Early Years - Pre-K to K2 (Ages 3-5)

Creating a solid foundation for future learning

Photo of early years students sitting around playing drumShaping those first five crucial years is a shared responsibility between parents and early childhood educators. Many decisions have to be made.

Many questions should be asked to ensure your child has an outstanding introduction to the world of education.

  • It is the child’s first experience of a school
  • Brain development in the first five years is crucial to future success and development
  • Early Years is the most important time in a child’s life. A structure, personalised learning environment supports their natural thirst for learning and encourages future risk-taking and development


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a leading curriculum framework for international primary education. Designed for schools with students aged 3 to 11, the PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

Nurturing independent learning skills, and encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning, the PYP at GEMS Singapore develops students’ academic, social and emotional well being, while simultaneously focusing on international-mindedness and the development of strong personal values.

What learning environments at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) support early years learning?

Photo of early years student playing lego with teacherThe learning environment is crucial. Academic research identifies its significance as the ‘third teacher.’

At GEMS Singapore, the Early Years team are constantly thinking of ways to modify the environment to facilitate new experiences, to provoke higher levels of engagement and to reflect children’s shared ownership of the learning spaces.

  • Specialised spaces: art, music, language rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor open spaces for discovery, structured and unstructured play
  • Areas for dress-up, performance and sharing
  • Early Years specific outdoor playground
  • Environments aided by technology; supported by outstanding teaching teams

In the Early Years at GEMS World Academy (Singapore), we define an outstanding programme as one that lays the foundations for a love of lifelong learning.

We know that a child’s emotional and social well-being is shaped from a very early age and we recognize and value this.

We know that children who feel secure are most likely to become the most confident of learners.

An outstanding programme recognizes the importance of academics but that authentic understanding can only be achieved through developmentally appropriate practice.

We believe in a child-centered approach where children’s interests and their developing understandings drive the learning forward.

Children are seen as unique individuals with strengths and abilities that are continually developing and we observe and support this in an age appropriate way.

Teachers facilitate and provide resources, independence is encouraged, and those early skills, which become the basis of Maths and Language development, are planned for and supported.

Children are engaged in play-based experiences that allow them to make connections to what they already know, taking them beyond the classroom to wonder and theorize.

Alongside teachers, they are co-constructing meaning about the world around them.

Play-based learning allows children to learn through a balanced range of experiences, explore their curiosity, and build confidence.

Using websites such as Go Noodle, students are encouraged to be mindful, active, and have fun.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs are also integrated into the learning experiences that takes place.

STEM integration from the earliest age supports technology literacy among children alongside balanced activities.

Grade Level Subject Areas Method of Delivery Maximum Teacher:
Student Ratio
Annual Contact Hours
Pre-K Integrated programme with further specialised teaching in:
  • Physical Education
  • Language Acquisition: Mandarin or English as an Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Face-to-face
  • 9am to 1.30pm
  • Full-time
2:16 647.5
K1 Integrated programme with further specialised teaching in:
  • Physical Education
  • Language Acquisition: Mandarin or English as an Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Face-to-face
  • 9am to 1.30pm (Half-day)
  • 9am to 3.30pm (Full-day)
  • Full-time
2:16 647.5
K2 Integrated programme with further specialised teaching in:
  • Physical Education
  • Language Acquisition: Mandarin or English as an Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Face-to-face
  • 9am to 3.30pm
  • Full-time
2:16 925

Baby Bonus Approved Institution GEMS World Academy (Singapore) accepts applications from Singapore citizens, Singapore permanent residents, and dependent pass holders for our Early Years Programme.

For any further queries, contact our Admissions Team.

Admissions Enquiries

Email: info@gwa.edu.sg
Phone: +65 6808 7300

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