10 tips for parents seeking admission in a Preschool in Singapore

Rupali Kaerkar
Dec 24, 2020
Admission Tips

Choosing a school isn’t a walk in the park. With so much pressure on parents to find the right preschool, and many parents searching for the best ones, it can take more than a year.

Here are a few tips to help you if your child is finally ready for preschool:

● Ask If It’s Safe

Many schools are opening their doors. Even with restrictions, the schools are encouraging in-person classes. Are you ready to send your child to school in this environment? That could also depend on the school that you choose. A preschool in Singapore that comes with a stellar reputation will ensure that the children are safe, that the school remains free from contamination, and that the teachers and staff take precautions when dealing with the children.

● Know Your Options

Some schools, though, have switched to online school in the meantime. That’s also a good option. If you want your child to start pre-school but are still reluctant about letting them go out there, then virtual classes are the way to go. However, it’s worth noting that virtual classes aren’t easy. While you won’t need to worry about your child going out and being at risk of contamination, online sessions come with unique challenges, too. Full knowledge of what these are will help you figure out the best way to move forward.

● Identify the Issues

Building engagement in a traditional classroom setting is already challenging. But try doing the same in a video call with children who are easily distracted, and you have an idea of what it takes to get these online sessions going. If you’re keen to choose this option, though, it pays to learn more about the problems and issues that will beset you and your child.

● Learn More About the Program

Is the preschool program well run? Take a look at the discipline policies. Do they emphasize positive approaches to teaching? Does the school have structure? Does it follow a model or philosophy? Traditional teaching styles usually relied on punitive techniques. You want one that’s going to go with positive reinforcement tactics, on the other hand. And, of course, did the school update its policies in the wake of the pandemic?

● Master the Tools

Some Singapore schools have technicians that you can contact when you run into a technical problem. However, most of the time, you’ll be on your own. You’ll need to set up your child’s laptop and workstation. You’ll need to figure out how the login system works, what programs and tools to use, and you’ll also need to keep the child safety settings on to ensure that your little one will be safe from online stalkers and criminal elements.

● Join a Support Group

Check and look for a parent support group for that school. The members can provide you with plenty of useful tips on managing the school admission process, what the classes are like, what the school is doing to keep its grounds and staff COVID-free and more. There’s also the added benefit of having parents to talk with, who, like you, are worried about their children. That shared experience can lead to solid, lifelong friendships.

● Reinforce Everyday Precautions

If you’re allowing your child to go to school, make sure to reinforce the usual precautions: have your child wear a mask. This is especially important if your child is going to in-person classes as they might be tempted to remove their mask while talking to their classmates. Also, remind them always to wash hands and to practice social distancing measures. Train your child to be aware of how far they must be from other people or their classmates.

● Know and Understand the Safety Measures

Gathering a group of children in a classroom still poses a level of risk. But given the importance of classroom learning, administrations have plenty of ways to keep their schools safe. That’s why you must know more and understand the safety measures being implemented at school. Are they effective? How will the staff interact with the children? Did the school increase the frequency of its cleaning services? Will this include disinfecting high-touch surfaces around campus? If there are any signs detected in any of the students or teachers, what will the school do? Will they ask them to stay home? What is the school doing about its PE classes?

● Check the Site

Find out what the rest of the school year is going to be like. Check the academic calendar on the school’s site. Contact details of the teachers are usually on the site as well. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to direct to them, reach out now. The sooner you get those details, the sooner you can make an informed decision. It might seem tedious but being careful is well worth the extra time and effort you put into these things.

● Listen to Your Child

It’s not just your life at risk—it’s also your child’s. You need to talk to your child about school. Do they have any anxiety or fear? Is your child worried or concerned about the virus, about getting infected? Do they want to go to school? Listen intently. What is your child truly saying? Are they ready to go to school? Are they excited about making friends, a little worried about whether or not they’ll like them, and more?

● Create the Right Environment

To determine which decision is all right with your child, whether they would want to go to school or attend online classes, sit down and have that conversation. However, for this to work, you’ll need to create the kind of environment at home that makes it easy for your child to tell you whatever they feel. Is your child comfortable talking to you about their emotions, worries, and anxieties?

● Keep Up with the News

What do we know about the pandemic? It’s tough to stay rational and sane when you’re bombarded with doom’s day stories about COVID-19 nearly every day. The trick is to stay up to date with what’s happening, though, especially regarding what the virus can do, how it affects humans, and more. Once you’re updated, it’s necessary to form a bit of emotional distance from the news. Take in the updates, but don’t get upset with the statistics. By emotionally distancing yourself, you can get the information you need and still keep a positive disposition.  

At the end of the day, the question of whether you should send your child to school or opt for virtual classes is a profoundly personal one. Talk about it with the rest of the family. Are you ready for this step? If you trust the school and think the administration is doing all they can to prevent the virus from spreading, if you believe your child is going to be safe, then letting your little one go to their first day in preschool can be taken as the milestone it was meant to be: exciting and fun. 

Rupali Kaerkar

Ms Karekar comes with over 20 years experience in content writing and content strategy in fields from journalism and content marketing. As head of international communications, she has been actively interacting with stakeholders like the student, teacher and parent community to ensure open channels of dialogue and passage of information between all parties. As a result, the school initiatives and stakeholder performances find the right platform and voice to share their achievements.

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