We work with children from at-risk backgrounds and children with disabilities through tailored programmes that enhance social emotional development & communication/language through artful play.
Through these programmes, we strive for long-term impact by inspiring children to take charge of their own circumstances and meet their fullest potential.
Playeum serves the social sector with a through of different programmes that adopt an arts & play approach. These programmes, funded by foundations, community organisations and individuals, aim to build crucial life skills such as confidence, resilience, problem-solving skills and creativity in children of all backgrounds and abilities.
Serving the Social Sector
Playeum creates high-touch programmes that target the development of creativity, confidence, language/communication and social-emotional learning for children from at-risk backgrounds.
These programmes take place over a span of 3 to 6 months and are funded by various individuals, organisations and foundations. We've been generously supported by partners such as Sage Foundation, Quantedge Foundation, Salesforce, Binjai Tree Foundation, Lee Foundation, the National Council of Social Services (NCSS), individual donors and more.
Working with our social service organisation partners, these tailored programmes (using STEAM* with a play- and arts-based approach) are specially for children from at-risk backgrounds - whether due to poverty, single parenthood, low parental education levels, parental incarceration, or living in a community with a high crime rate.
These programmes aim to build resilience, communication and motivation in learning. It is our goal to level the playing field, break vicious cycles and strive for long term impact by inspiring children to build confidence, take charge of their own circumstances and meet their fullest potential.
*STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics
It’s the little things – I mean, it's their reactions. When you look at their reactions (with their development), how excited they are... so you know that the goal has been achieved. They are having a good time with Playeum, because I think the playmakers make a difference.
- Teacher at a local Primary School
(Students were part of Playeum's high-touch programme)
Built capacity in
**Secondary outcomes in a specific programme with a local neighbourhood primary school
Little is known on how play supports children with a disability in terms of the development of executive and 21st-century skills. Understanding what children can do through play is a process of discovery and Giving Tuesdays provides the opportunity for further exploration and observations on this.
Led by Programme Consultant, Dr. Esther Joosa, Giving Tuesdays is a weekly play-based programme. The programme launched in 2019 at the Children's Centre for Creativity, taking place every Tuesday afternoon for children aged 3 to 12 with varying disabilities. The programme also featured a research component supported by the National Council of Social Services (NCSS).
With the success of the first pilot programme spanning 44 weeks, Giving Tuesdays is now being brought to two EIPIC Centres with funding supported by Invictus Fund and President's Challenge - Metta Preschool is the first recipient. The programme has expanded beyond just being a play programme, but also looks at building the capacity of educators, and documenting findings to co-create a stakeholder manual that will support more educators who work with children with varying disabilities across Singapore.
If you are interested in bringing this programme into your Centre/school, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My children really look forward to visit Playeum weekly. E is learning to play with others in his kindergarten and Playeum. He has started to express himself through drawing. It is important for parents to support children with disabilities and spend time together.
- Mr Eyok
Father of E, 5-year old boy with ASD
& acts of kindness
to each other
belief in self
The programme is supported and funded by National Council of Social Services, Invictus Fund, President’s Challenge, and donations from private donors
Playeum strives for a world of inclusiveness, where every child of any socio-economic background and ability can play side-by-side without fear of judgement through the PIF programme.
Playeum works closely with community partners such as Family Service Centres (FSCs), Children's Home & Child Protection Services to ensure that children from marginalised backgrounds and as well as children with special needs have the space and time to play creatively. This is done through the support of the Play It Forward fund, a donation and sponsorship fund, which goes funds programmes for the social sector.