Programmes & Initiatives
The Nurture Kids programme is a Sport Singapore flagship programme introduced in 2017. With a ‘train-the-trainer’ approach and a specially designed exercise and movement curriculum for preschoolers, the programme aims to enable early childhood educators to help their preschoolers develop physical literacy and healthy habits. Since then, we have partnered more than 600 preschools to train their educators in teaching fundamental movement skills (FMS)/motor skills development (MSD) for preschoolers aged 5 – 6 years.
Objectives of Nurture Kids programme
- Provide resources and support to complement preschools’ existing MSD curriculum
- Enhance early childhood educators’ capabilities in teaching FMS/MSD
- Develop physical literacy and inculcate healthy habits in preschoolers
Pre-programme preparatory workshop
Prior to the in-school programme, SportSG will conduct the mandatory principals’ briefing and preparatory workshop for the nominated educators (one educator each from one K1 and one K2 class per preschool).
12-week in-school programme
One K1 and one K2 class per preschool will participate in 1-hour Nurture Kids programme/week, over a 12-week period. There will be a dedicated Nurture Kids trainer to mentor the nominated educators throughout the programme.
Key pedagogical principles
- 5Es Framework
- Adapted from non-linear pedagogy
- Child-centred/individual learner as the focus
- Educators serve as facilitators to guide preschoolers in learning new movement skills
There are 2 intakes in a year - January and July (registration closes two months before each intake)
*Schedule subject to change
Senior Centre Principal
PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Brickland Blk 810
The Nurture Kids programme has supported both children in their motor skills development (MSD), and teachers in advancing their MSD knowledge and skills. With continuous improvements made to the programme, the centre is provided with more flexibility to adapt the curriculum for its own use. Friendly coaches also provided advice (even during Covid period via virtual mode) to the centre and teachers. Lastly, parents also vouch for the programme through the improvement in the children’s MSD skills from participating in the programme. They also benefited from participating in the engagement programmes with their children.
Senior Centre Principal
PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Kembangan Chai Chee Blk 341
The Nurture Kids programme allows children to learn through play. Not only do the children enjoy themselves through the fun and interactive activities, they also develop and work on their gross motor skills. When teachers conduct the lessons, guidelines are provided to assist teachers in providing clear verbal cues that are simple and short for children to understand. The programme also assists teachers in providing regression and progression in the activities to meet children’s needs and abilities, especially for teachers who are not trained in motor skills development for children. This programme not only benefitted the children but also the teachers, thank you.
M.Y World @ Ang Mo Kio
The Nurture Kids Programme has garnered many positive feedback from educators and children throughout the years. The on-site sessions conducted by the coaches created opportunities for children to be introduced to Motor Skills Development skills in a fun and engaging way.
From the programme, educators learnt to be more conscientious in promoting healthy lifestyles to children. They also feel empowered and became more resourceful in planning and conducting physical lessons with the children, which cover various motor skills, regardless indoors/outdoors.
Additionally, children were also encouraged to lead an active lifestyle through healthy eating and exercising. They developed better social emotional skills and learnt the importance of healthy living.
M.Y World @ Leng Kee
The Nurture Kids programme has played a pivotal role in promoting social-emotional skills and fostering confidence in our children to perform motor skills in both indoor and outdoor settings. The programme effectively instills in children the significance of leading a healthy lifestyle, encompassing regular exercise and balanced nutrition. By cultivating teamwork, children learn to collaborate with their peers to achieve shared goals. Our educators have become more conscientious in promoting healthy habits, empowered to conduct engaging sessions with children, and equipped with enhanced skills to teach motor skills development lessons. They embrace opportunities to collaborate with external partners in planning meaningful activities. Overall, the Nurture Kids programme has had a transformative impact on both our educators and children, creating a thriving environment for growth, learning, and healthy development.
7oaks Preschool @ Bukit Batok
Nurture Kids programme has children looking forward to lessons conducted weekly. They are excited to experience and master new motor skills. We have seen significant improvement in some children such as their balancing skills and movement abilities. Children are now able to move with confidence and are more engaged during motor skills activities.
Our instructor, Kavin, was able to make lessons engaging for children by incorporating stories and allowing them to use their imagination during activity times. Specific simple instruction was given by him throughout each class. Kavin showed patience when dealing with children who needs additional help by going through the demonstration with them slowly.
Overall, the Nurture Kids programme has developed our children's gross motor skills and improved their self-esteem in class!
My First Skool @ Blk 180B Boon Lay
One of the most notable benefits of the Nurture Kids programme is its focus on holistic development. Through the wide range of fundamental movement skills and sport activities, children have not only improved their physical abilities but also developed essential life skills such as teamwork, resilience, discipline, and leadership. The programme's well-structured curriculum ensures a balanced approach to sport, incorporating both skill-building exercises and friendly competitions that promote healthy competition and sportsmanship.
The dedicated and highly qualified Nurture Kids coaches deserve special mention. Their passion for teaching and nurturing young children is evident in every session. They create a supportive and encouraging atmosphere where children feel comfortable taking risks, trying new things, and pushing their limits. The coaches provide constructive feedback, personalised guidance, and individual attention, ensuring that each child receives proper guidance according to their unique abilities and needs.