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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 their 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 a child learns, 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. 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.

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 their 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 a child learns, 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. 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 Facilitators

While we call them facilitators, educators at Growing Up Gifted are regarded as family, some of whom have been a part of our growing community for over a decade. Our educators are both highly trained and qualified, with a passion for grooming the minds of children and a dedication to their field. Here, our educators all share one common goal: To help your child develop the necessary skills needed to experience both success and joy in their milestone achievements.

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Our Mission

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

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the belief that every child is unique, each born with a different combination of abilities and gifts. Under the right guidance, these unique traits can be realised.


The Growing Up Gifted environment encourages your child to develop positive values, where being kind, respectful and considerate holds as much importance as succeeding academically. Here, we nurture young children’s intellect and holistic development by fostering the 4 Cs:

Critical Thinking

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

Creativity

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

Communication

Across all age groups, our holistic curriculum empowers students through activities and techniques that promote confident speech, reading and writing skills, supported by customised readers and workbooks. Our students become confident readers and writers who are competent in communication, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Compassion

We encourage children to show compassion and kindness towards others, their environment and the world we share and live in. We teach them to be caring and respectful individuals, and to assume age-appropriate responsibilities. They are helpful and cooperative while working and playing alongside other children and adults.

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