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Sending our children to enrichment classes and playschool before they’ve even learnt to walk or crawl is a trend that’s picking up here in Singapore. Are parents giving their kids a savvy and beneficial head start to development? Or is this just ‘kiasu’ parenting at its worst?
There is no doubt that babies and toddlers learn more about the world and themselves through social interaction and various external stimuli, gaining important new skills along the way.
In the early years, children experience a continual learning curve that forms the important foundations upon which they build the rest of their lives. So it is absolutely crucial that they are exposed to as much positive stimuli as possible so as to gain useful behavioural associations. These will stand them in good stead for further development during their school years and beyond.