First national study on parenting of young kids

First national study on parenting of young kids
The findings of the Early Childhood Development Agency study will be used to develop its public education and outreach initiatives and help equip pre-school operators with resources to help them in their work with parents.

SINGAPORE - Mums and dads, your views are wanted.

Officers looking into early childhood development will begin quizzing more than 3,000 parents from today, in the first national study on the parenting of children aged eight and below.

Through the study, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), which oversees the pre-school sector, hopes to improve its understanding of parenting skills here.

The agency hopes the project will help it fine-tune its education initiatives and help pre-school operators in their work.

It will cover four main areas: parents' knowledge of their children's development; their attitudes to and beliefs about parenting; their strategies in caring for children; and their use of parenting resources.

The agency told The Straits Times it aims to learn how parents' attitudes and knowledge shape the way they care for children, and the challenges they face at different stages of a child's development.

It also wants to know the resources that parents need and which information sources they turn to.

The findings will be used to develop the agency's public education and outreach initiatives and equip pre-school operators with resources to help them in their work with parents.

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