Selecting a preschool is definitely no child’s play. After all, the first few years of a child’s life is the most crucial since it’s when they absorb information the fastest. Read this mum’s review of how Mulberry preschool stands out among the rest.
Isn’t it ironic that selecting the right preschool for my daughter is no child’s play?
Here I am looking at colourful webpages of preschools, setting appointments to view play spaces where she could have fun, and … trying to reconcile it with the fact that the decision I make will have an impact on the rest of her life.
Gone are the days where preschools are there just to provide children with a basic education and to interact with other children. With education standards increasing, it’s no wonder we parents spend hours selecting the perfect preschool to best develop our child’s mind, character, inculcate the love of learning and to hopefully give her a head start for medical school, or a high flying CEO position. That’s not too much to ask right? (I’m –partly- joking, of course.)
After hours of doing research, I discovered the Mulberry Learning chain of preschools. At first glance, it met all of my basic criteria, but on exploring further, I can’t help but be impressed by how Mulberry structures its curriculum and physical spaces to ensure that their students experience an amazing adventure. Not satisfied with just looking through their website and ogling over their pictures, I signed up for a school tour via their website to learn more about the preschool and their programmes.
Going around their venue, I realized that it’s probably not a coincidence that Mulberry was voted “Best in Promoting Positive Learning” by Parents World Magazine. For parents who are concerned about the quality of hours that your child is spending in pre-school, don’t worry. After speaking to the Principal, I found it very reassuring that Mulberry was very clear about the holistic development outcomes that they wish to inculcate in every child, regardless of whether the child is going for their Infant Care, Pre-Nursery, Nursery or Kindergarten programmes. Whether you opt for their half day or full day programmes, I personally felt assured that my child was going to benefit from the long hours spent there.
In addition, Mulberry is the first preschool to be certified by the Institute for Habits of Mind and that they will be implementing it in all activities with the children. This is a method of training the child to solve problems using creative and critical thinking, which allows them to build character and soft skills like persistence, humility, teamwork etc. For example, the children are encouraged not to give up and to help each other when attempting a more challenging activity.
After listening to all the bad rep the future generation has been receiving, the most famous being the term “ the strawberry generation’, I think that this is definitely an edge for my child and something I hope more preschools will adopt.