Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Programs

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Can someone share with me?? Thanks..

Post by mum_dad » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Dear All,


May I asked for ur views, do you think placing child in a neighbourhood CC and give them extra enrichment program will be better or place them in a good CC which is so called all rounded would be sufficient? As I can only spare up to a certain amount for my child's sch's fee, so I can only choose either one.

I am quite confused which to chose. :shrug: Good names CC (so called branded CC) or HDB CC + enrichment. Coz I have frds telling me that CC only also study a few hours. More important is the enrichement.

My wish is to place her somewhere good and she can be academic prepared for P1, coz have frds child who went MMI and enrichment their child can cope better with P1 work and till P2 now still able to survive on own without parents or tution teaching. where else the other frd of mine, child is in HDB and no enrichment course finds it very hard to survive in P1.

I hope my post offends no one placing child in HDB area.. I know child is individual.. just wanna get more views.. hope no chopping on me... Sorry :imsorry:


And hopes to get more reviews...


Thanks so much for all who read and give me reviews in advance..


Greatly appreciate....

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Post by tankee » Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:33 pm

If there is budget constraints, choose a good preschool.

Enrichment courses are specialised and concentrate on different skills or area that need more attention. Whereas a good preschool would build a good foundation. Some of them include a little bit of enrichment stuff in their course too.

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Re: Can someone share with me?? Thanks..

Post by mum_dad » Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:54 am

Hi tankee,


Thanks for sharing... After viewing your comments I have finally decided to place my girl in a good pre-school. :wink:


I have placed a deposit to secure her place and she will be attending in Dec this year... :smile:


Its gonna be a new start for her to change sch, and I have to learn to catch up with her on her changes in going to CC... Don't know how will she be as she has never stay alone outside from young. I am very worried of her, any tips to give me?? :nailbite:


Thanks so much...

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by phtthp » Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:26 pm

latest news ...
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Post by angel3750 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:06 am

Its very much important to take proper care of your new born baby. Though i have not got mine but almost nearly i have got one as my niece. And i always pay proper attention to take care of her. I know we do not need to worry about our child all the time and we can depend on nursery bedding when it comes to arrange a proper bed for them but i do worry for that. I can see that the children enjoys what they learnt. They learn through play, excusions, art/craft, activities. Its a wonderful feeling to see your loved ones grow slowly:)


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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by WanYee » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:30 pm

For first time parents, it is certainly not easy deciding on an appropriate school for your little one, with the variety of choices available in the market. How we made the decision on where to send our 18-month boy, was based on our needs.

1. We are both working parents - we needed to make sure that our boy is well-taken care of in the day hence we chose a preschool/childcare centre, which operates from 7am-7pm. On days that my parents-in-laws can pick up my child earlier, it's a bonus coz my boy would get home earlier at 4pm. Other days, he goes home when we knock off.

2. We wanted a school with good curriculum - of course, the school curriculum has to cater to our children's development stages and eventually prepare them for Primary School. Taking a look at the type of children's work displayed in school for all levels, it will give a good idea on the level the children are at. I must say, we were reasonably impressed by the works of the children in my boy's school - from the English 'essays', Chinese 'essays' to the creative artwork...at K2 level, some children can write very well in their 1-2 paragraph 'essays'! Although my boy is still in the Playgroup class (for 18mths - 2years), he has been learning a lot from both his English and Chinese teachers and I'm sure he will learn more in time to come.

In my son's school, enrichment programs are also included, like gym classes, cooking sessions, creativity & theatrical strategies... The good thing is, we didn't need to pay additional fees for these programs. I know there are schools where enrichment programs are payable separately, which will add on significantly to the school fees. For us, having the enrichment programs included meant that our son will be exposed to different varieties of programs, without paying more. It's evident that he likes his gym classes and cooking sessions coz he would repeat the actions at home from time to time.

Also, we wanted to make sure we chose a school which did not use TV during the 'free' time to occupy our child. Even if it's educational program, we think TV time can be done at home with supervision and not in school where they are to interact with their peers. TV is no-no in our son's school.

3. We wanted a school which can instill good habits and values to our child - since our boy has started school, he's learnt some good stuff like weaning off his pacifier, learning how to eat and share his toys and showing affection to his friends. Some of his friends have also started toilet-training, which is the next thing I want start my boy on. Of course, there are times when children of this age misbehave...like my boy hit his friends and bit them, the teachers made sure he stops his aggressive behaviour and apologise to his friends for causing pain to them. I know he remembers his teachers' words coz he will repeat them at home.

4. We wanted a school with good, clean environment and a vibrant atmosphere - visiting the school before enrolling your child is always a good way to assess things like how the children behave, what is the children sleeping on (I personally prefer the mesh cots that my son's centre uses), the kind of toys used in class, cleanliness of classrooms/toilets etc. I liked what I saw in my son's school - the children were very happy, chirpy and polite - which I believe,says a lot about the school's culture.


After weighing various considerations, we sent our son to MindChamps PreSchool. As they are also under MCYS, we could enjoy childcare subsidy and use the CDA account for deductions. Overall, we are rather happy with our choice. :smile:

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by DaddyCircle » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:42 pm

After reading so many posts in this forum and checking out on the information in the respective centers' website ... I am starting to get quite confused and worried over my 9month old DD enrolment .... :scared:

If I wanted my DD to start "schooling" at 18months, the option should be Playgroup in Childcare (half-day) where $150 can be claimed. But the worry and horror of risking my DD to frequent illnesses and risk of HFMD made us guilty and indecisive over it. Its just too expensive and inconvenient for us to bring her to those expensive playgroups scheduled in those commerical centers ... *sigh*

Should we decide to keep her at home till 3yo, we will still need to send her to either a Kindergarten (3hr) or CC (half-day). In this case, we have to accept the fact that she will need to face risks of frequent illnesses and HFMD (bobian liao) ... the question is then focus on the enrichment classes issue for my DD. Kindergarten 3hr dont include enrichment and we will need to bring her to outside centers for these classes as compared to enrichment classes incorporated into CC (half-day) in same venue. But the cost of CC are currently very expensive (more than Kindergarten fee) even though enrichment class fees for both are quite same. So end of the day, CDA account will dry up very fast and monthly (term) school fees will become very taxing ... :scared:

No wonder so many Singaporeans are not having babies .... its really getting very very expensive lately .... :moneyflies:

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Post by DesertWind » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:53 pm

Hi Daddy circle,

For my #2 who is now about 20 months, I have decided to wait until next year "the year turning 3" before sending him to a 3-hr kindergarten. By then he will be about 2 1/2 years-old.

After my experience with a CCC for my #1 boy who joined when he was about 2 yrs-old, and then contracted HFMD after 2 months there and he was not happy for the 6 months he was there, I have decided not to risk anything now.

If you have sufficient help at home and someone who will play with your kid at home, you can consider waiting until "the year turning 3". But kids at 18 months are very active already and needs to be engaged daily. My ideal is actually for my #2 to attend some sort of enrichment classes now but due to the various logistics considerations, I decided to just wait it out.

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by clearjade » Mon May 20, 2013 11:03 am

Hi everyone!

I hope this is the right place for my question. If the main concern is for my son to get used to a schedule (e.g. sit down and listen to teacher during class, asking permission to use bathroom, what recess time means etc) when he goes to primary 1, does it matter whether he goes to a kindergarten that uses Montessori or other teaching methods?

A friend shared with me about her first son going to a preschool that focuses on creative learning like song & dance, storytelling etc and he had a hard time adjusting to the more structured schedule of primary 1. So her 2nd son went to a preschool that focused more on learning and structure and he was ok in primary 1.

So should I enrol him in a PAP kindergarten (my hubby attended one at that age, I went to a Catholic kindergarten) or a kindergarten under NTUC vs a private kindergarten?

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Post by Lovewonder » Mon May 20, 2013 3:42 pm

WanYee wrote:For first time parents, it is certainly not easy deciding on an appropriate school for your little one, with the variety of choices available in the market. How we made the decision on where to send our 18-month boy, was based on our needs.

1. We are both working parents - we needed to make sure that our boy is well-taken care of in the day hence we chose a preschool/childcare centre, which operates from 7am-7pm. On days that my parents-in-laws can pick up my child earlier, it's a bonus coz my boy would get home earlier at 4pm. Other days, he goes home when we knock off.

2. We wanted a school with good curriculum - of course, the school curriculum has to cater to our children's development stages and eventually prepare them for Primary School. Taking a look at the type of children's work displayed in school for all levels, it will give a good idea on the level the children are at. I must say, we were reasonably impressed by the works of the children in my boy's school - from the English 'essays', Chinese 'essays' to the creative artwork...at K2 level, some children can write very well in their 1-2 paragraph 'essays'! Although my boy is still in the Playgroup class (for 18mths - 2years), he has been learning a lot from both his English and Chinese teachers and I'm sure he will learn more in time to come.

In my son's school, enrichment programs are also included, like gym classes, cooking sessions, creativity & theatrical strategies... The good thing is, we didn't need to pay additional fees for these programs. I know there are schools where enrichment programs are payable separately, which will add on significantly to the school fees. For us, having the enrichment programs included meant that our son will be exposed to different varieties of programs, without paying more. It's evident that he likes his gym classes and cooking sessions coz he would repeat the actions at home from time to time.

Also, we wanted to make sure we chose a school which did not use TV during the 'free' time to occupy our child. Even if it's educational program, we think TV time can be done at home with supervision and not in school where they are to interact with their peers. TV is no-no in our son's school.

3. We wanted a school which can instill good habits and values to our child - since our boy has started school, he's learnt some good stuff like weaning off his pacifier, learning how to eat and share his toys and showing affection to his friends. Some of his friends have also started toilet-training, which is the next thing I want start my boy on. Of course, there are times when children of this age misbehave...like my boy hit his friends and bit them, the teachers made sure he stops his aggressive behaviour and apologise to his friends for causing pain to them. I know he remembers his teachers' words coz he will repeat them at home.

4. We wanted a school with good, clean environment and a vibrant atmosphere - visiting the school before enrolling your child is always a good way to assess things like how the children behave, what is the children sleeping on (I personally prefer the mesh cots that my son's centre uses), the kind of toys used in class, cleanliness of classrooms/toilets etc. I liked what I saw in my son's school - the children were very happy, chirpy and polite - which I believe,says a lot about the school's culture.


After weighing various considerations, we sent our son to MindChamps PreSchool. As they are also under MCYS, we could enjoy childcare subsidy and use the CDA account for deductions. Overall, we are rather happy with our choice. :smile:


Hi Wanyee, mind to share which preschool is your son in? I am currently looking for a playgroup when my son turn 18 mths then can go in. Not too sure which preschool is recommended? Thanks for sharing.

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