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PARENT'S ANSWERED QUESTIONS (BY EXPERTS):

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Question: Can my child really learn at home during Covid-19 with home-based learning?

Ardala

Question:Can my child really learn at home during Covid-19 with home-based learning? I am worried that home-based learning may not be effective for him.Answer:In an unprecedented move to combat the CO...

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The Expert:

The Learning Lab

General
General

Question: How can I work efficiently with my child at home during Covid-19?

Lyyynda

Question:How can I work efficiently with my child at home during Covid-19? Due to the situation, I need to WFH and my child has HBL as well, how can I do my work but also allow my child to learn at th...

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The Expert:

The Learning Lab

General
General

Question: How can I stop my child procrastinating?

Tami

Question:How can I stop my child procrastinating? She takes hours to complete homework given by her teacher. Answer:Managing your child’s procrastination can be very stressful and hard to come t...

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The Expert:

The Learning Lab

General
General

Question: How can I help my child to become an independent learner?

JamesJ

Question:How can I help my child to become an independent learner? I've noticed that she is not as engaged in class as her peers are.Answer:1. Help Your Child Find Lessons in Failures“Succes...

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The Learning Lab

School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: Should I be bothered by the turnover of teachers or focus on the curriculum that the preschool offers?

Katie85

Questions: The turnover of teachers in my child's childcare centre is very high. Notice this high staff turnover issue at many preschools too. Should I be bothered or focus on the curriculum that ...

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The Expert:

Iris Lim

Principal

Chiltern House Preschool
School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: Will my child's English language be weaker in a Mandarin-focused preschool?

Bobo22

Question: If a preschool focuses more on Chinese language, does it mean that other subjects like Maths will also be taught in Mandarin? Will their English language be weaker then?Answer: While subject...

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The Expert:

Huang Ying

Principal of Chengzhu and Mandarin Programme

Chengzhu Mandarin Centre
Enrichment
Reading/ Phonics/ Writing/ English

Question: Is it important to have a native speaker teacher to conduct English lessons?

EzyPeazy

Question: Is it important to have a teacher who is a native speaker to teach my child English? Most enrichment centres I visited do not offer English native speakers as teachers. I wonder if it matter...

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Mala Sundram

Head of Programme Quality

Julia Gabriel Centre
Enrichment
Reading/ Phonics/ Writing/ English

Question: How can my child speak proper fluent English?

ShuQingggg

Question: I wish my son can speak proper fluent English at home with the right pronunciation and not Singlish. Unfortunately, he is not constantly exposed to such environment as he is not in internati...

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The Expert:

Mala Sundram

Head of Programme Quality

Julia Gabriel Centre
Enrichment
Speech & Drama

Question: Reading and Writing or Speech and Drama class for learning English language?

JingYi

Question: Should I send my child to a Reading and Writing class or Speech and Drama class in order for her to learn the English Language?Answer: A child can learn the English Language effectively in b...

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Sumathi Jayaram

Principal

Julia Gabriel Centre
School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: How to choose a childcare centre so that my child can be better prepared for Primary 1?

gina88

Question:How should I choose a childcare centre so that my girl can be better prepared for Primary 1 later on? Or Should I just focus on sending her for enrichment classes instead of full day childcar...

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The Expert:

Janice Lim

Deputy Director (Early Childhood), Curriculum and Training.

MindChamps Preschool
School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: The Most Important Factor for Choosing a Childcare Centre

IUOY

Question: What is more important when searching for childcare for my child? The curriculum, teacher or environment? I am confused. Help!Answer: A Preschool Programme That Caters To A Child’s Tem...

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The Expert:

Janice Lim

Deputy Director (Early Childhood), Curriculum and Training

MindChamps Preschool
Enrichment
Others

Question: Will it be too early to start preparing my preschool child for coding enrichment classes?

TrevorTeo

Question: With coding enrichment classes being compulsory for upper primary school students, will it be too early to start preparing my preschool child for it?Answer: It Will Be Beneficial Not Only To...

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The Expert:

Louise Grant

Founding Director 

Penn Junior Academy
General
General

Question: Is sending my preschool child to childcare suffice or enrichment classes are still needed?

tadada85

Answer: Enrichment Classes Can Give Children New ExperiencesEvery child is an individual so there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Understanding your child’s interests and prefere...

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The Expert:

Louise Grant

Founding Director 

Penn Junior Academy
School
Student Care Centres

Question: Is there any difference between a childcare and after school care?

dewww

Answer: Childcare is More Focused on the Children’s Personal Needs while After-School Care includes a Focus on the Children’s LearningAbsolutely! Childcare is more focused on the children&...

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The Expert:

Louise Grant

Founding Director 

Penn Junior Academy
General
General

Question: How old should a child be exposed to enrichment classes?

hopeandjoy

Answer: Many Children are Ready for Enrichment Opportunities by the Age of 3Parents are the best judges of when their child may be ready to participate in learning enrichment opportunities outside the...

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The Expert:

Louise Grant

Founding Director 

Penn Junior Academy
School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: Is there major difference between MindChamps Preschool and MindChamps Chinese Preschool?

Hanbaobao

Question: Is there major difference between MindChamps Preschool and MindChamps Chinese Preschool? Does MindChamps Chinese Preschool only educate in Chinese?Answer: Both offer the same unique S.M.I.L....

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The Expert:

Janice Lim

Deputy Director (Early Childhood), Curriculum and Training.

MindChamps Preschool
Enrichment
Others

Question: Will STEAM enrichment classes expose my young child to tablets and computers for long hours?

peacelover_

Question: Does signing my boy up for STEAM enrichment classs means exposing him to tablets and computers for long hours? I do not want him to spend too much time infront of computers at such a young a...

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The Expert:

Alicia Chan

STEAM Programme Director

The PLEI Academy
Enrichment
Others

Question: How do I know if my child is ready for Primary 1 next year?

Jojomojo

Ask Yourself These 3 Simple Questions to Find Out if Your Child is Ready for Primary 1With new classmates, new teachers and a new learning environment, your child’s world is about to get a lot b...

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The Expert:

Sue Lynn Lee

Academic Director for Early Years Programme

The Learning Lab

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