Nursery 1

Nursery 1 (N1) Programme in Singapore

For children aged 3 years old. Dedicated 1 to 8 teacher-to-child ratio. Flexible full-day or half-day childcare options.

Welcome to Excellence in Early Childhood Education

At Starshine Montessori, we set the gold standard for early childhood education in Singapore. Our institution is a sanctuary of enriched learning, where each child's unique capabilities are recognised, nurtured, and guided towards fulfilling their incredible potential.

The Crucial Role of Nursery 1 Education

Your child's first foray into formal education is more than just a milestone—it's a pivotal foundation that shapes their future. Nursery 1 is not merely preparatory; it's transformative. It’s where cognitive faculties are awakened, social skills are honed, emotional intelligence is cultivated, and physical abilities are developed.

Introducing Starshine Montessori's Nursery 1 Programme

Our Nursery 1 programme goes beyond traditional early learning approaches. We offer an innovative and comprehensive curriculum that seamlessly integrates indoor intellectual activities with outdoor experiential learning. Our bilingual immersion programme and transformative inquiry-based learning method ensure that your child receives a holistic education, positioning them for unparalleled success in their ongoing educational journey.

Nursery 1 at Starshine Montessori in Singapore
N1 Children Indoor and Outdoor Learning and Playing at Starshine Montessori

What are the Benefits of Enrolling Your Child in a Montessori Nursery 1 Programme in Singapore?

Choosing the right educational foundation for your child is a significant decision, one that can have far-reaching implications for their lifelong learning and well-being. Here is why a Montessori Nursery 1 programme in Singapore could be the most beneficial choice for your child:

Holistic Development

Holistic Development

While traditional educational systems often prioritise academic skills, Montessori takes a 360-degree approach to development. Your child will engage in activities that stimulate not only cognitive abilities but also emotional intelligence, social skills, and even motor skills. This holistic approach is backed by developmental psychology, which confirms that early childhood is a crucial period for shaping a multitude of competencies.

Independence and Self-Discipline

Independence and Self-Discipline

In a Montessori classroom, autonomy is highly encouraged. Children choose the activities they wish to engage in and are guided to manage their time and complete tasks independently. This approach is closely aligned with self-determination theory, which highlights the importance of autonomy for intrinsic motivation and future leadership skills.

Exploration and Discovery

Encouragement of Natural Curiosity

In a Montessori setting, children are not just passive recipients of knowledge; they are active seekers of understanding. The environment is meticulously designed to encourage exploration and discovery. This aligns with cognitive theories like Constructivism, suggesting that children build knowledge through experiences, thereby fostering a lifelong love for learning.

Social Skills and Emotional Intelligence

Social Skills and Emotional Intelligence

The Montessori method promotes social interaction through collaborative projects and mixed-age classrooms. This social configuration not only improves basic interpersonal skills but also helps in the development of empathy and emotional intelligence. These are skills highly prized in today's complex, interconnected world and are essential elements identified in socio-emotional learning frameworks.

Cultural Awareness and Global Citizenship

Cultural Awareness and Global Citizenship

The Montessori curriculum incorporates global perspectives, teaching children about different cultures, languages, and traditions. This global outlook prepares them for a multicultural world, fostering inclusivity and respect for diversity. It aligns with global educational goals like the UNESCO guidelines for global citizenship education, promoting peace, tolerance, and sustainability.

Every child is unique

Personalised Learning and Individual Attention

Every child is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach to education often falls short in catering to individual needs. Montessori education stands apart by offering personalised learning experiences. Educators observe each child's learning style, interests, and pace, adapting activities and challenges accordingly. This individual attention ensures that no child is left behind or unchallenged, aligning with educational philosophies that advocate for differentiated instruction to cater to diverse learning needs.

Why Choose Starshine Montessori for Nursery 1 Programme?

Deciding on the right educational foundation for your child is not just a milestone—it is a transformative choice that will shape their future. Starshine Montessori is not merely an educational institution; it is a sanctuary of growth, innovation, and boundless possibilities. Here's why our Nursery 1 programme is the epitome of early childhood education:

Children having Montessori lesson at Starshine Montessori

1. Unique Curriculum

Crafting Lifelong Learners Through a Holistic Approach

Balanced Indoor and Outdoor Learning

Balanced Indoor and Outdoor Learning

At Starshine Montessori, the world is our classroom. Our curriculum ingeniously integrates indoor intellectual pursuits with outdoor experiential learning. Whether it's mastering mathematical concepts through hands-on activities indoors or understanding the science of ecology through outdoor plant cultivation, we provide a full-spectrum learning experience that transcends traditional boundaries.

Bilingual Immersion Programme

Bilingual Immersion and Phonics

In today's interconnected world, mastering languages is more than a skill; it's a gateway to global prospects. Our enriched bilingual immersion program in English and Mandarin, integrated with a robust Phonics approach, is crafted to elevate your child's linguistic abilities, ensuring they are not only bilingual but also bicultural. This comprehensive learning experience opens a multitude of academic and professional pathways, setting the stage for future success.

Inquiry-Based Learning Method

Inquiry-Based Learning Method

We transform the classroom into a laboratory of exploration and discovery. Our inquiry-based approach encourages children to be active participants in their own learning journey, asking questions and seeking answers. This cultivates critical thinking skills and instills a lifelong passion for knowledge.

Emotional Intelligence Development

Emotional Intelligence Development

In a rapidly changing world, emotional intelligence is as crucial as academic prowess. Our curriculum incorporates activities that focus on empathy, self-awareness, and emotional regulation, equipping your child with the interpersonal skills needed for future success.

Cultural Exploration and Global Awareness

Cultural Exploration and Global Awareness

In our interconnected world, cultural competence is invaluable. We expose children to various cultures and traditions through stories, music, and activities, thereby nurturing global citizens who are sensitive to cultural nuances and open to diverse perspectives.

STEM Focus for Future-Ready Skills

STEM Focus for Future-Ready Skills

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are not just subjects; they're essential skills for the future. Our curriculum incorporates STEM learning through age-appropriate activities that foster curiosity and analytical thinking, making your child future-ready.

Outdoor sanctuary learning at Starshine Montessori

2. A World of Discovery

Transformative Spaces for Holistic Learning

Stepping into Starshine Montessori is like entering a universe crafted for discovery, creativity, and holistic growth. Each space, whether it's a technologically-advanced interactive classroom or a serene outdoor sanctuary, is designed to be an extension of the educational experience. Here, your child won't just learn; they'll explore, create, and become.

3. Experienced Educators

Beyond Teaching, We're Mentoring Future Leaders

Qualifications and Passion of Our Educators

Every educator at Starshine Montessori is a catalyst for change. Armed with advanced degrees and specialised training in early childhood education, they bring more than knowledge to the classroom; they bring a passion for unlocking each child’s boundless potential. Our educators are continually updated with the latest in educational psychology and pedagogical techniques, ensuring your child receives the most progressive and effective education available.

Optimal Teacher-to-Student Ratio: Because Every Child Deserves Individual Attention

At Starshine Montessori, we don't just teach; we mentor. Our commitment to maintaining a low teacher-to-student ratio ensures that your child receives targeted, individualised attention. This means customised learning experiences that adapt to your child's unique learning style, pace, and interests, effectively enhancing both their academic and personal development.

Teaching the children at Starshine Montessori
Children having their N1 programme activites at Starshine Montessori

What are the core components that make our Nursery 1 Programme exceptional?

When it comes to your child's early education, you want nothing less than the best. At Starshine Montessori, our Nursery 1 programme goes above and beyond the conventional to offer an educational experience that is both enriching and transformative. Here are the core components that set our programme apart:

Holistic Developmental

Holistic Developmental Milestones

We believe in the Montessori philosophy of educating the "whole child." Our comprehensive curriculum addresses not just cognitive skills like literacy and numeracy but also incorporates activities that nurture emotional intelligence, social interactions, and physical dexterity. Each activity is scientifically designed to hit specific developmental milestones, ensuring a balanced and holistic growth trajectory for your child.


Tailored Learning Experiences

In line with the constructivist theory of education, we recognise that each child constructs knowledge in their unique way. Our educators conduct periodic assessments to understand your child's learning style, interests, and strengths. This allows us to customise educational experiences that align with their innate abilities, maximising their potential and setting them on a path of lifelong learning.

Safety and Well-being

Safety and Well-being

We understand that entrusting your child to us is a significant decision. That's why our facilities meet and exceed the highest safety standards. From non-toxic materials and furniture with rounded edges to advanced surveillance systems and staff trained in emergency response, every aspect of our environment is designed with your child's safety in mind.


Collaborative Learning

In a world where collaboration is key to success, our program emphasizes group activities and projects. Rooted in the socio-cultural theory of learning, these activities not only teach academic skills but also impart essential life lessons in teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution.


Parental Involvement

We go beyond traditional parent-teacher meetings to offer workshops, informational sessions, and family-oriented activities. This creates a community-centered educational environment where parents are true partners in their child's learning journey. We regularly update parents on their child's progress and milestones, ensuring an open channel of communication.


Advanced Learning Resources

We invest in cutting-edge learning technologies and resources to provide an unparalleled educational experience. From interactive whiteboards that make learning dynamic to a library filled with a curated collection of books, your child has access to the tools that cultivate intellectual curiosity and academic excellence.

What is the flow of a typical day like at Starshine Montessori?

Every moment at Starshine Montessori is thoughtfully designed to enrich your child's educational journey. From the joyous morning greetings to the heartfelt afternoon farewells, each day is a tapestry of learning, growth, and meaningful connections. Here's a glimpse into the flow of a typical day in our Nursery 1 programme:

The morning at Starshine Montessori is a hub of energetic activity designed to awaken young minds and prepare them for a day of learning and discovery.

Our mornings are dedicated to academic pursuits, where your child engages with our unique curriculum, designed to stimulate intellectual growth and cultivate a love for learning.

Outdoor experiences and physical activities are integral to our programme, providing a healthy balance to the academic endeavors and nourishing your child’s physical well-being.

The afternoon is a time for artistic exploration and creative expression, providing a well-rounded educational experience.

Each day concludes with a period of reflection, allowing children to internalize their learning and share their experiences, making each day at Starshine Montessori a meaningful endeavor.

Take the Next Step: Schedule a Visit

To fully appreciate the depth and richness of our daily activities, we invite you to experience it firsthand. Schedule a visit to Starshine Montessori, where you can observe our dynamic learning environments and receive a detailed breakdown of our daily schedule. Contact us today to arrange your personalised tour.

How can you begin your child's journey at Starshine Montessori?

Embarking on an educational journey with Starshine Montessori is more than just an enrollment; it's the first step towards a brighter, more fulfilling future for your child. Our admission process is designed to be as seamless and informative as possible, ensuring a perfect match between our offerings and your child's needs. Here's how to get started:

Step 1
Initial Enquiry
  1. Contact Us: The first step is to get in touch with us. You can reach us via phone, email, or through our online enquiry form.
  2. Information Packet: Upon your enquiry, you will receive an information packet detailing our curriculum, facilities, and testimonials from satisfied parents.
Step 2
Schedule a Visit


  1. Personalised Tour: We strongly recommend a visit to our center, where you can experience our dynamic learning environments and meet our dedicated staff.
  2. Interaction Session: During the visit, your child will have an opportunity for a brief interaction session with our educators, offering us an initial understanding of their needs and personality.
Step 3
Application Submission


  1. Form and Documents: Complete the application form and submit it along with the required documents, which usually include birth certificates, immunisation records, and any applicable reports from previous educational institutions.
  2. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee is to be paid upon submission of your application to secure your child’s place on the waiting list.
Step 4
Admission Review and Confirmation


  1. Review Process: Our admission committee reviews each application holistically, considering not just academic readiness but also social and emotional factors.
  2. Admission Offer: Upon successful review, you will receive an offer of admission. This needs to be accepted within a specified time frame to secure your child's enrollment.
Step 5
Onboarding and Orientation


  1. Welcome Kit: Upon confirmation, you will receive a welcome kit filled with all the necessary information to prepare for your child’s first day.
  2. Orientation Day: Before the programme officially starts, we host an orientation day where parents and children can familiarise themselves with our routines, staff, and facilities.
Children having outdoor activities at Starshine Montessori

Transitioning into Nursery 2: What Can Parents Expect ?

At Starshine Montessori, the educational journey doesn't stop at Nursery 1. We're committed to providing a seamless transition into Nursery 2, ensuring that your child continues to thrive in an environment of academic excellence and emotional well-being. Here's what you can expect:

Our Nursery 2 program builds upon the foundation laid in Nursery 1, offering an enhanced curriculum that includes more advanced activities and projects while retaining the core Montessori principles.

As your child grows, so do their social and emotional needs. Nursery 2 introduces more structured group activities and projects that foster teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence.

The transition to Nursery 2 is also a significant step for parents. We provide workshops and seminars aimed at guiding parents through this new phase, offering tips on how to support your child’s evolving educational journey.

Before the transition, a detailed assessment is conducted to gauge your child’s readiness for Nursery 2. This provides an opportunity for parents and educators to discuss any areas of improvement and set goals for the coming year.

Frequently Asked Question

About our Nursery 1 Programme

The Montessori Method is an educational philosophy that focuses on child-led learning, encouraging children to explore and discover at their own pace. Our programme is designed around this philosophy to foster independence and a love for learning.
In Singapore, children typically start Nursery 1 at the age of 3. Our Nursery 1 programme is designed for children who have turned 3 years old by the start of the academic year.

Safety is our utmost priority. Our facilities meet the highest safety standards, and our staff are trained in emergency response and first aid. Regular safety audits are conducted to ensure a secure environment.

We maintain a low teacher-to-child ratio to ensure individualised attention. This allows us to focus on each child’s unique learning style and developmental needs.

Our Nursery 1 programme is competitively priced to offer the best value for a comprehensive early childhood education. For the most current fee structure, we encourage you to contact us directly or schedule a visit to our center.
Our bilingual immersion programme offers instruction in both English and Mandarin, equipping your child for a multilingual future.

We believe in strong parent-teacher collaboration. Regular meetings, workshops, and events are organised to keep parents actively involved in their child’s learning journey.

Absolutely, we encourage parents to schedule a visit to get a firsthand experience of our enriching learning environments and meet our dedicated staff.

Our admission process is straightforward. It starts with an initial enquiry, followed by a personalised tour, application submission, and a review process. For detailed steps, please refer to our ‘Admission Process’ section.

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