Before you sign up for an enrichment programme, such as art, phonics, swimming, always ask for a trial class. That’s the best way to assess if the programme is suitable for you and your baby.
Here, we ask industry experts what you should look out for during the trial class.
Is the timing right?
pick a session that works around your baby’s usual nap and meal times. Young children respond best when they have a consistent routine, says Fiona Walker, chief executive officer and principal of Schools at Julia Gabriel Education.
How well do the teachers interact with kids?
Consider the teachers’ personalities, qualifications and rich experiences with children, says early childhood adviser Patricia Koh. Watch how they interact with the kids. These affect your baby’s learning interest.
What is your baby’s learning style?
Only you know which type of activities he’ll enjoy the most, says Melissa Cowden, director at Bibinogs.
Is he a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner?
Some young kids have a tougher time adjusting when there’s a lot of stimulation, such as sounds, lights and movement, shares Kuah Eng Liang, principal at Heguru Education Centre.
Does it feel right?
You should be comfortable with the philosophy of the school, as well as the teachers who’re helping to cultivate your baby’s development, adds Melissa.
What is the class size?
Avoid crowded centres where parents and their little ones have little space to move around, adds Patricia.
The class size should be kept small, as most babies adjust easier in a cosier group setting, says Melissa.
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