NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

Pre-School Initiatives

WHAT WE DO

In collaboration with various partners in the early childhood sector, NAC's Pre-School Initiatives aim to widen arts exposure for young children as part of their core curriculum, co-curricular activities and/or enrichment programmes. These initiatives also include training for instructors to better equip artists and early childhood educators working in the pre-school industry to deliver arts programmes more effectively. 

NAC-ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMMES (AEP) FOR PRE-SCHOOLS

NAC has curated a database of Arts Education Programmes (AEP) targeted specifically at pre-school children (N1 – K2). The selection of these programmes is conducted by a panel of arts and early childhood education experts and NAC. Early childhood educators are encouraged to purchase these endorsed arts programmes for children by contacting the arts provider directly. 

 

  • Please refer to the user guide provided below if you require assistance in accessing the database of endorsed programmes for Pre-School AEP. 

 

NAC-AEP for Pre-School span across 5 different art forms (Dance, Music, Theatre, Literary Arts and Visual Arts & Digital Media) and consist of 3 programme categories:

 

1)      Arts Exposure

Children are introduced to a particular art form. Programmes are 30 to 40 minutes in duration and presented as performances. Each programme is accompanied by an explanation on the background and development of the art form or a talk-cum-demonstration segment.

 

2)      Arts Experience

Programmes provide children with hands-on participation in the various art forms and are suitable for small groups of children. Programmes are interactive and encourage children’s enjoyment of the art form. Programmes typically last from 3 to 10 sessions.

 

3)      Arts Excursion

Programmes allow children to attend performances at purpose-built arts venues and visit museums, galleries, art centres, artists' studios and theatres. Arts Excursion Programmes also include ad-hoc ticketed public performances or exhibitions by professional artists and arts groups endorsed under NAC-AEP as Public Arts Programmes.

 

  • The Tote Board Arts Grant is currently not applicable to pre-schools. NAC partners 5 Anchor Operators - MY World Preschool, My First Skool, PCF Sparkletots Preschool, E-Bridge Pre-School and Skool4Kidz for selected centres to receive funding to purchase Pre-School AEP. For a comprehensive listing of Pre-school AEP 2021 Centres, please click here.

 

  • Medical Clearance: All arts providers delivering programmes in pre-schools are required to undergo medical clearance once every 3 years as mandated under the new Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDC) Act and Regulations with effect from Feb 2017. A copy of the medical report should be provided to the respective pre-schools before conducting the programmes. To do this, please download a copy of the medical report form below and bring it with you to any SATA clinic for a medical examination. 

 

INNOVATION GUIDANCE PROJECTS (COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP)

NAC is pleased to collaborate with ECDA on the Innovation Guidance Project (Community Partnership) for 2021.

 

The ECDA Innovation Projects are initiated to improve the quality of pre-school programmes, teaching-learning practices and to foster a culture of innovation and reflective practices.

 

Through the initiatives, pre-schools can explore approaches to:

  • Enhancing learning experiences for children;
  • Promoting community engagement and home-centre partnerships; and
  • Improving or modifying existing innovations beyond the first year of project implementation

 

NAC supports participating pre-schools with training packages that provide teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out innovative activities with the children.

For further enquires about pre-school programmes, please contact preschool_aep@nac.gov.sg