Question for busy parents: What’s better than sending your child to one of Singapore’s leading preschools?
Answer: Starting your child there during his or her very first months – and resting assured that your precious babe will be truly nurtured by trained professionals in a space perfectly suited for those earliest stages of development.
Now, there’s no need to search or worry – the Early Learning Village opened its own Infant Care Program in April 2018, welcoming children aged 2 to 18 months. Offered by both the Australian International School (AIS) and Stamford American International School (SAIS), the program is set in a cosy Infant Care Pod.
And, the feedback from families already enrolled has been entirely positive. “He absolutely loves exploring the space and making new buddies,” share Rebecca and Pete of their son, Darcy. “His first week at Infant Care was also his first birthday, and we were so touched by the effort everyone made for him.”
Read on for more ways the Early Learning Village’s Infant Care Program aims to foster “Love, Respect and Care”.
“‘Love, Respect and Care’ are core to all that we do in the program,” says Infant Care Coordinator Sinead Hodgson, who runs the program across both schools. “We advocate autonomous, uninterrupted play, which supports natural learning – as opposed to teaching new skills.”
Most of this learning happens in the Infant Care Pod, which – like the rest of the Early Learning Village’s globally recognised, Reggio Emilia-inspired campus – strives to create the right environment. The Infant Care Pod is naturally lit with adjoining play areas appropriate for each age, and includes a sensory room, outdoor sand play, child-sized furniture and a sleeping room for nap time. “The Pod offers a stimulating and safe space for infants to learn, explore and grow – including day trips in special, 6-seater prams to the amazing sensorial playgrounds found at the Village,” says Sinead.
Staffed by well-qualified and experienced carers and educators, the Infant Care Program follows the child-centric principles of RIE philosophy (Resources for Infant Educarers), and keeps to a 1:4 child-to-carer ratio. Its team pays special attention to each child’s unique requirements, and tries to replicate home routines of sleeping and feeding – so your baby finds school to be a comforting and consistent place. In addition, a paediatric nurse is on hand throughout the day to ensure each child’s well-being is looked after.
The Early Learning Village’s Infant Care Program runs 47 weeks of the year, offering flexible full-time and part-time options. Parents can choose between 5-day and 3-day programmes, with a 2-day option available upon request. Care is provided from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to support busy working parents, and parents are welcomed to spend time in the Infant Care Pod with their babies to help them settle in.
Each family can also look forward to a regularly updated electronic portfolio, which follows each child’s personal development and shares these moments through photos, videos and text. One last advantage? Following on from Infant Care, at the age of 18 months, children can smoothly transition into the Early Years programme at either AIS or Stamford American at the Early Learning Village, with no additional enrolment fees. Find out more information about the Infant Care Program on the AIS and Stamford American websites.
Australian International School
1 Lor Chuan, 556818
Tel: 6653 2958
Stamford American International School
3 Chuan Ln, 554350
Tel: 6653 7907
From The Finder Kids Vol. 24, September 2018
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