So your little one will be starting pre-school in 2016.
If this was our parents’ or grandparents’ era, where the approach towards early childhood education was more easy-going, there would have been little agonising over which school to enroll in; the pre-school closest to the home would likely be the de factor choice. Yet today, it is not uncommon for us as parents to fret over our little one’s learning journey right from the get-go and mull over the benefits of Pre-school A versus Pre-school B, or even Pre-school C.
When it’s down to the wire, what are the factors that really matter to you when choosing a suitable pre-school?
Mr Y K Huang, a father of one girl and one boy, cites his three main considerations: 1) clean and safe environment, 2) caring teachers and 3) good curriculum. Another stay-at-home mum with a toddler daughter, who goes by the handle of cherryplum on the KiasuParents’ forum, said: “(Among the things I look out for), a principal who is always on the ball will help keep the teachers up and running as well as ensure a well-maintained school environment.”
Serving more than 14,000 families in Singapore, My First Skool (MFS) has a track record for ticking all the right boxes for many parents.
Where quality curriculum prepares for future formal education
There are three distinct parts to the MFS curriculum:
Birth-to-Three Skool-Educare Curriculum
Skool-aCe Curriculum (Chinese curriculum enhanced with a Character Building Programme for children aged 18 months to 6 years old)
Where teachers are qualified and engaging
The capabilities of MFS’s teachers and principals have been recognised by the ECDA and MOE annually.
Most of MFS’s 2,000 educators island-wide have obtained a Certificate or Diploma in Early Childhood Education –Teaching. Furthermore, there are many advanced degree- to PhD-holders in early childhood education within MFS’s centralised team of education development specialists, who also possess extensive practical experience in pre-school education practice. To upgrade their skills and to meet ever-changing challenges, all MFS teachers undergo regular professional development training courses each year. Such awards and qualification give assurance that you are entrusting your kids in good hands.
Where the learning environment is conducive for development
Impressionable young kids absorb information from the environment like sponges. MFS understands this and has a special team just to look into every aspect of constructing a nurturing learning environment to stimulate their minds and encourage them to flourish to their maximum potentials.
The learning environment at MFS pre-schools is designed based on the following beliefs:
Flexible learning must be allowed to take place.
Space is a resource that supports educational objectives and fosters the safety and emotional well-being of children and staff.
This approach integrates My First Skool’s educational ideology, aesthetics, practice principles and programme that embrace the organisation’s vision to bring about a joyful and inspiring early learning experience for all that fulfils the promise of each child.
Registration for 2016 is now open. Enrol your child with My First Skool and be assured that he/she will have an enriching pre-school experience.