About Singapore’s #1 English Enrichment Centre
When Elly Sim had her daughter Sara, she sought out a fun, safe and loving educational environment for her to build her language skills in English, develop a love of learning, and interact socially with other children.
She found Singapore lacked the kind of educational environment she envisioned for Sara, and developed her own curriculum based on the latest child development and psychology standards of the day.
As her curriculum grew, she began to invite other children Sara’s age to participate, adding classes tailored to older students as Sara grew older. Year by year, Elly developed Playgroups (designed for ages 2-3), Preschool (for ages 4-6), and phonics and writing classes suitable for children up until the age of 12.
The Jan & Elly school began to specialise in teaching the English language, with a heavy emphasis on phonics to facilitate quicker reading and better pronunciation.
Elly has always wanted the best for her children, and she knows that other parents feel the same. The Jan & Elly school focuses on showing children that learning is lots of fun, with interactive games that involve lots of motion and engagement.
Our students, we’re proud to say, are eager to come to class and start learning because they enjoy their lessons so much, retaining more information and challenging themselves constantly with new sounds, words, and reading and writing accomplishments.
When Elly Sim founded the school, she had recently earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development & Psychology. Her knowledge would form the foundation for the practices that have worked so well to help children enjoy learning. All of our teachers constantly engage in research and development to create better lesson plans, programmes, and methodologies from all over the world.
Every parent wants great things for their child. At Jan & Elly, we start your child off with an incredibly valuable insight that will pave the way to greatness: learning is fun.
That truth will help them be wonderful lifelong learners whose thirst for knowledge will help them achieve anything – and everything – they set their minds to.
Additional Notes: Jan & Elly is a supporting partner of Singapore’s Speak Good English Movement (SGEM), and collaborates with them to conduct free public English pronunciation awareness workshops and advocate for good spoken English. We have been awarded the “Best of the Best Enrichment & Learning School” title by Parents World Magazine for 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and most recently 2016 – 2017. We are also a proud recipient of the Asia Pacific Brands Award 2014 conferred by the Trade & Industry Association (Singapore) and Asia Business Journal.
Founder & Director
- Bachelor of Science in Child Development & Psychology (US)
- Member of IRA (US)
- Former Committee Member of NAEYC (Denton, Texas, US)
Our founder and director, Elly Sim, leads us to greater heights of excellence every day.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development & Psychology from University of North Texas in the United States, where she is also a member of the International Reading Association (IRA) and a former committee member for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
She likes to joke that if she were ever to open a cafe next to the Jan & Elly English Language School, she would call it “Jam & Jelly.”
FUN LESSONS, COZY SURROUNDINGS & HAPPY TEACHERS
Jan & Elly was founded based on that belief, and without a doubt Jan & Elly kids are always so happy to come to class to learn. Many children have transformed from reluctant readers into eager readers and from diffident writers into confident ones through our fun teaching methods and ambiance. Lessons without fun are not included.
PALS: PASSIONATE, APPROACHABLE, LOVING, SMILEY
We’re your kids’ PALS. Hailing from England and Singapore, our friendly team of experienced teachers has a reputation for performing above and beyond standard expectations. Over and above their qualification and dedication, they must have Jan & Elly’s PALS quality.
LOW STUDENT TEACHER RATIO
Classes are small at Jan & Elly with only 9 students per class as we’re big on the individual attention and care we can give your child. Worldwide studies have repeatedly shown that a smaller class size improves student achievement especially between preschool and primary school children.
PLUS, WE DO OUR HOMEWORK
At Jan & Elly, complacency is not an option. We constantly engage in research and development, revising lesson plans as well as sourcing the best programmes and methodologies from around the world and customising them to suit local needs. Your child will benefit from the care we take in keeping our curriculum relevant.