Preschool review: Red SchoolHouse (Woodlands)
Mums and dads who live in the north of Singapore, are you looking to place your kids in childcare/infant care while you’re at work? Read on for our review of the newly-opened Red SchoolHouse at Woodlands.
As Red SchoolHouse Woodlands is located quite close to my home, I took the opportunity to bring my 1-year-old along with me. She’s currently quite shy around strangers, so I hope that by exposing her to new places and people, she’ll slowly learn to accept things that are unfamiliar – without bawling her eyes out!
We were greeted by Ms Kate Ho, the Director of Red SchoolHouse Woodlands, who took us around for a tour. The place was buzzing with activity at that time, as lessons and playtime were in progress at every corner. According to Kate, Red SchoolHouse Woodlands adopts an ‘open concept’ classroom style to make learning more fun and unstructured, while providing more space for all the learning corners.
Mrs Rachel Ding, the founder of Red SchoolHouse, was also there at Red SchoolHouse Woodlands to tell us a bit more about the programmes and upcoming plans for this centre.
About Red SchoolHouse Woodlands
Red SchoolHouse Woodlands started operations on 7 January 2014 and has been growing steadily since then. Today, there are more than 50 kids and infants enrolled at the centre who are placed under the care of 13 staff.
When we asked Rachel the reason why Woodlands 11 was chosen as the location to set up this new centre, she told us it was mainly due to the large population of young families in the area, which called for the need for childcare and infant care services. In addition, the area around Woodlands 11 had been reported as one of ‘hot spots’ that is set to grow rapidly in the near future.
Although things have been running quite smoothly at Red SchoolHouse Woodlands since its official opening, Rachel has greater plans in place for the kids and teachers at the centre. Some of these include the extension of the infant care services and the offering of dance classes as part of the daily programme for kids.
Red SchoolHouse offers a holistic SPICE curriculum for kids between 18 months and 6 years old. Spearheaded by Rachel, the SPICE curriculum is a collaboration between a pool of local educators from Red SchoolHouse as well as seasoned lecturers from various education institutes in Singapore. The curriculum focuses on developing the Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Emotional aspects of each child using a local approach, with the main goal of nurturing happy, successful children and to get them ready for formal school education in Singapore. By adopting a holistic and innovative approach in the SPICE curriculum, emphasis is given on hands-on learning through a collection of specially-designed teaching materials as kids are given plenty of opportunities to develop their meta cognition, as well as open-ended and higher logic reasoning from nursery to kindergarten levels.
To help them reach their highest potential, kids at Red SchoolHouse are given ample opportunities to play, explore and discover the world around them. Class sizes are kept small (below the teacher-child ratio required by the Ministry of Education/Early Childhood Development Agency) to ensure that no child gets left out during lessons.
Red SchoolHouse also encourages parents to be actively involved in their kids’ day-to-day learning in preschool by giving the kids simple ‘mini projects’ that they can take home to complete with their parents. Rachel believes that this gives parents a chance to spend time bonding with their kids after a long day at work. She also mentioned that for kids who are not able to get the mini projects done with their parents at home, the teachers at the centre would be more than happy to complete them with the kids.
Play-learn for the little ones
One of the highlights at Red SchoolHouse Woodlands is the availability of infant care services for babies from as young as 2 months old. Rachel shared with us that the decision to take in babies for infant care at Red SchoolHouse Woodlands was largely due to the bigger space available at the centre and the large population of parents with younger kids who reside in the area.
The daily programme for the younger ones typically consists of a short massage session at the start of the day, followed by Storytelling and Music & Movement in both English and Mandarin. Baby art classes are also offered twice a week. As babies tend to tire more quickly than the older kids, they are given 2 naptime sessions (1 in the morning, and another in the afternoon) to allow them to recharge before the next activity.
Kids at Red SchoolHouse Woodlands look forward to playtime every day for just 1 reason: the setup of a colourful indoor playground which features fun obstacles and a giant pool filled with coloured balls for kids to bounce into. Rachel shared that to make use of the wide space available, the centre specially engaged a playground specialist to construct a safe and durable play environment for the kids. She assured us that the entire structure has passed the safety requirements upon being audited by the NPSI Certified Playground Inspector.
Want to know more about Red SchoolHouse Woodlands?
If you’d like to know more about the curriculum and enrichment programmes offered at Red SchoolHouse Woodlands (plus other exclusive registration perks), do log on to http://www.redschhs.com/ or visit the school at the following address:
11 Woodlands Close #01-29/30
Tel: 6334 7680 / 6334 7618
Do check out our reviews of the other Red SchoolHouse Centres:
Red SchoolHouse Midview City (Coming soon!)