General

What is MY World?

MY World is a preschool that has catered to the care and education needs of young children (2 months– 6 years old) since 1980. Founded by Metropolitan YMCA, MY World Preschool was appointed as an Anchor Operator (AOP) by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) in 2014 as a recognition of the quality, affordable infant and child care services we provide. Learn more about us here.

Who can enroll at MY World?

MY World caters to the masses and welcomes children of diverse backgrounds, races and religions in the following age groups:

  • Infant – 2 months to 18 months
  • Playgroup (PG) – 18 months to 3 years old
  • Nursery 1 (N1) – 3 years old
  • Nursery 2 (N2) – 4 years old
  • Kindergarten 1 (K1) – 5 years old
  • Kindergarten 2 (K2) – 6 years old
What makes MY World different to other preschools?

At MY World, we pride ourselves in providing quality education at affordable costs. As an Anchor Operator (AOP) recognised and funded by the government, we are able to maintain reasonable and consistent fees, whilst constantly investing in the hiring and training of the best industry professionals. We build conducive learning environments, and develop a quality curriculum that focuses, not just on academic achievements, but also on a child’s character development and social competency; factors vital in guiding them towards success in life.

How many centres do you have?

MY World is constantly expanding in order to provide access to affordable and quality preschool education for as many households as possible. For our current number of centres, please contact us or visit Our Centres page.

What is life like at a MY World centre?

Children at different levels will have their own custom timetable. We encourage parents to contact the centre directly to understand more.

What are the term and year dates?

MY World centres are open throughout the year except on:

  • Sundays;
  • gazetted public holidays; and
  • approved days of annual closure

There are also half-days on the eve of three of the stipulated public holidays. These are Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year. Parents will be informed of centre closure days at the beginning of each calendar year and/or at least one month prior to the closure day.

What are the safeguarding protocols at MY World preschools?

The safety of children under our care is the our utmost priority. Every child enrolled with MY World is covered under MY World’s Personal Accident Insurance Scheme at no cost. There are also safe hiring practises to ensure that the children are in the safe hands of top industry professionals. We do advise parents to take up their preferred personal insurance coverage for their children where necessary.

What are the operating hours of the centres?

Operating Hours

Mondays – Fridays: 7:00am – 7:00pm

Saturdays: 7:00am – 2:00pm

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. All centres will close at 2:00pm on the eve of Chinese New Year, Christmas and New Year.

Programmes & Curriculum

Which age groups do your programmes cater to?

Our full day child care programmes (7am-7pm) include:

  • Infant – 2 months to 18 months
  • Playgroup (PG) – 18 months to 3 years old
  • Nursery 1 (N1) – 3 years old
  • Nursery 2 (N2) – 4 years old
  • Kindergarten 1 (K1) – 5 years old
  • Kindergarten 2 (K2) – 6 years old
What is the MY World’s curriculum?

To provide a holistic learning and development experience, MY World’s curriculum is incorporated with four main aspects:

S.T.R.O.N.G. principles: Our teachings are guided by these six principles – Scaffolded Play, Teachers as Facilitators, Respectful & Supportive Partnerships, Observation & Documentation, Nurture & Empower, and Guided Participation. Read more

Our Teaching-Learning Approach:  We adopt a learner-centred teaching approach that engages children’s learning through active participation (experiential) and exploration, inquiry and reflection. Read more

Our Programmes: MY World recognises that children benefit from programmes that

  • Encourage curiosity, communication, teamwork and learning
  • Are facilitated by caring and qualified teachers
  • Are underpinned by strong values

Read more

Our Learning Environment: MY World recognises that using learning centres is one way to cater for children with different developmental needs and abilities. As such, besides providing a space for large group activities, teachers design spaces for small group activities that engage the children in self-directed pursuit of knowledge and acquisition of skills. Learning centre activities are open-ended to encourage exploration and experimentation. They also provide opportunities for practice, reinforcement, enrichment and review. Take a 360 tour of our centres

What qualifications do your teachers possess?

Because we believe every child deserves a Champion, we groom our teachers to be that Champion your child deserves. Our teachers are professional educators who are certified or currently pursuing certificates in Infant Care and Early Childhood Education. We meet the requirements set out by ECDA, and this is an important criteria in our being appointed an Anchor Operator.

We carefully select our staff and equip them through ongoing training and skills upgrading. In addition, our experienced principals and senior teachers are constantly mentoring their staff both in the skills arena and in the ethos of MY World Preschool.

Are there extra-curricular/enrichment programmes?

MY World offers excursions, field trips and enrichment programmes (on an opt-in basis) as an extension to enhance children’s learning experiences. The schedule of each programme varies between different centres. As such, the centre will inform you when these programmes are open for registration.

Can I choose different activities for my child?

All extra-curricular/enrichment programmes and field trips are on an opt-in basis and not compulsory.

For the usual in-class activities, we highly recommend that parents let their children participate in them so that they will not be isolated and can socialise and learn in a cooperative and cohesive environment.

Do you partner with other educational organisations?

Yes. Depending on the activity or lesson, MY World may partner with other educational organisations for their expertise to enhance children’s learning.

Admissions & Registration

How do I register my interest?

Register your interest in MY World Preschool using the Preschool Search portal, the central registrations system run by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). Through it, you may register your interest with up to ten centres of your choice, six months before your desired enrolment date.

Can I choose which centre I want my child to attend?

Yes, parents are free to choose the centre which they and their children like, and deemed the most suitable for them. Contact our centres

I am considering to enrol my child in MY World Preschool. Can I visit a centre?

You are most welcome to visit any of our MY World Preschool centres! Take time to observe the environment of the centre, and feel free to interact with our principal and teachers. Make a decision only when you are assured that it will be the right choice for your child.

To arrange for a visit, contact the individual centre here.
For general enquiries, contact us at 6839 7688 or email enquiry@myworld.org.sg

I like the centre but I am not sure if my child will. Can I let my child “try out” a centre to see if he/she can get used to it?

To help your child transit into MY World Preschool, you can let him/her try it out for a two-week trial period.

During this time, fees will apply but will be charged on a pro-rated basis. Should you change your mind about enrolling your child within the two-week period, you can withdraw your child without the usual withdrawal notice period of one calendar month.

The government subsidy will also be applied on a pro-rated basis. However, according to ECDA regulations, for the subsidy to apply, the two-week trial period must fall within the same month. For example, you should arrange for your trial period to be in the last two weeks of September rather than the last week in September and the first week of October.

How long will it take before I am allocated a place?

After you have registered your interest using the Preschool Search portal, vacancies are dependent on the waiting lists of individual centres. We will definitely inform you of the good news once there is a vacancy for your child.

What happens when I am allocated a place at MY World Preschool?

The individual centre will contact and inform you once there is an available vacancy. Once offered a place, you need to accept it within seven days. If you don’t, the place will be forfeited and given to the next person on the waiting list. However, you will remain on the waiting list of the other centres you had registered for.

Once I am allocated a place, what do I need to bring along for registration?

Please bring along these items (originals) to the centre of your choice:

    For Singaporeans

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Immunisation Records/ Health booklet
  • 3 photographs of child
  • NRICs of both parents
  • Bank statement of Child Development Account (If you wish to pay using the CDA Account)
  • Birth certificate of relevant sibling’s (If you wish to pay using the CDA Account and the account belongs to a sibling)
  • Photocopy of NRIC (front and back), particulars and recent passport photo (original) of authorised persons (if authorising someone else to pick up your child, e.g. grandparent or baby-sitter
    For PRs/Foreigners

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s entry/re-entry permit
  • Child’s dependant pass
  • 3 photographs of child
  • Work permits of both parents (Or work permit of one parent and dependant pass of the other parent, as the case might be)
  • Photocopy of NRIC (front and back), particulars and recent passport photo (original) of authorised persons (if authorising someone else to pick up your child, e.g. grandparent or baby-sitter

Parents may be required to provide other relevant documents upon request.

What are the wait-lists like for preschools?

The wait-lists varies for each centre. Parents may contact the centres directly to enquire on vacancies and wait-list.

Can my child move from one preschool to another?

Yes. An internal transfer between MY World centres can be processed subject to availability at the centre that you would like to transfer your child to. Vacancies are offered on a first-come-first-served basis upon registration.

Is there any notice period that we have to give for withdrawal and how long is the notice period?

In the event that you wish to withdraw your child from the centre, you are required to inform the Principal in writing at the beginning of the month, giving at least one (1) calendar month’s notice in advance, failing which the deposit will be forfeited. The same notice period is applicable to temporary withdrawal and change of programme.

Example:

If you wish to withdraw your child on the last day of April, you must inform the Principal in writing by 1st April or on the first working day of the month (if 1st April falls on a Sunday or Public Holiday).

Fees & Financial Assistance

How much does it cost to send my child to MY World?

Based on Full Day Programme (all prices include GST):

  • Childcare (PG, N1, N2, K1, K2) – $770.40 (Singapore Citizen), $963 (Permanent Residents), $1155.60 (Foreigners)
  • Infant Care – $1364.25 (Singapore Citizen), $1705.31 (Permanent Residents), $2046.37 (Foreigners)
How much do I need to pay upon registration, including deposit?
  • Registration

Upon submission of your child’s application for enrolment to child care, you will be required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of $85.50 (inclusive of GST).

  • Membership

Your child will receive Complimentary Associate Youth Membership with MYMCA and will be able to enjoy Enhancement Programmes such as Swimming, Dance as well as holiday camps and other programmes at a discounted fee.

  1. Deposit

To confirm a place for your child, a deposit equivalent to one month’s fee is payable upon acceptance of your application. You are advised to retain the official receipt for refund purposes. Deposit cannot be used to offset the last month’s fee.

What subsidies am I eligible for?

Singaporean citizens enjoy government subsidies for infant care and child care. The amount of subsidy is dependent on the working status of the mother.

Infant care Subsidy
For working mothers – $600
For non-working mothers – $150

Child Care Subsidy (for Playgroup and upwards)
For working mothers – $300.
For non-working mothers – $150

Can I pay by NETS or credit card? How about GIRO?

You may pay in either cash or cheque. We do not accept payment by NETS or credit card.

You may obtain a GIRO form from the centre to facilitate direct monthly deductions from your child’s Child Development Account. However, GIRO payment is not applicable for the first month, as the bank application will take time.

Is there a sibling discount?

MY World strives to enrol siblings to the same centre for parent’s convenience, subject to available vacancies. However, we do not offer discount on fees for siblings.

What are the extra costs on top of the preschool fees?

Children are required to wear the MY World Preschool uniform at all times. To purchase uniforms for your child, please visit Acensio Online Store at www.asencio.com.sg.

New Starter Information

Do you provide transport to and from the centre?

We do not provide any transport as most of the children live near our centres. We strongly recommend that you choose a centre near your home or workplace as this reduces stress for both parent and child.

What are the uniform requirements for MY World?

Children are required to wear MY World uniform at all times. They are discouraged from wearing jewellery to the centre. To purchase MY World Preschool uniform for your child, please visit Asencio Online Store at www.asencio.com.sg.

How many sets of uniform should I purchase?

The MY World uniform consists of a comfortable dry-fit round collar T-shirt and shorts, featuring our cheery signature colours. We believe it is important for your child to be comfortable, as he/she will be wearing it all day.

We generally recommend that parents purchase 4 sets of uniforms for each child. You may choose to purchase more according to your child’s needs.

What should my child bring to preschool each day?

Your child will be required to have with him / her the following items* daily:

(a) MY World T shirt and shorts **

(b) Bath towel

(c) Toothbrush and mug **

(d) Plastic bags (for wet/ soiled clothes)

(e) Water bottle

(f) Comb

*Please label all your child’s belongings.

**Please note items (a) and (c) do not apply for Infant Care.

Do I need to do any homework with my child?

As a preschool that strongly believes in inspiring learning in each child through partnership with parents, our teachers may sometimes allocate home-based activities which the children may require their parents’ help to complete.

How do you encourage children to interact when they are new to preschool?

When children begin child care, they must adjust to two very important changes: the separation from parents and getting used to a strange place. Whether your child is six months or three years old, you can help to prepare for this transition:

  • Provide opportunities for your child to interact with a babysitter or playgroups before beginning child care. Children who have experienced some form of part-time care have a better chance of adjusting easily.
  • Plan to make no other lifestyle changes while your child is adjusting to child care. This is not the time to introduce a new bed, new foods or even that first haircut.
  • Schedule a visit before the first day. It’s a good idea for your child to meet the child care teacher with other children around.
  • Talk about the centre and the teacher at home. Use the teacher’s name so that your child will be familiar with it when he or she starts child care.
  • Work out your own feelings before your child begins child care. Remember, both positive and negative feelings will be transmitted to your child.
Are there activities for parents to get to know each other?

Yes.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – are not only a great opportunity to discuss your child’s development with his/her teachers, they also present a chance for parents to interact with each other.

Centre events – events New Year Gathering, Christmas Party and Sports Day may be hosted by the centres and parents are more than welcome to join in to spend some quality bonding time with your children and socialise with other parents.

Are there meal options for breakfast/lunch/tea break etc., and can I pack food for my child to bring to the centre?

We encourage children to eat meals prepared by the centre. We recognise the importance of serving our children healthy and nutritious food. All meals served at our centres are specially catered with a carefully curated menu for our children.

We are not halal-certified, however, we provide food that are from halal sources that contain no pork, lard or beef. Vegetarian options are not available.