Our Philosophy


Rain Trees follows an international topic based curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child using a multi-sensory approach. Our children learn through hands on, exploration and play. Our highly qualified teachers ensure that all our children reach developmental milestones through a fun and interactive approach to learning. Group and individual activities are blended to provide a balance of skills and experience for your child.

Our approach is to foster a love of learning, problem solving, experimentation and inquisitiveness to provide a solid foundation for your child’s future. The emphasis is on learning through play in an environment planned to stimulate discovery, independence and social interaction. Children are encouraged to help themselves, take initiative and become increasingly independent in order to develop self-esteem and social competence. It is important that children develop a sense of trust and are comfortable in their environment.

The learning and development of the children is not just confined to the internal setting of the kindergarten but is extended to the large and safe outdoor play area. We view the external environment as another classroom. This allows the children to explore their surroundings and exercise their imagination.


The curriculum used at the school is based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and has seven learning areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication
  • Language and Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

Testimonials

Rain Trees is a wonderful, supportive and nurturing environment where children can learn and explore through play. Safeguarding is paramount at the school and all of the staff take great care to ensure that the children thrive in their lovely community.

I know he has a few months to go but nevertheless I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Rain Trees for making Sam’s time so enjoyable. As you both know moving half way round the world is no mean feat but one thing I didn’t have to worry about was Sam’s settling in at school – He loves it. I knew his time with you guys would be limited but we have made some great friends already and I am sure we will keep in touch with them during our time here.

So here’s to a few more enjoyable months.

A great education is the best gift parents can give a child. We feel that the 3 years Eleonore has spent at Rain Trees has equipped her with great skills and she is ready to become a confident and blooming child in primary school.

 

Rico has been very happy at Rain Trees – he has always been looked after well and has had a secure, enriching and fun time.

We have been extremely happy with Rain Trees. Both our daughters have been going to this preschool and both have enjoyed the sensory play, cooking, water play, lots of arts, great environment, amazing teachers and helpful stuff. I highly recommend Rain Trees. We are very lucky to have found it after multiple other school tours. I had a great gut feel about Rain Trees right from the beginning and have never liked back. We have also made great friends among parent community. Our girls have learned so much through these years and were very sad to leave when we moved back to United States. Rain trees experience will be one of the best memories of Singapore and their childhood.

“My son attended Rain Trees for almost two years before he left to join his older brother at an International school. As soon as we arrived in Singapore Gus and I attended the Mum and Toddler group and then once he was older enough Gus joined the Kindergarten. For myself and Gus moving from the UK to Singapore, Rain Trees was incredibly welcoming, not only to Gus but also to me. We have made some good friends through Rain Trees which was a wonderful way to start our expat life in Singapore. Gus has loved his time at Rain Trees and he will miss it. But we know that we will keep in touch with the friends he has made there. Thank you”

Rain Trees has struck the perfect balance between fun and learning, exploring and boundaries. Its ‘family’ feel makes it a happy and welcoming place to be.

We have really loved our experience at Rain Trees. Our daughter Aina has flourished in the school. The exploratory play based learning suited her well. She has benefited from the international and diverse environment. Aina enjoyed going to school everyday and playing with her friends as well as learning from the teachers.

When our first child started school we did a thorough search for a place in Singapore where we believed that not only would she enjoy learning but her inner self would be recognised and cared for. We found that school at Rain Trees. As a result our first two children have been blessed by starting school there and remember their teachers, as we do, with great pride and affection. It has in fact been challenging to find other teaching staff at subsequent schools who match up to the great commitment and cohesion of the team at Rain Trees. Our children played, learnt, enjoyed and were safe, happy and loved for who they are as individuals at Rain Trees. Each school they have attended since has commented on their manners, school readiness and general attitude to others and to learning. I attribute much of that to the synchronicity between home and school that they were provided with at Rain Trees. In leaving Singapore my husband and I often comment that our main sadness is that our youngest child did not have the chance to start at the same place her siblings did. It was a wonderful, nurturing, individually focussed and truly wholly educational experience for us as a family. Thank you Rain Trees for such a lovely gift for our precious children.

In his own words, “My school is amazing”.

Family Focused


At Rain Trees we value the close involvement of parents in school life. We work hard to develop strong relationships with our families and believe communication between home and school is the key to achieving this.

Parents are welcome to gather in class before the bell rings each morning. This offers an informal opportunity to chat with teachers and get to know not only other parents, but also your child’s peers. Throughout the course of the year, usually at the end of terms one and three, we hold parent–teacher conferences for more formal updates on each child’s progress and general well-being. An extensive written report will be sent home at the end of the year.
 
There are many well-documented advantages to parents playing an active role in the educational process of their children. So, if parents are able and have the time, we strongly urge them to get involved in any way they can; reading to the children, organising a craft activity, accompany a class trip, baking for a charity cake sale, or making costumes for a play or concert. There is always plenty going on, so keep an eye on class notice boards for updates. This should be fun and beneficial not only for the pupils, but also their parents!

School Life - A typical day for our butterflies

9.00 – 9.10Arrival of ChildrenFree play at various stations e.g. sand tray, water tray, playdough table, painting, large/small scale
construction toys and imaginative play in the home/shop corner.
9.10 – 9.20Circle time, welcome children and discuss activities of the day 
9.20 – 10.20The children work in small groups at adult directed activitiesDirected activities will vary according to current Themes but will include maths,
pre-reading/writing, science, art and craft and/or cooking.
10.20 – 10.30Tidy up timeChildren are encouraged to help with the general tidying away of toys and materials.
10.30 – 10.45Toilet and Snack. Children use the toilet and wash their hands.Two children a day will take it in turns to set the tables and serve the snack which offers opportunities for language development, maths, social interaction etc. Sometimes the children will eat a snack they have prepared earlier.
10.45 – 11.15Mandarin/ Activity CirclesWhilst the children are engaging in activities our mandarin teacher will in the classroom for 30 minutes exposing the children to Mandarin “in situ” in a fun and engaging manner
11.15 – 11.30Outside PlayThe children may choose from climbing frames, sand pit, ride-on toys, balls, hoops, stilts etc.
11.30 – 11.45Library TimeChildren choose a book to take home.
11.45 – 12.00Story / DramaStory and good-bye song.