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First national study on parenting of young kids

Interviews with 3,000 parents to help fine-tune early education initiatives

Published on Oct 28, 2013 7:26 AM
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The findings of the Early Childhood Development Agency study will be used to develop its public education and outreach initiatives and help equip pre-school operators with resources to help them in their work with parents. -- TNP FILE PHOTO

Mums and dads, your views are wanted.

Officers looking into early childhood development will begin quizzing more than 3,000 parents from today, in the first national study on the parenting of children aged eight and below.

Through the study, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), which oversees the pre-school sector, hopes to improve its understanding of parenting skills here.

The agency hopes the project will help it fine-tune its education initiatives and help pre-school operators in their work.

 
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FOUR AREAS OF STUDY

1 Knowledge: Parents' knowledge of their children's development and learning.

2 Attitudes and beliefs: Parents' attitudes to and beliefs about parenting, and their aspirations for their children.

3 Practices: Strategies that parents adopt in caring for their children.

4 Resources: Information on resources on parenting and child development will also be collected in terms of what is available, what parents use and what may be lacking.


GOOD TO BE THOROUGH

It's good for the authorities to not just speak to the pre-schools, but also to the parents and really understand the ground issues.

- Civil servant Goh Kai Hui, 32, who has a two-month-old son