Give your child a good head start

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PARENTING -

START­ING kinder­garten is al­ways an ex­cit­ing mo­ment for both chil­dren and par­ents. It is also vi­tal that one chooses the right kinder­garten, as the preschool pe­riod is prob­a­bly the most cru­cial stage in a child’s de­vel­op­ment process.

De­cid­ing on which kinder­garten to send a child to can be a chal­leng­ing task for par­ents, and un­der­stand­ably so.

It is af­ter all, the first time that a child em­barks on his or her ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney and gets thrust into a school-like en­vi­ron­ment.

R.E.A.L Kids or for­merly known as Child En­rich­ment Cen­tre (CEC), is the coun­try’s largest owner-op­er­ated kinder­garten chain with more than 30 cen­tres and 5,000 stu­dents na­tion­wide.

Bal­anced cur­ricu­lum

R.E.A.L Kids’ full pro­grammes with its wide ar­ray of en­rich­ing lessons and en­hanced ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, supports a com­plete and bal­anced cur­ricu­lum that of­fers na­tional and in­ter­na­tional-based preschool ed­u­ca­tion.

The new R.E.A.L Kids cen­tre in Ban­dar Sun­way is the lat­est to join the fray and slated for aca­demic com­mence­ment in Jan­uary 2014.

This new es­tab­lish­ment is the re­sult of a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing struck be­tween R.E.A.L and the Sun­way Group to set up a kinder­garten that is pur­pose-built and com­plete with state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties that in­clude a swim­ming pool, com­puter lab, li­brary, mu­sic room, M.I. room and a play­ground and more.

Be­ing listed in the Malaysia Book of Records as the “first kinder­garten in Malaysia to be ac­cred­ited with ISO 9001:2000” en­sures that R.E.A.L Kids ob­serves, mon­i­tors and main­tains best prac­tices and in­dus­try stan­dards at all times.

In ad­di­tion, R.E.A.L Kids was recog­nised for its over­all qual­ity when it re­ceived the NAPEI Award of Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­cel­lence in 2008, 2012 and 2013.

Mul­ti­ple In­tel­li­gences ap­proach

It is also the pi­o­neer in in­cor­po­rat­ing the the­ory of Mul­ti­ple In­tel­li­gences as a learn­ing ap­proach (founded by Dr Howard Gard­ner) in preschool ed­u­ca­tion in Malaysia.

This ap­proach aims to iden­tify and ac­knowl­edge the dif­fer­ent, in­her­ent strengths in each child and to teach them based on their in­di­vid­ual strengths.

For in­stance, a child who pos­sesses “ver­bal lin­guis­tic” in­tel­li­gence (word smart) would learn best through ac­tiv­i­ties such as word games, rhyme recita­tion and telling sto­ries.

This way, the child would be able to learn more ef­fec­tively and also en­joy the learn­ing process more.

R.E.A.L Kids be­lieves that ev­ery child is an achiever. Thus, stu­dents are de­vel­oped aca­dem­i­cally and holis­ti­cally – cov­er­ing ar­eas such as lan­guage mas­tery, in­ter­per­sonal and ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, as well as char­ac­ter build­ing.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties that are part and par­cel of R.E.A.L Kids’ pro­grammes in­clude an­nual field trips, sports days and hol­i­day camps.

The Cam­bridge Chil­dren’s House or CCH (also part of the R.E.A.L Ed­u­ca­tion Group), is another es­tab­lish­ment that is ded­i­cated to the whole­some, early childhood de­vel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren aged three to six years old.

Adopt­ing a UK-based cur­ricu­lum, chil­dren at CCH will mas­ter the English lan­guage through its proven Cam­bridge English pro­grammes.

Lessons are ac­tiv­ity-based with a fo­cus on a child’s per­sonal de­vel­op­ment rather than solely on aca­demic achieve­ment.

Like­wise, in a stim­u­lat­ing, in­ter­ac­tive and non-con­ven­tional learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment at CCH, chil­dren are guided to­wards ex­pe­ri­en­tial, hands-on learn­ing.

Es­tab­lished in 1986, R.E.A.L. Kids is the coun­try’s largest owner-op­er­ated kinder­garten chain with more than 30 cen­tres na­tion­wide.

Pioneers in adopt­ing the Mul­ti­ple In­tel­li­gences ap­proach (founded by Dr Howard Gard­ner) in Malaysian preschool ed­u­ca­tion, all R.E.A.L. Kids cen­tres pro­vide full pro­grammes (from 8.30am to 3.30pm) which in­clude a host of en­rich­ment lessons and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ex­tended pro­grammes are also avail­able (up to 6pm) to cater to busy, work­ing par­ents.

Cam­bridge Chil­dren’s House (CCH) which is lo­cated at Ban­dar Tun Hus­sein Onn, is a learn­ing cen­tre with spe­cially de­signed ameni­ties that cater to life skills de­vel­op­ment, English lan­guage mas­tery and the de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren’s crit­i­cal think­ing and cre­ative, prob­lem-solv­ing skills.

For de­tails or en­quiries, call 03-5631 8000 or visit www.re­alkids.edu.my. For more in­for­ma­tion on CCH, call 03-9076 9511/8511.

R.E.A.L Kids’ pro­grammes of­fer en­rich­ing lessons and en­hanced ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

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