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THE TINKER YARD @ Kembangan

We are excited to announce that we have relocated to a bigger space with better facilities. The new studio is in close proximity to a park & playground just a minute walk away.

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Our new address is 111A Jalan Kembangan, Singapore 419150. 

We are setting up from 20 June 2017 to 6 July 2017 and look forward to unveiling the new environment to everyone. Stay tuned for updates and information on open houses in July.

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2018 Study Tours | Sweden | Australia

Registration for study tours in 2018 is now open.

The Learning Caravan has been organizing international study tours since 2011. Our study tours were well attended by educators from Taiwan, Greece, Norway, USA, UK, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.

These study groups are professional learning circles for early childhood educators motivated to gain deeper understanding of the emergent curriculum and the Reggio Emilia approach, engage in valuable discussions with global early childhood colleagues and generate fresh ideas that will transform their teaching practice. Please drop us an email if you have any questions regarding the study tours.



Study Tours in 2018

Stockholm, Sweden
May 17th & 18th, 2018, 9am to 4pm
SGD800 per person
This rate is inclusive of a welcome reception on May 16th, 2018

Melbourne, Australia
October 18th & 19th, 2018, 9am to 4pm
SGD600 per person
This rate is inclusive of a welcome reception on October 17th, 2018

Minimum 5 participants
Maximum 10 participants


Programme Overview

  • briefing of study tour programme
  • introduction to local early childhood education landscape
  • visits to progressive early years centres
  • presentations on early childhood topics
  • reflective sharing
  • group discussions


The programme will include discussion of topics that challenge us to develop new strategies and ideas for improving our practice as well as interactive activities, visits to progressive early childhood centres and sharing by early childhood practitioners from different countries.




Group Leader
The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd will assign a study group leader to take charge of learning activities and school visits. The study group leader will meet participants at a city area venue for group travel arrangements to the centres. Registered participants will receive further details before the start of the study tour.


Travelling and Accommodation
Participants will make their own travel arrangements from their own home country to the host country, accommodation choice and leisure activities during their stay in the host country.  The participants are responsible for their own travel to the host country and during their leisure time, leisure activities, meals, well as their accommodation. Please make accommodation arrangements within the CBD/city.


Local Travel Arrangements
The Learning Caravan will arrange for the group to travel together to the host centres. The group leader will meet with the participants at a location in the city area. Mode of transport for previous study groups had been via public transport - tram, train or bus. Participants need to purchase a local travel card for group travel to the host centres.

The choice of transport mode is dependent on the travel route to the host centres. Some walking is required. Participants should have comfortable footwear for walking. Alternatively you may choose to meet us at the host centres. Participants wishing to hire private transport are free to do so at their own cost.


Indemnity and Insurance
The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd is not legally liable for losses, damages, injuries or deaths suffered by anyone resulting from this learning journey.  All participants are responsible to make sure that they equip themselves with comprehensive travel insurance that cover medical expenses, repatriation, personal accident and liability, theft and cancellations for the entire travel period.


Exclusions
  • International airfare & domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transport
  • Leisure activities
  • Meals & Tips
  • Accommodation
  • Photography and camera expense
  • Travel visas
  • Communication expenses
  • Personal travel insurance



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Payments, Refunds & Cancellations

Each study group will proceed based on participant registration.  Full payment is required upon registration. No refunds will be given for cancellation of booking by participants unless this space is filled by another person.  The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd will refund study tour fees paid (less bank charges) if the company cancels the study tour.





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How to Register
Please send us an email (thelearningcaravan@gmail.com) to request for a registration form. A Paypal invoice will be issued for payment following submission of registration.




Highlight of the Week

Guest Storyteller
- Anna Ciezczyk, Australian International School

Anna shared an engaging tale about animals on May 27, 2017. The children & their parents were invited to create props for the story. They were thrilled to make their selection of materials from a loose parts 'supermarket'. 

A full post on this amazing experience will be shared in a later post. Stay tuned.

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Messy, Creative and Sensory Play (18mo to 6yo)

Masak Masak @ The Tinker Yard is a drop-off play programme that embraces young children's innate sense of wonder and their natural drive to understand the world around them.

Play at The Tinker Yard is natural, child-led, unhurried and respectful of the needs of children.
Inspiring a love for learning in young children
The play space is intentionally designed and prepared to offer children beautiful, open-ended materials and experiences full of possibility in an environment that serves as the 3rd teacher - one that nurtures exploration, discovery and creativity. 



Children will get access to a diverse range of materials in the play space that they are free to explore, experiment, create, innovate and invent with.



Play sessions are available Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm or 3pm to 5pm. We keep to a small group size of maximum 8 children per session.

Casual Session
$35 (with studio pass) / $40 (regular)

Read about our studio passes.

Pre-booking of slots via email to thelearningcaravan@gmail.com and advance payment is required.

Monthly Package
3 times per week, Mon, Wed & Fri: $396 per child
2 times per week, Tue & Thu: $264 per child
$33 per session

There will be no replacement for sessions missed.
We are closed on Public Holidays and Sundays.


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Book a studio visit today to chat with our team.


Please send us an email to arrange for a studio visit. Studio visits may be arranged between 1pm and 2pm / 5pm and 6pm as we do not want to disrupt children's play during programme hours.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Masak Masak @ The Tinker Yard.



Invitation: Block Play Party

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Come join us. It will be loads of fun.



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Parent-&-Child Story & Play Session

Experience the wonders of loose parts
at this very special story session.

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Registration is now open till May 25th, 2017.
Limited spots are available. Please email today to book a spot.


This session is great for those who are new to loose parts play or if you love loose parts play & stories as much as we do.

Anna is an early childhood educator who is deeply passionate about child-led play. She will share a story about a wolf & a bird. After the story session, you and your child will  have access to our diverse range of loose parts to retell the story with your child.

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Please send us an email to book a spot.





June 2017 School Holiday Programmes

The school holidays June this year is going to be so much fun at The Tinker Yard!

We run two school holiday camps for children under 9 years old.

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This will be a week filled with wonderful multicultural stories, amazing art making, and classic children games. Suitable for children between 4 & 6 years old.

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Children will engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering, mathematics & art.  All these while having fun learning about the history of toys and toy-making using a variety of materials.


Limited spots are available for each of these school holiday camps.

Please send email us your name, your contact number, child's name & date-of-birth to sign up.


Enjoy lower fees with our studio pass.