In the run for the best, we sieve out the pros and cons of private preschools and if it’s worth your money.
They say that parents always want what’s best for their children. However, with some pre-schools, amounting up to $2000 a month, we can’t help but wonder, are private pre-schools really necessary?If so, what are children from public schools missing out on?
The Montessori Experience Eton International School, Julia Gabriel and Brighton Montessori are some of the prestigious pre-schools synonymous to children who are born with a silver spoon. Their syllabusis based on the Montessori curriculum, which-aims to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment that will enrich your child’s development-through an excellent foundation for creative learning.
In these private schools, most of the learning activities are individualized. For example, each child engages in a learning task that particularly appeals to him as it is geared towards his level of readiness. By doing so, he works at his own rate and repeats a task as often as he likes. A carefully planned series of success, builds upon inner confidence in the child – assuring him that he can learn by himself.
These confidence-building activities contribute to the child healthy emotional development. And with confidence inculcated to your child, he will face challenges head on – a life skill, which even some adults don’t possess.
The Core Education Public schools such as PAP Community Foundation also known as PCF provides a core program which looks fairly decent on paper but as each centre functions on their own, it depends very much on the centre’s principal and teachers.
However, they all have a common goal whereby it is to train your child with academic skills. Their performance-based syllabus will coach your child to get his full marks and make you one proud mom. However because your child feeds mainly on academic success, this in turn will inculcate a fear of failure in the future.
With a rigid mindset of wanting to be successful each time, he would face challenges negatively and would be unwilling to explore new things, as he would always choose a safer and familiar option. Something, which he knows, will bring him success and this attitude will be inculcated far into his adulthood.
On the Montessori Foundation page, it states that “Montessori classes are organized to encompass a two or three-year age span, which allows younger students to experience the daily stimulation of older role models, who in turn blossom in the responsibilities of leadership.”
Some may argue that techniques used in the Montessori curriculum, such aslong term, practical life skills should and can be nurtured at home and when it comes to school, it should be strictly for academic purposes.
Children, who attend low cost kindergarten such asPAP Community Foundation or also known as PCF, benefit from a curriculum that prepares them for the standard Singapore educational system. Many private kindergartens use very creative methods to make their lessons interesting but unfortunately, not all the primary schools are able to keep up with the creative teaching, hence those children may find primary school boring.
Thus, paying thousands of dollars or queuing up overnight to attend what society perceives to be a better kindergarten may not actually give your child a head start in life.
Pros & Cons – The True Difference It is evident that the key difference between public kindergartens and private ones is that the teacher to student ratio in a public school is 1:22, while in a private school; it’s 1:7.
The lower the pupil to teacher ratio, the more time an individual child can receive and the better the educational experience. In a traditional classroom, whether teachers work with ten children or thirty, they spend most of their time either on talks to the entire class or working with one or two children at a time while the other child listen, daydream, or sleep.
On the other hand, children who had a Montessori background are not able to adapt to the much bigger class size when they enroll to their primary school and the limited attention that they can get from the primary school teachers. This gives a disadvantage to your child, as he will feel emotionally suffocated and overwhelmed with a rigid syllabus.
Additionally, the PAP Community Foundation also known as PFC intends to empower children in their own learning to acquire school-readiness skills. With the K+ Programme, children have the added advantage of attending the nursery and kindergarten session to acquire skills that prepares your child for primary 1 as well as extending their learning in the schedule during which they strengthen their language and numeracy skills, learn self help skills, engage in enrichment activities such as speech and drama in addition to receiving quality care.
This is also necessary to inculcate as it molds your child into the Singapore educational system and give them a preview of what to expect in the orthodox system.
At the end of the day, the amount spent on your child’s education doesn’t reflect on his full capability unless he is fully nurtured in a home filled with exemplary role models. There should be a balancing act of being a liberal parent as well as being the disciplinarian and one should take the skills of both private as well as public school to fully develop a child’s potential.