A finalist in the prestigious Asia Pacific showcase, INDE.Awards, Skool4Kidz Campus @ Sengkang Riverside Park, is recognised in the region for raising the bar in thoughtful architectural design customised specifically for preschoolers. A collaboration with two major government agencies, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and National Parks Board (NParks), the campus is honoured to share the limelight with an elite pool of seven other prominent APAC educational developments in “The Learning Space” category. This award honours an environment that promotes connection and learning.
As an anchor operator established by the consortium between Kinderland Educare Services and Dr Jane Ching-Kwan, Skool4Kidz scores several firsts at this campus – It is the first large childcare centre situated within a public park in Singapore and the first collaboration between ECDA and NParks in a preschool.
Dr Jane Ching-Kwan, Curriculum Founder, explains, “We have a nature-themed curriculum customised for this flagship childcare centre in the park. It is uniquely designed to develop our children into wholesome individuals who are healthy and strong, socially-emotionally confident and environmentally responsible. Equipping them with a curious mind for learning and determination for success, we are committed to continue providing quality early care and education to our community.”
Spanning 4,000 square metres to accommodate 460 children, this campus is designed with Freight Architects, featuring a 2-storey rolling hill-like structure to bring the surrounding lush greenery indoors. The curving roof covered with living plant species blends learning with sustainability.
This unique “cocoon” design provides plenty of space for seamless play corridors that wind along the second storey. The play corridors with the safe and sheltered cycling tracks enhances natural discovery with a plethora of educational materials on Singapore’s biodiversity for the children to be in touch with the nature.
Every nook and corner of this Reggio Emilia-inspired childcare centre gives the feel of being embraced by nature for a conducive atmosphere for children to learn within ample protected spaces.
Bordering Sengkang Riverside Park, the Garden Atrium invites nature in with its indoor trees, shrubs, an eco-garden and a sky bridge. The herbs grown in the gardens are cooked and served in the children’s meals, a unique food to table experience for them.
To promote sustainability, rainwater enters certain parts of the building and is collected for irrigation and learning purposes.
We are delighted and encouraged by this recognition and continue to bring success to every child through quality early care and education in Singapore!