Our Pre-schools, Student Care & Training Institute
With the changing needs and aspirations affecting Singaporeans today, NTUC First Campus (NFC) has gone beyond helping working parents with basic childcare. Through our different pre-schools, student care and training institute, NFC offers a diverse and comprehensive range of programmes and services to suit the various needs of Singapore families.
My First Skool
My First Skool (MFS) is the pioneer childcare arm of NTUC (National Trades Union Congress) First Campus Co-operative Limited. We were established as NTUC Childcare in 1977 and became a co-operative in 1992. Operating mainly at void decks of housing estates, we aim to provide quality and affordable childcare service that is accessible to parents.
The MFS curriculum subscribes to experiential learning whereby the natural curiosity of the child is supported by a holistic process-oriented approach that will help young children develop positive dispositions that will put them in good stead for lifelong learning. MFS currently offers more than 14,000 childcare places in over 120 centres island-wide.
The Little Skool-House International
The Little Skool-House International Private Limited (LSH) was established in 1994 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NTUC First Campus Co-operative Limited to meet the growing demand of quality premium pre-school education. Operating at choice locations such as community clubs, shopping malls, private residential estates and workplaces across Singapore, LSH has 17 centres offering more than 2,200 childcare places.
Our literature-based bilingual curriculum was designed and developed to meet the needs of our children. It uses meaningful children’s literature as key medium to seed the learning process in children and help them develop lifelong learning skills; and expanded it with a project-based approach component that provides a platform for children to apply their skills and concepts in real life settings. Our commitment and track record in delivering quality early childhood education has made us the partner of choice to Government ministries, tertiary institutions, hospitals and private corporations.
The Caterpillar’s Cove
Growing Children in a Learning Community
The Caterpillar’s Cove brings together teachers of young children, researchers and students who are training to work with children. We have a dynamic setting with highly qualified teachers who are familiar with the best internationally accepted practices in child development.
Being a child development and study centre, we provide an outstanding pre-school setting where parents, teachers, researchers and student-teachers strive to discover and advocate best practices in early childhood education to promote children’s optimal learning and development. Children thrive in this highly innovative, stimulating and purpose-built environment specially designed to bring out each child’s potential.
afterschool by NTUC First Campus
School-based student care to support working families
afterschool by NTUC First Campus was started in 2016 to meet working families’ demand for reliable, quality student care. Based within primary schools, afterschool provides a continuum of care for children after their school hours.
afterschool provides students with engaging experiences that develop them holistically, balancing between academic and co-academic within a home-like environment. Students are encouraged to discover and develop their interests and creativity, learn critical soft skills, acquire positive attitudes and enhance their social interactions with peers. The programme and activities are designed to complement and align to the objectives set out in MOE’s Primary School Curriculum and each school’s vision, mission and values so that students can benefit from an integrated learning experience throughout the school-year.
Seeding Early Education
SEED Institute (formerly known as RTRC Asia) is built upon a vision to give children the best head-start by grooming early childhood professionals to provide the best care and education to young children. We were set up in 1989 by NTUC, in collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, a Dutch private philanthropic foundation that funds and shares knowledge about work in early childhood development.
We are the only Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centre for the early childhood care and education sector to be conferred National CET Institute (NCI) status by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, demonstrating our ability and commitment towards supporting workforce development through the delivery of high quality programmes.
Today, we are recognised as the pioneer in early childhood education training in Singapore. With two campuses at the NTUC Trade Union House and the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability, we will continue to lead the sector as a total solutions provider in developing the professionalism of the sector through providing training, career services, job placement, research and continuing professional development.