One of the most critical decisions working parents need to make will be choosing a right childcare center for your little one. There are many factors involved and the more commonly asked questions are teacher-child ratio, teachers’ experience, curriculum and so on. So what makes our parents decide on ELFA eventually?

Let us take a look at how ELFA affirms parents through the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a psychological theory developed by Abraham Maslow in 1943.

The Maslow’s five hierarchy of needs in which our ELFA children attain through the dedication from our professional team.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs uses a pyramid to define the different levels of human’s needs. The most essential needs, which form the base of the pyramid, must be met before you can support children’s higher-level needs like learning, self-esteem, and personal growth (Institute of Education Sciences 2020).

1. The most basic – Physiological Needs

One of the most important aspect of this need is food. ELFA’s menu is specially designed and monitored by our in-house nutritionist. The menu is planned to provide nutritious food for our growing children to help boost their brain and physical development.

ELFA provides well-balanced meals for our children.

2. Safety – It doesn’t happen by accident

Several measures are taken in the centres to maintain high level of cleanliness, reducing the risk of infectious diseases. High touch points are cleaned and disinfected three times a day while toys are disinfected after every use. ELFA centres are also equipped with UVC lights to aid with our sanitation efforts. This system is operating on a pre-set timer to turn on only at night when no one is around. Air purifiers are also installed at centres to ensure good indoor air quality.

Our ELFA centres are equipped with air purifiers and/or UVC light for cleaner space.

3. Sense of Belonging – Parent Teacher Partnership

The ELFA in-house parenting app provides parents with bi-weekly update of their children’s progress, with photos and anecdotes. For ease of communication, parents may chat with the class teacher via the app. Additionally, there are termly updates and bi-monthly newsletter, so that parents are always kept abreast with the latest information. Such communication helps parents and teachers to work as a team to create the best possible environments for the children.

Our parenting mobile app allows secured communication between teachers and parents

4. Building Esteem – With Chinese Language

Here at ELFA, we believe in developing positive values in every child through a strong Chinese-focused bilingual education for pre-schoolers. We focus on the acquisition of the Chinese language, using the proven story-based approach. Difficult concepts are simplified through engaging tales and imageries which children can easily understand and relate to. Our expertise and in-depth experience offer children a rich bilingual environment to be confident communicators in both Mandarin and English.

Our children confidently performing a Chinese skit at the annual year-end concert.

5. Self-Actualisation – Developing their fullest potential

Apart from academics, our children at ELFA are exposed to the Chinese culture through the apprehension of fundamentals of traditions in creative ways. Children’s ability to express themselves and intrapersonal skills are enhanced through the weekly Chinese Speech and Drama classes. Our unique ELFA Chinese-inspired Art lessons encourage children to explore the world of art through the different mediums and materials. ELFA’s curriculum supports building of confidence, creativity, exploration, logical thinking and self-expression. Therefore, our children are able to unleash their potentials through the exploration of their interests, strengths and weaknesses; all with the support of their teachers.

Expressing their creativity as our ELFA children are given the space and opportunity to play with different art medium.