Why Choose Canopy.
Good things don't happen when students learn that the job of teachers is to know stuff and to tell it to them (Regurgitation). Good things happen when children take ownership of learning. They are given the right to investigate and make discoveries. They are not told what something means or what they ought to think about it.
As a Family-owned Business, we want our children to succeed and we are willing to put in extra hours and efforts to give both your family and child the best experience and service possible.
With strong interpersonal connections, one of the best parts about Canopy is that staff members are able to proactively work together, offering flexible services to you and your family.
We support your hopes and dreams for your children. Yes, we will help them to cope with the challenges of Primary school. But, more importantly, we will teach them to love learning, to love challenges and to love life.
Family members take their business home with them, meaning that they’re also discussing ways to improve their service and the benefits it provides to your children.
You will find the professionalism and programs that are often associated with much larger companies. You will find high-quality interaction between students and teachers with rich library, outdoor programme, and personal touch that places an emphasis on the whole child.
We believe so strongly that you will agree that I am offering you my personal guarantee: Try Canopy for one week. If at the end of that week, we have not met your expectations, discontinue your enrollment and ask for a refund of your week’s tuition. It is just that simple.
Enrolment and Visiting.
Making a decision about the care your child will receive and the second home they will grow in is very important, and requires time and effort. At Canopy, we want for your children's day to be filled with joys and challenges, opportunities to grow beyond the four walls, experiences that help them to figure out how the world works and how they fit into it.
- Do I have all of the information I need to make an informed choice?
- What are your best memories of growing up?
- Which option is best for my child and me? (location, personal values)
- Do I feel comfortable leaving my child here?
- Will my child learn and be happy here?
- Are families encouraged to visit and get involved?
Interior Photo of Our Student Care Center
46 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
Selecting the Right Student Care Centre in Singapore for your Child
As a working parent, it is among your top priorities to find the best after-school care for your child. Finding a dependable after-school care center near home or school is imperative. The basic purpose of the student care center is to ensure post-school safety and monitoring of school children, especially within the range of primary to lower secondary scholars. The center not only provides security, but it also helps the student develop physically, academically, psychologically, ethically and socially.
Usually, these centers are located within the school or community. They can be established either by public organizations or voluntary welfare groups. They provide after-school meals and monitor students’ homework. They also implement programs that act in the best interest of the student such as outdoor and indoor activities, games, personal development, support programs, cultural enrichment and fun activities. The centers also plan educational trips, field studies, camps and other school-holiday excursions.
Dual-income households are common in Singapore. This means the working parents depend on their relatives, domestic workers or trusted neighbors to watch their children after school. At times, children are left in the house alone until one or both parents come back home. The problem with being supervised by domestic workers and grandparents is there is no maximum monitoring of homework. Therefore, professional student care has become more popular in Singapore. Many parents are struggling to make the cut to the list for enrollment of their children into either private or public after-school centers.
Student care centers mainly focus on school-going children between the age of 7 years to 14 years. Their work is to provide academic support regarding supervising homework as well as activities that empower the student physically, emotionally and intellectually.
Though the demand for student care centers is high, there is importance attached to choosing the right center for your child. A suitable center with favorable factors will improve your child performance.
Factors to Look for in a Student Care Center
School-based or Private Center; these are the most common options for parents. You can find out whether your child’s school offers after-school services. If not, then private centers outside the school are option B. The school-based has an added advantage of prioritizing the less fortunate and complicated-situation families. The centers are based on first come is serve served. The waiting list is usually long. Parents go for the school-based centers that are believed to carry out activities as per the school curriculum, maintaining some consistency. The traveling is less tricky as well since the child remains safely at school until they are picked up. The main downside, however, remains in the scarcity of vacant choices and the long waiting list. For instance, a friend’s daughter had to wait for over two years for the enrollment. Eventually, she was enrolled in a private care center close to her school.
Vicinity to School/Home; the recommended advice is to enroll your child in a center that is close to the school. This makes it convenient for the child’s safety since traveling to and from school is only through a school bus or other means of transport. It reduces the risk your child might be exposed to by going home on their own, especially the younger children. However, the scarcity of opportunities in most care centers and low-income backgrounds, the child may be placed in centers outside the school, and some means of transport arranged.
Professional Quality; the fundamental function of teachers in a student care center is homework supervision. However, the centers today have shifted this role into fully functional teaching programs such as tuition. That means that the centers recruit professionals, retired or unemployed teachers and volunteers to provide academic support to the students. At times, the parents wish to assess the qualifications of the teachers to ensure their children receive maximum learning experience.
Variety of Programs; often to distinguish themselves from competing centers, the facilities offer special programs to improve the various aspects of the student’s life. This involves tuition, recreational activities, empowering and motivation. During holidays, they organize field trips and camping trips for a special adventure. Being well aware that your child will spend a significant amount of after-school time at the center, it is imperative to assess the programs offered by the center. Compare these programs to your child’s interests, strengths, and talents in order to make the experience fully beneficial.
Conducive environment; this is a basic factor that involves assessing how favorable the conditions of the facility are to the well-being of your child. The center should be clean, spacious, contain adequate amenities such as showers, restrooms, playing grounds and safe instruments. While evaluating the environment, also consider your child’s personal status such as the risk of facing hassling, peer pressure and discrimination. The best assessment can be achieved on school days where the conditions are set on a daily state of the center.
Fee Payment; the amount of fees paid relies on the student care system. Different centers have different fee structures depending on the service quality and funding basis. For instance, public or school-based centers may charge less fees than private organizations. Also, extra activities such as specific enrichment activities may require additional payment.
Financial aid; student care centers supported by the governments offer financial assistance and subsidies to eligible families. The qualification requirements must be met by the student and their families in order to attain this support. Most requirements are concerned with parent employment and household income. Subsidies also vary depending on the fees charged and the ability to meet that amount.
Raising a child is not easy. Raising a schooling child while working is even harder. There are real challenges in finding the perfect place for your child to stay after school, especially younger children who need full-time supervision. Student care centers are lifesavers, though the chances are rare. The support, enjoyment, and enrichment offered in addition to safety and homework supervision are exactly what you need for the healthy growth and development of your child.