Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Programs

Looking for that infant/childcare, pre-school or student care with caring teachers or enrichments? Share your findings here.
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Lovewonder
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Re: Hi there,anyone registering child to shichida training??

Post by Lovewonder » Mon May 20, 2013 3:44 pm

JJ_T wrote::love:

anyone registering kids into enrichment programmes, as in shichida, little neuro tree etc..

have just enrol my kid into shichida but the waiting list was long needs to wait till oct then can join.

anyone wana share their experience with me


Hi JJ_T, hows the Shichida class? Mind to share your experience and review for this class? I have a 14 month old son, thinking of enrolling him to this class.. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by lyra » Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:00 am

DaddyCircle wrote: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:


Hi! Maybe u can consider sending ur child to half day CC and then u can send her to enrichment courses either in afternoons or weekends? I guess for a young child, he or she may not need too many enrichment programmes yet. I sent my son to half day cc and he's learning quite a lot there, especially the life skills like eating on his own, washing hands, etc. But then I'm a SAHM mom so I already taught him a lot before he was sent in, and in the afternoons, he get a lot of "enrichment" at home too as we do colouring, singing, reading, etc. You can also spare a few hours at night to do these activities at home with your child. Its almost like enrichment programme already... Enrichment programmes at this age is also for about 1 hr and its mostly parent accompanied.

I think a childcare/preschool has to be an environment where teachers are caring and loving. There was once I brought my son (18 month old) to look at a childcare centre nearby our house. The teacher seems to be shouting instructions and having a stern expression when teaching chinese. It doesn't look enjoyable at all. I had wanted to let my son see older kids learning so that he will feel excited about going to school but after he saw the teacher, he told me "No no no" when I asked him if he wants to go to school. I saw the same teacher bringing kids out to playground and she's shouting and scolding most of the time. Also, there's only one teacher to about a class of 15+ kindergarten kids. No assistants to help look out for the kids. So I decided this childcare is out of my consideration although its really at a convenient location for me.

I enrolled my son in another childcare when he's 20month old. I peep in many times, without my son noticing and I saw that the teachers are caring, giving hugs and guiding the children although the number of children in the centre is a lot, and can seem chaotic at times when new children join the centre and are crying for their mummies. There is one teacher whom I saw scolding a boy who likes to throw tantrums but otherwise, there are no serious scoldings, and I saw the teachers trying to pacify the boy and guide him although he's not cooperative. Another good point is that the centre is new so its clean and neat, and the toys and books are new. Unfortunately, they still do have incidences of HFMD. I guess this is unavoidable. I put my son in for half day only, so I guess he won't get it so easily since he did not sleep there, and he don't have the habit of putting objects into his mouth.

I chose a childcare for half day because I couldn't find an enrichment centre or playgroup that can take in drop off children for few hours nearby. I guess a childcare for 4 hr is similar. My husband also wants to let our son learn to be independent, to eat on his own, and be away from mummy for a few hours without fussing. I'm SAHM expecting a second baby soon, so actually this is a better choice because when I bring my son home in the afternoon, he's already fed, showered and ready to sleep soon. One good thing about the centre is that they make sure he eats and drinks water regularly. He enjoys the food there.

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by DaddyCircle » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:54 pm

Thanks for your advise and sharing. My wife (SAHM) agreed that we should let our DD go for 1/2 day CC (playgroup) to let her open up meet more children and learn to be independent ... and at the same, let my wife have more rest .... :smile:

The fees of private CC seems very expensive and am still doing my budgeting and sourcing for a more affordable CC now .... those that I find within my budget and likings are either FULL (some dont even offer Waitlist) or only accepts Full Day CC .... :cry:



lyra wrote:
Hi! Maybe u can consider sending ur child to half day CC and then u can send her to enrichment courses either in afternoons or weekends? I guess for a young child, he or she may not need too many enrichment programmes yet. I sent my son to half day cc and he's learning quite a lot there, especially the life skills like eating on his own, washing hands, etc. But then I'm a SAHM mom so I already taught him a lot before he was sent in, and in the afternoons, he get a lot of "enrichment" at home too as we do colouring, singing, reading, etc. You can also spare a few hours at night to do these activities at home with your child. Its almost like enrichment programme already... Enrichment programmes at this age is also for about 1 hr and its mostly parent accompanied.

I think a childcare/preschool has to be an environment where teachers are caring and loving. There was once I brought my son (18 month old) to look at a childcare centre nearby our house. The teacher seems to be shouting instructions and having a stern expression when teaching chinese. It doesn't look enjoyable at all. I had wanted to let my son see older kids learning so that he will feel excited about going to school but after he saw the teacher, he told me "No no no" when I asked him if he wants to go to school. I saw the same teacher bringing kids out to playground and she's shouting and scolding most of the time. Also, there's only one teacher to about a class of 15+ kindergarten kids. No assistants to help look out for the kids. So I decided this childcare is out of my consideration although its really at a convenient location for me.

I enrolled my son in another childcare when he's 20month old. I peep in many times, without my son noticing and I saw that the teachers are caring, giving hugs and guiding the children although the number of children in the centre is a lot, and can seem chaotic at times when new children join the centre and are crying for their mummies. There is one teacher whom I saw scolding a boy who likes to throw tantrums but otherwise, there are no serious scoldings, and I saw the teachers trying to pacify the boy and guide him although he's not cooperative. Another good point is that the centre is new so its clean and neat, and the toys and books are new. Unfortunately, they still do have incidences of HFMD. I guess this is unavoidable. I put my son in for half day only, so I guess he won't get it so easily since he did not sleep there, and he don't have the habit of putting objects into his mouth.

I chose a childcare for half day because I couldn't find an enrichment centre or playgroup that can take in drop off children for few hours nearby. I guess a childcare for 4 hr is similar. My husband also wants to let our son learn to be independent, to eat on his own, and be away from mummy for a few hours without fussing. I'm SAHM expecting a second baby soon, so actually this is a better choice because when I bring my son home in the afternoon, he's already fed, showered and ready to sleep soon. One good thing about the centre is that they make sure he eats and drinks water regularly. He enjoys the food there.

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How's twinklekids @ Toa Payoh?

Post by touzhele » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:37 pm

Dear Parents,

My husband works in SG. My 3-year-old son and I will move to SG very shortly. My husband booked te seat for my son at Twinklekids in Toa Payoh. Anyone knows how's this child care? The fee is around 1300 per month.

Thanks.

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by OmeOmine » Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:23 pm

Maybe this is an opportunity to share and hear what other parents think and feel? This is a focus group discussion and you're free to share your opinion, learn something new, earn some extra cash, and perhaps help you made better, informed choices.

Respond before 22 July 2015 if you currently are full-time working mothers who satisfy the following criteria for a focus group discussion:

Basic Criteria
Gender: Female, Married with kid/s
Age: between 25 - 40 years old
Occupation Status: Full-time working mothers
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Group 1:
Mothers with child aged 6 years old and below currently studying in any of the schools below:
PCF / MyWorld / Skool4Kidz / e-Bridge / MOE kindergarten / Cherie Hearts / Star learners / Carpe Diem / My Fisrt Skool

Available on: 4th August 2015 (Tuesday) @ 6.30pm
What you will receive: $100 for 2-2.5 hours discussion

Group 2:
Mothers who are considering sending their child aged 3 years old and below to any of the following school in the next 12 - 15 months. Pregnant ladies will also be considered.

Available on: 5th August 2015 ( Wednesday) @ 3pm
What you will receive: $120 for 2-2.5 hours discussion

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by BenTomas » Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:17 pm

Preschools typically provide care for shorter hours and are closed for holidays, school breaks, and summer, though some may offer full-time programs, extended care, and summer options. This is about how preschool different from daycare. I would recommend to read about Kids Collective - mar vista preschool. This preschool wide range of developmental activities, including creative, sports classes and so on.

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by FantasyLandDreams » Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:22 pm

Hi-5 launches 1st preschool in Singapore:
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/e ... -singapore

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by Jermaine2028 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:39 pm

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Re: Differentiating Childcare, Preschools & Enrichment Progr

Post by Foohappymum » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:59 am

Hello! Can anyone advise me on the types of enrichment courses you feel r good for your preschoolers to attend? As some childcare alr has art, gym and music classes. Was wondering what others will be different and good for my kid :)

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Re: All About Childcare vs Preschools vs Kindergartens vs BA

Post by jecobb » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:33 pm

MerlionInGermany wrote:[Moderator's note: Topics merged.]

Hi,

What's the difference between childcare ceters, preschools, and kindergartens? Are they generally the same thing known by different names?

I read the MCYS regulates the childcare centers and MOE regulates the kindergartens. But one can also attend kindergarten in a childcare center?

So for example, for a 4-yr-old who is in Nursery in a childcare center, and a 4-yr-old who is in Nursery in a preschool....do they do the same things?

Thanks.
Hello,
I think here is the answer to your question, Day care centers offer developmental programs, and kindergarten schools provide instructive programs for specific age groups of children. The teacher-child ratio in day care centers varies depending on the age groups of the children. Most kindergarten programs have one certified teacher and one teacher assistant for each class group. In both types of programs, the teachers and other staff are required to maintain open communication with parents, and to inform parents of the progress and development of their children.
I hope it will helpful for you. :imcool:

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