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Thursday, 19 March 2020
Selecting the right school for your child is an important decision, especially when selecting a kindergarten. This is your child’s first experience of school and it is important to get the right environment and learning culture. There are a large number of kindergarten options in Singapore, but few can offer a truly warm, safe, nurturing, multilingual environment for children aged 2 to 5 like the IFS Maternelle, (kindergarten). Read on and find out why this Italian family chose IFS kindergarten.
Parents: Erica Marcellan and Lorenzo Zanirato, Italian
Children: Indigo (6) and Gregorio (7 months)
“Indigo has been attending IFS since January 2018, when she entered Kindergarten. She’s currently following the bilingual FrenchEnglish stream in Primary 1. Being at the school has been great so far. Indigo started without knowing a single word of French as she came from a local childcare centre. We had a very smooth transition.
We were looking around for a school that’s more aligned to what we grew up with back in Italy, while making the most of being in a foreign environment. We weren’t keen on the British system or an Italian school as we weren’t expecting to go back to Italy any time soon. We wanted to take full advantage of living in a multicultural environment. We had the chance to go to one of the school’s open houses in October 2017 and were impressed by the facilities, campus, curriculum, teachers, principal and IFS’s huge network with other schools worldwide. So, we decided to enrol Indigo and we haven’t looked back. We also appreciate that the school is not-for-profit and that the fees are quite competitive.
We like the events organised by the school, particularly the Fête de l’école (school fair) and the Walkathon. The school is also opening up to other nationalities, which is good in our opinion. We constantly meet parents from all around the world. The foreign language offerings are also growing; Italian, for example, was recently introduced as an extracurricular activity.”
This piece appeared in ExpatLiving