Wee Care’s Bright Starts Programme is the second step in a child’s progression towards more formal and structured learning. Besides incorporating the playful learning activities of the Parent-Child PlayGroup Programme, Bright Starts establishes more concrete learning in pre-academics during structured classroom times.
In addition, the children are given the opportunity to acquire skills for future independence, such as simple cleaning-up exercises. They also learn to manage their emotions and relate to their peers in positive, co-operative and constructive ways.
Children in the Bright Starts programme have shown the ability to adapt quickly and be independent in a more structured learning environment.
Even at the tender age of 2 years, some of them have been able to encourage and assist their peers during the course of their interactions.
Furthermore, the speech skills of the children are further refined, and the world of abstract, creative and symbolic ideas is explored through activities in early reading, writing and numeracy.
ACTIVITIES and FORMAT
The Bright Starts programme is designed to give children a choice between going to school two, three, four or five times a week (daily). Each session lasts three (3) hours and comprises the following:
Welcome and Music Time
Classroom Instruction (1 hour)
Open (Experiential) Learning (1 hour)
Snack, Circle, Nature and/or Sensorimotor Time
Closing and Goodbye
In terms of content, the daily subjects are:
Mondays: Language Arts and Numicon Mathematics
Tuesdays: Letters, Phonics and Learning-to-Read, and Open Learning (a weekly theme)
Wednesdays: Mandarin and Life Skills
Thursdays: Mandarin and Open Learning (in Chinese, based on a weekly theme)
Fridays: Language Arts and Science
The Bright Starts programme is available only on weekdays, in the mornings or mid-mornings.
PARENT / CAREGIVER INVOLVEMENT
Children who are attending school for the first time without the accompaniment of their parents and caregivers may have separation anxiety. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to co-operate with Wee Care educators to assure their children and to help them to settle down in school.
A Profile of Progress, showing some of the lessons taught and more importantly, the different categories of the individual child’s development, will be made available to all parents at the end of each semester.
CLASS SIZE and EDUCATOR-CHILD RATIO
Each class can only accommodate a maximum of fifteen (15) children, who are led and taught by three (3) Wee Care educators.
ADMISSION and FEES
Children are admitted into the Bright Starts programme at the start of each 10-week or 12-week term through the completion of a Parent-Toddler PlayGroup Programme, a parent-accompanied Holiday Programme or a Primer Programme or a personal admission consultation. Such an admission procedure will enable parents and children to get to know the Wee Care teachers and the school environment prior to starting school. The impact of separation anxiety will also be reduced. Therefore, direct and/or mid-term admissions are only given on a case-by-case basis.
Programme fees (incl. of GST) and the corresponding deposit (excl. of GST) are as follows:
Deposits are refunded according to the terms and conditions of registration.
After ascertaining from our School Administrator that vacancies are available, please:
- Register your child using the prescribed Registration Form that is available at each of our centres.
- Pay a Registration Fee of $220.00 (including GST with effect from January 2016) and an Insurance Fee of $3.00 upon registration. These fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Pay a Deposit upon registration to guarantee your child’s place at Wee Care. The Deposit amount is based on the programme chosen and is refundable according to the terms and conditions of cancellations and withdrawals.
- Submit the Registration Form and the requisite fees in person at our centre or by post. We accept payments by cash, NETS and cheques.