You may want to consider the following questions when selecting a playgroup for your child.

  • What is the experience and reputation of the operator?
  • Does it have a well-developed pedagogy and curriculum?
  • Does their teaching staff possess relevant certifications recognized by the ECDA?
  • Does the operator deliver its programme in a consistent manner and at the required standards?
  • Do you think the fee charged offers value for money?
  • How do parents whose children have gone through their playgroup feel about the outcome?

You can also find out more information from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) at http://www.ecda.gov.sg.

On the first day of school, we brief parents/guardians about the curriculum, what to expect, and the rules and regulations. Each parent/guardian is given a handbook containing detailed and key information. Subsequently, we keep parents/guardians updated and informed regularly. A progress report about their child/ward is issued every 6 months.

We take all the necessary precautions to keep your child safe and secure.

Each session begins with temperature check and visual inspection for signs of HFMD and other infectious diseases. Children who are not well will be asked to return home or go seek medical help.

Once students are signed-in and settled down, the gate of the centre is locked. No parent/guardian or unauthorised personnel is allowed to remain inside the centre unless specifically allowed. Parents/guardians who wish to observe the session can do so from outside of centre.

We keep our curtains, blinds, and windows open (except at air-conditioned centres) so that parents/guardians can observe and monitor the session.

Students wash their hands after each activity. Regular cleaning and sanitation of the learning material and centre premises are carried out regularly. At the end of each session, students are only signed-over to parents/guardians whose identities are registered with us.

When we start classes at a new centre, we take steps to modify the layout, furniture and fixtures to improve safety.

Our academic year is based on a calendar year of 52 weeks. Sessions are held over 40 weeks, divided into four blocks of 10 weeks each. Week-long and month-long breaks are scheduled in between the blocks. The month-long breaks are scheduled in June and December.

We also observe all kindergarten breaks, including public holidays. There are no sessions on Lunar New Year’s Eve, Hari Raya Puasa’s Eve and Deepavali’s Eve.

No. It generally takes about a month for a child to settle into the playgroup and for us to understand his/her character. In the meantime, he/she could be quite edgy and irritable causing disruptive moments to other children.

However, parents/guardians are welcome to observe the activities of the playgroup from outside the centre. Please contact the teacher-in-charge directly.

We understand the anxiety faced by parents/guardians when their child is attending a class for the first time. For the first day of class, we allow one adult to sit-in for the session until the child stops crying.

However, for subsequent sessions, once all the students are signed-in and settled down, the gate of the centre is locked. No parent/guardian or unauthorised personnel is allowed to remain inside the centre, unless specifically allowed. This is for the safety of all students. Parents/guardians who wish to observe the session can do so outside the centre through the open windows.

Jean Piaget was a Swiss educational psychologist who believed that children’s intelligence and abilities emerge through distinctive stages as they grow older. At the age of around three, they are not ready for logic-based learning to reason out the world around themInstead they relate to it through play, pretence and fantasy.

Maria Montessori was an Italian doctor and educationalist who taught that young children learn best through activities and direct sensory contact with their immediate environment. She advocated that developing a young child’s own initiative, curiosity and natural abilities be given priority through practical play over formal learning.

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. An educational charity, the Alliance represents the interests of over 14,000 member settings who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.