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Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child

Education is one of the most important things that a person must have. Every parent’s dream is to send their child to a good preschool which good teach their child well. There are a lot of things to consider and we have to be extra careful about each detail. We have to know everything about the curriculum and the whole program. We have to see to it that every effort and every penny we are about to spend would be worth it.

One such school in Singapore is My Little Campus, which caters to infants to kindergarten children. They are notable for their primary school preparation programs, that teaches kindergarten children linguistic, Mathematics, Science, and social skills to prepare them adequately for primary school. You should definitely check their site above if you are serious about helping your child.

Young Parents will tell us about eight mum-tested tips on choosing a preschool in Singapore.

8 mum-tested tips on choosing a preschool in Singapore

What should you look out for when choosing a preschool, childcare centre or kindergarten for your kid in Singapore? We asked eight mothers for their best advice. Learn from their tips.


“The first preschool I enrolled my older son in was highly recommended by an acquaintance. I didn’t think to enquire about the curriculum, and since the fees were a pocket-busting $1,500 a month per child, I blindly assumed that it was an excellent school.

“After more than a year – yes, it took me that long – I realised that my son wasn’t learning a whole lot. I transferred him to another school, but he struggled for a while as he had a lot of catching up to do. Had I reviewed his first school’s curriculum to start with, he wouldn’t have been at such a disadvantage.” – Collette de Souza, 37, stay-at-home mum with two kids aged nine and seven


“One of my son’s preschool mates kept kicking and hitting him. Instead of bringing the problem to the attention of this boy’s parents, or making it clear to the boy that his behaviour was inappropriate, the teacher did nothing. Before you enrol your child in preschool, ask how the staff handles problems like these.” – Catherine Tan, 39, events director, and mum to a four-year-old. Read more here.

Some of the tips mentioned above are about quality vs. quantity, location, communication, and bullying. Parents should really look into bullying.  They should make sure that they have rules regarding bullying and that they are strict about it. For additional information, American and New Zealand Association will tell us five more tips for choosing a preschool in Singapore.

5 Tips for Choosing a Preschool in Singapore

You arrive in Singapore. You have to find a home, your way around, friends, create a new ‘life’ and of course, find a school for the children. Navigating the world of Singaporean preschools can be overwhelming. There are over 500 preschools in Singapore ranging from the local preschool at the end of the road to preschools incorporated into the larger international schools. Where do you start?

We have compiled these 5 Top Tips to help you steer through the world of preschools and come to the best decision for your family.

  1. What do you want your Pre-schooler to learn?

Before you start you may want to think about what you want for your child now and consider what you may want in the future too. The learning environment you want for your two year old may change when that child is four years old. Always ask a preschool which curriculum they use and make sure this is in line with your thinking as parents. There is a difference between ‘child care’ and preschools that are based on established early year curricula. Some preschools are not based on any definable curriculum or learning methodology. If you believe your child is ready to engage in early literacy and numeracy, ensure you find a preschool that actually introduces this in an age-appropriate manner. Read more here.

The five things that you have to know is what your pre-schoolers want to learn, the qualifications of the teachers are, the ratio of teachers to students, the environment, and if the students look happy. Laura Philomin

More parents enrolling children in pre-school enrichment classes

SINGAPORE — Every Saturday, Ms Carol Kow’s five-year-old son spends his day in phonics and mathematics enrichment classes, followed by a Chinese class — a full day of lessons that add to kindergarten classes he attends on the weekdays.

With limited time to spend with her children as a working parent, Ms Kow has turned to spending about S$3,000 for a term of 14 weeks on enrichment programmes for her children, including her younger three-year-old son.

As more parents are anxious to give their children a leg up in school, pre-school enrichment centres that TODAY spoke to said they had seen a substantial growth in their enrolment figures. At My Little Genius, enrolment figures for its pre-school programmes have jumped from 100 in 2008 to about 500 this year. Another centre, LEAP SchoolHouse, said it had seen an average 30 per cent growth every year over a five-year period, while Stamford Education said there were waiting lists for many of its pre-school courses. Read more here.

Enrichment centres could really contribute a lot to the development of a child. They give children additional knowledge which could be helpful for their future lessons. Instead of letting your children watch television or play games in the computer during weekend, it is better to let them have enrichment classes. Learning is active at a young age that is why parents should make sure that children learn well in school.

Preparing for Preschool

When we talk about our children and what we want for them, most parents would say that one of their dreams is to let their children finish schooling.  That is actually true and nice because it is one of the things that will make you successful. Parents then do everything to make sure that their child enters a good school which could give them good education. As early as preschool, parents should already be mindful of where they would entrust their children’s first formal education.

Mind Champs will give us an ultimate checklist of how we should choose the best preschool in Singapore.

Ultimate Checklist: Choosing The Best Preschool in Singapore

Choosing the best preschool in Singapore for your child is one of the biggest decisions you will make in his/ her tender early years. For many children, preschool is their first venture into formal education that leaves an important impact on the rest of their learning journey.

To help you choose the best preschool in Singapore that fits yours and your child’s needs, here is a handy and comprehensive checklist of 20 things to look out for.

A Focus on your child’s later stages in life

One kids preschool you should look out for is My Little Campus, which caters from infants to kindergarten children. Notable is their kindergarten programme, which has a focus on preparing children for primary school, the most important milestone of education in a child’s education in Singapore. Programmes focus on linguistics, Mathematics and Science concepts as well as life skill needed in the path ahead. You should definitely check them out if you are serious about giving your child the boost he/she needs for primary school.

 Preschool’s Background, Licence and Awards in Singapore

How long has your shortlisted preschool been around, and what license and awards has it received? Check the licences of the school by searching on the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Child Care Link.

The minimum licensing requirement by ECDA is 6 months, going up to 12 or 24 months. If your shortlisted preschool has received a 24-month licence, that’s an indication of its high quality.

In addition, look out for the quality assurance framework Singapore Preschool Accreditation Framework (SPARK) mark, as it is another sign that the preschool provides excellent childcare service. Read more here.

Some of the things that we should look out for and consider are the preschool’s background, parent-centre communication, location and transportation, curriculum, teaching methods, and many others. Now, let us try to look into this Singapore Preschool which goes above and beyond in caring for your toddler. The Finder will tell us about it.

How This Singapore Preschool Goes Above And Beyond In Caring For Your Toddler

Whether you’re a first-time parent or not, caring for your tiny tyke is no child’s play.

Take a tip for two from Kinderland’s specialised infant and toddler care programme, offered exclusively at four infant centres – Hougang, Ministry of National Development, Republic Polytechnic and Sengkang. It provides a supportive and safe environment for your child to develop mentally, socially and physically.


Tiny tots need to eat well to grow well. Which is why Kinderland has its own in-house nutrionist who plans wholesome and healthy food that is customised to the infants’ ages.

Proper nutrition is essential for the children’s development, according to Kua Jo Ann, Kinderland’s Food, Nutrition and Hygiene specialist. “Different nutritious foods are introduced at each stage that benefit an infant’s growth and let him or her learn about different types of food,” she explains. Read more here.

            Kinderland’s preschool program focuses on nutrition, safety and learning. These are actually really important things that a parent must look for in a preschool. Now, let us try to move to a different topic which is about surviving the first day of preschool. The Asian Parent will give us tips about it.

Surviving the first day of preschool

Interest your child

A few days before the start of preschool, let your child pick out his own bag, set of notebooks, pencils and other school supplies. If he is excited about using his new supplies, he’s less likely to cry or get nervous on the first day.

Don’t rush

On the first day of school, you and your child should wake up earlier than usual. Eat breakfast unhurriedly. Go through your child’s normal routine at his own pace so he won’t feel harried or stressed. Allow your child to pick out his own clothes too. If he is comfortable with his appearance, he would be more confident in preschool. Read more here.

The first day of preschool is really an important event because it will also be the first day your child will be entering school and the first day that your child will be away from you for school. The Asian Parent provided us with seven tips to handle the first day of school which includes not rushing. Preparing for your child’s first school really takes effort. You have to prepare them for it and you have to guide them all the way.

12 Blogs Of Chrismas Day One in Lapland

Every winter, as many as 200,000 Brits travel to Finland’s Lapland to meet Santa Claus, go skiing, snowmobiling, ride reindeer-pulled sleighs or experience a husky safari. Santa’s village is located on the Arctic Circle, north of which the sun can be seen even at midnight during the summertime.

During the winter, however, the sun stays below the horizon for most of the time and in midwinter, or the twilight period, light is provided by the moon and stars as well as the magical Northern Lights and a clean, bright cover of glistening snow. Santa’s village is particularly popular amongst families, who can visit Santa’s main post office, the Christmas exhibition and Santa’s Ice Park as well as taking part in other wintery activities.

Northern Lights

Lapland’s pure and clean snow cover provides a magnificent setting for all kinds of activities and adventures; those who visit Lapland say that more memorable adventures are hard to find. Most of these adventures pass off without incident, but things do sometimes go wrong. The most serious accidents, in addition to skiing injuries, happen on snow mobile safaris. Snow mobiles have powerful engines and can travel at over 100km an hour – and without a seatbelt on difficult terrain many Brits have lost their lives. The competitiveness of groups of younger men in particular can have catastrophic consequences.

Another thing to remember when visiting Lapland is the quickly changing temperature; the weather can be fairly mild one day, but plummet to minus 35°C (minus 31°F) the next. It is important to check the temperature every morning and to dress accordingly. In fact this is a national pastime and if you spend any length of time in Finland, you will notice that Finns are obsessed with the temperature and thermometers are everywhere: outside every home, on billboards, shops… It is easy to see why this is so – it is not uncommon for tourists to return from reindeer and husky safaris with severe frostbite and even hypothermia. So do dress warm, wear several layers of thermal clothing and plan your activities carefully – if the day is particularly cold, it may be a good idea to postpone your trip into the wilderness.

Down south in the consular section in Helsinki, we also deal with dozens of Brits every winter who intend to get married in Lapland. Kakslauttanen near the Russian border, just over 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, is a particularly popular destination for British couples. If you do want to get married in a snow chapel and spend your wedding night in a futuristic glass igloo, do remember to prepare well and have all the paperwork in order. Sometimes during the excitement of wedding preparations British couples forget that they must produce a “certificate of no impediment” when getting married in Finland. Please check our website for more information on how to obtain one.

On the whole, wintery Lapland is a wonderful place to visit. So come and visit Santa Claus, but wrap up well and do take care whilst you’re here!

Laura Hakala, Vice Consul, Helsinki