Young Parents Team
Ask for a trial class before you sign up for a term. That’s the best way to assess if the programme is suitable for you and your baby. Here, our experts share what you should look out for during the session.
1. IS THE TIMING RIGHT?
Young children respond best when they have a consistent routine, says Fiona Walker, chief executive officer and principal of Schools at Julia Gabriel Education.. So pick a session that works around your baby’s usual nap and meal times.
2. WHO’S THAT?
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.
3. IS IT FUN FOR BABY?
Only you know which type of activities he’ll enjoy the most, says Melissa Cowden, director at Bibinogs.
Consider his learning style. 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.
4. 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.
5. IS THERE ENOUGH ROOM?
Avoid crowded centres where parents and their little ones have little space to move around, adds Patricia.
The class should be kept small, as most babies adjust easier in a cosier group setting, says Melissa.