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What are Singapore parents’ perception of play in the early years?

Journal of Childhood, Education & Society

Karuppiah (2022)

Study revealed that although most Singapore parents understood and recognised the importance of play and holistic development in the early years, some of them wanted preschools to prepare their children academically for primary school. Parents also shared a list of factors which supported or impeded their support for children’s play and some of them felt that they could benefit from parent education programmes. These findings highlight the importance of the school-family-community partnership in the education of young children in Singapore.

Keywords: Play; Holistic development; Preschool education; Parent education; Teacher education
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