A series of kindergartens set up by the PAP Community Foundation, PCF Kindergartens caters to children aged 18 months and above. Being government affliated, it offers relatively low prices as compared to private kindergartens
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Today was my sister's first day of school, having just turned 3 years old, I honestly say that she was unprepared for what school life has in stall for her.
'Waaahhh' was her first impression of the vibrant, noisy environment, as she burst into tears at having to leave my mother for the first time in her life. But on the first day of school, its normal to see at least 4-5 toddlers crying and clinging to their parents, such an experience must come with a shock! Upon whence the teacher came and whisked her to the toys corners, comforting her along the way. I'm proud to say that in the end, she forgot about crying when she saw the versatile range of toys, whence she proceeded to claim as her own, jousting other toddlers in process. A she-tiger indeed.
Many parents see PCF kindergartens as not good enough first stepping stones for their toddlers, with academics at the foremost of their minds. I concede that PCF kindergartens spend more time on play as compared to basic education, but I need to point out that these kids are barely 2-3 year olds. It is unhealthy to put too much pressure on such innocent, carefree minds at such a young age, when I feel that it is important to grow up happily first. Serious stuff can start in primary school.
There are indeed substitutes where parents send their toddlers, such as Brighton Montessori, which craft good learning techniques and culture in their charges. However, such kindergartens leverage on it to charge exhorbitant fees and the amount of stress faced is something I will never let my sister face.
Sometimes its better not to stick with normal, kiasu Singapore