Mums and dads, we know it’s a huge deal when your little one is ready to start preschool here in Singapore! Beyond your baby growing up, becoming a bit more independent and taking on new challenges – which gave us all those same feelings of excitement and nervousness – choosing the perfect preschool environment and teaching style is a big decision. One thing we’ve learned is that there’s nothing quite like talking to other parents for the inside story, so we had a chat with fellow mum Michelle Lau, who picked award-winning preschool group Learning Vision for her two boys, and couldn’t be happier. Read on for more about why her family loves Learning Vision @ Raffles Place…
Hi Michelle, can you tell us a little about your kids?
Glen and I have two boys: Cedric is an alumnus at Learning Vision @ Raffles Place, while Oliver is currently attending N2.
What were the most important factors for you in selecting a preschool?
The credentials and the attitude of the staff were important factors for us. We also considered the cleanliness of the school. We wanted a warm and nurturing environment for our children to thrive.
How has the school lived up to your expectations?
Exceedingly! The staff members are warm and friendly. The teachers put in tremendous effort preparing for their lessons and creating an environment that is conducive to learning.
What does Oliver like most about going to preschool?
He enjoys spending time with his teachers and friends. He looks forward to the aunties who cook and take good care of him.
What do you like about the preschool’s teaching approach?
From what I have observed, it’s very balanced. The children are exposed to variety of things and the lessons are delivered creatively, which appeals to young audiences.
What advice would you give other parents trying to choose a preschool?
Trust your gut. As a parent, you are the best person to understand what is best for your child. Find a school that would best suit your child’s needs and personality. From there, work with the teachers and staff, give and take feedback, and explore possibilities on how to bring out the best in your child.
Are you happy with the level of communication you receive from the school and how they engage parents?
Learning Vision has a mobile phone app that allows parents to view the progress of their child. The teachers use this app to upload photographs of activities for parents to view. Additionally, the bi-annual PTC also provides a venue for parents and teachers to share their observations and to work together. At the start of the school year, the school also hosts ‘curriculum sharing sessions’, where the teachers share the upcoming programs and invaluable tips that help parents play an important part in their child’s learning.
What do you value most about the school?
That would be the people – the principal, Audrey Tan, the teachers and the staff. I know that my son is in good hands when I go to work.
This post is sponsored by Learning Vision.