Preparing for School

PARENT-INFANT and PARENT-TODDLER PLAYGROUP PROGRAMME

  1. Please ensure that your child has had a good meal (e.g. breakfast, lunch or milk and snacks) and a good rest (e.g. the night before) before arriving at school.
  2. Please dress your child in comfortable clothes that he/she can play in. Light-coloured, expensive or branded clothes are discouraged because they may be splattered with paint as your child plays.
  3. Likewise, as a parent, please dress comfortably as sessions are likely to involve a range of physical activity and movement.
  4. Please agree beforehand who will be in class with your child when more than one adult accompanies him/her to school. Unless the circumstances prove otherwise, only one adult per child is allowed in the class at any one time to prevent crowding.
  5. Please keep younger and older children who are not enrolled for the PlayGroup programme outside of the classroom to prevent crowding. They should be accompanied by an adult in the lobby.
  6. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before class starts so that your child can settle down and warm up. You may also take the opportunity to settle any outstanding administrative matters with the school Administrator at this time.
  7. Please park your child’s stroller in a way that will not congest the lobby. Please fold it up and lean it against the wall if possible.
  8. Please take off your child’s socks before entering any of the teaching areas in the school so that he/she will not slip accidentally.
  9. Please participate in the regular music, play and game segments! For instance, please sing along with the teachers and guide your child in the actions. The catchy songs can be learnt very quickly on the spot.
  10. Please guide your child at each of the experiential learning centres as explained by the teachers when you enter the Open Learning playroom. All of our teachers will spend time individually with each parent-child pair to facilitate the learning process.
  11. Please turn off all mobile phones before class begins. If you have to use your handphone, please do so outside of the playroom.

BRIGHT STARTS, HEAD STARTS, GREAT STARTS and FIRST STARTS PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMES

  1. Please ensure that your child has had a good meal (e.g. breakfast, lunch or milk and snacks) and a good rest (e.g. the night before) before arriving at school.
  2. Please dress your child in comfortable clothes that he/she can play in. Light-coloured, expensive or branded clothes are discouraged because they may be splattered with paint as your child plays.
  3. Please pack a small backpack or bag for your child containing: a change of clothes in case he/she gets wet or dirty during the lesson; a change of diapers for children who are not yet toilet-trained; wet tissues; a small bottle of water and a small plastic box of snacks in case your child gets hungry whilst waiting to be picked up after class.
  4. Please label your child’s backpack, water bottle and snack box clearly with his/her name.
  5. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before class starts so that your child can settle down and warm up before lessons begin.
  6. Please take the opportunity at this time to settle any outstanding administrative matters with the school Administrator.
  7. Please park your child’s stroller in a way that will not congest the lobby. Fold it up and lean it against the wall if possible.
  8. Please take off your child’s socks before entering any of the teaching areas in the school so that he/she will not slip accidentally.
  9. Please be punctual (or arrive a few minutes early) when you are picking your child up after class. This is particularly important for children who are attending the Bright Starts programme for the first time as this gesture will help them to trust you (i.e. Mummy is really there waiting for me after school as she promised) and minimise Separation Anxiety.

ALL THERAPY PROGRAMMES

  1. Please ensure that your child has had a good meal (e.g. breakfast, lunch or milk and snacks) and a good rest (e.g. the night before) before arriving at school.
  2. Please dress your child in comfortable clothes that he/she can play in. Light-coloured, expensive or branded clothes are discouraged because they may be splattered with paint as your child plays.
  3. Please keep younger and older children who are not enrolled in the programme outside of the classroom to prevent disruptions to the lesson. They should be accompanied by an adult in the lobby.
  4. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before class starts so that your child can settle down and warm up. You may also take the opportunity at this time to settle any outstanding administrative matters with the school Administrator.
  5. Please take time to calm your child down before joining the class if he/she is crying, screaming, throwing a tantrum or otherwise upset. Please do not force him/her into the class while he/she is still unsettled.
  6. Please park your child’s stroller (if any) in a way that will not congest the lobby. Please fold it up and lean it against the wall if possible.
  7. Please take off your child’s socks before entering any of the teaching areas in the school so that he/she will not slip by accident.
  8. With the therapist’s consent, please sit in during the session to observe what is taught and how your child is managed so that you can learn and reinforce it at home and provide consistency regularly. Please feel free to take notes to help you.
  9. If it is a group participation class, please dress comfortably as sessions are likely to involve a range of physical activity and movement. Please agree beforehand who will be in the class with your child. Please take turns with your spouse or relative because only one adult per child is allowed in the class at any one time to prevent crowding.
  10. Please participate in the music, play and game segments! For instance, sing along with the therapists and guide your child in the actions. The catchy songs can be learnt very quickly on the spot.
  11. Please guide your child at each of the experiential learning centres as advised by the therapists. Observe what is taught and how your child is managed so that you can learn and reinforce it at home and provide consistency regularly.
  12. Please stay in the room until the session is over. Please do not enter and leave the room repeatedly as this will distract your child and disrupt his/her learning.
  13. Please turn off all mobile phones before class begins.

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