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The School
We learn a little from books and talking but we learn most from doing, outdoors, in the heart of nature. Real learning that covers breadth and depth and makes connections with what we learn in the classroom. That’s the Quayside Isle Preparatory School experience.
What could be more stimulating than a classroom outdoors where real-life applications take the ordinary and make them extraordinary! At QuIPS, we nurture by nature, using well-researched curriculum and making it come to life in the language of play and place. Simply because we know that every child deserves the best education from the start.
Sharon Solomon, Founder.
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The School
We learn a little from books and talking but we learn most from doing, outdoors, in the heart of nature. Real learning that covers breadth and depth and makes connections with what we learn in the classroom. That’s the Quayside Isle Preparatory School experience.
What could be more stimulating than a classroom outdoors where real-life applications take the ordinary and make them extraordinary! At QuIPS, we nurture by nature, using well-researched curriculum and making it come to life in the language of play and place. Simply because we know that every child deserves the best education from the start.
Sharon Solomon, Founder.
Testimonials
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- Kerry (Mother of Oliver)
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- Melanie (Mother of Maya and Monty)
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- Claire (Mother of Alice, Effie and Elliot)
Harrison
We love Quayside Isle!

Since enrolling in 2015, Harrison has grown so much on both an educational and social level. As parents, we are ecstatic to see this daily growth in both areas.

We feel that a very important part of living overseas is being immersed as much as possible in a new culture and learning. QuIPS promotes this by offering a diverse environment and well-rounded curriculum, which includes many important cultural aspects of Singapore.

Harrison’s thirst for knowledge is growing as quickly as he is and Quayside has done an amazing job of thoroughly encouraging his curiosity while giving him the freedom to observe, explore, and ask questions. We could not be happier with our decision to enrol our son at Quayside.
Morgan and John
( Parents of Harrison (3) )
Carley
Our daughter Annabelle (6) was at Quayside Isle Preparatory School for one year before graduating. She loved her time at QuIPS and still talks fondly of all her teachers there. She really enjoyed all the trips they made and the focus on discovering and learning through nature. She was very well prepared for the transition to a big school and has settled in well thanks to all the ground work and confidence QuIPS has nurtured her with.


Carley
(Mother of Henry (3) and Annabelle (5) )


Our son Henry (3) is also at QuIPS. He enjoys going to school every morning and comes home eager to tell us what he has been doing all day. Everybody there is very friendly and welcoming and we really like the nurturing approach. He is in a class of 10 children with 2 amazing teachers. His language has improved dramatically and he has become much more confident and independent. Even though he is only 3 years old and in the Toddlers group he still has specialized teachers come in once a week for Mandarin, Art, Music and Yoga, all of which he thoroughly enjoys. We would definitely recommend this school to others as it is a warm and caring environment and extremely convenient for Sentosa residents.
Nora & Victoria
Our experience at QuIPS has been very good. The teachers are great. They know every child and create a safe environment for the kids. The way new children are welcomed and accommodated is excellent. The weekly plans are good and we feel the children learn while having fun at the same time. Fieldtrips for Dragonflies are very good. QuIPS has a friendly and encouraging learning environment.

QuIPS is not too big, and the class sizes are just right. The teachers know the class and each child well. The programs are varied and include parent participation sessions.

We like that the children go out and explore what they have read / heard about in the classroom. We also like the focus on books and reading and the library program.

Compared with the previous school, QuIPS allows for much more dialogue between the children and teachers. The children are encouraged to think and then give their opinion, they are not just taught through a teacher’s monologue. We also think the library program is very good and perhaps different from most other schools.
I would recommend the School to others because of reasons mentioned above. We have already recommended to several persons, some whose kids started at the school after our (and others) recommendations.’
Christine and Norman
(Parents of Nora (2) and Victoria (4))
Ella
Since we met the staff at an Open Day event about the school, we immediately felt confident that QuIPS was the right environment for Ella. Our perception was confirmed by the enthusiasm Ella has always showed in going to school every day. The curriculum offered and the extra curriculum activities, together with the loving care of her teachers and the school team has not only inspired Ella, but also stimulated her intellectual and emotional development.

We really like the welcoming atmosphere and the lively learning environment at QuIPS. We believe there is a positive balance between the curriculum and the social and emotional development of the children. We particularly appreciate the open door policy. The teachers are always available to meet with us parents and always welcome any input we might have.

We will certainly recommend QuIPS for a thriving first experience with “the academical world”. The class sizes are very small and they ensure a very close relationship between each of the children and their teacher. The activities offered are exciting and meaningful for the children especially in such a multicultural environment.’
Leila and Owen
( Parents of Ella (4) )
Magnus
Magnus has had a very positive experience since starting at QuIPS. He had never attended any prior schooling and the adjustment went surprisingly smooth. We, as parents, have noticed tremendous development in his confidence and social skills ever since he joined QuIPS.

What we like most about the school is the location and the safe and friendly environment for Magnus. We also feel that the curriculum is very age appropriate and well administered by the teachers.

We feel Magnus has learnt a lot since starting QuIPS and we value how thorough the teaching is, as well as the patience and dedication of the teachers.
Parents of Magnus ( 3 )
Lana
There’s no denying that the quality and selection of international schools on offer in Singapore is impressive and yet, choosing the right school for our daughter, Lana, was surprisingly more challenging than we had expected it would be.

The most essential thing for us therefore, was not what she would learn about, what curriculum she would follow and what developmental milestones she would hit but how she would learn and most of all, how much fun she would have in the process.

Quayside Isle Preparatory School’s focus on learning through exploration and discovery and the excellent teacher to pupil ratio that allows this approach and focus were key factors in our decision.

Just a few weeks into her time at Quayside Isle Prep, Lana was telling her Granny about the insect module they were studying in school and a recent trip to the Butterfly and Insect Kingdom. “So have you learned about spiders yet?” asked her granny, to which Lana replied: “Granny! A spider is NOT an insect! It is an arthropod!” There is plenty of evidence of how much she is learning but, in the process, she is definitely having fun, both inside and outside of the classroom. What more could we ask for at this age?
Natalie and Sam
(Parents of Lana (4) )
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Our children have loved being a part of QUIPS since the very first day the school opened and we are very happy they are there. QUIPS is a perfect fit for our family living on Sentosa. It was not even a question to keep them there until they go to school on the mainland.

The personal attention and care from all the staff and teachers as well as the wonderful friends they have made during their time at QUIPS is what we love the most about the school. The hugs and kisses from Ms Maureen and Ms Ester at the start and end of each day are what every kid needs.

As parents, we really appreciate the focus QUIPS makes on learning and respecting nature and our environment. The use of our beautiful surroundings on Sentosa is taken advantage of. What lucky kids.

The weekly updates from Ms Maureen and attached photos have been fantastic for us and the rest of our family living overseas to see how the kids are growing and developing. The fun activities and the joy in their faces is clear to everyone.
We would and do recommend QUIPS to any parents with children below 6 living on Sentosa.
John and Chris
(Parents of Caleb (4) and Eleuthera (4))
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- Kerry (Mother of Oliver)
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- Melanie (Mother of Maya and Monty)
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- Claire (Mother of Alice, Effie and Elliot)
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We love Quayside Isle!

Since enrolling in 2015, Harrison has grown so much on both an educational and social level. As parents, we are ecstatic to see this daily growth in both areas.

We feel that a very important part of living overseas is being immersed as much as possible in a new culture and learning. QuIPS promotes this by offering a diverse environment and well-rounded curriculum, which includes many important cultural aspects of Singapore.
Morgan and John
( Parents of Harrison (3) )
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Our daughter Annabelle (6) was at Quayside Isle Preparatory School for one year before graduating. She loved her time at QuIPS and still talks fondly of all her teachers there. She really enjoyed all the trips they made and the focus on discovering and learning through nature. She was very well prepared for the transition to a big school and has settled in well thanks to all the ground work and confidence QuIPS has nurtured her with.



Carley
(Mother of Henry (3) and Annabelle (5) )
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Testimonials
Our experience at QuIPS has been very good. The teachers are great. They know every child and create a safe environment for the kids. The way new children are welcomed and accommodated is excellent. The weekly plans are good and we feel the children learn while having fun at the same time. Fieldtrips for Dragonflies are very good. QuIPS has a friendly and encouraging learning environment.

Christine and Norman
(Parents of Nora (2) and Victoria (4))
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Testimonials
Since we met the staff at an Open Day event about the school, we immediately felt confident that QuIPS was the right environment for Ella. Our perception was confirmed by the enthusiasm Ella has always showed in going to school every day. The curriculum offered and the extra curriculum activities, together with the loving care of her teachers and the school team has not only inspired Ella, but also stimulated her intellectual and emotional development.
Leila and Owen
( Parents of Ella (4) )
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Testimonials
Magnus has had a very positive experience since starting at QuIPS. He had never attended any prior schooling and the adjustment went surprisingly smooth. We, as parents, have noticed tremendous development in his confidence and social skills ever since he joined QuIPS.

What we like most about the school is the location and the safe and friendly environment for Magnus. We also feel that the curriculum is very age appropriate and well administered by the teachers.
Parents of Magnus ( 3 )
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Testimonials
There’s no denying that the quality and selection of international schools on offer in Singapore is impressive and yet, choosing the right school for our daughter, Lana, was surprisingly more challenging than we had expected it would be.

The most essential thing for us therefore, was not what she would learn about, what curriculum she would follow and what developmental milestones she would hit but how she would learn and most of all, how much fun she would have in the process.
Natalie and Sam
(Parents of Lana (4) )
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Our children have loved being a part of QUIPS since the very first day the school opened and we are very happy they are there. QUIPS is a perfect fit for our family living on Sentosa. It was not even a question to keep them there until they go to school on the mainland.
John and Chris
(Parents of Caleb (4) and Eleuthera (4))
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

School Information (General)

What is the minimum enrolment age at QuIPS?
Quayside Isle Preparatory School is open to children ages 18 months to 6 years 11 months. Children should turn the minimum age for the program during the academic year, which is our age cut-off date. The academic year runs from August to June.
When should I enrol my child at Quayside Isle Preparatory School?
Enrolment is open throughout the year subject to availability. However, we strongly recommend that you enquire about space availability at least a year ahead as wait lists for our classes are fairly common.
My child is very advanced for her age. Can I enrol her in a higher grade even though she does not meet the minimum required age?

Children will have to be the appropriate age for the class they are enrolling in as we consider every aspect of a child’s development – not just the academics. At QuIPS, every child’s strengths and challenges are closely monitored and learning goals are carefully tailored to the individual. QuIPS students are given plenty of opportunities to grow and learn while continually being challenged in areas uniquely geared towards them. QuIPS teachers ensure the learning is personalised and targeted for every student.

Can I tour the school before I enrol my child?
Absolutely! Please email info@quips.edu.sg or call 62357527 to arrange an appointment with our Director of Learning. In line with strict safeguarding policies and COVID19 regulations, no visitors will be allowed without a confirmed appointment.
How many students are there in a class and what is the student-teacher ratio?
We adopt a 6 to 1 ratio and classes are capped at 12 students with 2 teachers.
What qualifications do Quayside Isle Preparatory School teachers have?

All our teachers are professional educators, recognised by the Early Childhood Development Agency of Singapore (the regulatory body for the early childhood sector in Singapore). All our teachers are qualified Early Childhood educators with a wealth of knowledge and experience. QuIPS teachers come from different cultures adding to the vibrant school environment.

Will there be snacks/meals provided for my child?
Parents are advised to pack a light snack for their child such as biscuits, finger sandwiches or fruit. Lunch should be food your child enjoys and wants to eat. Snack and lunch are eaten in their respective classrooms, if not outdoors. Please inform the School if your child has specific dietary requirements or any food allergies. Peanuts are not allowed on the premises.
Is there a school bus service?
There is no school bus service. Most students scooter, walk or cycle to school.
What are the school's medical precautions?

QuIPS maintains strict procedures concerning the health and well-being of every child. These are indicated as reminders in a fortnightly newsletter and in line with the regulatory guidelines of Singapore’s Ministry of Health and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). We have three staff members who are certified in Child First Aid (CFA).

How will I know which year group my child belongs to?

QuIPS follows the UK National Curriculum which is organized into blocks of years called ‘Key Stages’. Hence the terminology Early Years and Key Stage 1. The year groups have been aligned with the Early Years and Key Stage 1 of the UK National Curriculum. Children should turn the minimum age for the program during the academic year, which is our age cut-off date

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Child’s Age (Years)
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Key Stage
18 – 24 months
Playgroup
Early Years
2 to 3
Nursery
Early Years
3 to 4
Pre-Reception
Early Years
4 to 5
Reception
Early Years
5 to 6
*Year 1
KS 1
6 to 7
*Year 2
KS 2
*Informal assessments are carried out in the course of the academic year and include phonics screening, reading, basic language structure and numeracy.

School Fees

Is it possible to waive the Enrolment Fee?
The Enrolment Fee is a compulsory payment and failing to submit it may result in your place being forfeited. Both the school fees and the enrolment fee form the school’s primary source of income. It allows us to maintain a high standard of teaching, providing the best resources while continuously improving the quality of the School and its related services.
My child will not be attending school for a few weeks as we are travelling. Can the school fees be pro-rated?

The school keeps a seat for your child when he/she is enrolled. The school is unable to take in another student while your child is away from school as your child is still a registered student with the school. We regret that requests to pro-rate the school fees due to absence from school cannot be accorded to.

What are the procedures for withdrawing my child from the school?

Please check our Academic calendar for Term withdrawal dates and the refund policy stated in the Fee structure document for the current year. For withdrawal from the school, please inform the school of your intention by filling out the Notice of Withdrawal form. Also, please note that the Enrolment Fee is non-refundable, and next term’s fee will be forfeited if you fail to notify the school of the withdrawal before the withdrawal deadline stated in the School Calendar.

We have to relocate due to the work arrangements. Can we withdraw after the withdrawal date?
Yes, it is possible to withdraw past the Withdrawal date as a result of unexpected work arrangements. You would have to provide a letter from your Employer on the company’s letter head, stating the reason for relocation and the date of your move. Term fees will be reimbursed to you after letter of withdrawal has been submitted and approved by the School Director.
Can I use funds in my Children Development Account (CDA - Baby Bonus) to pay for my child's kindergarten fees?

Yes. QuIPS is registered with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), and parents who are Singaporean citizens can access their CDA to pay for the fees.

School Information (Academics)

How should I prepare my child (and me!) for their first day of school?

To make settling into the new place and environment easier, here are several tips to help you:


Tip #1: Parting with your child can be difficult especially for first-time parents. Whatever you do, please try not to let your child see that you are worried. Your child will settle faster if you drop them off, give them a big hug and walk away saying “I’ll see you soon!”. Your confidence in sending them off happily gives them confidence in their new environment. You can then wait outside the school and the teachers will call you if there is any issue.

Tip #2: It is recommended to leave a favourite toy or one of your belongings with a child to make them feel more secure in the new place.

Tip #3: Some children may find parting and coming to school so stressful that they get tummy aches or are tearful in the mornings. If this happens, help your child overcome their anxiety by telling them what they will do in class. Anxiety and reluctance can be due to not knowing what to expect. Let your child also know what you will be doing while they are away and be sure to pick them up on time. It usually takes about a week for a child to settle in.

What is the best way to communicate with my child’s teacher?
QuIPS uses a TEAMS app for daily communication. Here you’ll find pictures of your child in action, receive reward and achievement updates, the fortnightly newsletter and IEYC, IPC theme based letters.

Parents receive a fortnightly Newsletter from their child’s class teacher. The newsletter is filled with photos of some of the learning activities that took place in your child’s class, some anecdotes and a short synopsis of what was covered in the different classes. Should you have specific concerns or questions, please do email the teacher to schedule a time to meet.

How is Literacy taught at QuIPS?

At QuIPS, we use a leading and well-recognised UK based phonics and literacy programme throughout the whole-school that creates fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. The program encompasses everything from phonology, comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling, to vocabulary and handwriting. There are easy guidebooks for parents which is shared by the respective class teachers. Every child is assessed and the literacy is tailored specifically to their level and needs. Assessments are conducted informally and formally in the course of the academic year.

 

Do the children do worksheets?

The mode of learning at QuIPS is very much through active play and engagement which draws on many of the senses. The more senses that are used in learning (where appropriate), the likelier a child is able to retain information, generalise and apply the learning. Worksheets (table top tasks) do take place but they do not form the basis of the learning journey. Table top tasks involving worksheets are used to reinforce the skills and concepts taught and to prepare children and are just one part of school readiness.
What is the school curriculum?

Steeped in beliefs that learning should br motivating, engaging and fun, the curriculum we use opens up a world of wonder for children where learning meets personal interests. At QuIPS we cover both breadth and depth in learning. We use the inquiry based International Early Years Curriculum UK (‘IEYC’) and the International Primary Curriculum UK (‘IPC’)

Will my child learn Mandarin?

The Mandarin classes at our school are language classes. This is an immersion program. Children will have 30-45 minute sessions with the Mandarin teacher and frequency is subject to grade level. The focus of these classes is for them to be comfortable with the fundamentals of the language such as greetings, basic vocabulary, and for the older classes, an introduction into strokes and basic high frequency characters. They will learn through games, play and song. For those wanting more, there are specific extra curricular activities in Mandarin.

Can I volunteer in my child’s class?
While we do not allow for parent volunteers in the classroom, there are volunteer opportunities for events and Library sessions at school that will help keep the bond with our learning community. Additionally, parents are often invited for Parent Share sessions in their child’s class. All these activities adhere to strict COVID19 regulations.
Will my child be able to transition into a bigger international school after QuIPS?

At QuIPS we prepare our young minds to take on their next challenge by providing a solid foundation. Our holistic approach to education in these formative years strikes the perfect balance between adult-led learning and learning through play, nature and self-discovery. Our program aids the transition process by adapting the learning journey each year so as to provide the children with exactly what they need at each developmental stage . We want our children to have a love of learning, form positive school relationships and all the necessary skills to take on their next step, be it at a local or international school! Our model works best when seen through completion of Key Stage 1, making every child ready for Primary 1 (Singapore), Year 3 (UK & Australia)), Grade 2 (US) and Key Stage 2. Our students have successfully transitioned to reputable international schools as well as local Singapore schools.

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