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Our Story

Realising their potential, one child at a time

Our Founder

Deanne Chong-Duffield

It all started with the love for her own child, and wanting the best for his future.

When her son was born, Deanne Chong-Duffield knew she had to create an environment where he would flourish, at home and beyond. Traditionally trained as a Barrister-at-Law, her calling has always been to help children develop their abilities in reading and writing. In pursuit of this passion, Deanne continued her studies and later graduated with a Masters in Education (US) as a Curriculum Specialist in Early Childhood Education and Gifted Education.

Deanne was driven by her fiery belief that every child has his or her own individual gifts – and that the right school can bring out the best in these children. Through sheer hard work and determination, Deanne created a series of teaching methods that would essentially shape not only what children learn, but also how they learn.

As a testament to her teaching methods, Deanne’s son began independently reading at 20 months old and writing at 27 months old. He was selected for the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) at Primary 3 and was one of the chosen few who was admitted to MOE’s Creative Writing Programme, where his fiction writing was published in MOE’s Mementos.

And so, Growing Up Gifted began. On top of being its founder, Deanne has authored over 200 children’s books including phonics readers, workbooks and children’s songs. She has also been featured, interviewed and quoted in various magazines, newspapers and television programmes including Channel News Asia, The Straits Times, Tatler, Prestige and Young Parents, highlighting her virtue as both parent and educator.

Since 2002, Growing Up Gifted has mentored over 15,000 bright students, all of whom have benefited from the Growing Up Gifted curriculum. Today, Growing Up Gifted is recognised as a multiple award-winning brand, and ranked as one of the best preschools in Singapore.

Our Mission

To successfully create a nurturing environment where every child is empowered to realise his or her own gifts and greatness.

Deanne Chong-Duffield

It all started with the love her own child, and wanting the best for his future.

When her son was born, Deanne Chong-Duffield knew she had to create an environment where he would flourish, at home and beyond. Traditionally trained as a Barrister-at-Law, her calling has always been to help children develop their abilities in reading and writing. In pursuit of this passion, Deanne continued her studies and later graduated with a Masters in Education (US) as a Curriculum Specialist in Early Childhood Education and Gifted Education.

Deanne was driven by her fiery belief that every child has his or her own individual gifts – and that the right school can bring out the best in these children. Through sheer hard work and determination spanning over 16 years, Deanne created a series of teaching methods with tried and tested techniques that would essentially shape not only what children learn, but also how they learn.

And so, Growing Up Gifted began. On top of being its founder, Deanne has authored over 200 children’s books including phonics readers, workbooks and children’s songs. She has also been featured, interviewed and quoted in various magazines, newspapers and television programmes including Channel News Asia, The Straits Times, Tatler, Prestige and Young Parents, highlighting her virtue as both parent and educator.

Since 2002, Growing Up Gifted has mentored over 15,000 bright students, all of whom have benefited from the Growing Up Gifted curriculum. Today, Growing Up Gifted is recognised as a multiple award-winning brand, and ranked as one of the best preschools in Singapore.

Our Mission

To successfully create a nurturing environment where every child is empowered to realise his or her own gifts and greatness.

Advisory Board & Experts

Dr Inderbir Sandhu​

Gifted Education Specialist

Dr Sandhu holds a PhD in Psychology (Gifted Education) from the University of Cambridge, UK. Since 1996, she has been working with individuals of high abilities. She was formerly a Professor with University Putra Malaysia and SIM University (Singapore). She also worked as a school psychologist cum gifted education specialist with Raffles Girls’ Secondary School. She was the Vice-President and currently Advisor for the National Association for Gifted Children Malaysia, and also offers online expert advice on Brainy Child.

At Mind Path Consulting Services, Dr Sandhu provides counselling and assessments in the areas of intelligence, creativity, giftedness, critical thinking and positive psychology for parents, pre-schoolers, students, schools and the corporate world.

She is an associate faculty with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and the author of “The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child”, a parenting book due to be published in early 2019.

Dr Sandhu has researched, presented and published various papers on giftedness both locally and internationally. A multilingual speaker, she is constantly involved in advocating the importance of gifted education in Singapore and other parts of the world.At

Dr Chris Fong

Positive Psychology Consultant

Dr Chris Fong has established a distinguished career in strategic leadership that spans over two decades. Dr Fong believes that success lies within each of us and he created powerful scientific tools – P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E™ and W.H.A.T™ – to help children and adults discover their hidden treasures towards a sustainable and successful life. His groundbreaking and original research work has been successfully delivered to help thousands of people achieve their intended results, including clinicians, coaches, counsellors, CEOs of multinational corporations, universities, professors, and social service leaders in the academic and government sector.

In April 2016, Dr Fong was appointed National Fellow to the Singapore Ministry of Social and Family, where he advised and mentored leaders and specialists to align with the national competency framework. One of his key research on fathers at the workplace has since impacted government and business organisations’ pro-family and work-life friendly policies.

As a thought leader on Multicultural and Diversity Issues and its impact across social, national and global space, Dr Fong’s evidence-based model, “The Systemic Perspective Approach” (SPA) has been featured at conferences, international courts of justice, universities, in the media and various publications.

He was conferred the Doctor of Professional Studies (Practice Research) in 2015 and is a voting member with the American Psychological Association (APA).

Ms Has Rahman

Multiple Intelligences & Confidence Coach

Ms Rahman is the Founder and Master Trainer at Positive Focus. She has worked with children and their families for 22 years. In her work, Ms Rahman empowers her learners with effective communication strategies and mind-body tools to help develop resilience and well-being. She was a consultant and host (a.k.a “Miss Positive”) for CLUB M.A.G.I.C, Singapore’s first preschool TV program on Okto channel. She is a Certified Professional Practitioner accredited by London Teacher Training College UK, and a member of The International Association of Counselors and Therapists. She is a Corporate Trainer & Speaker for various organisations including GIG International School, Singapore Heritage Board, Singapore Health Promotion Board, National Library Board, DBS and SAFRA.

She adopts a high-impact multi-intelligence approach to teaching children with four proven methodologies: Applied Positive Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mind-Body Exercises and Music & Movement.

Our Teachers

GUG teachers are full-time inspirers who are dedicated to bring out the best in every child. They are regarded as family, some of whom have been a part of our growing community for over a decade. Attentive, passionate and caring, GUG’s highly trained and qualified teachers share one common goal: To guide and facilitate each child’s unique path to growth.

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Our Educators

GUG educators are full-time inspirers who are dedicated to bring out the best in every child. They are regarded as family, some of whom have been a part of our growing community for over a decade. Attentive, passionate and caring, GUG’s highly trained and qualified teachers share one common goal: To guide and facilitate each child’s unique path to growth.

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Our Belief & Approach

The 5-Point Intelligence™ is GUG’s unique approach that encompasses the best teaching practices of
Early Childhood Education

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Gifted Education

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Multiple Intelligences Practice
Backed by more than 60,000 hours of research and development, our approach is time-tested for over 16 years with proven success. Every day, our 5PI curriculum and teachers inspire Courage in each and every student, so that they will boldly realize their own potentials and are empowered to become:
Courageous
Learners
Courageous
Thinkers
Courageous
Innovators
Courageous
Communicators
Courageous
Cheerleaders

Content Mastery

We help children achieve content mastery in a 2-step process:

A) Content Exposure

GUG’s award-winning curriculum is well known for its expansive coverage of interesting thematic subjects. We understand how, in the formative years between ages 0 to 5, young children’s rapidly growing minds require consistent exposure to, and challenges from, a wide variety of stimulating topics and subjects.

B) Content Retention

As we introduce children to new information, we also teach them fun, play-based techniques that enhance retention and learning, so that they can quickly develop mastery in various skills and subjects. Fun, effective mnemonic techniques include GUG Smart Phonics (from PG to K2), Graphic Organization and Mindmapping skills.

Critical Thinking

Our curriculum helps to develop inquisitive, reflective and critical thinkers. Our students develop analytical and logical thinking skills, and know how to apply them in order to make sense of the world they live in.

Creative Thinking

We provide plenty of opportunities for children to develop creative thinking skills. Our curriculum motivates them to be imaginative, explore and take risks to think out of the box. Our students are inspired to innovate and find ways to solve problems.

Effective Communication

Our curriculum places great emphasis on developing strong linguistic intelligence. Supported by GUG’s content-rich readers and workbooks, children become expressive speakers, fluent readers and willing writers who are also competent in communication, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Positive Confidence

From inspiring stories to positive role-playing, our daily lessons and activities help children grow more confident in the way they think and express themselves. They adopt a “Yes I Can” attitude that makes them both respectful and resilient individuals, willing to take on age-appropriate responsibilities, to care for themselves and others, and for their environment.

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