Updated: 04/05/2014 01:30

Parents cite convenience and affordability as reasons for choosing MOE Kindergartens



Parents cite convenience and affordability as reasons for choosing MOE Kindergartens

Convenience and affordability are among the reasons why parents choose to enrol their children in kindergartens run by the Ministry of Education. 

938LIVE visited two of the kindergartens on Day one of registration for next year's K1 classes.

Almost all parents 938LIVE spoke to cited the affordability of the MOE Kindergartens, the presence of childcare facilities, and the proximity of their homes to the kindergartens.

One of them is Syed Mahdzar, who stays in the block of flats just next to the kindergarten at Punggol View.

But he says the kindergarten's location within Punggol View Primary School, also played a part in his decision. 

"The facilities are better, and there are fields where the kids can play football. We went through the classroom and it looks better than PCF, it's more open, there's more air."

This view was echoed by Gnambal Selvaraju, who says the possibility of her son getting to interact with primary school students will help ease his transition to primary school. 

As for other parents like Suhaili Sarrif, who registered her daughter at Sengkang Green, it was the method of teaching which tipped the balance. 

She visited the kindergarten during a roadshow last week, and was impressed. 

"The way they learn, the way the teachers teach them. The reading books, very big books, and the drawing, making the artwork, and the hands-on activities, she likes it also."

Meanwhile, other parents like Nalini R like the kindergarten's emphasis on bilingualism, so her daughter doesn't need to wait till she enters primary school to pick up Tamil.

She says this is something that gives the MOE Kindergartens an edge over other preschools, as most other preschools will only offer Chinese as a mother tongue language. 

"Because it's difficult when they go to Primary 1, then they have to cope with Tamil as one of the subjects. It's going to be difficult if they learn Chinese and not Tamil. The foundation won't be there."

The 10 MOE Kindergartens have a total of 920 places for K1 next year. 

-By Lianne Chia

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