Play Dough Party | Ages 3 & up

Back by popular demand.

Do connect with us if you have any questions.

THE TINKER YARD
Web: www.thetinkeryard.blogspot.com
Email: thelearningcaravan@gmail.com
Tel: 84610186 (WhatsApp/SMS)

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Playgroup Series, July to September 2018 | Playing and Exploring with Tubes!


Our inspiration (July to September) for the next playgroup series is tubes. The studio will be set up with tubes of various types. Our teachers will facilitate schematic play using tubes and other open-ended materials. Children will have the opportunity to explore possibilities to play, create and invent with these loose parts.

Classes are available at Katong Square for children between

15 months old to 23 months
Monday 9.15am to 10.15am


2 years old to 4 years old
Monday 10.30am to 12.30pm or 3.30pm to 5.30pm


To book a class, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/775pbrQqYEEJRiYq2.

Do contact us if you have any questions regarding our classes.

THE TINKER YARD
Web: www.thetinkeryard.blogspot.com
Email: thelearningcaravan@gmail.com
Tel: 84610186 (WhatsApp/SMS)

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PLAY @ THE TINKER YARD | Katong Square

Read more about our classes.


CLASS VENUES

A minimum of 4 children is required to run each class.

KABOODLE | Katong Square

Monday 9.15 am to 10.15am
for 15 - 23 months old
$40 per session or
$330 for 10 sessions


Monday 10.30am to 12.30pm
for 2 - 4 years old
$55 per session or
$480 for 10 sessions


Monday 3.30pm to 5.30pm
for 2 - 4 years old
$55 per session or
$480 for 10 sessions


Registration is now open for these programmes. 
If you are keen to book a class, please use this link
We look forward to welcoming you and your child at our studio.

Children Baking Class | Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies

{ THE KID’S TABLE } is a cooking class for children. We will introduce healthy cooking recipes using fresh ingredients. Children will be involved in the entire cooking process. They will work collaboratively to prepare the recipe from scratch and take home a portion of the delicious cookies.


Venue: Katong Square
Fee: $50 per child, inclusive of baking

Fee includes entry and unlimited play time at Kaboodle.

Pre-booking of spots is required. Payment will be requested in advance to confirm your spot. There will not be any refund for no-shows or withdrawals however you can transfer the spot to another child. To book a spot, please send us an email.

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THE TINKER YARD
www.thetinkeryard.blogspot.com
E: thelearningcaravan@gmail.com
P: 84610186 (WhatsApp / SMS)

Our Practice

We hold a strong view of children being competent, curious, full of knowledge, potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them.


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.

"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

FOSTERING EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS
Children play and 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.



Children learn to work together to achieve common goals as a team. They become self-motivated to seek solutions and collaborate with others.

OUR TEAM
Our practice is research-based. We are life-long learners and view ourselves as partners with children & families in nurturing children's holistic development. The team regularly engages in continuing professional development. 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

We advocate for child-led play. We celebrate play and embrace curiosity. Play comes naturally to children and it is how they learn best. 

We believe that children learn when they are having fun.  Visitors to The Tinker Yard will find children engaging in different activities. At times, play might get messy which is perfectly fine with us as that is the exact reflection of real play! 

THE CHILD IS THE CURRICULUM
Curriculum at The Tinker Yard is built upon principles of RIE and the Reggio Emilia approach. We hold a strong view that children are capable and competent learners.

Curriculum is framed around big ideas that children have. Our teachers carefully observe children at play and use those observations to plan the curriculum. Learning is meaningful and interesting to children.

“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

ENVIRONMENT
The environment at The Tinker yard is richly resourced with a diverse range of loose parts. Our space is intentionally designed and ready to offer children beautiful, open-ended materials and experiences full of possibility. Children have access to a diverse range of open-ended materials to explore, manipulate and invent with.

Our team works hard to regularly update our learning space at The Tinker Yard to accommodate new ideas that children have.  

AUTONOMY
Children are given opportunity to make decisions, try things out, test their hypothesis and more importantly feel secure to take risks. We learn by doing and mistakes are inevitable. At The Tinker Yard, mistakes are accepted. We believe that children learn from failures as much as from successes.

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

New Class at Katong Square

Dear Parents,

We started a new class this week at Kaboodle, Katong Square for children between 15 months old and 23 months old as well as one for children from 2 years old to 4 years old. These are mixed-aged programmes that are natural, child-led, unhurried and respectful of needs of children. 

Curriculum is framed by big ideas that children have. It is intentional and designed with the Child in mind. At The Tinker Yard, children are viewed as capable and competent learners. They are empowered to take ownership of their learning while getting adequate support by our teachers.

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15 months old to 23 months old |  Parent-accompanied
Monday, 9.15am to 10.15am

2 years old to 4 years old | Parent-accompanied or drop-off
Monday, 10.30am to 12.30pm or 3.30pm to 5.30pm


Our teachers set up The Tinker Yard classroom specially for these classes. We aim to give children a space where they can discover, embrace and build upon their natural strengths and construct knowledge through experiential play. 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.



​Registration is now open for these programmes. If you are keen to book a class, please use this linkWe look forward to welcoming you and your child at our studio.



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THE TINKER YARD DIFFERENCE



Curriculum at The Tinker Yard is built upon principles of 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.



The Tinker Yard is where children feel safe, cultivate strong, secure and trusting relationships, develop life skills and know that their thoughts & ideas are important and valuable.


"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



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



Children learn to work together to achieve common goals as a team. They become self-motivated to seek solutions and collaborate with others.


Parents are valued partners in the children's education. The Tinker Yard keeps an open door policy and communication with parents. Children's learning stories are regularly shared with parents through an online platform.



Children are given opportunity to make decisions, try things out, test their hypothesis and more importantly feel secure to take risks. We learn by doing and mistakes are inevitable. At The Tinker Yard, mistakes are accepted. We believe that children learn from failures as much as from successes.


We believe that children learn when they are having fun.  Visitors to The Tinker Yard will find children engaging in different activities. At times, play might get messy which is perfectly fine with us as that is the exact reflection of real play! 



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


WHAT WE ARE NOT
  • We do not make children sit for long periods of time against their will.
  • We do not compel children to work on tasks that they have lost interest in.
  • We do not use a top-down approach in our interactions with children.
  • We do not do time-outs or punishments.
  • We do not use the thematic approach that is overly structured and teacher-directed and allows little or no room for children's voices to be heard.
  • We do not believe in hothousing children.
  • We do not view children as needing to be fixed.





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.


“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



Curriculum is framed around big ideas that children have. Our teachers carefully observe children at play and use those observations to plan the curriculum. Learning is meaningful and interesting to children.

TRIAL SESSIONS
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.


LEARN MORE
If you would like to meet with us to learn more about The Tinker Yard or how our evidence-based practice benefits long-term and holistic development of your child, we welcome you to visit us at the studio. Just drop us an email to make an appointment.