Question:Should I enroll my child for enrichment classes in their preschool or send them to enrichment centres?
Asked By : Mummy Claire
Words from the Expert:
My child's preschool offers enrichment classes during school hours at extra cost. Should I enrol him for such classes or will it be more effective sending him to the enrichment centres for classes during the weekends?
Opt for Preschools which include Enrichment Programmes as Part of the Curriculum
There are many factors to consider when it comes to making decisions about preschool enrichment classes versus weekend enrichment programmes.
Firstly, determine if the enrichment classes offered by the preschool are suitable for your child – based on his or her interests and learning needs. And for the fee that the school charges, are you getting the quality that you expect, or would it be more worthwhile to top up extra for enrichment programmes which are more in-depth which your child can attend during the weekends.
Another option you could consider is to opt for preschools which include enrichment programmes as part of the curriculum – at no extra cost. This might save you a lot of time and money in the long run. One great example is MindChamps PreSchool where enrichment programmes such as Creativity and Theatrical Strategies™, Music for the Mind ™ and NeuroMooves™ are incorporated into the unique curriculum, at no extra cost. These enrichment programmes are backed by 15 years of research and development in the 3 domains of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Theatre – so you can be sure of the quality of these enrichment programmes.
On top of that, while most preschools offer reading programmes as an enrichment programme at an extra cost, the MindChamps Reading and Writing™ programme is incorporated into the preschool curriculum as one of the core programmes.
At the end of the day, the choice you make would largely depend on factors such as
- How convenient would it be to send your child for weekend enrichment classes, considering the other family activities that you have on-going
- The amount of money that you can set aside for these enrichment programmes
- How these classes would enrich your child’s learning journey
- The opportunities for parent-child bonding time that you get over the weekends
Deputy Director, Curriculum & Training (Early Childhood)