In our children’s younger years, their milestones seem to arrive quickly one after another, especially when they have started going to school. It can be surprising to realise that it is already time for your little one to transit from infant care to playgroup!
Here are some ways that teachers help to ease your child’s transition and make it a fun, joyous one.
Introducing the playgroup teachers to the children
One way to reduce any anxiety in children about the big upcoming change is for them to get used to their new teachers.
The infant care teachers would usually hold space for the playgroup teachers to integrate seamlessly into the day’s activities so that they too would become beloved familiar faces to the children. This ensures that the handover will be smooth and that children will be happy and comfortable with their new caregivers, while removing any potential stress from the switch.
Introducing new foods to the children
As infants progress into playgroup, their dietary requirements and meals will change.
From softer foods to more varied textures, teachers introduce a wider range of healthy options to the children as they become more able to handle these interesting and novel foods. It is one of the most enjoyable changes they will experience, and the children in Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse love the food that is prepared by our in-house cooks.
Introducing the new classroom to the children
Children in infant care classes will enjoy occasional tours and visits to their playgroup classrooms to familiarise themselves with the new surroundings.
The best preschools in Singapore will take children’s growth and development into consideration in the way the classrooms are designed and laid out. The way toys and books are displayed may be quite different when children move from infant care to playgroup; there may also be fewer soft elements like mattresses and gym mats.
Their new classrooms in playgroup will be more suited for their age group and their advanced learning needs.
Raising the bar for playgroup curriculum
As the children hit more developmental milestones in infant care, their activities must also change and adapt to fit their growth.
For example, in Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse, children enjoy a purposeful play curriculum approach in playgroup and pre-nursery, where teachers facilitate enjoyable play experiences with appropriate and ample materials, time and space for the children to stretch their minds and engage themselves in play-based learning.
This provides a smooth progression to the inquiry-based learning approach in the nursery to kindergarten years. Just as with play-based learning, inquiry-based learning encourages children to take the reins in their learning, and also focuses more on the growth and development process rather than a specific outcome or goal.
Honing children’s bilingual skills
As children move from infant care to playgroup, they make leaps and bounds in their language acquisition skills.
In Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse, our bilingual curriculum is carefully designed to place equal focus on English and Chinese to prepare our children progressively for primary school.
It is important for children to use their Mother Tongue naturally in their everyday school environments to build a strong foundation in the language and also cultivate a love for Mandarin.
Find out more about Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse infant care and playgroup programmes
Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse children benefit from a respectful environment and teachers who do their utmost to ensure all transitions are peaceful, easy and even enjoyable. Infant care services are available at selected Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse campuses.
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