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.
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.