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Enrichment programme in Singapore

There are many enrichment programmes offered to toddlers and preschoolers in Singapore. Mainly, these programmes can be broken down into four categories: academy, musics, arts or crafts and sports.


There is a term “kiasu” which is used to describe parents in Singapore. The terms literally means “aftraid to lose”. Because of kiasu, many parents enroll their toddlers or preschoolers in to learn abacus, reading classes, music class, dance class and many more.


Research has added fuel to this phenomeon. Some researches suggest preschoolers learn better at the age of 3.


As a parent of 3, I am also kiasu. I have enrolled my eldest kid in the abacus class and playing class (which suppose to enhance his creativity), i have also intended to send him to some reading class as I worry about his reading ability and vocabulary (we speak mostly Chinese or Teochew at home, that is why I worry about his English).


I believed the abacus class benefits him. His mental calculation is good and is able to solve problem given by the teachers himself in a quick pace. Of course, he may have inherits good genes from me who has won several prizes in maths competition such as Mathematics Olympiad. Anywhere, he enjoys the class and progresses well.


I once want to enroll him for swiming lesson. I believe swimming is a life skill which he should pick up either now or later. I have postponed this to next year.


A trend I have noticed that there are more and more enrichment centres that offers robotics programmes. These centres usually give children some lego-like toys and children are able to learn some simple coding that can help to control the toys. It is fun for many children that I have observed. Given the prevailance of digital technology, i believe it is good for children to learn some coding skills.

Enrichment Classes


Confinement Lady

In Singapore, most confinement nannies are from the neighboring country Malaysia.

There are less and less local who are willing to work as confinement nanny. One possible reason is that there is low stability in the job. Unless you work for a confinement nanny agency, otherwise you have to consistently look for new employer as each employer will only hire you for 28 days. After 28 days, you will have to change employer.

Second possible reason contributing to this may be the fact that you have to stay in the employer’s house and probably cannot meet your family for one month once the job commences.

For Malaysian, because of exchange rate, working as a confinement nanny can earn them good money for some experienced nannies. For 28 days, they may be able to earn about 3000 dollars which can mean 10,000 in their home country currency.

It is not convenient for new mothers to hire foreigner like Malaysian as work permit is needed for foreigner to work in Singapore. That is why there is confinement nanny agency in Singapore who can help to do all the paper work. The confinement nanny agency can also help to change the nanny if the employer finds her unsuitable for the job.

It is not unusual for new mothers to change nanny during confinement period. Some confinement nannies are also inexperienced that they are not able to help employers much. This is another reason why many prefer to hire nanny through agency instead of hiring freelance confinement nannies. Once you find the nanny unsuitable, you can change. If you hire a freelance one, it may be difficult for you to change.

To work as a confinement lady, she needs to have a good idea about some properties of various food so that she can advise new mothers whether or not to eat a food. She also needs to know how to take care of small babies in area such as feeding, diaper changing and make him or her sleep. Lastly, she should be able to advise new mothers on breastfeeding.

To choose a suitable confinement nanny agency, please visit confinement nanny for more information.

Confinement Nanny, Food or Massage


A level maths tuition

There are a number of maths subjects offered to students in Junior College system in Singapore, namely H2 mathematics, H1 mathematics and Further mathematics.

For further mathematics, this subject was once scrapped in year 2007. But the education authority after a few years think it is very important and therefore re-introduce this subject.

They have different content and different levels of difficulty. Further mathematics is the hardest. School usually offer the subject to student who have done well in maths in their secondary school.

As secondary school system is very different from those in Junior college, many students struggle in the Junior college. They simply cannot understand what teachers try to teach them.

Some tuition teachers can make a different. Within a short period of time they can help students to improve to grade A from grade E. Mr Wu is one of these amazing tutor, helping many students from Hwa Chong Institution, Tampines Junior College and many more to improve at least two grades within short period of time.

You may refer to A level maths tuition for more information.

Food recipes for 5 months old baby

If your have baby has lost tongue extrusion reflex, an instinct which prevent him from choking, but cause him to push food out naturally, he or she is ready for baby food even at 5 months old.

He or she may not have any teeth, that is why you have to puree the food.

Food that are suitable at this stage include:

  1. Apple
  2. Pear
  3. Mashed banana
  4. Rice soup
  5. Porridge

If your baby cannot finish the food, it is okay to freeze it and use it next time. However, do not refreeze the food once it is thawed.

Please refer to food recipes for 5 months old baby for more.

Baby Food Recipes For 8 Months

When baby is 8 months old, he or she can start to have fish. Beside having fish, he can also have the following food:

  1. Asparagus
  3. Carrots Puree
  4. Kiwi Salad
  5. Apricot puree
  6. Pumpkin Puree
  7. Apple and Pumpkin puree
  8. Banana and pumpkin
  9. Fish puree
  10. Mango puree

Although he can eat fish, he is still not suitable to have meat.

You can refer to baby food recipes for 8 months for more details


Infant feeding

In the first 4 months or 6 months, baby should be just fed with breast milk or formula milk. No water should be given to the newborn according to the World Health Organization. This means you should not dilute the formula milk and do not need to give breastfed baby extra water.

When your baby lost his or her tongue extrusion thrust, he or she is ready for solid food. For some babies, they lost this extrusion reflex at 4 months, some babies will take a longer time. This reflex acts as a mechanism which helps to prevent choking, but at the same time mean your baby will throw out any solid food introduced. That is why we need to wait until your baby loses his or her tongue extrusion reflex.

Many people choose rice soup or porridge as the first solid food. This is because it is relatively simple to prepare and it is easy for the baby to digest as well. For parents who eat porridge regularly, he or she just need to some more rice and water so that there is enough food for everyone in the family.

No sugar or salt should be added to the baby food in the first year, you do not need to worry that the food will be tasteless without sugar or salt. If you have tasted formula milk before, you know it does not taste good for you as well.

Other than porridge, fruit puree or vegetable puree can be introduced to your baby. Apple puree, pear puree, avocado puree, mashed banana, spinach juice, carrot puree, sweet potato puree can all be introduced to your baby when he or she is 6 month old.

As baby grows, you can introduce more and more food to him or her. However, you should wait at least three days before introducing a new food. That is to ensure that your baby does not show any adverse reaction due to the food such as allergy.

For more information on infant feeding, you can refer to infant feeding schedule for more information.

Food to avoid during pregnancy

When you find that you are pregnant, you make want to make a few changes to your lifestyle for the healthy development of your baby. For example, you may need to stop alcohol and smoking.


You may also want to switch to a healthier diet for the good of your baby. Indeed, many health authorities around the world also recommend women to avoid certain food during pregnancy.



First and foremost, you should avoid alcohol. Pregnant women should stay away from alcohol as it increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Many studies have confirmed that even a small amount can negatively impact the brain development of your baby.


It can also cause fetal alcohol syndrome. This syndrome involves facial deformities, heart defects and mental retardation.


Uncooked or undercooked fish or meat

First, any uncooked or undercooked fish or meat is not allowed. Uncooked seafood and rare or undercooked beef or poultry should be avoided during pregnancy because of the risk of contamination with coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis and salmonella.



Pregnant women should also not drink unpasteurized juice or cider (including freshly squeezed ones) as they may contain E. coli virus.


Smoked Seafood

Refrigerated and smoked seafood should be avoided because it could be contaminated with listeria. However, they are safe to eat when they are in an ingredient in a meal that has been cooked, like a casserole.

This type of smoked seafood is often found in the deli section of your grocery store. Canned or shelf-safe smoked seafood is usually fine to eat.


You may want to refer to what foods to avoid during pregnancy for a complete list of food to avoid during pregnancy