When you choose a preschool for your child, consider several factors. Read on and find out.
Deciding on the location of the school will help you with your initial shortlist, says Fiona Walker, CEO and principal of schools at Chiltern House Preschool.
If only one spouse works, or you have a helper or a relative who has taken on the role of caregiver during the day, you may prefer a school nearer to home.
If both of you work full-time, it might be convenient to pick one close to one of your workplaces. This will help cut down on the travelling time in an emergency.
Other criteria to consider, according to Nur Azlinda, senior principal at Kinderland:
• Fees should suit your budget
• Your eligibility for subsidies
• The school curriculum
• How lessons are conducted
• The teacher-to-child ratio
• Teacher and staff dynamics
• The quality, type and nutritional value of the food being served
• The overall safety and security of the environment
Cultivating a positive childhood experience is very important. Patricia Koh, chief executive and education ambassador at Maple Bear Singapore, says: “Some parents may pick a preschool based solely on their own preference and convenience rather than what is important for their child’s early development.
“We are sometimes sold on early education programmes that may claim to offer instant results, as well as guaranteed success, when the child starts formal schooling at Primary 1.”
It is therefore essential to look for a preschool that matches your values, and that offers a caring environment your little one will thrive in, she adds.
Meanwhile, check out these three preschools:
1. Brighton Montessori
Its programmes have been developed according to the belief that every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace. Academic progress is closely tracked with a recording system to ensure each child’s goals are met and weaknesses transformed into strengths. Enrichment classes in speech and drama, science and more are also conducted to further engage little minds. Click here for details.
2. Star Learners Child Care
This preschool chain offers quality and affordable childcare services at 35 centres islandwide, 22 of which fall under ECDA’s Partner Operator (POP) Scheme. Distinctive programmes include the Stanley Starfish Character Programme (which integrates character development into each child’s life). Click here for details.
3. Educa-zion Group
At Zion Kids, a specialist in childcare services from 19 months to 6 years old, the curriculum adopts an integrated and progressive learning approach based on individual learning in relation to motor skills development, language and literacy, numeracy, discovery of the world, aesthetic & creative expression and self & social awareness. Click here for details.
Visit Young Parents’ Listings section to find a perfect preschool for your child.