Both resources were launched on Saturday morning by Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing at the Early Childhood Parenting Conference. Speaking at the event, Mr Chan encouraged parents to let their children grow at their own pace and not pin their own expectations and unfulfilled dreams on them. But he acknowledged that society is "hyper competitive", which was why the Early Childhood Development Agency came up with the two resources to support both parents and educators.
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Here is the media release from the Ministry of Social and Family Development:
2013 EARLY CHILDHOOD PARENTING CONFERENCE - 23 NOVEMBER 2013
ECDA's New Parenting Resources
Parents have an important part to play in supporting their children's development through building positive relationships, creating developmentally appropriate experiences and a nurturing home environment. At the Early Childhood Parenting Conference 2013, ECDA will launch new resources to support parents in building a strong foundation for their children in their early years.
• "Parenting Moments" Toolkit
The "Parenting Moments" toolkit provides a guide to raising confident, creative and caring children who feel positive about themselves and are eager to learn. It recognises that every child is unique and guides parents on how to support their development according to their child's needs, strengths and interests. The toolkit contains practical tips on child development, as well as ideas and suggestions for positive parent-child bonding, including:
o How children learn and develop, to help parents support and provide experiences that foster their holistic development with developmentally appropriate practices.
o Five key domains of holistic child development which parents can use as a guide to activities and interactions that develop their child holistically according to their age group.
o Role of Parents in playing an integral role in the lives of their children, shaping and guiding them at each stage of their development.
The "Parenting Moments" toolkit is available on www.growatbeanstalk.sg.