and
instruments during in-house celebrations of all major cultural festivals.

Collaboration with Parents

Our close partnership with parents is vital in enhancing children’s learning. That’s why we document children’s learning regularly and update parents on a daily basis.

In engaging parents to participate in activities; we invite them to join us in our Reading Programme, Home Projects,
field trips and classroom or school activities. To ensure parents are well-informed of their children’s development, we
provide regular updates to parents through our digital app, phone calls and email. In addition, we hold half-yearly
parents-teachers meetings and at our year-end open house.

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