Many months back I have asked about PG and CC for my DS who is now 3.5yo.
I think it's fair that I'll contribute back to this thread since i've gotten good advise from KSP-ers
from July 2010 - dec 2010, my DS attended the preN at PCF @ blk 223A JE st 24
on the whole, it was a very typical PAP school and the class mix are all your good ole neighbours. class size = big, around 15kids, 2 teachers (1 main malay teacher and 1 chinese teacher). chinese teacher not very attentive and main teacher was more firm and quick. but sometimes it's tough to command a class size this big one some started to cry and some started to run around
Thank you for sharing your experiences!
jan 2011 - now; my ds attended full day cc at PCF little wings @ blk 108 je st 13, just 5 mins away from where we stay.
it took him 8 weeks to stopped crying. but it was worth it.
its a new cc, everything was new (now considered "old"), they have many corners eg dressing up, sand area, kitchen theme, books, puzzles/blocks, dancing/music room and so on.
the cc is spacious, and they have ifc too! pity too ex for my #2, else sure put her there...
my ds was the 1st enrolled child. it was a 1-1 experience for him for the first 2 months. then, slowly, more n more students trickled in. now i think we have 8 students at toddler, 3 at playgroup, and 3 whom are from k1 or k2 which is few doors away. they integrate cc services with kindy classes...
most importantly, the teachers were kind and loving. initially abit chaotic, but the 2 main teachers incharge of the toddlers group are 2 very kind young teachers. 1 from china, and 1 is a young malay lady.
when i had my #2, they made periodic checks on me to see if my ds is coping well at home to the new addition to the family; and highlight unusual behaviours during my maternity leave. i was too bz to spot it but they did - and quickly informed me. lots of hugs and kisses and assurances solved that eventually.
fyi, my ds didnt start talking before he was 3. during his short stint in pg @ blk 223A, he has good vocab range, but cannot string even a 3 word sentence. i panicked but teachers told me to hold on and wait
when he joined the current cc, he started talking...and cant stop now. now he can tell me i cannot say "oh man!" or "oh my god!" etc (because i was the one who told him not to say that you see)
they have lots of mini events in the cc, like cooking, making craft projects, etc
the good thing is - there's no TV in the cc. P herself told me when i interviewed her. it's airconditioned but the temp is kept high/warm. 50% of the time the aircon is being switched off.
all in all, ds loves his school. everyday my parting words to him were "happy school, ok?"