1. What is The Harvard Little Method™?

The Harvard Little Method™ is about whole-brain education by improving the communication between the brain hemispheres based on neuroscience.

It is critical that we build strong brain architecture to maximise the benefits in developing children’s human potential.

In combination with our Gifted Track Curriculum, we integrate the best of neuroscience and international pedagogies to build the brain capacity to learn efficiently.

The goal of developing the Optimal Learning Brain is to groom the future young global leaders of high calibre, with EQ +IQ + MQ + AQ +FQ.

2. Does Harvard Little only accept gifted children?

Harvard Little is the place where we develop, groom and raise children to be the crème de la crème.

If we only accept highly gifted children or hothouse children that come well-prepared to be accepted, expect parents to do lots of drilling work at home with them so they can catch up in our gifted programmes, then claim we churn out distinction children, there is not much credibility to our work, method, curriculum and results.

Dynamic Diagnostic Assessment™ Hint: We take in children whose parents believe in the endowment of 5Qs in their offspring. They have foresight and insight in esteeming well-developed children who need the 5Qs to be the future global leaders, more than just scoring As in academic studies. Such children have higher potential to be The Harvard Little Child.

By the way, giftedness is not only varied. It can be nurtured. Remember to read on Brain Neuroplasticity.

3. What are the ages, frequency & duration for Harvard Little Programmes?

  • Harvard Little Babes™ (6-18 months)                  * 1 hour x once/twice a week
  • Harvard Little Tots™ (1.5-3 years old)                  * 1 hour x once/twice a week
  • Harvard Little Kids™ (3-7 years old)                     * 2 hours x once a week
  • Harvard Little AuditoryPro™ ( 4-12 years old)    * 1 hour x once a week
  • Harvard Little Brain School™ (1.5-6 years old)   * 4 hours x Daily from Monday to Friday
  • Harvard Little NeuroGifted™ (3-12 years old)     * 1 hour x twice a week

Please note that age stated is just a guide. Harvard Little is an ability-driven educational and development centre. Abilities can vary for the same age group.

4. What is the class size?

In cosy small groups so that your child receives more attention and nurturing while basking in the loving friendships of peers growing up with 5Qs, together.

A maximum of 8-12 little angels in a class except for Harvard Little NeuroGifted™ which is an individualised programme ~ 1:1.

5. Do you close during school holidays?

By default, sessions with your child continue throughout the year. Your child gets to enjoy full educational time in school and maximises value for money.
Parents disclosed discreetly, “Phew! We can keep them meaningfully occupied in school.”

There will be no sessions during public holidays and days when we go for continuous professional training and major cleaning of the centre. If there are exceptions, we will let you know.

6. Is Harvard Little officially called a kindergarten?

Harvard Little is a neuroscience-based brain training and gifted development centre. Our passion is to prepare children not only well enough for formal schooling but also success in life.

The Brain School programme develops children from 18 months onwards and on a daily basis. Just check out our Gifted Curriculum integrated with Brain Architecture Training. We are certainly a great preschool decision.

For obvious reasons, many parents choose us as their children’s official preschool with our preschool (and beyond) programmes.

Some parents prefer to place their children in our Brain School instead of the usual run-of-the-mill, childcare or before/after school care. Most importantly, parents choose us because they desire our premium quality education for their offspring, not found elsewhere.

Our parents have the foresight and insight of what is best for their children to prepare them for the world of tomorrow, by making us their best preschool decision.

Coming back to the story… The rules state that we need to have toilets within the premises, in order to be officially called a kindergarten. We cannot fulfill this rule according to the constraints of the building structure plan. Though we must say that there are already plenty of toilets available for use, just few steps away.

More importantly, we do not follow the Kindergarten practice of the usual school holidays closure. Your child continues to have school during March, June, September and December.

We will close only during Gazetted Holidays and some stipulated dates for cleaning and professional training (you need to know we invest lots of time and resources into this). We still cannot figure out how 2 days of training a year is sufficient for educators who are teaching your precious little ones.

Oh yes! The real inner substance is more important than jumping through bureaucratic hoops. We don’t have time for that. So the long and short of it is, we have premium quality preschool curriculum and programmes!

So we are OFFICIALLY a commercial school. We hope to keep it this way.

Harvard Little is distinct and can’t be adequately compared. We just cannot be narrowly defined as a kindergarten. Hmm… We are doubtful if it bothers us even if we can be “official” when they strip some not-so-important rules. We don’t wish to be pigeonholed and can’t be anyway. We are the outliers. After all, great leaders are trailblazers and always out of the bureaucratic spectrum.

We are in the league of our own. If not, how do we develop the future global leaders?

7.  What Makes Harvard Little So Outstanding?

We have a long list which we are shy to run through. We prefer to let our parents and learners speak for us.  Nonetheless, we will state the less obvious.

Founder & Team 

First and foremost, Harvard Little is run by our Founder & Dean who is immensely zealous about education and an experienced education practitioner who values the impacts of quality education as the catalytic game-changer for young lives.

She attracts, develops and synergises a team of diverse talents who are highly passionate and dedicated. Her hiring policy is based on character, attitude and passion. She does not believe in hiring any Tom, Dick or Harry just because someone has paper qualifications or simply to fill in a position. She believes that giving the best quality of educational substance to children entrusted to us is our most important responsibility, far above profit-making profit.

Many educational setups have deep pockets to promote with branding and PR consultants in marketing the aesthetically beautiful schools in good locations (“hardware”) but have weak, poor or non-existing curriculum.

Hence, a child’s education lopsidedly relies too heavily on which teacher he/she gets when there is no strong educational substance. There is the substandard professionalism and lack of accountability on the fluctuating standards of education as teachers teach whatever they feel like or in whichever way they are used to.

Not to mention that there are some setups that have investors who are just keen in expansion at all costs and with no interests in education but money-making as their sole purpose. (Gosh! Just leave education alone if you feel no sense of ethics towards human lives.)

Educational Substance & Rigorous Training 

At Harvard Little, we spend more than 12 years researching, developing, investing and upgrading our educational substance (still continuously doing so). Everyone agrees that educational substance (“the software”) is the most important element in any educational setup but nobody is investing resources or able to execute as much as us.

It is not just some loose syllabus based on a framework. It is not completing textbooks, workbooks and doing more worksheets and assessment books.   It is not going into the classroom without any lessons planned. It is not teaching whatever you feel like without a systematic progressive development plan. It’s certainly not proclaiming “learning through play” but not having clear understanding or purposes behind the play activities.

Educational substance has strong progressive curriculum built upon sound pedagogies and neuroscience in education based on neuroplasticity and whole brain research (please toss away the erroneous right brain and left brain gibberish). It is detailed, structured yet flexible,  clear and idiot-proof. It comes in thick files of content including instructional manuals, procedures, assessments, documentation, etc..

Educational substance comes with a systematic training system that provides continuous professional training for about 100-150 hours annually. It requires educators to plan and evaluate lessons, to record what is being taught, to observe, assess, conference and document progress of learners, to do a lot of backend work that parents do not see us spending long hours doing. (Maybe that’s why we don’t have excess time to market statistics showing off how gifted our learners are.)

Educational substance heightens the benchmarks of standardised levels of quality across teachers and across schools in different locations. It also reduces the over-reliance on the individual professionals when there is a great system and solid curriculum. Even if another educator has to takeover, documentation on the learners and the learning is present.

Harvard Little is dynamic and rigorous as the spirit of excellence is an ingrained culture for professionals. Thus, we attract and retain a special breed of staff who are passionate and dedicated enough to be in not just for a job.

Harvard Little is exceptionally strong in proprietary educational substance. In fact, we licence our curriculum to other schools and provide training to others.

We are just a bunch of educators who believes education comes before the business of education. We hope you look beyond the superficial and look out for what really matters beneath, to be a good school.

Our people, our proprietary curriculum and effective training system uniquely differentiated our boutique school from the rest. Yes, we are highly confident with what really matters.

8. If my child is already at a preschool, is it advisable for him/her to join the daily Harvard Little Brain School too?

We do not recommend so. If you are happy with your child’s education & development at the current preschool, stick with it. We would suggest that you let your child join the weekly enrichment programmes instead.

However, there is no fixed answer for all children, as we know. Some children are really full of energy and are able to learn well through dual sessions. Some parents prefer their children being better off at Harvard Little being enriched, enhanced and empowered than being glued to the television, computer or phone gadgets or doing nothing at home.

Children at Harvard Little are highly talented and need the time for the development of other giftings and hobbies. They need the space and time to pursue such extra-curricular activities. We recommend at least 1 day of Sabbath for rest. Cramming is not recommended.

9. Why is Dynamic Diagnostic Assessment™ (DDA™) an admission requirement?

DDA™ is an entry requirement for learners above 2.5 years and enrolling into Harvard Little NeuroGifted and Brain School programmes. It is required to ascertain abilities, needs, suitability and is used as a progress-monitoring tool.

Admission and placement are based on the abilities and development of the individual child, instead of age. It is highly beneficial that we are able to understand your child’s unique learning and developmental needs more, instead of just basing on age or curriculum level.

One of the key benefits is, learners are more engaged and efficient in learning as teaching is differentiated according to their proximal zone of learning (abilities). Your child can be adequately challenged and won’t be bored by tasks that are too easy or difficult for him/her.

DDA™ also helps you to understand your child more in depth and breadth, with assistance from a professional and objective perspective. Mid & post assessments are required on half-yearly basis to monitor progress and development.

Though it may seem like a new thing about admission requirement, DDA™ has been administered on 6000+ Asian learners. Harvard Little is also run by a highly-experienced team of educators who are serious about quality education that involves the 5Qs development.

DDA™ is not compulsory for once a week enrichment programmes like Harvard Little Babes, Tots and Kids.  However, our specialists may recommend based on in-class observation and assessment.

Parents need to exercise restraint in insisting on your child joining a higher level. Seriously, we know what we are doing.

Most importantly, we share the same goal of doing the best for your children so that they can be developed well and grow to be a future global leader with 5Qs.

10. Why is Harvard Little a social enterprise?

Harvard Little unequivocally believes that accessible education is the catalyst and game-changer for lives.

Harvard Little makes premium brain architecture and gifted education more accessible and affordable to more people.

We believe children from the middle-class and lower-income families will also need to be at the forefront benefiting from the rapid development of neuroscience in education, in this impending Brain Age. It should not be available only to the rich.

Harvard Little is a qualified registered member of Social Enterprise Association.

11. Who qualifies for Harvard Little SE Subsidies?

We endeavour to provide high quality premium services at more competitive fees to the communities (compared to both the private & non-profit sectors).

The fees are already made more competitive and affordable for the middle class. Hence, these services are more accessible and affordable to children from middle-class families, who do not qualify for further subsidies.

For children who are talented and from families with gross family income of S$3500 & below, you may apply for our social enterprise subsidies of up to 90%.

Harvard Little Social Enterprise (SE) Financial Subsidies are disbursed from our revenue, from our own pockets. Funds are set aside to provide subsidies to learners from low-income families. Through such subsidised services, children are able to gain access to our neuroscience-based brain training and gifted development services.

Bearing in mind Harvard Little do not enjoy subsidies/donations meant for non-profit charities to offset operational costs such as rental, yet our fees are comparable to or lower than some “not-for-profit” organizations before-subsidies fees.

We have to be sustainable in order to fulfill our mission.

12. Why is there a shared administrative & reception with Harvard Little?

Harvard Little collaborates with our social-enterprise neighbour, Bridge Learning to share resources, as an innovative example of saving the earth and Financial Intelligence (FQ) besides for reasons of economies of scale.

Please settle your registration, payment and all administrative processes for Harvard Little at Unit 02-07/08 (several steps away only). While waiting at our reception, you may want to do some artwork, try our brain games, visit the gymnasium or the running tracks. (You get the hint to get off your phones and gadgets for a while? :))

So when you call and hear either name, don’t be surprised. You called the right number at 6766 0651.