With its child-centred curriculum and design, we knew we were making the right choice when we chose My First Skool for our daughter.
Our little girl Sandra is a sensitive and warm three-year-old who has a burgeoning interest in the world around her but can be occasionally withdrawn and quiet. When it was time to put her in a preschool, we were filled with trepidation. Would she be comfortable? Would she feel secure?
We decided to go around to get a feel of the preschools in our vicinity. I have to say, we were most impressed with My First Skool.
Most preschools we visited showed us the credentials of their teachers and curriculum but made no mention of how their centres are structured. While My First Skool certainly had these components covered, I was especially heartened that they have taken great pains in structuring their centre such that all stakeholders – the children, teachers and parents – feel comfortable.
The physical environment was an especially important consideration for me because I knew it would determine how well Sandra would take to learning.
Elements of a quality learning environment
Safety and cleanliness should be the cornerstone of every preschool’s design. We observed rounded corners for all furniture, better padded vinyl flooring and sturdy shelves, amongst other features. I felt that I would have peace of mind because I knew Sandra would learn with minimal risks to her health and safety in this school.
Comfort is not compromised on either. My First Skool uses only a palette of neutral colours accessorised by the colours of toys and children’s work to create a welcoming and cozy environment. Different materials such as cloth drapes, mobiles and picture frames softened the look of the school.
We really loved that they even had semi-open kitchens from which food aromas wafted out when we were there, lending the place a home-like ambience that I knew would immediately put Sandra at ease.
We observed that different domains had been segregated to facilitate learning in the different programmes that the centre offers – language arts, library, Chinese language arts, block play, math and science discovery.
Art creations made by the children were given pride of place, mounted on wall-boards. We know that if Sandra’s art works were similarly mounted when she starts school, she would feel happy and proud. Her sense of confidence would certainly grow!
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