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

“I could not recommend Rain Trees highly enough. It is a fantastic school, with amazing teachers and support staff. My daughter has thrived in the caring and fun environment and her confidence has grown and grown. We will be very sad when she has to leave to move on to big school but cannot wait for our next daughter to start!”

Rain Trees has provided a wonderful introduction to school for our son. Rain Trees provides a caring and fun environment for our child and it is now his home from home. It has been lovely to see his enthusiasm grow over the term and hear all about his day when he gets home.

Liam has really settled in well to Rain Trees. Has not asked to go back to his old school. I was quite anxious about this transition as he has so many friends at his former school. We are continuing to see his friends regularly during the week and weekends. I have not seen Liam come out of his school at pickup with a smile beaming so brightly as I did last Thursday and Friday. I wish to extend a thank you to Rain Trees staff for making Liam’s introduction such a welcoming and positive one.

Liam cried yesterday morning because he wasn’t going to school. This hasn’t happened before!
Thank you ever so much!

The communications and administration from Rain Trees has been flawless. This is so refreshing for me.

RainTrees has provided a wonderfully happy and nurturing environment for our child and I would recommend it unequivocally to any parents seeking a fun-filled educational start in life.

I fully recommend RainTrees – I do so at every opportunity. What a lovely place to start your schooling experience. I love the way the teachers at Rain Trees have allowed my daughter to develop at her own pace, all the while bringing out the best in her.

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.

Rain Trees Kindergarten was the highlight of our 6 year stay in Singapore as Australian Expats. Tina Lim has touched the lives of all three of our children – she is one of those inspirational people you strive to have in your children’s lives. We were attracted to Rain Trees due to the intimate nurturing environment and during our time there have seen how seamlessly they adapt to the individual’s needs. Its play based pedagogy comes alive in a positive, affirming environment in which not only the students but indeed the parents and siblings all become part of the Rain Trees family. I firmly believe that our relationship with Rain Trees and Tina has given our children the best foundation in schooling and Tina has continued to share in our children’s successes and happiness in life. We chose to extend our first born’s time in Rain Trees and in fact he continued to return as a big brother helper when his brother went through school at Rain Tress. The love and concern our second child was bathed in during his chronic illness epitomises the generosity of the teachers and the living heart within this school. It is truly a celebration of early learning at its best.

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.

We arrived in Singapore in July 2017. We found out at relatively short notice that we were moving to Singapore. Rain Trees was recommended to us by friends currently living in Singapore. Rain Trees were so helpful when we were in contact with them from the UK. We didn’t know if we would be able to get our older son into a international school in time for the new school year. Rain Trees were so kind they assured us that if we couldn’t get a space for him in the school we wanted they would be happy to have him. It was very reassuring to know that once we arrived in Singapore our children would be able to attend a lovely, welcoming nursery. Our younger son started in January and adores Rain Trees so we know we made the right choice.

“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”

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.