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Young Parents Pre-School Guide

Young Parents Pre-School Guide


Young Parents Preschool Guide is the must have guide for parents who are preparing for their child's preschool years. It contains information on preschool preparation, preschool life & what is beyond preschool. Some key highlights: - How to choose the best preschool for your child - Expert answers to all your preschool problems, from separation anxiety to learning woes - Search for childcare and kindergartens by district – we’ve got the complete listings!

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editor’s note

Shopping for a preschool can be stressful. Unless you’re the kind of parent who just settles for the centre nearest your home, you probably want to shortlist a few options before deciding on the best one for your toddler. But once you start searching, you discover that the choices are overwhelming – not just in terms of the curriculum and school philosophy (Montessori vs Reggio Emilia-inspired vs multiple intelligences, for instance), but also the type of programmes offered (playschool vs child care vs kindy). That’s where Young Parents’ Preschool Guide comes in. Use it as your handy resource for navigating the often-confusing jargon and marketing spiels that you’ll hear as you delve into the world of early childhood education. This year, we’re delighted to offer even more platforms for parents like you to…

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is your child ready for primary 1?

Moving from preschool to primary school is one of the biggest transitions children in Singapore go through. Despite not having exams in Primary 1 and 2, kids still have to adapt to the rigours of formal schooling. How well your little one adjusts depends on his social, emotional and self-help skills. Here are some helpful tips to prepare him: Encourage independence Empowering him to do things like getting up and dressing himself for school sends a powerful message that he can take responsibility for his own needs. He will gain confidence in his ability to try new things. At Brighton Montessori Preschool, children take pride in simple tasks like tidying up and helping to clean tables after meals. Instil a sense of order According to the Montessori approach, children have a natural inclination for organisation…

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important skills your child must learn

Preparing for Primary 1 goes beyond prepping for academic skills. How many of these nonacademic life skills is your child capable of doing? Check against this useful list, and guide him towards them. Social & emotional skills My child greets with words such as “good morning” and makes eye contact. My child uses “yes”, “please” or “thank you” when something is offered. My child gives compliments appropriately and receives them graciously. My child apologises with sincerity and makes amends when possible. My child is able to use words instead of actions and has developed the vocabulary to express feelings. Respect, responsibility & independence skills My child is able to focus on the task at hand. My child can discover his own mistakes rather than needing them to be pointed out. My child takes responsibility for his own learning and knows…

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the no-tears guide to choosing the right preschool

How do you choose a preschool that is the right match for your feisty two-year-old? Where should you go to get information? More importantly, is your little one even ready to enter a whole new world where you won’t be there to wipe her tears and help her at mealtimes? As a first-time parent, you’re probably overwhelmed by the preschool options available: Montessori or Reggio Emilia? Art-based or language-focused? Childcare or playgroup? And it doesn’t help when friends, relatives and social media groups offer well-meaning advice that just adds to the confusion. So, we’ve broken down the steps you need to take in your search and the questions you need to ask at each stage. While our experts offer their sage advice, you still need to do your research to find the perfect school –…

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make a checklist

Jeannie from NIEC advises thinking through the following: • CURRICULUM APPROACHES For example, if you believe that learning through play is important, you might want to look for preschools that foster this approach. • THE ENVIRONMENT AND ITS SAFETY MEASURES Does the school have clean, spacious, safe equipment and materials, resources that support learning and development, healthy meals, and so on? • MISSION OR PHILOSOPHY OF THE SCHOOL Does it align with your own beliefs and values? • LOGISTICS The distance of the school from home and your workplace can affect drop off and pick up arrangements. • PROGRESS TRACKING AND FEEDBACK How does the school assess the child’s progress and provide feedback? • TEACHER TO CHILD RATIO Does the school have an appropriate teacher-child ratio? According to ECDA, suitable ones are: • 1:8 for playgroup • 1:12 for…

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what should i do and ask during a preschool tour?

NIEC’s Jeannie on what to look out for during a preschool tour: • THE CLASS ENVIRONMENT: Is it too cluttered? Is there evidence of child’s work? Are there features or fittings to ensure the kids’ safety? • TEACHER-CHILD INTERACTION: Is positive language and encouragement used? • THE CHILDREN: Do they look happy and are they meaningfully engaged in activities? ASK QUESTIONS LIKE THESE: • What are the different activities conducted in the centre? • How does the centre support the different needs of your child? • What is the key focus/ philosophy of the centre? • How do the teachers record the progress of your child and provide feedback? Besides speaking to the school principal, Patricia of Maplebear adds that it is also important to hear from the teachers what they do and if they share the school’s philosophy,…