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, Visual Arts and Literary Arts) 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 3 Anchor Operators - MY World, MFS and PCF for selected centres to receive funding to purchase Pre-School AEP. The list of pre-schools supported for 2018 can be found 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. 

 

ARTIST-IN-SCHOOL SCHEME (AISS) FOR PRE-SCHOOLS

The Artist-in-School Scheme (AISS) for Pre-Schools is a collaboration between NAC and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) to enable pre-schoolers to gain access to quality and sustained arts programmes specially designed by arts practitioners. Through interactive lessons, children will broaden their learning perspectives through spontaneous exploration and expression. In addition, early childhood educators can also receive specialised training workshops by arts practitioners, as part of this programme. This will enable them to co-design and co-deliver the arts programme with the artist.

 

Each year, ECDA will identify up to 10 new pre-schools for the AISS. Selected pre-schools will receive funding of up to 70% of programme cost, capped at $7,000 per centre per year for AOPs, POPs or non-profit centres, or up to 30% of programme cost, capped at $3,000 per centre per year for private centres.

 

  • Interested pre-schools can contact NAC (preschool_aep@nac.gov.sg) or ECDA to indicate their interest to be considered for the AISS.

STORIES FROM AISS

PCF Sparkletots Pasir Ris West partnered artist-educator Hazel Wong from Ceramique Studio to deliver a Visual Arts (Ceramics) Progarmme for N2 children. Through exploring properties of clay and experimenting with its soft and responsive sensory qualities, children developed their fine motor and problem solving skills. The programme also encouraged creativity, self-expression and confidence in children.

 

Besides the classroom sessions, the programme also included excursions to the Botanical Gardens and Singapore Zoo where the children were brought on guided tours to observe and learn more about plants and animals, before creating their ceramic works onsite. As part of the programme, teachers also attended workshops that focused on specific art-form skills and pedagogies for teaching ceramics to children.

Compared to my classes at Goodman Ceramic Studio, the children at PCF come from a wider social and economic background; some children are verbally expressive, while others take a longer time to warm up to the artists. However, with the enthusiastic support from the school, I gradually saw a transformation of the children’s ability and capacity for visual and verbal expression. One of the unexpected rewards of working with children is that it has been inspirational for me to see the quieter ones express their sense of curiosity and wonderment through art.

Hazel Wong, Ceramic Artist

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