Preparing for Preschool

It is true that it is parents’ responsibility and obligation to send their children to school. Some parents don’t forget about that. They send their child to school, they pay tuition fees and other expenses, they buy their needs, etc. Some parents, when they do that, they already think that they are fulfilling their responsibility as parents. However, what they don’t know is that that is not enough. Parents have an extra and important role in their child’s education and that is being involved in everything that they do.

One good way to kickstart your child’s education is to prepare him/her for their next stage in life. At My Little Campus, programmes offered to kindergarten children prepare them for Primary School, and the programme has a strong focus on linguistics, Mathematics, Science and life skills. They also cater from infants to kindergarten aged children so do be sure to check their page out.

Next, Nirmala Karuppiah will tell us about a report which says that in the recent preschool boost, parents are the missing critical players.

Commentary: In pre-school boost, parents are the missing critical players

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced during his National Day Rally speech on Sunday (Aug 20) that a National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) will be set up under the ambit of the existing National Institute of Education (NIE).

The new NIEC will consolidate the early childhood education training programmes conducted by the Institute of Technical Education, Ngee Ann and Temasek Polytechnics and SEED Institute for teachers, and develop new curricula for pre-schools including kindergartens and childcare centres.

In his speech, Mr Lee drew a comparison with how primary, secondary and junior college teachers are trained in NIE. He said:

Because teachers are trained well, paid well and have good career prospects, good people take up teaching and we have a good education system.

“We will take the same approach with pre-school teachers: Train them well, reward them well and attract good, passionate people,” he added. Read more here.

An effective learning for students really requires a joint effort from the teachers and especially the parents. Learning does not only happen in school that is why parents must also do their part when they are outside the school. In an article by The Asian Parent, let us read about five ways for busy parents to get involved in their child’s education.

Preschool education in Singapore: 5 Ways for busy parents to get involved!

How can busy parents actively participate in their child’s early childhood preschool education in Singapore? Here are 5 easy tips!

“I only have so many hours in a day!”

That is the common statement that I hear other parents say when the discussion of time management comes in and we start factoring in work, leisure, as well as the time we spend with our children.

Having a newborn is a joyous and life-changing experience. For busy working parents, finding time in their schedules to make sure quality time is spent with their children is key.

Research has shown that the first five years are the formative years of a child’s life. A crucial period where the foundation shaping your child’s future health, happiness, and development occurs.

And with the first three years critical to the development of the brain, where learning skills and social abilities are impacted. Read more here.

Being busy on other matters is not an excuse for parents to not get involved in their children’s education. There are many ways it could happen like having regular check-ins with your child and your child’s early childhood educators, no matter how short. It wouldn’t take up a lot of your time. Just a short check would do.

Now, let us move to another topic which is about tips on how we could raise effectively bilingual pre-school kids. The New Age Parents will tell us about it through their article below.

Raising Effectively Bilingual Pre-school Kids: Tips From An Expert

From a child’s primary years until they move into tertiary education, bilingualism has always been an integral part of Singapore’s education system. But teaching children to learn and love their mother tongues needs to start even before formal schooling begins.

Why?

The mind is best able to absorb a new language between birth and the age of 7.

In a two-year study by a team from the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL), results showed that pre-schoolers who spoke and read more in Chinese performed better in the oral and written tests respectively.

Children speak the language of their environment. If they are exposed to their mother tongues in an encouraging and supportive bilingual environment, results will show.

How can parents get started?

Principal of British Council (S) Pre-School, Ms Vivien Kwok shares 3 big tips on how to raise a bilingual child. Read more here.

Being bilingual is an important skill especially in today’s world. It is an advantage in every matter and it would be nice if we raise our kids to be bilingual. It would be helpful in their schooling and in their future work as well. As early as possible, we should give our children this opportunity because it will be for their benefit. Parents have a huge responsibility when it comes to their child’s education and it doesn’t only mean material things, but all the other efforts and help they could give counts.