Preschool recommendations

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Preschool recommendations

Postby Skinnyboy » Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:53 pm

Dear parents,

Do you have any good preschools to recommend? Something value for money. There are so many preschools like MindChamps, Etonhouse, MMI, Kinderland, etc with their own curriculum and i cant really tell which are the better ones. Or are they all the same. Thank you.

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Re: Preschool recommendations

Postby fatherof2kids » Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:11 pm

My son looks forward to going to mindchamps preschool every day. He really enjoys the program because it allows him to use his imagination to learn. I have also seen improvement in terms of his social skills, for example, taking turns – he’s now more patient and will wait for his turn to do things. I also love the clean and safe environment of the preschool and the teachers are very patient and caring.

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Re: Preschool recommendations

Postby mummy0612 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:56 pm

Like other parents, I research online to find out abt Mindchamps preschool. Yes there r good as well as not so good reviews. However, the ones that r good, r really good. Of coz the best thing is to see the school for myself which I did. I’ve never regretted choosing mindchamps. My kids are now doing wonderfully there.

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Re: Preschool recommendations

Postby gatopreto » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:17 pm

I see that there were too many controversial discussions regarding Mindchamps that the thread and the postings have to be blocked.

Do your own research and you will be able to narrow down to a good school for your child. Value for money depends on what you as a parent value for your child. If budget is important, My First Skool is a school that you can consider but the quality will vary from school to school.

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Re: Preschool recommendations

Postby newmom1991 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:00 am

Yes, conduct your own research, visit the centre and speak to the principal. When I did my rounds, I looked at how clean the environment is, how happy the kids are. I also ask what they base their curriculum on, how much effort and time they invest in research and teacher training.

I chose mindchamps preschool because they answered all these to my satisfaction. In fact if you are looking at value for money, den mindchamps has so many enrichment programs included in the curriculum – gym, music, art & craft, chinese, gourmet moments, reading and writing, etc. I don’t have to send my kid to other enrichment on weekends so we have more family time together.

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Re: Preschool recommendations

Postby KJBOY » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:29 pm

anyone of your children attending Mindchamps at Tampines?

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Re: Preschool recommendations

Postby Beatrice_NoQ » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:41 pm

newmom1991 wrote:Yes, conduct your own research, visit the centre and speak to the principal. When I did my rounds, I looked at how clean the environment is, how happy the kids are. I also ask what they base their curriculum on, how much effort and time they invest in research and teacher training.

I chose mindchamps preschool because they answered all these to my satisfaction. In fact if you are looking at value for money, den mindchamps has so many enrichment programs included in the curriculum – gym, music, art & craft, chinese, gourmet moments, reading and writing, etc. I don’t have to send my kid to other enrichment on weekends so we have more family time together.


Does Mindchamps have a library? Also, do you know how often they work music and art classes into the curriculum?

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Re: Preschool recommendations

Postby newmom1991 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:15 pm

Yes they have a collection of books in each classroom. My kid gets to read books every day in class and can borrow home one english and one chinese book every week. As for arts and craft, it’s also one class a week in english and chinese. For music, they have it once a week too, playing basic instruments. Many of their lessons also have music – I know they singalong during language class, dance to music in the gym, etc.

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Re: Preschool recommendations

Postby JY2011 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:58 pm

I agree with the parents here. My child also attends one of the Mindchamps Preschool. She looks forward to go to school every weekday. I notice that most of the champs are more mature in many aspects generally compared to other children about the same age groups. Most strangers are surprised by my child's speech and languages, proactive behaviour and friendly attitudes to strangers. She is only N1 but many thought she were N2 age. So I think both parents and teachers are important to guide these children cooperatively and develop them in a better way.

To be honest, the only thing that I always complain is most of afternoon snacks served. I don't think it is that healthy as they claimed. However, this issue seems similar in other centres too. So I hope MCYS should look into this as most CCs in SG offer similar unhealthy snacks actually.

I am still monitoring my child's progress as I won't say Mindchamps preschool is the best one but at least she is learning well there now. We may just withdraw and enrol her to other kindergartens if the teacher quality and curriculum of Mindchamps are not up to the standard that we expect. They are charging premium fees, then they should deliver sth "premium" as well compared to other CCs. I can only conclude that most of the teachers in my child's preschool are well trained and professional but passion wise ... not all of them have it, especially those young teachers. Their teachers in N2 to K2 seems better in handling things and the champs.

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Re: Preschool recommendations

Postby PGS » Wed May 14, 2014 11:40 am

Hey there,

I am looking at enrolling my daughter in Mind Champs Lorong Chuan (N1) but dont see any reviews on the center online. Would appreciate any feedback that anyone can share on this branch with me?

Thanks,
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