Classification of Educational Institutes
Overall, Singapore schools offering private education are classified into the following broad groups:
A childcare centre is any place that cares for and supervises more than 5 children, aged below 7, at any one time.
A kindergarten is a school that provides a structured 3-year preschool education consisting of nursery, kindergarten 1, and kindergarten 2 for children aged 3 – 6.
Academic private schools are the ones that offer theoretical, structured courses and formal education. Typically schools offering certificates, diplomas, degrees come under the category of academic private schools. Examples of academic schools include:
Educational establishments that intend to provide academic classes leading to GCE examinations
Foreign system/international schools
IT schools or computer education centres
Fine Arts schools
Enrichment centres offering diplomas, certificate courses etc.
Adult education centres
Distance learning centres