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International School Singapore - GESS Pre-School
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Pre-Kindergarten: 2 -3 years old


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We offer the following Pre-Kindergarten groups:

  • 5 Full-day classes (8.00am to 3.00pm)
  • 3 half days (8.00am to 12.30pm) plus 2 full days (8.00am to 3.00pm)


During Pre-Kindergarten, your child will engage in learning opportunities that build on the skills offered during their time in the toddler programme.

Each child’s bilingual foundation continues to develop through meaningful exposure to English and German.

Learning Approach

By working independently, as well as in groups, the children begin to develop a sense of oneself. They also get a better understanding of their feelings by engaging in conversations about empathy, respect and care. Our reflective learning process, guided by our skilled educators, lays the foundation for character development in children. The children's interests inspire play-based learning experiences. Through uninterrupted moments of exploration, children extend their understanding of the world and will
develop thinking skills. The Pre-Kindergarten learning spaces challenge each learner to develop physical skills whilst feeling safe.

Exploratory Learning

During this time, the children are invited to explore their world, formulate thoughts, share ideas and construct meaning through play. Learning may occur inside or outside, with explorations even extending into the shared pod spaces. Educators carefully observe the children in order to incorporate each child's interest and ideas are incorporated into learning experience designed by our expert faculty.

Morning Meeting

Each morning the children begin their day together. This is a moment to create a community of learners as each child develops social and communication skills. The children sing songs, listen to stories, discuss their ideas and feelings while building on the ongoing learning occurring in the group.

Specialised Learning

As a preschool that embraces "The 100 Languages of Children," specialised learning is a valued centerpiece of each child's learning journey. During music, children create connections between their ongoing interests and sounds, dances, and rhythms. In sports, the children balance, run, and jump. Through the language of art, children craft their ideas into tangible, visual products.

Rest and Relaxation

This is an oppurtunity for children to take a break and regain energy for this afternoon. The Preschool recognizes that each child has specific needs during rest time and will try to accommodate individual requirements to the best of our ability.


After a morning of learning and shared experiences, this final reflection provides children with the opportunity to internalise their experiences with support and guidance of our trained educators. This final moment of the day also allows for the children to come together one last time, building the sense of community valued by the school.



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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.


German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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