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Enabling bright futures for every child

Since 1977, NTUC First Campus has been an early childhood leader, introducing many inspiring and innovative firsts in our drive to create bright futures for every child, their family and our people.

Why we do what we do

We believe that every child and their family can realise their best potential – if parents get the help they need to pursue their careers, and children have access to high quality preschool education that nurtures them for a lifetime of growth.

We provide education and associated services for young children and their families through our preschools, driven by evidence-based curriculum rooted in the latest international research. To meet the holistic needs of every family, we constantly seek ways to innovate other forms of early childhood education and associated services for families with children aged 1–6, including specialist preschool models, enrichment programmes, digital services, content and programmes for parents.

We partner with parents

Parents play a crucial role in their child’s development and provide love and support to their children in a way no one else can. But parents do need help sometimes. That’s why we set out to partner with young families, to complement the role of the parent with our deep expertise in early childhood development and provide parent training in early childhood development.

The values that guide us

We are
People First

We believe in Bright Futures

We embrace Dynamism to stay relevant

What it means for young families:

NTUC First Campus was founded to help working families and we still do that today. We believe that if we continue to serve children’s needs first we will build a long-term, sustainable business in the process.

What it means for teachers:

Guided by our ‘People First’ approach, we aim to be a caring employer that puts the needs of our teachers first, so that they can focus and give their best in what they are passionate about – serving the needs of children they teach.

What it means for young families:

We give families the confidence and peace of mind that their children will be equipped with the foundational skills, knowledge and love for lifelong learning they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world.

What it means for teachers:

We believe that education is an important field that benefits families. We’re committed to pushing boundaries to create a brighter future for education, as well as provide learning and progression opportunities for our teachers.

What it means for young families:

The needs of children and their families are always evolving, and our understanding of their development is constantly improving. In order to provide the best for families, we have to be agile and independent thinkers who keep abreast with the latest developments.

What it means for teachers:

Learning never stops, even when you are a teacher. This is why we have to continually expose our teachers to the latest thinking in child development so that they are equipped to adapt and adopt new practices that meet the ever-changing needs of children.

From inspiring firsts to firsts in innovation

Appreciate our journey from 1977 to today, and learn about our aspirations for the future.

Inspiring firsts

Since 1977, NTUC First Campus has been at the forefront of the early childhood sector, empowering children, parents and teachers by actively innovating and evolving to meet their needs.

MILESTONE LEGACY

1977

NTUC Childcare was established. That year marks the beginning of the Labour Movement's efforts in supporting working families in Singapore.

MILESTONE LEGACY

1989

The Regional Training and Resource Centre in Early Childhood Care and Education for Asia (RTRC Asia) was established with a five-year grant from the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

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1992

Incorporated as a co-operative, named "NTUC Childcare Co-operative Limited".

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1994

Established Little Skool-House International Pte Limited.

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2007

Launch of The Caterpillar's Cove, a child development and study centre.

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2008

Launch of the Bright Horizons Fund to support children from low-income families to receive quality preschool education.

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2009

Rebranded to NTUC First Campus. NTUC Childcare centres were renamed to My First Skool. RTRC Asia was also renamed as SEED Institute. My First Skool was apponted as Anchor Operator.

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2011

Achieved the milestone of 100 NTUC First Campus' childcare centres across the network.

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2013

NTUC First Campus partnered Lien Foundation to drive quality, innovation and professionalism in the pre-school sector through the development of a model heartland childcare centre.

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2014

The Caterpillar's Cove Child Study and Development Centre opened its second preschool at the Devan Nair Institute.

MILESTONE LEGACY

2015

Set new quality benchmark by launching a new curriculum for the birth-to-three age group that focuses on developing strong teacher-child relationships.

MILESTONE LEGACY

2016

Beyond preschool education, afterschool by NTUC First Campus was set up to meet the demand from working families for reliable, quality student care based within primary schools.

MILESTONE LEGACY

2016

NTUC First Campus celebrated its 40th Anniversary milestone - A network of over 150 childcare centres to partner working families in every Singapore neighbourhood. In 2017, the Government announced measures to raise the quality training and professional development of the pre-school profession. From 2019, SEED Insitute's role in the training of new pre-school teachers will be absorbed under the larger umbrella of National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC).

MILESTONE LEGACY

2018

Opened its first Early Years Centre with a capacity of 1,000 - A new childcare model dedicated to children aged 2 months to 4 years.

MILESTONE LEGACY

2021

Introduced Home Learning Programme

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Empowering firsts

Hear the stories from past and present-day members of the NTUC First Campus family.

Dr Khoo Kim Choo

Pioneer in Early Childhood Education

Jackson Seow

Area Director at My First Skool

Moon Tan Khee Haan

Parent & Alumna of NTUC First Campus

Muhammed Syafiq Bin Azman

Deputy Centre Lead at My First Skool

Innovating firsts

Our journey has been an inspiring one, punctuated by many “firsts” and will continue to be so as we use our foundational skills to inspire a lifetime of growth inside and outside of the classroom

We will augment our preschool curriculum to build foundational skills of the future in the NFC Child. Beyond strong fundamentals in core math and literacy, we will nurture three vital foundational skills for a lifetime of growth:

Relational Skills

My First Skool’s curriculum aims to nurture socially-adept, resilient and caring children.

For infants, our Relationships Based Curriculum adopts a primary caregiving model to help young children develop a sense of security and well-being. As the children grow older, My First Skool enables them to develop relational skills through character building, while providing a cooperative learning environment where teachers and children learn with and from one another.

My First Skool will also increase the number of Inter-Generational Programme at its centres to spur interaction between children and seniors through activities, allowing them to form ties and learn from one another. The Programme also inculcates values such as empathy, compassion and respect in our children. All My First Skool centres have the Inter-generational programme, which has been successful since it was launched in 2015.

Global Citizenships

Our preschools inspire our children to understand their world and the role they can play by making a difference to the community. To inculcate a sustainability mindset in the children, My First Skool and Little Skool-House centres encourage children to adopt sustainable practices beyond the classroom, and participate in national gardening initiatives such as Community in Bloom by National Parks Board.

NTUC First Campus’ Outdoor School Singapore also takes children on adventure trips to Singapore’s various parks and nature reserves, enabling them to form a positive connection with nature and the world.

Digital Intelligence Skills

My First Skool and Little Skool-House will feature Digital Intelligence in their preschool programmes starting from 2023, equipping our children with skills to navigate the digital world and enabling them to be creative thinkers of the future.

Awards and recognitions

Our Awards

NTUC First Campus is recognised for its exemplary practices in championing excellence in preschool curriculum, pedagogy and innovation. This includes growing a talented pool of dedicated and passionate educators to achieve our organisational goals.

Our People & Leadership

The Board and leadership at NTUC First Campus are a multidisciplinary team committed to driving evidence-based innovation in our curriculum and practices, and ensuring that our vision of brighter futures for all is at the forefront of our actions.

Annual Reports

Learn what NTUC First Campus has achieved to-date, in our efforts towards excellent services to children and their families. Access our past annual reports here.

News & Media Coverage

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