Parents with children up to seven years of age can now tap on a new mobile application and parenting toolkit which contains information on how to build a strong foundation for their children in their early years.
Both resources were launched on Saturday morning by Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing at the Early Childhood Parenting Conference. Speaking at the event, Mr Chan encouraged parents to let their children grow at their own pace and not pin their own expectations and unfulfilled dreams on them. But he acknowledged that society is "hyper competitive", which was why the Early Childhood Development Agency came up with the two resources to support both parents and educators.
The Parenting Moments tool kit provides practical tips on child development, and ideas and suggestions for positive parent-child bonding. It can be downloaded on www.growatbeanstalk.sg. A mobile version can be accessed through a new app called APParent in SG. The app, which will be updated weekly with new content, can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.
Four children's story books, written by local author Emily Lim and commissioned by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, were also launched at the event.