What’s the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion when you meet a po­ten­tial hus­band?

Young Parents (Singapore) - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

“Ask him which pri­mary school he went to!” quipped an ex­as­per­ated mummy friend, whose only child will en­ter Pri­mary 1 next year. She thought she had guar­an­teed en­try af­ter pay­ing a cou­ple of hun­dred dol­lars for alumni mem­ber­ship last year at her alma mater, which will qual­ify her kid for reg­is­tra­tion in Phase 2A1, one of the ear­li­est phases.

Then came the Govern­ment’s an­nounce­ment that all schools must set aside at least 40 places this year, for chil­dren who don’t have alumni links or sib­lings al­ready study­ing there. The idea is to give those liv­ing nearby, par­ent vol­un­teers or those with re­li­gious con­nec­tions a higher chance of get­ting into pop­u­lar schools.

Now, my friend is wor­ried that there will be bal­lot­ing even dur­ing her kid’s phase since fewer spots are likely to be avail­able to alumni. Her hus­band’s school has closed down, so she feels she has only one op­tion.

Choos­ing a pri­mary school doesn’t have to be so stress­ful, though. I found it re­fresh­ing to hear a doc­tor-mummy tell me that her son was en­joy­ing his neigh­bour­hood school in Ma­rine Pa­rade (the same es­tate that has an­other, more pop­u­lar “branded” school).

Her ra­tio­nale: If your kid is smart, it doesn’t mat­ter which school he goes to. If he’s not, en­rolling him in a school with high aca­demic stan­dards is just go­ing to stress ev­ery­one.

She’s right, of course. So if you have a child go­ing to Pri 1 next year, read our Pri­mary 1 Is­sue (from page 39). In it, you’ll find out which neigh­bour­hood schools par­ents rave about and learn to prep your kid with­out over­do­ing it.

In our Baby sec­tion, we in­ves­ti­gate why more kids un­der the age of three are suf­fer­ing from eczema and what you can do to re­lieve the itch (page 88). Plus, we’ve rounded up the hippest party venues for Baby’s first birth­day (page 70), the best buys for your nurs­ery (page 84) and the most de­li­cious con­fine­ment tingkat menus around (page 76). Happy read­ing!

Stephanie Yeo Edi­tor

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