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It Takes a Child to Transform a Village

the "why" behind Little Heroes of Inclusion

Children play an essential role in creating inclusive preschool environments, and by extension, an inclusive Singapore. 

The Good Start SG movement aims to raise children who are exemplars to others (both children and adults alike). While children are able to pick up misbehaviours and quirks that other children display,

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discriminatory attitudes, behaviours and language are picked up from the adults and community around them.


Starting from their early years, we hope to inculcate values integral in creating an inclusive society, such as compassion and acceptance. We want to raise them to be active change agents that are capable of shaping a compassionate meritocracy for the generation after ours.

the award

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The “Little Heroes of Inclusion” Award, given out annually during the Good Start SG Conference, is a symbol of recognition and appreciation to preschool children who have shown exemplary care and support to their peers with learning or developmental needs. In our eyes, these children are the forerunners who have enabled their special friends to learn, play, contribute and participate meaningfully alongside their typically developing peers in the classroom and the community.

Finalists are selected because they had been more than just “helpers” of their special friends. They had gone beyond simply being kind and charitable “maternal” and “paternal” figures, to being advocates and agents of empowerment for their classmates.  They saw their special friends as well, friends and equals.


They would for example, learn from them, allow them to complete tasks independently, acknowledge their strengths and special knowledge, respond to their feelings, not just their misbehaviours, and respect their friends’ preferences and ways of playing and doing things. At times, they would sacrifice their own places or toys, and mediate between their special friends and classmates or teachers.

With the introduction of this award, we hope that more children will be inspired to be Little Heroes of Inclusion.

Meet the 2022 Finalists

Little Heroes of Inclusion 2022 Nominees

  • AWWA's Kindle Garden - Bey Tze Yue 

  • AWWA's Kindle Garden - Carys Chua Toh Sim 

  • AWWA's Kindle GardenKayler Gan Jing Heng

  • Bethel Day Care Centre - Ang Si Ying Chevelle 

  • Bethesda Depot Walk Preschool - Chen Siyu Ruth

  • Bethesda Katong Kindergarten - Ouyang Chunhui Emma

  • Iyad Perdaus - Sofea Ayra 

  • Iyad Perdaus (Jurong East) - Khadijah

  • Iyad Perdaus (Jurong East) - Mohamed Aqil Rayyan bin Mohamed Sadiq 

  • Iyad Perdaus (Jurong East)Nur Ariana Binte Nur Muhammad 

  • Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse @ Upper Bukit Timah - Rachel Lim Rui Qing 

  • Living Sanctuary Kindergarten - Charlotte Emma Tan Yu Xuan 

  • My First Skool @ Telok Blangah Centre - Wong Yi Shin Joy 

  • Pat's Schoolhouse West Coast - Hope Kong Min Rui 

  • Presbyterian Preschool Services @ Ang Mo Kio - Mayrie Nyein Naing 

  • Presbyterian Preschool Services @ Hougang - Ellynna Cai Wen Xin

  • Presbyterian Preschool Services @ Hougang - Lo En Hsiu Sonia

  • Presbyterian Preschool Services @ Jurong West - Karie Ashlynn Tiew 

  • Presbyterian Preschool Services @ Jurong West - Neo Le Shan Kaylia 

  • Presbyterian Preschool Services @ Pasir Ris 51 - Hilson Low Bin Rui

  • Presbyterian Preschool Services @ Pasir Ris 51 - Ryzaellie Tham Le Xi

  • Presbyterian Preschool Services @ Tampines - Iann Ting Yu Yan

  • St. James Church Kindergarten (Leedon) - Tan Kai Lyn Megan

Inspire us with your stories!

Nominations for the 2022 Award has closed. If you'd like to be notified when the 2023 Award Nominations open, please enter your email address below. 

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