Hampton Pre-School (by Eton)

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Hampton Pre-School (by Eton)

Postby LLX04 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:07 pm

Just went to open-house today. The school is new and nicely decorated .The curriculum is very well structured with music, drama, chinese, etc. However, there is no opening for K2 class next year (my elder son) and no nap time in the afternoon, just a short rest time after lunch. I am not so sure my younger gal can go without her precious nap .

I guess their registration must be over-whelming as they have a structure priority system like :
1st priority - bishan east residents
2nd priority - bishan GRC
3rd priority - others..

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Postby windie » Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:40 pm

Hi,

I just went to the openhouse as well but forgot to ask for details of the cirriculum. Can you share more? I registered for my 2 kids, girl for Pre-nursery for 18mths old and K1 for my son next yr.

I was told there would be balloting since registrations are overwhelming :shock:

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Postby LLX04 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:44 pm

For K1-

basic cirriculum - 1.5 hours chinese, 1.5 hours english and math, 20min story telling, etc.

beside basic cirriculum, they have 30min music class every tuesday, speech and drama every wednesday ( a specialist teacher), cookery class every friday.

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Hampton Pre-School in Bishan ( run by eton)

Postby blueroti » Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:19 pm

I was also at the open house today. the school is new, quite nice. but the teachers weren't very sure how the classes will be conducted eg. the chinese lesson for N1 is only about 30mins so i asked them if instructions would be given in both english and chinese for the other lessons, and the teacher said she wasn't sure.

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Postby LLX04 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:04 pm

yes, 1 of the cons was that I didnt get to speak to class teacher. The supervisor informed me that they have not assigned the teacher yet, so its pointless to speak to teacher.

Other cons were :
1) unable to view K1-2010 classroom
2) there isnt any K2 class - 2010
3) they are over-subscribed - means it will be full and packed - i have seen them turn-away non-Bishan parents
4) no school handbook to understand the rules and regulations but most parents already registered with cheque deposits.

I guess most parents are assured that they are paying good services or kiasu that they dont get a place. Even you register with cheque deposit today, u will only be inform if your child got shortlisted by wednesday. I overheard one parent who has already withdraw her daughter from her current childcare centre and stressed she will be dismayed if her daughter didnt get a space.

Hope this is helpful.

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Postby blueroti » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:05 am

and just wanted to add - the difference between eton house's curriculum and that of hampton's is that the former adopts a query-based method while the latter's thematic based. that was what the teacher said. the reason is that eton is an international school but she reassured me that the eton school trained teachers are also familiar with thematic-based.

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Postby vwcorrado » Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:32 pm

I am one of those that able to sign up my son into Hampton. He will be in N2 next year. When I see the master list during their open house, it is super overwhelmed! Not easy to grab a convenient and decent place for kid. Guess the ball is rolling for me to the horror/fun engaging schools and parenting life.

Any other thoughts from those who've signed up?

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Postby LLX04 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:10 am

i got a place for my gal in K1 but I rejected it cos they have not assigned the teachers to the class thou the supervisor assured the teachers are good. When i further enquired, she clarified that most teachers have minimum 2 years teaching experience but not from eton school. Beside that, they have not found the chinese teacher for K1. zzzzzz, and the supervisor gives me the attitude that take it or leave it cos they have a long waiting list.

I strongly believe teachers are strong element for me to entrust my kids to them. If I cant speak to the teachers, i dont want to take the risk.

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Postby blueroti » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:00 am

hi LLX04, VWCorrado

my girl didn't get a place in hampton but they called me on Monday to ask if I'm interested in enrolling her for a new class that they're going to have in April. After some deliberation, i decided to give it a miss.

and as for the teachers, when i went to the open house, the teacher i spoke to told me the teachers are trained at Eton House and they are experienced.

my impression is that they're not really ready for the new term in Jan. and maybe coz' of the overwhelming response, they're trying to cope as well.

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Postby blueroti » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:08 pm

hi insider

thanks for your insights. i juz went to the hampton school website
(http://www.hampton.com.sg) to check if PCF's affiliation is with eton school or eton education centre. it's stated there at the bottom of their home page - "A PCF child care centre managed by Etonhouse". So i suppose it's Etonhouse. but honestly, after my visit to the school and speaking to the teachers (who are fr Etonhouse), i'm not very impressed either. i juz feel tt the teachers whom i met are juz not into kids and their speeches come across as very rehearsed.

i'm not very familiar with the thematic or query-based approach but the teacher i spoke to assured me that the teachers are also familiar with the thematic approach.

but i guess we will only know if it's really good when the actual class starts next year.

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