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.
EXPENSIVE DOES NOT EQUAL QUALITY
“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
IT IGNORED BULLYING
“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.
- 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.