Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

  Can I accompany my child to class for the first few days ?

For children who are younger, we will organize an orientation meeting to help you and your child ease into school’s environment. During this 20 minutes orientation programme, you will get to meet your child’s teacher together with your child. This will help to familiarize your child with the teacher in his classroom setting. Through experience, it will help your child in the transition by making him understand from day one that when class starts, mummy and daddy will send him to school but will be back to pick him up after class. Furthermore, we also have an orientation timing for your child so that the regular hours of class will not be too overwhelming for him during the first 2 weeks of school.

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  Is there a trial period ?

Yes, there is a two weeks paid trial. For withdrawals within this two weeks, fees paid will not be refundable.

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  How strict are you with children with runny nose / cough or other contagious sickness ?

We conduct daily routine health check for children upon arrival. We will screen the children for fever/cough/flu/ulcers/rashes on hands or feet. If your child is detected to have any of the symptoms as mentioned at arrival, he will be sent home.

If your child is unwell during class session, he will be taken out from class and placed in isolation at the sick bay. We will then inform you to pick him up . We would also like to remind parents to keep your child at home if he is unwell as his immunity level is low during this time.

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  Must my child be toilet-trained ?

Children mature at different pace of development. Even for toilet-training, some may be toilet-trained earlier than others. Just remember to pack extra change of diapers and clothing. The teachers will also work very closely with you to help your child in the process of toilet training.

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  How do teachers shower the children ?

All the children are supervised during shower time but the level of assistance rendered depends on their age group. The teachers shower the Toddler & Nursery 1 children, whilst the older Nursery 2 & Kindergarten children are encouraged to shower on their own under the guidance of their teachers. Help is still rendered whenever necessary.

Children take turns to shower individually or in pairs, but the Kindergarten boys and girls shower separately. Those waiting for their turn may, where appropriate, be engaged in simple activities like reading books, storytelling etc.

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  How will I get an update of my child’s progress in school ?

In a school calendar year, there will be 2 Parent-Teacher Meetings (PTM) in March and September, where you can have personal meeting with your child’s teachers to get an update on your child’s progress. In June and December, you will get a written update. (Progress Report).

However, we welcome parents to schedule an appointment to see the teacher-in-charge anytime if you have any queries pertaining to your child’s progress at school.

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  Is there homework for Kindergarten children ?

Yes, homework will be given to Kindergarten 2 children on every Friday through their weekly folder. The worksheets are basically reinforcement on what your child has been doing for the week. Homework may also be in the form of practice reading.

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  Does the centre offer Hanyu Pinyin ?

Hanyu Pinyin Preparatory programme is catered for all Kindergarten 2 children from early August.

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  Does the Centre offer spelling at Kindergarten ?

Yes, spelling will be introduced to your child at Kindergarten 2. We believe that apart from learning to read, your child must be expose writing.

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  Can my child adjust to primary one after being in the Montessori environment ?

Yes, even more so with the teachers encouraging independent thought and creativity and the reduced ratio of teachers to student in primary schools. A Montessori trained child who is independent, confident and well-spoken therefore can adjust very well.

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  What do you think are the best attributes a child acquires with a Montessori education ?

Confidence, independence and being able to speak up for himself. We take these skills very seriously. Our philosophy is that the child should be given as many opportunities as soon as possible to be independent, especially in life-skills.

We often remind parents that the more you do for your child, the less he will learn. For example, even if it takes five minutes for a child to take off or put on his shoes, we will patiently wait instead of doing it for him. Otherwise, it will rob him of the opportunity of being independent. After a week, he do it easily in not time at all !

All our K2 children pack their own weekly work folders in class themselves and they take care of their own belongings and they also ask and raise questions if they are unsure of anything. In primary school, the children will have to cope with the new environment and classroom structure. Therefore, we do not want a child to be completely helpless when he is asked to change into his PE attire or buy his own food at recess etc. a Montessori child is used to doing things for himself and this attribute will put him in good stead.
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