Every family is unique. The way you raise your children is different from your neighbours. There are values that you hold dear to your heart and would not want to compromise them at whatever cost. It is exciting to know that there are childcare facilities that can meet your special needs. Try as much as possible to choose a facility that accommodates those preferences.
One childcare that meets these preferences is Chiltern House preschool. They nurture your child’s confidence and independence, and also structure their programme to ready your child for primary school. Hence if you are serious about your child’s education, you should consider Chiltern House child care.
Meeting Requirements to Operate
The facility should, however, meet the minimum requirements to operate in Singapore. Miss Vanda gives her opinion on this:
“You should ask the following questions from the daycare centre Manager to get a sense of their credentials and centre policies:
- What is the minimum qualifications of the teachers hired?
- What are their discipline philosophies?
- Are the child care providers in the centre trained in First Aid or CPR?
- Are the teachers certified?
- Are the administrators responsive to the needs of their staff, personnel and clients?”
Read more on these basic requirements here.
Do not compromise on these bare minimums as they have a bearing on every other service offered at the facility.
Having considered those basic minimums, let us look at these two facilities that go an extra mile to inculcate in their programs services and activities fit for you and your family.
Religious or Value-based Childcare Centres
The New Age Parent notes here:
“Religious childcare centres or kindergartens integrate basic religious values impartation into the academic curriculum. For example, My Little Gems Preschool (pictured above), a Buddhist inspired preschool, children attend character class where child learn Buddhist values such as self-reliance, motivation, gratitude, unconditional love and compassion through role play, Buddhist stories and songs. “ Read more here.
Religion is at the core of some families. It might be difficult to raise a child that is not rooted in a similar belief system. A child from a Buddhist home will benefit from attending a facility that teaches Buddhist values. The same case applies to Christian, Hindu, and Muslim children.
Conflicts in the values taught at home and at the facility can confuse your child. If you are a deeply religious person then this should be a priority in your search for a childcare facility. Finding such a facility is highly possible in Singapore.
A good childcare has the ability to weave the various religious values to their system, and doing so ranks them high among religious families. Children trained in institutions that are religious or value-based are better adjusted emotionally and socially to their beliefs. The discipline entrenched within them helps them become successful.
Work-Based/ Co-working Facilities
Next, ChannelNewsAsia writes on how the government of Singapore understands the benefits of facilitating parents to go to work with their babies and plans to have an additional 40,000 work-place childcare facilities by the year 2022.
“The Community and Sports Facilities Scheme provides bonus gross floor area to developers that set aside space in commercial buildings for childcare centres.
The Enhanced Workplace Child Care Centre Scheme gives eligible workplace centres a furnishing and equipment grant, as well as a development grant to cover the costs of converting workspaces for childcare use.” Read more here.
If you are the kind of a parent that dreads leaving your children for a long time, then this arrangement will work for you. It provides an opportunity to work and play with your children during break hours. This arrangement has extra benefits to the parent as he/she with other parents who operate under similar circumstances.
Childcare does not have to be expensive. Co-working spaces are emerging trends whereby you can rent out a working space jointly with others. They are a cheaper option to the formal childcare facility. The only expense you may incur is rent for space. Trehaus is a renown co-working space. It provides childcare facilities that offer educational services as well. Older children can also learn a bit of work ethics, especially if they hang around the parent’s desks and observe them at work.
Besides the co-working facilities, the government is encouraging various organizations to provide on-site childcare facilities. If you work for such an organization, you will be provided with facilities that will enable you to bring your baby to work. This will work perfectly for mothers who decide to do exclusive breastfeeding. It saves them the hustle of expressing milk and ensures that the baby takes safe milk.
In conclusion, when looking for a childcare for your child, you need to consider whether the childcare has the proper licenses to operate, and you can take into account of focused values or beliefs you want them to teach your child. With lists of such childcare centres online, it should not be hard to find one that suits your needs. Lastly, co-working spaces will become increasingly available so you can worry less about sending your child to a far location from your workplace in the morning.