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PARENT'S ANSWERED QUESTIONS (BY EXPERTS):

Enrichment
Chinese Language

Question: What should I look into when choosing Chinese enrichment centre?

Rainielove

Question: There are many Chinese enrichment centres in Singapore. What should I look for when choosing the right centre for my child?Answer:A Relaxed, Fun-filled Environment is KeyPeople are realising...

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The Expert:

Huang Ying

Principal of Chengzhu and Mandarin Programmes

Chengzhu Mandarin Kindergarten
Enrichment
Academic

Question: Will it be too early to enrol my 1 year old child to enrichment classes?

Marcuss85

Question: Is it too early to enrol my child who is only 1 year old to enrichment classes, especially the English or Mandarin classes? Answer:Children should begin Learning a Second Language As Early ...

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The Expert:

Huang Ying

Principal of Chengzhu and Mandarin Programmes

Chengzhu Mandarin Kinddergarten
Enrichment
Academic

Question: How to prepare my child for Primary 1?

Tan Kin Swee

Question:How can I prepare my girl who is in K2 now for Primary 1? How much should she know? Is there any guideline for what she must know? Answer:Look Closely at Classroom Skills to Prepare Children ...

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The Expert:

Sue Lynn Lee 

Academic Director, Early Years and Lower Primary

The Learning Lab
Enrichment
Academic

Question: How to determine whether my child requires any enrichment classes and what kind?

Mummy Teo

Question:People around me are all sending their children to enrichment classes. How do I know if my child requires any enrichment classes and what kind of enrichment classes should I send him to?Answe...

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The Expert:

Sue Lynn Lee 

Academic Director, Early Years and Lower Primary

The Learning Lab
Enrichment
Reading/ Phonics/ Writing/ English

Question: How to help my children who are confused between English Phonics and the HYPY?

Kelly Lee

Question:I realise that my child is being confused with the English phonics taught and the HYPY taught at school. Is there any way to help my child with this problem?Answer:Ensure that Children are Mo...

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The Expert:

Sue Lynn Lee 

Academic Director, Early Years and Lower Primary

The Learning Lab
Enrichment
Academic

Question: What is a suitable age for a child to start knowing about current affair and discussion?

Miss Khoo

Question:Is it too early to start my child with current affair knowledge and discussion? How can I interest him at such a young age of 5 years old?Answer:Never Too Young to Expose Children to What is ...

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The Expert:

Sue Lynn Lee 

Academic Director, Early Years and Lower Primary

The Learning Lab
School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: What is the optimal teacher-child ratio for a preschool?

LittleKay

Question:I am worried about the teacher-child ratio for my child's preschool. Is there a standard ratio? I prefer the teacher child ratio to be smaller so that more focus can be given to each chil...

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The Expert:

MindChamps PreSchool

www.mindchamps.org

Enrichment
Others

Question: Should I enroll my child for enrichment classes in their preschool or send them to enrichment centres?

Mummy Claire

Question: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 fo...

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The Expert:

Janice Lim

Deputy Director, Curriculum & Training (Early Childhood)

MindChamps Preschool
School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: Will studying in a Chinese Preschool result in weaker English command for my kid?

Christine

Question:If a preschool focus more on Chinese language, does it mean that other subjects like Math will also be taught in Mandarin? Will their English language be weaker then?Answer:Place a Strong Emp...

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The Expert:

Joyce Sun

Centre Director of MindChamps Chinese PreSchool @ Tampines Central and MindChamps PreSchool Curriculum Team

MindChamps Chinese PreSchool
School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: What is STEAM Education and is it appropriate for preschool?

Sam

Question:I understand STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics and I am seeing that some preschools and enrichment centres are starting to offer it. However what exactl...

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The Expert:

Ms Cheryl Francisco

Curriculum Development Manager

Cambridge Pre-School
School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: How does Coding benefit young children

Mummy SL

Question: Why are coding classes so popular these days? How can my child benefit from coding classes? I mean, does my child really need to start at pre-school age, or can I wait till primary school?An...

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The Expert:

Dr Richard Yen

Founder of ChildFirst Pre-school & Managing Director of Ednovation Pte Ltd

ChildFirst Pre-school
General
General

Question: Are there any preventive measures I can take for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)?

Joyce Tan

Question:Recently there was a case of HFMD in my son's childcare centre. I'm a little worried. Are there any preventive measures I can take for my 5-year-old?Answer: Combating HFMD in Singapor...

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The Expert:

Dr William Tan

Medical Director

MindChamps Medical
School
Pre-school and Childcare Full Day

Question: Can I replace Nursery 1 with various enrichment classes for my child?

IC_PRIS

Question:I'm intending to skip Nursery 1 for my son. Just wondering if that is ok. By skipping, i will enrol him to at least 3 enrichments classes a week - that will include an English Enrichment,...

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The Expert:

Mrs Esther Lim

Curriculum Director of LEAP Education Group

LEAP Schoolhouse
Enrichment
Chinese Language

Question: How do we teach our child to appreciate the Chinese culture here and speak mandarin fluently?

Wei Ling

Question: Although we are Chinese by ethnicity, both my husband and I are native English speakers who are more comfortable speaking English in everyday situations. In our hectic schedules, how do we ...

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The Expert:

MindChamps Chinese PreSchool Curriculum Team

MindChamps Chinese Pre-School
General
General

Question: How do I reinforce the bedtime routine for my 5 years old?

Janice Wu

Question: I’m finding it harder to keep to my 5 -year-old daughter's bedtime nowadays. She'll often bargain for 30 minutes more, whether it is to watch TV, or to just play with her toys...

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The Expert:

Samantha Tang

Consultant Psychologist

MindChamps Allied Care
Enrichment
Reading/ Phonics/ Writing/ English

Question: How to spend quality time with our daughter that is both fruitful and beneficial?

Celest Chong

Question: As both my husband and I work, we have very little time to spend with our daughter. How do you suggest we spend quality time together with her that is both fruitful and beneficial?Answer:The...

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The Expert:

Brian Caswell

Dean of Programme Research and Development

MindChamps Reading and Writing
General
General

Question: Time-outs are not working as well as before. What should I do?

Irene Ng

Question: Time-outs are not working as well as before on my kids, are there any options I can consider when disciplining my children?Answer:There is nothing wrong with ‘Time-Out’ per se. ...

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The Expert:

Brian Caswell

Dean of Programme Research and Development

MindChamps PreSchool Singapore
Enrichment
Maths/ Abacus/ Mental Arithmetics

Question: Is there an ideal methodology to learning Math for a pre-schooler?

Katherine

Question:Is there an ideal methodology to learning Math for a pre-schooler that can prepare him/ her well for primary school? Any guidelines on what they should have already grasped at N2, K1 and K2?A...

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The Expert:

Goh Wan Mei

Head of Math Curriculum

The Learning Lab

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