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What Makes Us Different

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
First of all, we are NOT an enrichment centre.
We provide alternative education for children. 
We are a community of learners.
Our play & learning space is worksheet-free.
Play is child-led here.
The Child is the curriculum.
It is OK to make mistakes here.
We love messy play.




OUR INTENTION
The Tinker Yard is a space that truly belongs to children. This is where children feel safe, cultivate strong, secure and trusting relationships, develop life skills and know that their thoughts & ideas are important and valuable. We aim to give children a space where they can discover, embrace & build upon their natural strengths and construct knowledge through authentic play experiences.  

"The goal of education is
not to increase the amount of knowledge
but to create the possibilities
for a child to invent and discover,
to create men who are
capable of doing new things."
Jean Piaget


LEARNING AND PLAY
Our play leaders are life-long learners and view ourselves as partners with children & families in nurturing children's holistic development. Our practice is research-based, the team undergo continuing professional development periodically. We meet with fellow play leaders as well as local early childhood practitioners and international early childhood colleagues through learning exchanges, dialogues and professional training opportunities. With informed knowledge on early childhood education and self & group reflections to guide us, we regularly review and improve our practice.

“Children learn as they play.
Most importantly, in play
children learn how to learn.”
O. Fred Donaldson

Play comes naturally to children and it is how they learn best. We advocate for child-led play. We celebrate play and embrace curiosity. We believe that children learn when they are having fun.  Visitors to the studio will find children engaging in activities of their own choice. At times, play at the studio might get messy which is perfectly fine with us as that is the exact reflection of real play! 



We hold a strong view that children are capable & competent learners. Children take the lead here. Curriculum is unscripted and framed around big ideas that children have.  Play leaders carefully observe children at play and use those observations to facilitate & support learning. 



“Play is often talked about
as if it were a relief
from serious learning.
But for children
play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood.”
Fred Rogers

Learning is never static at our studio. Children have access to a diverse range of open-ended materials. We invite children to wonder, question, predict, investigate & experiment. They are encouraged to be thinkers, problem-solvers, creators, innovators and inventors. 


ENVIRONMENT
The studio serves as a site of learning. It is richly resourced with materials that are accessible to children. The environment is intentionally designed and ready to offer children beautiful, open-ended materials and experiences full of possibility.  


 

Children play & learn in a calm yet inspiring mixed-age play space that allows them to be free to express their thoughts & exercise their imagination and encourages them to  learn to listen to different ideas in a respectful & mindful way, embrace diversity, be self-motivated to seek solutions to challenges as well as to collaborate with others to achieve common or shared goals.


Children are given opportunity to make decisions, try things out, test their hypothesis and more importantly feel secure to take risks. Children become resilient when they are unafraid to take risks or experience failure.  At The Tinker Yard, mistakes are accepted. We learn by doing and mistakes are inevitable in the learning process. We believe that all of us learn from failures as well as success.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein


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STUDIO VISIT
In addition to regular play sessions, the studio is also available for field trips, corporate team-building events, private play dates, parties and professional development workshops for early childhood educators. We welcome parents, children & educators to visit our studio. 

Discover the difference.

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