The early childhood education landscape in Malaysia and the region has undergone significant transformation over the past decade. Today's early childhood education research promotes diversity, child empowerment and learner-centric approaches using emerging themes like creativity, critical thinking and social-emotional literacy.
The Odyssey journey really began way back in 1999, when the team witnessed an amazing exhibit entitled 'The Hundred Languages of Children' in San Francisco. This world-renowned exhibit showcased a myriad of children's ideas, interpreted and documented by educators from the preschool centres of Reggio Emilia, a small city in Northern Italy.
The schools of Reggio Emilia have earned international acclaim for its innovative pedagogy and powerful, practice-based theory in early childhood education. The success of this approach is attributed to its open-ended, child-centred learning. This unique educational philosophy promotes an educational culture of collaboration, observation and documentation, and focuses on the child as an active, competent learner, whilst celebrating the active role of the environment as the third teacher.
The vision for an innovative early childhood education with a difference began to take shape. In 2001, a team of our curriculum directors and senior management made the first exploratory visit to the municipality of Reggio Emilia. Our team then began our own process of researching, experimenting and exploring the various elements of the Reggio Emilia's best practices. For the next five years, our curriculum team members made further visits to Reggio Emilia to follow up on the latest developments, and continued crafting an approach that encompasses the multi-intelligences of children.
In 2008, our relentless quest to conceptualise a unique, innovative early childhood pedagogy led to the birth of Odyssey, The Global Preschool in Singapore - named to honour the passion, commitment, enthusiasm and collaborative efforts of the management and our team of educators through a long and enriching journey towards fulfilling this decade-long dream, Odyssey represents our continued commitment to provide the best in early childhood education for our children, teachers and parents.
Not just a Preschool
Odyssey also serves as a learning observation centre, regional centre of expertise for innovative and creative early childhood education approaches, and a research and development hub for early childhood education. Our programme is designed to showcase international best practices by promoting highly effective early childhood practices, adopting research-based educational principles and strategies that will optimise the development and enhancement of children’s lives.
The Odyssey’s rigorous, innovative curriculum offers many learner-centric benefits to children through experiences that are holistically, creatively, technologically and academically-enriched. Through our cutting-edge pedagogy which focuses on problem-based learning, the learning outcomes ensure children develop to become active communicators, inquirers and researchers, creative and critical thinkers and risk takers, and global citizens of the world.
To be the global representation for innovative early childhood education
Odyssey, The Global Preschool is committed to advocate 4 key missions:
• Curriculum & Programme
Innovative 21st century education that promotes children, educators and parents as capable, active citizens of the world
• Continuous Professional Development
Continuous professional development and growth of educators through immersion n the pedagogy culture of the 21st century
• Educational Research & Curriculum Innovations
Educational research and development to promote continuous innovation and cutting-edge curriculum practices
• Parents and Community Outreach
Parent partnership, advocacy, collaboration and global networking to connect the school learning community to the local and international community
Our Core Values
• Children's First
We put children first and respect children as unique individuals
• Embracing Diversity
We nurture a learning community that is built on understanding and respecting individuality and intercultural differences
• Professional Conduct
We value the highest degree of integrity and professionalism that maintain the honour and dignity of the profession and the school
• Collaborative Partnerships
We cultivate positive interactions and respectful relationships with all our stakeholders to build a collaborative learning community
• Continuous Innovation
We embrace a culture of continuous innovation to promote early childhood education that is relevant to learning and living in the 21st century
The Odyssey Philosophy
All children are valued as unique individuals who bring with them their very own identities, strengths, talents and gifts. Children are competent and can be nurtured to be self-directed and capable learners.
Educators, like the children, bring with them their very own unique strengths, talents and gifts, and they too have the potential to be developed to their fullest.
Parents form a critical link in the children’s education process. Parents are their children’s first teachers and have unique knowledge of their children which serves as tremendous resource in supporting their development and growth. At Odyssey, we recognise and value the significant contribution parents make in their children’s learning and growth.
Provide Meals: Yes
Transportation Service: No
Centre's Category: Kindergarten / Preschool
Student Age Group: 18 months – 6 years
Operating Hours (Monday to Friday): 8.30am – 1.00pm
Operating Hours (Saturday): Closed
Operating Hours (Sunday): Closed
Program / Teaching Method: Reggio Emilia
Language Classes: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese
Medium of Communication: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese
Facilities: Outdoor Playground
Little Chef’s Lab
AlFresco Dining Area