Empowering Lifelong Learners

First Steps for
All-round Development

Pre-primary is the first learning phase for every child. Our curriculum is inspired by Dr. Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Theory of Constructivism, and the student-centric Reggio-Emilia approach. It’s designed to meet their needs, develop their interests and build their abilities to foster their holistic development during this stage of their education.

Developing the Whole Child,
Not Just Academic Aptitude

Based on evidence from disparate sources, the MI theory claims that humans have a number of relatively discrete intellectual capacities. We expose young students to eight independent intelligences for holistic growth.


A phonic-based language and rich environment promote listening, speaking, reading and writing.


Group work with peers and adults builds confidence and positive relationships.


Sensitivity to one’s own feelings and self-awareness grows through prayer and reflection.

Bodily Kinesthetic

Sand play, water play, dance, drama, and yoga promote the development of fine and gross motor skills.


Observing patterns and relationships helps to conceptualise the logical relations among actions or symbols.


A love for one's natural and cultural environment blossoms through interactions with the real world.

Visual Spatial

Scribbling, drawing, colouring, painting, origami, and other craftwork hone the child's aesthetic sense.


Songs and poetry help students to learn about the rhythm, pitch, tone, melody and timbre.

Our Pedagogy:
Reggio Emilia Approach

Each child is considered infinitely capable, creative and intelligent. The teacher's job is to support these qualities and challenge students in appropriate ways.

Students learn, express and develop critical thinking skills through projects, group work, field trips, resource books and audio-visuals.

Students learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening and observing.

Students have some control over the direction of their learning.


Big Book Reading

Big Book Reading fosters a love for reading and improves comprehension among young learners by utilising large, visually appealing books as educational tools.

Field Trips

Field trips, such as visits to banks, museums, or botanical parks, offer students hands-on, real-world experiences and enhance their cultural awareness.

Student Led Conference

Students present their learning to their parents, granting parents valuable insights into their child's educational journey. Student-Led Conference help boost students' confidence and communication skills.

Story Time Saturday

Students and parents listen to stories told by the teacher and get an opportunity to browse various books together, fostering a love for reading.

Cooking Experience

Preschoolers prepare tasty treats such as Lemon Juice, Bhel, Corn Chat and Fruit Salad, allowing them to have fun while learning about different ingredients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-primary (also known as preschool) education aims at the holistic development of your child. It aims to develop social skills, cognitive growth, language proficiency, creativity and independence. At Universal, children are exposed to 8 intelligences for overall development.

The average student-to-teacher ratio in pre-primary classrooms is 30:2.

Activity-based learning in pre-primary is crucial as it enhances cognitive development, fosters creativity, and promotes hands-on exploration, laying a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

The pre-primary curriculum encompasses a balanced mix of foundational subjects such as language development, numeracy, social skills, and creative activities to foster holistic early childhood development.

The age limit for students in pre-primary school typically ranges from 3 to 5 years old.

The pre-primary curriculum includes a diverse range of activities such as language development, numeracy exercises, social skills development, arts and crafts, music, physical activities, and play-based learning to promote well-rounded early childhood development.

Yes, we encourage parents to be involved in pre-primary grades through various activities such as workshops, events, and volunteer opportunities to create a collaborative learning environment.

Pre-primary is highly beneficial for a child's holistic development. It helps prepare children for formal schooling both academically and socially. At Universal, we strongly recommend it to ensure your child has a positive start to their learning journey. Our pre-primary program focuses on fostering essential skills and a love for learning.

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