Frequently Asked Questions

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INFANT CARE

What is the ratio for infant caregivers and infants?

We have a 4:1 caregiver to infant ratio. Programme helpers will also be available to assist the infant caregivers conduct the programme.

Does your programme plan nap schedules for infants?

The infant caregivers will follow a nap schedule that is unique to the infant’s needs. As the parent, you can notify the Centre of a specific nap schedule as early as enrolment day or even on a day-to-day communication with your child’s caregivers.

Do the infants play at the infant gym?

Infants play at the infant gym daily while infant caregivers monitor their progress. Their gym activity routines are varied developmentally whereby infants are required to master the milestones in a progressive manner. Between different activities, the infant gym equipment and play areas are sanitized for infants who will take turns to play. Caregivers will ensure that your infants progress only after the preceding milestones are accomplished.

Are infants fed on-demand or on a schedule? When do infants begin to consume solid food?

Infants are fed on a schedule set by the Centre. Upon arrival at the Centre, you can inform the caregivers of details and time of your infant’s last feed. The Centre records and incorporates this information to customize her or her feeding schedules accordingly (e.g. every 3-4 hours for feeding milk) for the rest of the day.
Infant caregivers will be continuously monitoring behavior of your infant through the day. The caregiver may sometimes feed your infant on demand if, and after, accurately assessing your infant’s needs to be hunger for a particular moment. If you would like us to help get your little one on a schedule can certainly help you.
As early as 6 months old, puree is fed to the infants. Parents should notify the caregivers of any special dietary requirements to follow as well as the acceptable types of food the infant has consumed before. The Centre will serve accordingly as per these recommendations.

What is the menu like for infants at the Centre ?

As early as 6 months old, fruit puree is fed to the infants. We are absolutely comfortable with breast-milk for feedings and utmost care is given to individually label your infant’s bottle and milk packets that you regularly provide to us.
In addition to fruit puree and milk (including breast-milk), our daily menu consist of age-appropriate infant cereal, soft chewable fruit slices, smooth congee, fine porridge and properly sliced little chunks of chicken and fish.
Considering that our food preparation has been distinguished with a Platinum Award by Health Promotion Board (HPB) over consecutive years, our absolutely 100% Halal menu ensures that your infant enjoys wholesome food and meets their daily nutritional requirements for optimal growth and physical development.

Where are personal toiletries and bottles stored?

Bottles are stored within a suitable temperature range of the refrigerator located in the Infant Room. All personal toiletries such as diapers, ointment, medication, lotions etc etc are kept in individually labelled storage shelves and baskets in the Infant Room storage area.

Where do infants sleep at the Centre?

Infants are made to sleep on their backs within stable cribs to reduce the risk of SIDS. Infants always sleep under the watchful eyes of at least one infant caregiver. The Centre also provides safe and hygienic pillows which are suitable specifically for older infants.

How do infant caregivers respond to persistent infant cries?

Our caregivers are trained to know how to give proper attention to infants. The infant programme possesses inbuilt means and mechanisms to track the overall development and wellbeing of infants. In order to learn and become familiar with each unique personal profile, observations are recorded in the daily journal as well as developmental checklists for each individual infant. Moreover, due to a low caregiver to infant ratio, the caregiver will be able to extend dedicated attention to each infant and this also helps establish the secure personal relationship that each infant requires.

All this monitoring and attention serve to generate patterns of behaviour which will be recorded for your infant, which in turn helps the caregiver identify and distinguish the various sources and levels of discomfort experienced by the crying infant. Depending on their need, the caregiver will cuddle, soothe and reassure him or her with a soft voice. At other times, all your infant needs to smile again is to engage stimulating toys and other forms of productive redirection. Of course, there will be times that upon checking, the infant requires a diaper change or is just plain hungry or sleepy. Whatever their needs are, you can be assured that there will always be someone managing to relieve and calm your crying infant as our caregivers are trained to respond with gentle love and practical knowledge.

What healthcare and emergency certifications do the caregivers possess?

All infant caregivers at our Centre are certified in First Aid, Infant CPR and safe infant sleeping practices. Refresher courses are conducted for their compulsory attendance twice a year.

Can parents access the infant room?

The infant room is preserved daily to ensure that the environment is always hygienic, clean and quiet. We minimize human contact in the infant room to reduce potential spread of germs to our infants. Moreover, we do not allow parents access to the infant room also because infants tend to feel anxious and cry when there are other strangers within close proximity in the room.

What should the parents provide to the Centre for accommodating infant’s daily needs?

Apart from your important feedback regarding your infant’s unique napping schedule and any special dietary requirements or concerns, parents typically hand over milk bottles, diapers, diaper cream, medication and ointments of your preference to the Centre.

What is the mode of communication?

Parents may check an infant’s daily journal routines (i.e. meals, consumption patterns, bottles, diaper changes, nap schedule, health status etc etc.) upon arrival and dismissal where they will learn of all the routines registered and activities planned throughout the day.
To message the Principal and infant caregivers directly, parents can use the Dibear app which is the digital medium for updates and communication with parents. Alternatively, parents can call the Centre line directly should there be any urgent concerns that require prompt attention.

CHILDCARE

What is the ratio for childcare teachers and children?

Depending on the childcare level (i.e. whether playgroup or Nursery or Kindergarten) the Teacher to child ratio varies. However, since we make it a point for teachers to extend dedicated attention to each child, typically programme helpers will assist the teachers conduct the programme.

What is your childcare programme schedule for the day like?

The childcare programme consists of core curriculum learning areas and activities being taught from early morning until early afternoon immediately after breakfast. Subsequently, children will have their lunch and sufficient rest until 330pm. The second half of the day will include enrichment subjects and reinforcement classes for the day’s core curriculum to facilitate consolidation of the days’s lessons.

Of course, healthy refreshment and drinks are provided in between meals for the whole day. Nothing inculcates good education and behaviour in children more than a well-planned structure and disciplined healthy routines!

Do the children get to play outdoors?

Children do play at the indoor/outdoor playground and gym daily. Such play constitutes a key part of their motor skills development activity routines which are varied developmentally according to their specific class levels or age groups. Between different activities, the gym equipment and play areas are sanitized for children who will all take turns to play.

Teachers monitor children for safety during such activities and will also ensure that your children progress onto more intensive physical activities only after the preceding basic milestones are accomplished.

Healthy body, healthy mind!

Do your educarers feed the children?

With guidance from the teachers or programme helpers, the children are encouraged to feed themselves. This is part of the independence self-care routines which we try to inculcate within children at our Centre.

What is the menu like for children at the Centre?

Our daily menu is prepared and cooked fresh in-house by our certified chefs at the beginning of each day. Apart from the concerns of providing age-appropriate healthy food such as soft chewable fruit slices, fine porridge and properly sliced little chunks of chicken and fish, the menu is also refreshingly delicious and well-varied across the week. Seafood pasta and chicken rice etc. are just some examples.

Considering that our food preparation has been distinguished with a Platinum Award by Health Promotion Board (HPB) over consecutive years, our absolutely 100% Halal menu ensures that your infant enjoys wholesome food and meets their daily nutritional requirements for optimal growth and physical development.

Where are personal toiletries and bottles stored?

Drinking milk bottles are stored within a suitable temperature range of the refrigerator. All other personal toiletries such as diapers, ointment, medication, lotions etc. are kept in individually labelled storage shelves and baskets in the respective storage area.

Some parents either hand personal belongings for use in school directly to our teachers or they leave it in their school bags. We are fine with either method, as long as communication is available so that no item goes missing unnecessarily!

Where do children sleep at the Centre?

Children sleep on their personal cushy mattresses in an open common space within their classrooms. Children always sleep under the watchful eyes of their classroom teacher and/or programme helper.

The Centre sanitizes the mattresses regularly before and after use to ensure they remain hygienic for continuous, daily use.

What healthcare and emergency certifications do the educarers possess?

All educarers at our Centre are certified in First Aid and children CPR. Refresher courses are conducted for their compulsory attendance twice a year.

Can parents access the classrooms?

Due to Covid-19 safety concerns, we are complying with government and ECDA guidelines and advisories to the letter. As such, as for now, parents are not allowed access to classrooms in the Centre to ensure that social distancing and unnecessary contact with other children is maintained.

What is the mode of communication?

Parents may check their child‘s daily routines (i.e. meals, consumption patterns, diaper changes, nap schedule, health status etc.) upon arrival and dismissal where they will learn of all the routines registered and activities planned throughout the day.

To message the Principal and teachers directly, parents can use the Dibear app which is the digital medium for updates and communication with parents. Alternatively, parents can call the Centre phone line directly should there be any urgent concerns that require prompt attention.

Fees & Subsidies

Infant Care / Childcare Subsidy

Our Child Care and Infant Care Centre is licensed by the Ministry of Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) under the Child Care Centres Act (Cap 37A) and Regulations.

We are assessed by the relevant authorities to ensure that all our Centres meet acceptable standards in the following areas: physical environment, safety, health, hygiene, nutrition, staff training, qualifications, curriculum, and administration.

Parents with children who are Singapore Citizens will be eligible for a Basic Subsidy. For Childcare, a Basic Subsidy of $300 is given to working mothers/single fathers who work a minimum of 56 hours per month, and for non-working mothers/single fathers the Basic Subsidy is $150. For Infant Care, a Basic Subsidy of $600 is given to working mothers/single fathers who work a minimum of 56 hours per month, and for non-working mothers/single fathers the Basic Subsidy is $150.

Effective January 2020, the gross monthly household income for additional subsidies will be raised to $12,000. To find out more, please check this link below :

Parent-Centre Partnership

Huda Childcare Sports Carnival 2019

Huda Childcare Centre Sports Carnival is our first Sports Day cum Carnival Day held indoors on 3 August 2019. Filled with exciting and engaging activities for families, this children’s Carnival encourages the whole family to participate and share these learning experiences with people they love while inculcating a healthy lifestyle and good eating habits.
This Centre-hosted fun event was a great chance for teachers, parents and their children to set aside a little quality time out of their packed weekly rush, and understand that in the midst of all the important things that we do to support our children’s future, it is important to seize those moments which build their strengths and prepare them for success in being the masters of their own future.

Research shows the vital importance of tying what is experienced in the preschool to a supportive home environment that reinforces learning. This is an ideal opportunity to – simply and enjoyably – participate in that learning with your children.

Parents and children effectively communicate and strategize to overcome adversity through obstacles together and work as a team in sports.

Participants enjoyed opportunities to learn the interesting science and dynamics behind Table Tennis through exploring mechanisms of ball control, the grip of a racket, wrist rotation, lateral movement, racquetball coordination, on-court communication and hand-eye coordination.

“It is our aim to support parents in creating an environment for their children to grow and develop in a healthy and happy way through good nutrition, physical activity, learning through play and by forming long-lasting relationships.”
– Madam Nora (Principal)

In an effort to foster a closer parent-centre partnership, our teachers facilitated the 2019 Huda Flea Market. To prepare for this event, teachers guided the Kindergarten children to create impressive floral crafts that were later sold at respective booths which were manned by the children and their parents.
In addition to greater rapport with the parents, community values such as “kindness” and “compassion” represent objectives of this joyful event as the sales proceeds were pledged to the Darul Ma’Wa and Ihsan orphanages.

Over the  years, Huda Childcare has conducted many in-house Parent / Community – Preschool activities for hundreds of happy children who came supported by their parents.

 

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