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Preschool Class | Weekdays

Research has shown that young children make sense of the world around through active play. 

At The Tinker Yard, children are allowed to have all the space and time they need to work on their ideas. Teachers act as facilitators rather than instructors. We carefully observe children at play and use those observations to support children in representing their ideas through their preferred learning style(s).

Play at THE TINKER YARD is a mixed age preschool class that is natural, child-led, unhurried and respectful of needs of children. The curriculum is built upon principles of RIE, Playwork and the Reggio Emilia approach.

What we are not
We do not use the thematic approach. Many early years settings in Singapore adopt the thematic approach. Most often, curriculum at these preschools is structured and teacher-directed. There is little or no room for children's voices to be heard. Children are not viewed as capable or competent learners rather they are viewed as needing to be fixed. Lesson objectives are pre-determined and not intentionally planned based on current observations of children. The curriculum in this case expects children to meet adult-led expectations rather then meet their current learning and developmental needs. 

How we differ at The Tinker Yard
Curriculum at The Tinker Yard is built upon principles of RIE, Playwork and the Reggio Emilia approach. We trust children and hold a strong view of children being competent, curious, full of knowledge, potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them. 

In planning the curriculum, we draw inspiration from observations made of children. Curriculum is framed by big ideas that children have. Children are respected as capable and competent learners. They are empowered to take ownership of their learning while getting adequate support by our teachers.

We take great effort to create a culture of trust, care, empathy, support and collaboration in our class community (children, families and teachers). This is achieved through our practice of respectful and mindful teaching. We aim to give children a space where they can discover, embrace and build upon their natural strengths and construct knowledge through experiential play. 

Classes run twice, thrice or daily on weekdays. The class size is kept small at 8 children. Programme hours are 9.30am to 12.30pm or 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Teachers take on the role of facilitators.

Children who stay with us for their entire preschool years will be equipped with skills, values and knowledge that would carry them through challenges. They would have all that they need to be successful in what they do AND more importantly, have a happy childhood.

If you would like to meet with us to learn more about The Tinker Yard or what we do, we welcome you to visit us at the studio. Just drop us an email to make an appointment.

Trial sessions are available to give parents and children first-hand experience of our programme.  Places available for trial sessions is limited and need to be pre-booked. Please check in with us to arrange for trial sessions.

Let's Create Art Fair | 4 to 12 years old

We are excited about the upcoming Let's Create Art Fair at The Tinker Yard. We have a galore of materials that would be made available to children.

This is an event that promotes creativity in children. It is a drop-off event open to children ages 4 to 12 years old. Children can choose from a selection of projects and pick from the buffet of materials to create their unique pieces of work. They can take home what they make.

Four sessions are available on June 6, 8, 13 & 15. Sessions will begin at 9am and end at 11am. Children can come for any number of sessions. We offer discounts if you sign up for more than one session. The (per child) charges as follows:

Single session: $40
Two sessions: $76
All four sessions: $144
Fees paid are not refundable.
The fees quoted include materials, use of tools and use of the studio. We require prebooking and prepayment. To book a spot, please provide your name, contact number, child's name and child's date of birth in an email.


For your information, we are also having a playdough party on June 1st and 2nd.

Open to children from 2 years old onwards.

To book a spot, please email your name, contact number, child's name and child's date of birth to Prepayment is required to confirm your spot. We will forward payment details to you upon receipt of your sign up email.
Do stay tuned on our Facebook or Instagram pages for more fun events for children.



This is a drop-off event limited to 10 children per session. Sessions will start at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Each project would take an hour to complete.

We will set up stations for each of these projects. Children can choose to do any number of projects and take home their completed creations.


They will have access to a buffet of interesting materials to create and make these fun projects.  All materials are inclusive in the fees.

Please take note that this is not a walk-in event. Pre registration is required to confirm your spot. Payment will be requested in advance. 


We are full on March 30th, 2018.

From now till 31st March 2018, we are giving away to first-timers
10 FREE sessions for these programmes.

Please choose from these sessions:

Wednesday 11am to 12pm
Friday 11am to 12pm
March 21st, 23rd, 28th or 30th, 2018

Friday 4pm to 5pm
March 23rd or 30th, 2018

*Limited to 1 session per child

To get a FREE session, we require you to subscribe to our emailing list. Your email will be verified for eligibility.

Please check your inbox for a verfication message from Feedburner Email Subscriptions, the email service that delivers email subscriptions for The Learning Caravan | The TInker Yard. You will need to click a link listed in that message to activate your subscription. If you do not see an email after a reasonable amount of time, please check your bulk/spam folder. After activation, please send us an email to choose your preferred session.

*Please note that we do not do walk-ins.

*Only registered children/families will be given entry passes.


At The Tinker Yard, we will select the perfect book that will be a springboard for children to delve into a world where they can tinker, build or just mess around with ideas. Sessions will include a reading or revisit of the book, free exploration, tinkering and group S.T.E.A.M. challenges based on the theme.

Limited to a maximum of 8 children per class. Sessions run on a monthly basis on Saturday each week, up to 4 Saturdays a month.

Age: 5 to 9 years old
Time: 3.30pm to 5pm
Fee: $100 per month

March 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st, 2018
April 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 2018
May 5th, 12th 19th & 26th, 2018

Children love picture books. What better way to introduce them to S.T.E.A.M. activities than through a good book. Connecting books with hands-on activities can help to enhance children's reading and also inspire them to create and explore.

S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics

Each unit will start with a reading of selected literature and thinking cap questions followed by a series of S.T.E.A.M. challenges based on the theme.

Children will have easy access to a wide selection of open-ended materials and research materials to support learning and working as a team to explore, investigate and come up with solutions to the challenges.

We also advocate outdoor learning.  S.T.E.A.M. activities may take place at parks or green areas in the neighbourhood where learning takes on a different dimension.  Children will explore the same materials through a different lens; learn and investigate the natural world around them.

To book a session, please visit

The Slimiest Party (Feb 14, 2018) | 4 to 8 years old

We are hosting a slime making party on February 14, 2018. This is a special party planned for children so that you can spend couple time with your partner on Valentine's Day. 

Your child will have a great time experimenting with different slime recipes and enjoy play time at The Tinker Yard.

A simple pasta (meatless) dinner will be provided. Please advise us if your child has any dietary concerns.

To purchase a ticket, please email your name, your child's name and age to We will also require your contact numbers.

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