In places where both parents are working daycare centers are a necessity. In olden times, usually mothers used to take care of children. But in most urban societies, mothers also go out for work. Hence the children need an alternative source of care. Often preschools act as daycare centers for children. Preschool education in Singapore is an amalgamation of preschool functionalities and daycare centers. Singapore due to cosmopolitan setup, often needs these specialized preschools that act as both daycare and preschool. Parents leave their children in these care centers in the morning and while leaving in the end of the day pick up their children from these preschools.
How to choose the best preschool for your child?
If your child is within the age of three to six, then he or she is in the preschool stage of his or her life. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) there are some signs to look for while choosing the preschool for your child. If you find these signs in the preschool you choose for your child, you can be rest assured that you have chosen the best preschool for your child:
Children spend most of time engaged in some kind of play or in some constructive activity with other children rather than roaming around aimlessly or sitting quietly for a long time.
Children are engaged in good playful activities throughout the day, like building blocks, painting or picture books or involved in some kind of pegboards or puzzle. They should be involved in a variety of activities throughout the day.
The care givers or teachers should attend to individual children or to a small group of children so that each child gets special care from the teacher.
The classroom is colorful and decorated with the writings and artwork of the children.
The learning experience of the children should be such that they learn the numbers and alphabets while doing their everyday activity.
There should be enough space for children to play outside the four walls. This way the children can spend some quality time amidst nature.
Curriculum should be adjusted in such a manner that it caters to both the intelligent children who are ahead of others and the weaker ones who are slow learners.
Preschool education in Singapore often showcases these signs and hence most preschool in Singapore are conducive for your child.