The aim of GCV is to stimulate among local students and community members a global mindset, provide global experience, foster global partnerships and promote the global branding of the institution.
The GCV is a physical "connecting place" for Temasek Polytechnic staff and students, as well as local and international partners. This is where the world comes to TP and TP goes out to the world. The GCV has a portal that serves as a platform for performances and interactions, an Art Gallery, a Multimedia Lab for students to learn foreign languages and cultures and classrooms. In addition, it has fifty residential learning spaces for students who take the subject Transnational Studies. GCV can also accommodate international exchange programmes.
Eye Level will be opening a new center in Clementi.
They develop a variety of educational methods to help students create a foundation for life long learning.
Eye Level is a systematic, individualized program that caters to students of all abilities utilizing a unique and proven learning method.
This allows each child to have a customized starting point depending on their ability, regardless of his/her age and/or school grade. Each child's study progression will depend on the student's pace of learning.
They focus on building your child's foundation in Maths and English, as well as helping them to gain self-confidence, interest in learning and develop their critical thinking and analytical skills.
All concepts and skills in the Eye Level program are interrelated. Mastery of basic foundational skills is necessary before advancing to more complex skills, resulting in improvement of your child's accuracy and speed when completing more complex questions.
Eye Level Math introduces mathematics concepts sequentially through 32 levels of study. Each level of study includes Basic Thinking Math and Critical Thinking Math. Basic Thinking Math helps students develop a basic foundation of mathematics. Critical Thinking Math help students progress beyond foundational skills to learn more advanced concepts and applications.
Eye Level English, is designed to help students in mastering English language proficiency while enhancing the four fundamental language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
My First Skool is the pioneer childcare arm of NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) First Campus Co-operative Limited. It was established as NTUC Childcare in 1977 and became a co-operative in 1992. Operating mainly at void decks of housing estates, MFS aims to provide quality and affordable childcare service that is accessible to parents. This is in line with MFS’ tagline, “Cherish Each Child”, where no child should be denied the opportunity of early childhood care and education.
The MFS curriculum subscribes to experiential learning whereby the natural curiosity of the child is supported by a holistic process-oriented approach that will help young children develop positive dispositions that will put them in good stead for lifelong learning. MFS currently offers more than 10,000 childcare places in over 92 centres island-wide.
They offer full-day pre-school services for children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years old and have just opened a new 'Skool' at Parkway Parade.
Nurture Infant House is registered with MSF hence CDA, CFAC and baby bonus grants are all available in their centre.
They are an infant specialised centre with babies from 2 to 18 months only. All the food, curriculum, toys, methodology are created in the best interest of the babies by staff with more than 20 years of experience.
Grounded in best local and international early childhood practices, their curriculum empowers your children to become critical thinkers and creative learners, confident and ready for school, and inspired with the passion for lifelong learning.
A new Bibinogs center has opened at "King's Arcade".
Bibinogs is founded from a Mother’s inspiration from her children and her conviction as an educator that the best way to teach children is to first tap into their innate intelligences.
During each of the classes, they adopt multiple approaches to each topic or theme. Children are presented with materials and programs of numerous varieties, so that they get sufficiently stimulated throughout the learning process via their respective innate intelligences.
They empower children to be effective Mandarin speakers by starting young and taking a consistent immersion approach either in English or Mandarin language.
Things are kept small most of the time at Bibinogs with small class size and a small ratio that allows them to get to know every child.
They believe interactions with students, forms the critical foundation to the most effective early years learning.
Originally from Mexico, KidZania is a one-of-a-kind concept which allows children to learn about the world of adult occupations by role-playing different professions.
They offer interactive learning and entertainment experience targeted at kids aged 4 to 14, combining role-play with real life. Unlike other theme parks, KidZania, does not feature any rides or arcade games. Instead, through its partnerships with various Industry Partners, children participate in a variety of role-playing activities specifically designed to aid physical and intellectual growth.
Sentosa will be developing an 11,500 square metre Family Entertainment Centre (FEC) to house KidZania Singapore at Palawan Beach 1. This leisure cluster by the beach is being rejuvenated into a destination for families with young children. KidZania Singapore will complement the outdoor fun of Palawan Beach and Port of Lost.
The FEC is scheduled for completion in 2014 and will be directly linked by a sheltered bridge to the Sentosa Express monorail, the Beach Carpark and a new Arrival Plaza for coaches.
ITE College Central has welcomed some 10,400 students at ITE’s third and final Regional Campus under the “One ITE System, Three Colleges” Model of Education and Governance.
The new ITE College Central campus, co-located with ITE Headquarters, occupies a land area of 10.6 hectares, and is home to the College’s four schools; School of Business and Services, School of Design and Media, School of Electronics and Info-Comm Technology and School of Engineering.
A College of Creativity and Innovation, ITE College Central’s five existing satellite campuses located at Balestier, Bishan, MacPherson, Tampines and Yishun, have ceased operations and relocated to the new premises at 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive.
The new premises features a wide variety of learning and recreational facilities, including a sports & recreation hub, Centre for Music & the Arts, as well as publicly-accessible amenities such as food establishments and commercial outlets.
The City brings Singapore exciting, first-of-its-kind playtime experiences for children, both fun and educational at the same time.
Designed for three to eight year-olds, The City is an interactive learning playground that recognizes the importance of high-quality role play. Meaningful stimulus is provided for fostering children’s emerging senses and skills in their early formative years.
Within The City, young children can try out different adult roles and professions in a fun, safe environment. Creativity and imagination are promoted to positively enhance growth and development. Children can transform themselves into Cooks, Cashiers, Doctors, Nurses or Policemen, dressed in the respective uniforms and outfits. They can drive on mini streets, navigate traffic signs and lights and explore small-scale real-life locations; such as the supermarket, café, beauty salon and medical clinic. They create locations for realistic situations where children learn and have fun.
They believe that to play is fundamental to the growth and development of children. Scientific research shows that role play engages many parts of the brain, facilitating sensory-motor integration along with cognitive, emotional and language development of a young child. When immersed in an environment designed to stimulate imagination and curiosity, a child learns through the best way possible: Meaningful Fun.
The new Make Up Pro For Ever Academy & Pro Loft shows the brand's strong commitment to share its know-how and professional expertise through its unique educational experiences, providing the highest level of retail service.
The loft comprises of a 2-storey education cum retail space which not only provides a spacious and modern learning facility but also an exciting retail experience.
On the ground floor is Make Up For Ever's Pro Loft, which showcases the most comprehensive assortment of over 1,600 make up products, including artistic and special effects products. It provides a holistic "backstage" experience with its design inspired by a backstage study concept with Make Up For Ever's signature brick wall, aluminium zero-structure, neon, billboards, raw flooring, communal table and industrial-like furniture.
The Make Up School is located within the Pro Loft and is a dedicated space which provides every woman who desires to improve her make up skills a one-to-one personalised make up lesson. Their lesson menu offers 10 different lessons ranging from 15-minutes SOS Pro Tips targeted to solve your specific make up needs such as camouflaging a tattoo or scar to a 75 minute complete make up lesson which will allow you to learn the fundamentals of face, eye and lip make-up.
In these exclusive Make Up School lessons, expect not only to learn the Pro secrets that professional make up artists employ in fashion shows, editorial photo shoots and film sets but also the latest looks and trends from their professionally trained Make-Up School coaches.
Newsplex Asia is the third of its kind in the world and the first in Asia. The $0.5 million centre, which spans over 160 square metres of space and features advanced facilities in a highly-connected learning environment, will let students and media professionals learn and develop, in a realistic and vibrant setting, integrated digital media and journalism skills.
Newsplex will draw on the expertise of faculty not just from the Wee Kim Wee School, but also other schools and disciplines in NTU, from communication, the humanities, design, engineering, science and medicine. The Newsplex will boost the government and industry’s aim to grow the quality and quantity of well-trained media professionals in Singapore. As media professionals from Singapore and surrounding countries will train in this facility that’s strategically located in the heart of Asia, it will have many positive spill-over effects for the rest of the region.
The 60-seat Newsplex Asia’s high-tech facilities include brand new Mac Pro workstations for print, online, tablet, radio and TV production, ten overhead screens for teaching and monitoring news channels, and a multi-purpose mini-studio for digital audio and video broadcasts and quick photography. All these are aimed at providing content on multiple channels to meet the needs of consumers who increasingly demand multimedia news and information in quickly accessible forms that match their increasingly fast-paced lifestyles.
Newsplex Asia will host professional training and workshops for the media industry in Singapore and around the Asia Pacific, focusing on media convergent journalism and the development and implementation of integrated newsroom strategies during NTU’s vacation breaks. The centre brings the various media platforms together in one convenient, collaborative space. Through carefully-considered planning and physical layout, it will allow journalists, editors, designers and developers to create and communicate in the most efficient ways possible in order to deliver content speedily and seamlessly.
Among Newsplex Asia’s first industry partners is Apple, which has made the Wee Kim Wee School its first tertiary-level education partner in Singapore with Apple Learning Environment status. Working with five faculty members at the School, Apple is supporting their journalism, mobile technology and publication design classes by lending 20 iPads, and providing advice and training on how to use the iPad as a news gathering and content creation tool.
The National Library will be home to the world’s first green library for kids in 2013. Planning to transform the kids section of the National Library into an eco-landscape.
Named “My Tree House”, the new library section is designed with environmental sustainability in mind, from its design and infrastructure. It is modelled after an enchanted forest, with spaces for hands-on learning.
The library has been designed to create an enchanted forest ambience with fun spaces for hands-on learning and reflections. “My Tree House” takes its name aptly after the centrepiece which is a tree house structure constructed with recyclable materials. It will evoke the feeling of a special place for children as featured in story books.
Targeted for completion in mid-2013, the library will be home to 70,000 books. About 30% of these books will focus on green topics such as animals, plants, nature, water resources, environment and climate change. NLB plans to work with other public agencies such as the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, National Climate Change Secretariat, National Environment Agency, National Parks Board and PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency in developing the library’s collection and on using the library for environmental education and outreach. A wide range of tailored activities like games, storytelling and craft-making to spur interest in children ages 4 to 12 are being planned. NLB is also gathering feedback and suggestions to customise the experience for child visitors. Members of the public can provide suggestions through email or forms at the library.
The number 1 toy brand in the United Kingdom, Early Learning Centre (ELC) helps children get off to the best possible start and develop vital skills while enjoying creative and stimulating play with its wide range of tremendously fun toys.
Every ELC toy is designed to help children explore the boundaries of their imaginations and creativity, to make learning fun and help children be all they can be. Early Learning Symbols are printed on the outer packaging to help parents to understand the toys and how they help the child develop at different growth stages.
Early Learning Centre was founded 30 years ago in England by a father, John Beale, who was frustrated at the lack of non-violent toys for his small son. So he set about making his own toys and opened his first store. Today ELC toys are available in over 750 stores worldwide and the philosophy of rejecting toys that encourage violent or anti-social behaviour remains true to this day.
At Early Learning Centre, they are passionate about helping children get their learning off to the best possible start. That's why all of their toys have to meet these 3 important criteria:
Will a Child Learn?
Will a Child be Safe?
Will a Child have Fun?
Each and every toy in the ELC range has been designed to bring happiness and wonder to children and parents alike. Their toys also incorporate the best of the Essential Learning Skills that make your child's development so vitally important.
The owners of ELC Singapore, parents of small children themselves, grew up with the brand and knew that the same principles of learning through play would be as popular here in Singapore as they are in the rest of the world.
The link bridge (College Link) to UTown is now open. You can now explore UTown’s facilities – a map is available for download here.
The NUS University Town (UTown), the first of its kind in Singapore’s higher learning landscape, opens its doors in 2011. Located across the NUS Kent Ridge campus, this is where some 2,400 undergraduate students, 1,700 graduate students and 1,000 researchers will work, live, and learn in close proximity.
Undergraduates staying in the Residential Colleges have the opportunity to combine the vibrancy of campus living with an exciting multidisciplinary academic programme. Graduate students moving into the Graduate Residence can look forward to facilities dedicated to the university’s growing graduate community. Top researchers from world-class research institutes will gather under one roof to form loci of innovation at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).
UTown, which is being developed in phases, will be launching its two undergraduate residential colleges - Cinnamon (that houses the University Scholars Programme) and Tembusu Colleges, in its initial phase in August 2011. Open to all new undergraduates and existing students, each residential college admits up to 600 students. Residents are encouraged to stay for at least 2 years to extract the optimal benefits of residential living and learning.
Each residential college has a Master who will be supported by a team of faculty fellows, graduate tutors and staff. They will develop the academic tone and character of the college. Together with their families, the Master and faculty fellows will live alongside the students.
Students will have a choice of living in single rooms or sharing a 6 bedroom suite. Room rental rates are from S$110 per room per week. Please refer to NUS Office of Student Affairs website for details on the accommodation fees.
Each college is also equipped with facilities such as theme rooms, multipurpose halls, dining halls, student lounges and common lounges. These facilities aim to create a supportive friendly environment, cultivating spirited communities through social, educational and cultural interaction.
With purposeful facilities designed to encourage an open exchange of ideas, this is where creativity, innovation and enterprise will flourish.
UTown leverages NUS’ reputation for enabling research and teaching across disciplines. It offers a new dimension in living and learning in line with the university’s mission to be a global university centred in Asia.
As an expression of NUS’ endeavour to enhance students’ learning experience, UTown is part of NUS’ long term plans to develop collaborative learning communities to engage young minds and maximize their potential.
National University of Singapore 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road,
MDIS Residences @ Stirling was designed by ONG&ONG. The hostel wings are joined by community link-bridges, allowing for student interaction. The skyrise garden adopts a contemporary garden setting to create an open, user-friendly environment for student activities. The floor plans are designed with a modular structural grid, and the various sizes and layouts of bedrooms and communal facilities fit within it.
The building is orientated in a north-south direction to encourage natural ventilation. Air-conditioned spaces, such as offices, classrooms and auditoriums, are recessed from the building outline to minimise exposure to direct sunlight and reduce heat gain. Landscape terraces help cool and provide green relief for all. Hostel rooms are housed in two wings that shade each other from the sun’s path. Double-glazed windows are used in all hostel rooms and offices for high transmission of light without excessive heat gain.
MDIS has a history of providing training and educational services to the community and the nation. The $35 million MDIS Campus in Stirling Road occupies a three-hectare land area. It has state-of-the-art classrooms, life sciences and computer laboratories, a hospitality training centre, a mass communications studio, engineering laboratory and workshop, sports facilities such as a gymnasium and badminton courts. The campus also has an amphitheatre to house art performances and other events.
The campus is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing students access to the World Wide Web anywhere on campus. In addition, MDIS enhances students' learning experience with the Blackboard Learning System and video streaming technology which allow online access to lecture notes, learning resources and recorded lessons anytime, anywhere.
The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore's oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd (MDIS Pte Ltd) to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its globalisation strategy.
MDIS provides well-accredited courses, seminars and management services and opportunities for individuals to develop professionally through academic programmes in Business and Management, Engineering, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Mass Communications, Psychology and Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management. They are offered in collaboration with highly acclaimed universities in Australia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Come 2013, Singapore’s workforce can look forward to two National Continuing Education and Training (CET) Campuses; a one stop destination for skills training and career opportunities. When ready, the two campuses - together - can train up to 50,000 adults each year. Both CET Campuses will cluster best-in-class CET providers and serve as gateways for our workforce to access a wide variety of in demand skills training and relevant upgrading programmes. Beyond training, workers can also access career services and get connected to employers.
A vibrant habitat for continuous education and training where our workforce upgrade their skills, employers fulfil their manpower needs and training providers synergise to deliver best-in-class training.
Both campuses will serve as:
A gateway for our workforce, from rank-and-file to professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), to discover career opportunities, and access relevant training that will help them stay employable and progress in their careers.
A hub of high quality and best-in-class CET providers, clustered under one roof, leveraging on each other and linked up with the wider network of providers around the island.
An employment exchange for employers to meet their manpower needs and for workers to pursue career and professional development.
A one-stop centre integrating career coaching, training, assessment and career services.
The CET Campus East will be located in Paya Lebar Central, an upcoming vibrant district brimming with exciting public spaces as well as commercial, retail and cultural activities. The CET Campus West will be located at Jurong Lake District, earmarked as the biggest lakeside destination for business and leisure. Both the Campuses will feature open physical architecture with an inviting conducive and progressive learning environment as well as top-notch facilities.
CET Campus East will be located in Paya Lebar Central and CET Campus West will be located in Jurong Lake District next to the upcoming Ng Teng Fong Hospital.
Their vision is to inspire young minds and their success probably has a lot to do with why they're now opening their 4th Brighton Montessori International Childcare / Pre-School in Singapore at Sunset Way. They believe that all children are special and unique in their own ways. The carefully structured programmes aim to recognise the different needs of every child. Children emerge as confident individuals with a strong sense of initiative and self-motivation and most of all, a love of learning.
Why you should enrol your child at Brighton Montessori:
A child’s development is strongly influenced by early experiences. Their programmes give students the opportunity to realise their potential and promote in them: Responsibility for Themselves & Respect for Others, Independence & Self-confidence, Thinking Skills & Concentration, Initiative & Self-motivation, Co-operation with Others, A Love for Learning
Their Goal is to nurture your children to develop: A creative mind, A lively spirit, A healthy body and A loving heart! The Brighton Montessori curriculum covers the whole spectrum of Montessori training and it prepares your child or formal schooling. Thefive Montessori Subjects have their emphasis on learning through hands-on activities. Their strength is in their effective Phonics and reading programme, as well as their progressive teaching from concrete to abstract concepts in the Mathematics programme.
The various Learning Activities are conducted in a creative and fun way that also highlight many enriching and discovery pursuits.
Lock Road Kindergarten is a well-established private kindergarten that caters for expatriate children aged 2 to 5 years old and they have recently packed up the kids, creativity, classes and fun and moved to a brand new location!
They believe they have created a warm, inviting and well-equipped environment where your child can happily play and learn at his or her own pace. As parents you are your child's first and probably most important teacher and as such are aware of the value of play.
At Lock Road, they aim to provide a creative environment, which is both stimulating and challenging. Children learn best through doing and will be given ample opportunities to explore, experiment and discover with hands-on equipment and materials.
Their curriculum has been carefully tailored to meet the specific needs of young children and with the introduction of developmentally appropriate themes and activities will be sure to spark a child's natural curiousity, interest and enthusiasm.
They pride themselves in offering an excellent staff to student ratio. This enables them to give each child the individual attention so important at this age.
Thunder Rock School is a place where fun is injected into music learning and creation. By placing a strong emphasis on music creativity and infusing that with the latest and proper music techniques, students are guided and provided with the skill that will enable them to forge out a hobby beyond the confines of the bedroom or a possible musical career.
They strongly believe that the freedom to imagine and create will inspire one to follow their dreams. To ignite their musical journey, the students are provided with opportunities for recording their own works and performing live at different venues in Singapore. This will provide them with a strong background and infrastructure that will eventually take their musical passion beyond Thunder Rock School.
61, Kaki Bukit Ave 1 #04-14 Shun Li Industrial Park
MyHomeTutor Campus is pleased to announce the opening of their 6th and 7th campuses at Bukit Batok Central and Jurong West! These two new additions to the MyHomeTutor Campus family brings the total tally to seven in two years - a testament to the success of MyHomeTutor's concept. Located near primary and secondary schools, as well as a bustling residential area, it aims to cater more comprehensively to families living in western Singapore.
MyHomeTutor™ Education Series, Singapore's leading primary school learning software, is extending their educational services with MyHomeTutor Campus. Designed as a premier enrichment institute, MyHomeTutor Campus pushes the boundaries of teaching and learning through state-of-the-art innovation and forward-looking advances. Most importantly, it answers and fulfills the needs of today's students and parents - in terms of quality, technology, flexibility and cost savings.
At MyHomeTutor Campus, pedagogy is enhanced by technology. The best teachers deliver lessons, empowered by video, projection slides, WACOM tablet applications and the internet. In the first ever "Learn-As-You-Need" model in Singapore, the school provides flexible and modular lesson "clinics" for children instead of the traditional one-size-fits-all tuition centre approach.
They are confident that learners will find the learning experience at MyHomeTutor Campus highly engaging and gratifying!
504 Jurong West Street 51 #03-219 & 213 Bukit Batok Street 21 #01-219
EtonHouse is headquartered in Singapore with 35 schools spread across Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Japan. Together these schools provide high quality international education to over 3000 children across 54 different nationalities. Their 1st International Pre-School with a Research Centre has recently opened on Mountbatten Road.
At EtonHouse, they believe education is the cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling life. Knowledge and skills provide the framework through which both children and adults see their world. At EtonHouse they also understand that the environment plays a vital role in developing a happy, confident and resourceful child. They therefore lay great emphasis on creating a carefully planned and well resourced environment that is warm, welcoming and engaging.
EtonHouse International Schools and Pre-schools offer an academically rigorous education where children are encouraged to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners through an international, inquiry-based programme. They provide stimulating learning experiences focused on the strengths and needs of individuals. This encourages each child to reach their full potential – academically, socially, emotionally and physically.
EtonHouse fosters a love of learning and provides children with the skills they need to be adaptable and flexible in a rapidly changing world. In their schools, each child is known, encouraged and supported by all staff. Parents are welcome in their school and they highly value and encourage partnership between home and school.
Housed in two newly renovated bungalows, Mountbatten 718, the newest EtonHouse pre-school in Singapore will offer a unique programme for children aged 18 months to 6 years within an international pre-school environment. The pre-school is built over a land area of 6050 suare metres and a built-up area of 1250 square metres.
The pre-school has sensory gardens (scented planting areas; texture gardens) as well as a children's kitchen, vegetable garden; water course, digging and construction areas, a large and well-equipped library and engagging and well-resourced classrooms. We have also imported a range of mobile climbing equipment from Australia. This can be used very flexibly and ensures our teachers can plan for a variety of different climbing and co-ordination challenges.
Welcome to White Lodge Education Group Services which operates all White Lodge kindergartens and centres. These centres provide and promote the most advanced early childhood education and care in Singapore.
The first school, in Singapore, was started in August 1999 with White Lodge Early Learning Centre at Linden Drive. This was followed by White Lodge kindergartens in South Buona Vista and Jalan Siap, which were set up in June 2003 and April 2005 respectively. As White Lodge’s reputation grew, there were many requests to open a fourth kindergarten in the east part of Singapore. White Lodge Kindergarten (East Coast) was opened in December 2005 to meet this demand.
In 2006, the fifth educational facility was opened in Loewen Gardens and was registered as an activity centre, which had drop-off, programmes as well as extended classes such as art, phonics and reading programmes, Mandarin language classes and a special Parent & Child Programme. This proved to be a successful formula and a second activity centre was opened in the Central North district of Singapore in January 2011. Also in 2011, with the support of Internationalisation Enterprise (IE) Singapore, White Lodge was invited to further expand the brand overseas. This led to the opening of the first flagship branch overseas for White Lodge in Hanoi, Vietnam.
White Lodge’s philosophy is to support, nurture, teach and care for each child individually so that they grow in understanding, awareness and responsibility. The comprehensive curriculum is based on the most up-to-date education practices and revolves around a guided, child-centred programme. Mandarin is also integrated into the programmes.
Children at White Lodge not only learn the traditional elements of education, but are also challenged and involved in a far wider world of learning and development. The children are encouraged to think broadly and creatively, to develop advanced interacting and socialising skills, to build confidence in themselves as well as the belief that they have the ability to tackle any challenges given. They leave the centres equipped with language, mathematical and writing skills but perhaps more importantly, with a lively curiosity and interest in the world around them.
The White Lodge group of kindergartens now serve over 500 students of which 90% are expatriates. The students come from over 25 different countries in Asia Pacific, Europe and America. White Lodge’s children are therefore constantly exposed to diverse cultures and practices in their everyday interactions, giving them a head start to living in a globalised world.
From the day they were born, our children require emotional care and physical affection in a nurturing and soothing environment. Every single experience is a totally new one for these bundles of joy. Their world is filled with seeing, hearing and feeling, which stimulates their senses to help them grow and develop. Your response to their constant cries for attention provides emotional nourishment, which also creates a warm and secure environment for these tiny tots.
Your child's development rate can be bafflingly tremendous outburst or painfully slow at times. While there are milestones for measure as yardsticks, one can rely on instincts to observe whether all is well or there are significant delays. Remember, these are only for guidance purposes and not some target to be achieved or agonized over. Learn to appreciate these variations, which is an exciting and memorable journey for both you and your child.
As your child advances on to their preschool age, involving play with other kids unlock their social skills that will be an important lifetime tool. It also provides the vital building block for lifelong self-esteem. Being in a playschool or playgroup enhances their social and personal growth with the interactions made. Encouraging play leads to a healthy dose of creativity, coordination and cooperation.
Reading with your child opens up amazing new worlds and adventures. Books help to create bonds as stories are being shared between parent and child. It is useful for improving speech, imagination and even counting skills! What more it's a delight to see the shine in their eyes when tales of the mystical and magical are being recounted to keep them caught up in the wonder of it all!
At this age, children will develop a sense of independence so it is imperative to give them the space they need. With lots of room to do their own thing, they can maximize their creativity development streak.
At Carpe Diem, your child's progressive development is their pride and utmost concern. It's their love for all children that has ensured their tireless commitment to providing them with the best possible start.
The much awaited SkyGarden, on the roof level of nex, has opened. Occupying a floor area of some 10,000sq ft, the SkyGarden consists of: Kidz Play, a children’s playground with both wet and dry play areas; K9 Park, the first and only dog park to be incorporated into a mall; and 10 establishments that will set to make nex a hub for learning and child development, and even a haven for parents.
For pets and their owners, the SkyGarden offers K9 Park, The Pet Safari and Doggiestyle Café. K9 Park, is Singapore’s first and only dog park incorporated into a mall. It was thoughtfully designed to have two separate play areas - one for big dogs and another for small dogs, in order to keep the canines safe from each other. The Pet Safari is a pet shopping mall that brings the best vets, pet groomers, products and services under one roof – and the only enclosed shopping area in Singapore that allows owners to shop freely with their pets. Doggiestyle Café, meantime, is a café-cum-dog day care centre that allows pets to dine with their owners.
Aside from housing pet-friendly establishments, the SkyGarden, is a delight to parents with young kids. The SkyGarden at
nex will have 5 educational outlets: Aspire Hub Education, which takes a comprehensive approach in helping students cope with their academic challenges; Baby Spa, which offers swimming exercises and massage to stimulate babies’ physical growth and mental development; Brillionaire Kids, which works closely with parents to bring out the best in their children; CS Montessori Learning Centre, which offers a broad-based curriculum to encourage the development of multiple intelligence in children; and The Ballet and Music Company, which offers ballet, dance and music courses for all ages. The learning hub at nex will be completed with the National Public Library that will open in March.
The SkyGarden also has something for the parents and pet owners. After they have left their little ones in good hands in any of the abovementioned establishments, the adults can take their much-deserved break and indulge themselves at Young & Slim Beauty Bar, which offers innovative skin & body care products and treatments from Japan or shop at the soon to be opened King & King Wong, a lifestyle and home furnishing store.
Pet owners bringing their dogs to the K9 Park may only access the Park through a specially designated pet lift, so as not to cause any inconvenience for other shoppers. Dogs are strictly not allowed in other areas of the mall.
Kidz Play and K9 Park are open from 11am to 9pm daily. The SkyGarden however follows the malls operating hours (10.30 am to 10.30 pm).
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has just unveiled its Yunnan Garden Campus Master Plan, which will transform the campus – the largest in Singapore at 200 hectares – into a mini city. When fully completed, it will have a number of trendy meeting points dotting the landscape to encourage cross-campus chats. Walk into one of these and you will be able to have a conversation with a student, professor or researcher from another discipline or school.
Such common spaces will help to break down psychological ‘glass walls’, and encourage people of different research interests and disciplines to get to know one another better. In this way, everyone will benefit from the cross-fertilisation of ideas that springs from unexpected connections across the sciences. This is something that is becoming increasingly important as new knowledge comes from the overlaps between disciplines.
To create a melting pot of diverse talents across disciplines is in line with the NTU 2015 five-year strategic blueprint announced in November 2010. As part of this blueprint, NTU will put its global stamp in five areas known as the Five Peaks of Excellence. The five interdisciplinary areas are Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road and Innovation Asia.
Today, NTU is already a cosmopolitan hub of 33,000 students and 3,000 faculty and researchers from more than 70 countries. Future visitors to the new Univer-City can expect to find retail shops, cafes and restaurants, and even a pub and cinema in this self-contained campus, together with its existing conveniences. These will be at the new Campus Centre, which will become the heart of NTU. A road near the School of Art, Design and Media leading to the Administration Building will be transformed into a pedestrian promenade. The Campus Centre will create a ribbon of diverse meeting places, with academic, social and residential facilities located alongside each other.
Connecting with Nature: No concrete jungle, this will be a vibrant Univer-City with a soul. Today, the Yunnan Campus is already home to a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. The Campus Master Plan aims to enhance this even further with additional plants and landscaping. Providing soup for the soul, new blue spaces will be created to add to the green. All these will provide the NTU community with a myriad of opportunities to connect with Mother Nature. The open lush greenery of the campus will be integrated with covered walkways and cycling lanes, to encourage people to walk or ride eco-friendly bicycles. Later on, pavilions and decks can be built next to a network of ponds and lakes to create new outdoor classrooms and lookout points, providing more common spaces for learning and relaxation.
The new ponds will enable NTU to reuse the rain water for irrigation of its lush expanses of greenery. Eventually, all the water bodies, including the naturalized waterways, ponds and lakes will form a continuous swath of blue across the campus to complement the greenery.
Forging greater industry links: The Campus Master Plan also aims to create a seamless physical integration between NTU and its neighbour, the upcoming CleanTech Park, a 50 hectare eco-business facility developed by JTC Corporation. It will be easy and convenient to move between the two entities, facilitating the shared use of research facilities and common spaces for social interaction.
Fostering greater interaction: The pulse of a city is its population. NTU believes that a residential experience is an important part of a holistic varsity education. NTU will be adding 5,000 new hostel places (single and shared rooms) by 2015. This will allow every undergraduate who desires to stay on campus to be able to do so.
At present, there are 9,200 places spread over 16 halls of residence. A new graduate hall, to be ready by early 2013, will house an additional 690 places for graduate students, which will result in more than double the current places available. International faculty and staff can also look forward to new housing facilities on campus.
A new Learning Hub – a shared facility for all schools – will also be created, housing about 70 “Classrooms of Tomorrow”. These classrooms are designed to drive group discussion and interaction. Whiteboards will be replaced by giant interactive screens, and students can even collaborate with their peers in different countries. SMART Boards will empower lecturers to virtually modify their teaching, so as to best fit individual students' learning styles. The Hub is expected to be ready in two years’ time.
To drive cross-disciplinary collaboration, a new Interdisciplinary Research Building is being planned. Catering to a mix of research faculty from NTU and its institutional partners, the building will be located near the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Building at Nanyang Link and is scheduled to be ready by 2014.
In anticipation of the needs of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a new building will be built at the Yunnan Campus, in addition to the upcoming Novena Campus. To be outfitted with the latest technologies for learning and discovery, the building will be designed for current and emerging trends in medical education, such as virtual learning, clinical simulations and interdisciplinary collaborations. Located near the School of Biological Sciences on Nanyang Drive, it is expected to be ready by 2014. Easy access between the Yunnan and Novena campuses is being planned to ensure interaction of students from both campuses.
Extensive consultation: The Campus Master Plan is developed by the University together with a team of consultants led by Mr Harold Guida from Guida Moseley Brown Architects. It is the culmination of two intensive years of work by NTU’s Campus Planning committee that began in 2008 which included meetings with hundreds of members of the NTU community in this extensive planning process.
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