New guidelines for pre-school learning Feb25


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New guidelines for pre-school learning

SINGAPORE – To allay the concerns of parents and educators, the Ministry of Education (MOE) launched a new version of the Kindergarten Curriculum Framework on Feb 20, highlighting the learning outcomes of pre-school education.

It gives a better idea of what children need to learn by the end of Kindergarten 2.

It includes more explicit learning goals under six areas. For example, it explains that children should be able to count up to 10 and recognise and write their first names by the time they enter primary school.

In the area of communication, interaction and building relationships with others, the framework aims to get the child to show care for others through words of appreciation.

The MOE expects the guidelines to raise overall standards of pre-school education without being overly prescriptive. The new curriculum is the result of consultations with early childhood experts and primary and pre-school educators.

Parents have raised concerns in recent years that they are unsure about what their children need to know before starting primary school, leading to over-preparation through enrichment classes.

The framework will be distributed to all kindergartens and childcare centres, while a parents’ guide to the new framework will be available on the MOE website and at MOE’s parent outreach seminars.

Pre-school education is not about “gaining numbers and words”; it’s about gaining an attitude and an aptitude, said Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah at the launch.