Agnes Family, Agnes and Aimee (4 Years and 18 Months)
“We have a 4-year-old girl called Agnes and an 18-month-old girl Aimee in K1 and PG at Blue House Kay Siang. We selected the school because of the spacious outdoor garden, the small-ish scale of the school, and of course the Reggio Emilia approach that we have always been very fond of.
Our children love their friends and teachers and there is always art & craft that helps to promote fine motor skills, learning about the world on weekly based themes, outdoor playtime, and sports time (scooter/bike day, Joysoccer). For younger ones, there is singing during circle time, free play with blocks or loose parts, reading books, drawing/painting/playdough and messy play outdoors. We like play-based and kids-led learning. Our girls spend so much time outside in the sun with trees and plants around them, they are lucky to have a natural environment
They also conduct parents’ evenings twice or 3 times a year, so we could meet up and mingle with each other.
Lastly, the educators did a fantastic job by being caring, and inclusive; even the admin lady, security/handyman uncle and the cleaning lady.”
REDFORD FAMILY, Sora (15 months)
“We are really impressed with the beautiful light-filled atelier space filled with such interesting toys and creative activities to engage the babies and toddlers. The “pool noodle forest” is a great favourite with our little one! We also loved the different themes. Kudos to the team for coming up with different activities and innovative ways to use everyday materials.
Miss Shivanti is a brilliant facilitator and does a great job leading the sessions. The songs are lovely and familiar, we sing many of them at baby classes in the UK! We also enjoy the sessions with Miss Awenika and Xu Lao Shi, who are friendly and engaging.”
Furukawa Family, Heitaro (5 years)
Heitaro attended the Infant & Toddler Atelier for a few months and formally joined Blue House in October 2018. During our school tour, it had just stopped raining and we saw beaming faces and cries of joy from children playing in the muddy sandpit. The scene stirred our souls, reminding us of what childhood is all about. We also liked the school’s philosophies; for instance, they don’t have a uniform because they believe clothing is an important means of self-expression. All spaces in the school are also beautifully decorated and full of warmth, with a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere. We knew that Heitaro would have a happy childhood here.
Unger Family, Penny and Harper (4 and 1 years)
Blue House was the only school I visited where its philosophy of education matched its execution. It fully embraces the Reggio Emilia approach, going as far as to allow the essential questions that kids investigate each term to be generated by the children themselves. Teachers show up as observers and collaborators rather than directors of play. Every decision is made with a focus on the children. Also, the facility is beautiful and feels like a magical oasis each time I visit.
Arcese Family, Felix and Milo (4 and 2 years)
Our children are always eager to go to school each day because of the fantastic teachers that Blue House has. From the diverse mix of international and local staff, it is so lovely to see Felix and Milo make meaningful connections with both their homeroom teachers, as well as the extended specialist team including the mandarin lao shi, music teacher and Atelierista. I genuinely feel as though every teacher takes a deep interest in each child, helps nurture their curious spirit, and continuously creates opportunities for them to explore their passions & interests.
Newman Family, Ayla and Asher (4 and 2 years)
Both children attended Blue House Infant & Toddler Atelier playgroups since they were babies. They were both really happy exploring the indoor atelier environment and the outdoor spaces of the school and it felt like it was a natural transition to join the preschool. We were looking for a positive atmosphere where the children can enjoy learning. They both settled extremely well with the excellent support of the teachers who have a passion for stimulating and inspiring children, creating a homely and exciting learning environment. We wanted our children to be encouraged and free to be themselves. From the class teachers to the art, Mandarin and music specialists, the teachers get to know the children as individuals and understand what makes them thrive.
Our youngest absolutely loves the messy sensory experiences with paint, sand, rice, coffee granules, orange peels, feathers and glue. He goes through at least two changes of clothes per day! We’re so grateful that he gets to experience the joy of experimenting with these materials! Our daughter is currently interested in counting, numbers and shapes so she likes using Unifix cubes and geoboards. Her favourite part of the week is a tie between the outdoor water play and walks to the field. We also look forward to cultural celebrations such as the MidAutumn Festival lantern walk and making mooncakes.
Yang Family, Neleh and Leneh (5 and 3 years)
It was important for us to pick us a school that would be understanding of the transition from being at home in L.A., to moving to a new country, meeting new friends, and attending a new school. Prior to picking Blue House, we toured many schools but knew in our hearts we wanted a Reggio Emilia-inspired school. We think the philosophy aligns with our parenting style! We prefer programmes that are child-led and research-based, especially at this age. We think that children learn emotional intelligence through play, develop confidence and learn problem-solving skills. It also teaches them how to cooperate with other kids and stimulates creativity. Children learn so much through play and when they learn based on their interests, they truly excel.