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Childcare centre open house in Singapore

There are about 1300 childcare centres in Singapore, catering to needs of young parents who are both working.

Most young parents will choose child care center near homes or near workplace, a small percentage will choose one that is close to their parent’s house.

Another important factor influencing parent’s decision is the childcare fee. This can vary a lot from one child care centre to another child care centre. For example, some child centres charges about $400 a month while some child care centres charge more than $2000 a month.

Pre-school open house is a good opportunity for young parents to know the child care centre near your house or workplace. Another reason why you should join the open house is that there is an opportunity to save money on child care fee. This is because the operator of the child care centre will offer discount when parents sign up during open house – a strategy used by child care operator to entice parents to come during open house.

Open house is also an opportunity for parents to know the teachers and the environment. Although it may be hard to tell the professionalism of a teacher or principal through open house, it still gives parents a good idea of how good the teachers and principals can be.

To help parents to find the preschool open house in Singapore, Babyment has created a page for this called preschool open house in Singapore. You can visit the page for more information about preschool open house in Singapore.

Childcare in Eunos Singapore

Eunos is located at the Eastern part of Singapore. It is a relatively developed town with less young couples as compared to other districts in Singapore.

Because of this, there are very few child care centres operating in this area: based on what we gather, there are about nine child care centres in this town.

There are MAPLEBEAR SCHOOLHOUSE PTE. LTD., PCF SPARKLETOTS GEYLANG SERAI, PCF @ GEYLANG SERAI KINDERCARE, KIDDY CAMPUS, THE LITTLE CHAMPIONS (TLC) PTE. LTD., SPRING BRAINY KIDZ GROUP PTE. LTD., CHILD’S ATELIER PTE. LTD., AMAZING STAR MONTESSORI HOUSE (UBI), OUR JUNIORS’ SCHOOLHOUSE @ UBI TECHPARK PTE. LTD..

It is a bit surprised that we are not able to see My First Skool in this area.
I have visited some centres in this town, the number of children in the centres are also very limited. It is an indication of the population profile in this town.

You can refer to Childcare Centres at Eunos for more information in this area.

Childcare at Thomson

There are about five childcare centres in Thomson which include PAT’S SCHOOLHOUSE PTE. LTD., PAT’S SCHOOLHOUSE PTE. LTD., PRESCHOOL FOR MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES PTE. LTD., MINDCHAMPS PRESCHOOL @ ZHONGSHAN PARK PTE. LTD. and kinderland preschool.

Thomson is an area where most residents here stay in private property. Probably this is the reason why you are unable to find some anchor operator such as My First Skool. Parents in this district are able fork out big dollar for the child care services.

You can refer to Childcare Centre at Thomson to find out more information about preschool in this district which include service type, service fee, contact email and contact address and map.

Childcare Centres in Sengkang

Sengkang is located in the North East part of Singapore, it is a new town with many young couples. Probably because of this, it is the town with most child care centres in Singapore – there are about 100 childcare centres located within this area.

Childcare centres located within this area include the followings: SHEFFIELD KIDSWORLD (ST ANNE) PTE. LTD., GRACE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, BEYONDTALENT (EDEN) COMPASSVALE LIMITED, SCHOOL HOUSE BYTHEGARDEN @ SENGKANG PTE. LTD.

These childcare centres can be divided into three categories, one is childcare centres which are linked to government such as childcare centres run by PAP Community Foundation and My First Skool. Fee charged by these childcare centres are usually lower as compared to those run by private companies.

Another categories of childcare centres are run by private company but charge a relatively low fee. As a new town, the number of rich people staying within the area is limited as compared to mature town.  For these organization, the school fee for full day child care services are below $1000.

Last categories are childcare centres which are run by private sector and charge a high fee.

You can refer to childcare centres in Sengkang to find out more information about the preschools within this are such as childcare centre contact information, service types and corresponding fee.

Childcare Centres at Bukit Timah

Bukit Timah located in the website side of Singapore. It is an area where you cannot find any public housing, but private property such as landed property or condominium. It is an area where many riches are located.

The childcare centers here cater to the needs of the rich people and therefore the childcare fee here is high.

There are about 40 child care centres, most are famous brands in Singapore which include Etonhouse, Maplebear, Kiddiwinkie.

Because many expats are located here due to its closeness to central business district, some of these preschools in this area are international preschool.

Childcare centres located in this area include STHE GARDEN HOUSE PRESCHOOL PTE. LTD., THE WHITE HOUSE INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL PTE. LTD.and MAPLEBEAR EXPERIENTIAL PTE. LTD.

Fee charged by these preschool can exceed $2000 a month, this can be more than some ordinary workers can earn in a month.

You can refer to childcare centres at Bukit Timah to find out more details about the preschools in this area such as school fee, school contact address, program offered and fee for each type of services.

Infant feeding schedule

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Source: Infant feeding schedule

Choosing the right preschool for your child

In Singapore, there are so many different preschools that it is difficult to determine which will be the best for our children. Here are some factors you can look out for when you are choosing a preschool for your child

1). What is your budget?

The monthly cost of preschool in Singapore ranges from $200 to over $2000 in Singapore. It is important to know how much you are willing and able to spend on a preschool for your child. Do note that if you are a Singaporean, there are subsidies available as well as the Baby Bonus Scheme that can help fund your preschool fees for your child.

2). What is the school’s values and beliefs?

You should research on what are the values of the preschool? Do they promote values like kindness and courtesy? Are these values consistent with what you teach your children at home? This is important because the things that your child learn at preschool will shape his character in future.

3). What is the environment like?

Are the children happy and active? Are the children’s art work displayed? Are there outdoor playing areas? You should choose an environment that you think will be the most nurturing for your child.

4). Teaching methods

What are the teaching methods that the preschool use and are they in line with what you want your kid to learn? For example, do you prefer a programme that is more academic-focused or play-focused?

5). Location

You should choose a preschool that is close to your home/workplace for ease of convenience.

6). Safety and health

Is the preschool hygienic and clean? Are the objects in the preschool clean, well-maintained and safe for children? You should visit the school to observe.

7). Good student-to-teacher ratio

The less students to a teacher, the better.

 

Find out more on how to choose the right preschool

Child care centres in Marine Parade

The number of child care centres in Marine Parade – an old town in Singapore, is decreasing, this can reflect the demographics in this area – aging population.

There are about 14 child care centres in this town which include LITTLE PALM PRE-SCHOOL PTE LTD, YWCA MARINE DRIVE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, KINDERLAND PRESCHOOL and BRIGHTON MONTESSORI INTERNATIONAL PRE-SCHOOL @ FRANKEL

Kinderland probably charge one of the highest fee in this area at about $1570 per month, but the highest fee is charged by international preschool which is close to $2000 a month.

This area is full of many private houses, therefore $2000 a month may not be a issue for many of them.

You can refer to child care at Marine Parade for more information on child care centres in this area.

Eating durian during pregnancy

It is safe to eat durian during pregnancy, but pregnant women should avoid over-consumption.

 

Durian is rich in sugar and has high energy. Two seeds of durian has 60 calories of energy. If pregnant women eat too much durian, she may give birth to a large baby. It also increase the risk of childhood obesity.

 

Pregnant mums with gestational diabetes should avoid it at all.

 

If you eat durian in moderation, you will be able to enjoy the health benefits of durian.

 

First, durian is rich in antioxidants. Some studies have found that durian contains antioxidant like zinc, organo-sulphur and tryptophan. These antioxidants help to protect the fetus and the expecting mother from attack by free radicals and pollutants. Vitamin C found in durian further enhance this property.

 

Durian is also rich in minerals like copper, manganese, iron and magnesium. Copper and iron help to make red blood cell. This is beneficial for pregnant women who need larger blood supply to support the growing fetus.

 

Source: can I eat durian during pregnancy?

Why baby sweat during sleep

It shocked me as a new dad when I found my newborn sweaty during his sleep. His clothes was so wet that we had to change his clothes as we worried that he may catch a result. We thought the room temperature may be too high, but that was not true as the baby slept in air-conditioned room.

This repeated many nights, so one day, I decided to do a search online. To my relief, it this is normal for baby to sweat during his sleep.

According to online research result, the cause of this may be due to

  1. overbundling. This simply means that your baby wear too much clothes. In Singapore, it is hot everyday. It is not necessary for baby to wear too much clothes.
  2. deep sleep cycle. Baby spends more time in deep sleep cycle and baby tends to sweat during deep sleep cycle
  3. immature nervous system.

It should also be noted that this can also be caused by problem that need parents’ attention.

For example, if baby also sweat excessively during feeding, parents should seek doctor’s help as this may indicate heart problem.

You can refer to why baby sweat during sleep for more information on this.