How we came about
Bucket House Preschool is founded in 2018 by Amber Koh, an advocate of Reggio Emilia teaching and outdoor learning, with a love for education and community. Graduated with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore, she further her studies on Reggio Emilia education through researches, taking course with Harvard Graduate School of Education and attending conferences and webinars held by experts from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Being a constant learner herself, she also conducts in-house training for educators regularly. With an undying belief that children are competent learners, Amber is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach of teaching and firmly believes in finding a balance between a structured and inquiry-based curriculum. She believes that through this balance, children, an absorber of knowledge and protagonist of their own learning, can be given a right amount of control over their learning for them to express their thoughts, feelings and imagination and turns learning from a chore, into a desire.
Amber is also a mother of one, and she's currently undergoing studies as a paediatric sleep consultant and is hoping to provide service to a wider community in the near future.
To nuture a curious, capable and resilient child rich with wonder and knowledge.
Parents are a child's first teacher - It is crucial to have parents feel connected and be involved in their child's learning. Establishing a strong home-school connection allow parents to better discover their child's strength and interests. Being involved in a child's early years development helps stage the person a child becomes in the future.
Educators are a child's second teacher - Our educators are forward-thinking, curious, flexible and reflective. They learn new ways of teaching with passion and they learn alongside the children. They also stay in touch with education trends, engage in reflective practice and actively seek opportunities for professional growth. With constant improvement, our educators will certainly bring the best out of the children.
Environment is a child's third teacher - Environment plays a central role in the process of making learning meaningful. We cannot deny the powerful impact the learning environment has in classroom today and therefore, it is important for children to feel welcome and accepted into the environment before learning can take place. With a learning space carefully constructed and designed that breaks away from conventional preschool setting, it engages active learners who are inspired to think, ponder and create.
Community Collaboration - A supportive community working hand in hand with parents and school allow children to stay engaged and connected with the outside world as we prepare the leaders for tomorrow. With collaborative effort, community reinforces the value, culture and learning for our children.