MapleBear West Coast is the new bilingual childcare centre / preschool, (English and Mandarin) open from 7am-7pm Monday-Friday and conveniently based in the NEWest Mall, West Coast Drive Singapore, for children from 18 months to six years of age.
Nestled in the quiet West Coast area in Singapore, MapleBear West Coast @ NEWest Mall exudes a quaint charm over 4000 square feet. This centre has sensorial and creative play areas within a warm garden environment, designed around the concept of bringing the outdoors indoor!
At the heart of MapleBear West Coast @ NEWest Mall is the Director, Rupal Arora, who has more than 20 years of experience in education. Rupal is also an adjunct lecture with the National Institute of Early Childhood (NIEC) in Singapore.
Fuelled by her passion for early childhood education, Rupal started lecturing with NIEC in 2018.
“I’ve always wanted to give back to society and contribute to the next generation of early childhood educators. Through lecturing, I can share my 20+ years’ experiences and learnings with other educators”, said Rupal.
“I’ve witnessed how different approaches work for different children and I’ve also met and worked with thousands of educators and parents in supporting and nurturing children. It has both been a privilege and a blessing”, added Rupal.
While lecturing, Rupal realized that, in addition to working with early childhood educators and leaders, she also wanted to do more for the next generation. Hence, she set up MapleBear West Coast, which will open its doors in February 2019.
“MapleBear combines the best of Canadian early years education with Singapore’s focus on bilingual literacy. Together with sensorial experiences such as cookery, art expression and sports, I believe that the curriculum will well prepare and develop our children for the future world. I am excited to share my lifelong experiences and I look forward to meeting you all at our upcoming Open House”, she concluded.
Rupal has a teenage son, aged 15, and a husband who works in the IT industry. Rupal believes strongly in home-school collaboration and helping children connect their senses, feelings and cognition in learning. Rupal enjoys Zumba and reading in her spare time. She also volunteers at KIDSTART, a pilot programme for low-income and vulnerable young children to enable them to have a good start in life, an initiative driven by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) in Singapore.
Learning that connects senses, feelings and cognition to support children and build sustainable communities.