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Question: How to improve my child's communication skills, reading and writing?

KeenDadTan

Question: I wish for my child to improve in her communication skills, reading and writing. Is speech and drama a better option or should I send her to a reading and writing programme? Answer:This depe...

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The Expert:

Sumathi Jayaram

Principal 

Julia Gabriel Centre

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Question: Which is the right programme for children with dyslexia?

Concernedparenttt

Question: My child has dyslexia and often mix up with the vowels when it comes to writing, how do I know which is the right programme to send her to? Answer:Dyslexia is a learning difference that crea...

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The Expert:

Sumathi Jayaram

Principal

Julia Gabriel Centre

General

Question: How do I determine the most suitable preschool for my child?

Strongmomzzz

Question: How do I determine which is the most suitable preschool for my child? What sets the priority – teachers, environment, curriculum, brand name or fees?Answer: First, all preschools oper...

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The Expert:

Dr Carol Loy 

Director of Curriculum and Professional Development

Kinderland Preschool & Infant Care

General

Question: What is the difference between a child care centre and a kindergarten?

Jayleeseeee

Question: What is the difference between a child care centre and a kindergarten? Which is more beneficial for the child? Answer: According to ECDA’s definition: Kindergartens provide pre-schoo...

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The Expert:

Dr Carol Loy

Director of Curriculum and Professional Development

Kinderland Preschool & Infant Care

Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: How To Raise Capable, Independent Learners

Mommyknowz

Question: How can I raise my child to be a capable and independent learner?Answer: Nurturing capable children is the foundation for self-reliance and self-sufficiency, which is key to what children sh...

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The Expert:

Dr Carol Loy and Ms Charlotte Wong

Director of Curriculum and Professional Development & Infant & Curriculum Specialist

Kinderland International Education

Chinese Language

Question: A group class or a private tuition would suit my shy boy better?

MikayLeE

Question: My child has difficulty learning Chinese and he is a very shy and quiet boy. How do I know if a group class or a private tuition would suit him better?Answer: Today we have a new understandi...

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The Expert:

Huang Ying

Principal of Chengzhu

Chengzhu

Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: Is a half-day childcare or a full-day childcare better?

Stepphy

Question: Is it better to send my child to a half-day childcare or full-day childcare? What is the difference?Answer: When deciding whether to send your child to a half-day or full-day childcare centr...

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The Expert:

Iris Lim

Principal of Chiltern House

Chiltern House
General
General

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 Expert:

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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The Expert:

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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The Expert:

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

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