KidStart programme a lifeline for kids and parents from low-income families

Since 2016, KidStart has reached out to some 1,000 families with multi-faceted aid

KidStart home visitor Lee Wei Qi, 32, interacting with 19-month-old Ae'dan Raphael. She has helped his mother, Ms Calista Azman, 34, by sharing parenting tips and strategies for her son's development. One feature of KidStart is that support and advic
KidStart home visitor Lee Wei Qi, 32, interacting with 19-month-old Ae'dan Raphael. She has helped his mother, Ms Calista Azman, 34, by sharing parenting tips and strategies for her son's development. One feature of KidStart is that support and advice are tailored as much as possible to individual families.ST PHOTO: KELLY HUI

Everyday activities like cooking used to be routine for Madam Ivy Liang. But now, she sees them as learning opportunities for her four-year-old son Reng Le after taking part in a government programme that offers parenting help for low-income families with young children up to age six.

Through KidStart, a government pilot led by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) that provides advice in areas such as nutrition, child development and parent-child interaction, Madam Liang said she realised the importance of playing and communicating regularly with her child.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 29, 2019, with the headline 'A lifeline for kids and parents from low-income families'. Subscribe