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    Aava.Wong is offline Registered User
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    woodland - pok fu lam

    hi all,

    through the searches on this website, i found out that woodland is highly recommended so i'm planning to put my bub in the playgroup (18 months+) when he reaches 18 months in dec'10 and keep him there till pre-school. i'd love to take him there myself but i've to work so helper (non-english and non-chinese speaker) will be taking him there.

    i'd appreciate if anyone can comment on the following queries:

    ~ when should i apply for the playgroup for my 9 months-old bub?
    ~ will they have a waiting-list for a playgroup?
    ~ which bus to take from kennedy town near/to the tree house?
    ~ how updated are parents kept with the bub's progress?
    ~ since my helper doesn't speak english nor chinese, will she have a hard time dealing with the teachers or is she there just to feed and change him?
    ~ when do they start teaching mandarin to kids?
    ~ how to help him with mandarin homework?
    ~ can i opt to send my bub to an EMI school after woodland or will it be too big of a difference for him to handle?

    cheers in advance!

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    Yes, it's great - a lovely little school with very nice teachers. There is a working parents session on Saturday mornings for kids of all ages that I took my little girl to myself for a term before she started accompanied playgroup. That way you get to know what the surroundings are like and also get to know the teacher/s.

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    - whenever you want, call and ask
    - there was a little wait for us, not long though
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    - if you can get time off, you can go once in a while when they have little parties. there is a parents evening and little notes that come home
    - it might be tough with no English or Chinese in terms of understanding instructions and songs etc. but not impossible - I would speak to the teachers there and get their view
    - Mandarin is every lesson for (15 mins for the toddlers, not sure for the little kids - maybe the same)
    - there is no homework for kids that young!
    - dont know on the EMI isssue

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    cheers LeahH, very much appreciated.

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    Any mummies here who send their toddler to Woodland on the Peak? Any thoughts on their toddler playgroup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeahH View Post
    Yes, it's great - a lovely little school with very nice teachers. There is a working parents session on Saturday mornings for kids of all ages that I took my little girl to myself for a term before she started accompanied playgroup.
    @leahh - when did you attend the saturday session coz when i enquired with woodland tree house about the working parents session on saturdays, the lady completely blew me off saying that they dont have that session. i felt like writing back saying "please update your website as it gives false impression of working parents session on saturdays" but i just let it go. she also told me to call another one of their branches to show my interest on the saturday session in the hope of them to form a saturday group.:Butbut

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    I went about a year ago to the Sat session, there were only 3-4 children so maybe they have cancelled it. they should definitely update their website.

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    funny.... my BUSIEST day is saturday at my playgroup centre, always has been! i guess that's the difference between local & expat families:

    local families want to "plan" family days with playgroups/classes etc.
    expat families want to enjoy family days with friends etc not in classes...

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    yeah, they probably discontinued it then.

    i wanted to take him there on a saturday so i can participate in the classes with him. i cant do it during the week coz i'm working full-time. i could send him there during the week with the helper but she doesn't speak english or chinese.

    i'll probably have to put him in mygym or something like that on a saturday.

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