Bright from the Start

Bright from the Start

Frequently Asked Questions

Home learning during the face-to-face class suspension period

How does VPP support children’s learning during the face-to-face class suspension period?
In light of the unstable COVID-19 situation, Victoria Playpark will be closed from Friday, 14 January 2022 through the Lunar New Year holiday. We are excited to launch our online learning programme from Thursday, 20 January 2022 onwards in lieu of in-centre classes, in order to foster children to keep learning from home even during class suspension.

Our online learning programme will commence on 20 January 2022, featuring a series of short theme-based learning videos and Zoom live lessons in English, Cantonese and Putonghua respectively. Teachers’ engaging, professional teaching techniques are incorporated into our online classes, tailored for at-home learning, in order to maintain children’s learning momentum and agility during in-centre class suspension.

What are the fees for the online learning programme?
The online learning programme details are as follows:

1st Week

Commencement Date: 20 January 2022
Content per Week: A series of short learning videos and one Zoom live lesson
Video Details: A series of short learning videos (each one lasting around 5-8 minutes; total duration: 30-40 minutes), conducted in English, Cantonese and Putonghua (can be watched repeatedly for a 14-day period). We strongly advise families not to watch the whole series in one go in order to reduce the negative impact of screen time on children’s eye-sight.
Zoom Lesson Details: 40 to 50 minutes per lesson, held in English, Cantonese and Putonghua (containing 5-10 mins in-lesson break)

2nd Week Onwards until In-Centre Classes Resume

Commencement Date: 24 January onwards until in-centre classes resume
Content per Week: Two Zoom live lessons, and themed activities teaching pack
Zoom Lesson Details: 40 to 50 minutes per lesson, held in English, Cantonese and Putonghua (containing 5-10 mins in-lesson break)
  • Fee: HK$285 per lesson
  • If you wish to enrol in the online learning programme, the outstanding course fees that you have paid previously will be covered in the online learning courses. If you choose not to enrol in the online learning programme, your outstanding credits will be brought forward to cover future in-centre learning lessons.

 

Does VPP only provide videos for the children? 

  • We use both learning videos and live lessons to promote the holistic development of young children.
  • The videos can be watched repeatedly, allowing flexibility of re-watching with your child(ren) at any time. English, Cantonese and Putonghua-speaking teachers use an array of activities, including arts, sensory and cookery activities to support children’s learning and help them become accustomed to seeing their teachers on screen, thereby preparing them for the live lessons.
  • The live lessons promote the holistic development of young children by allowing teachers to have direct interaction with students and keep updated and aware of their progress, development and needs in real-time. They also enable the children to experience the joy of learning together with their classmates.

Is what we offer to the children similar to what they can get by watching Youtube videos?

  • Our online learning activities are based on our VPP curriculum. Specifically, the activities focus on three main learning goals for our young learners: I CAN SPEAK (communication skills); I CAN FEEL, AND I CARE (socio-emotional skills); I CAN EXPLORE (physical development and exposure to sensory experiences). Our teachers will use an array of activities, including arts, PE, story-telling, cookery, etc. to promote the holistic development of young children.
  • Learning videos: only provided on the 1st week, to help children become accustomed to seeing their teachers on screen, thereby preparing them for the live lessons. A series of short theme-based learning videos in English, Cantonese and Putonghua serve to promote children’s communication skills, socio-emotional skills and physical development, with reference to the needs of our learners.
  • Live lessons:
    • Promote adult-child and child-child interactions;
    • Encourage children to use gestures, music or language to express their ideas and feelings;
    • Promote children’s receptive and expressive language skills;
    • Allow the teachers to monitor the learning progress of the children, and adjust the learning pace/content if needed.

 

What is the duration of the educational videos?

  • A series of short learning videos (each one lasting around 5-8 minutes; total duration: 30-40 minutes), conducted in English, Cantonese and Putonghua.
  • We recommend children take rest in between activities.
  • Also, children should not watch our videos in one go. They can watch them at their own pace, and viewing can be spaced out to suit the needs of the families. These videos can be repeatedly watched for a 14-day period.
  • The negative side of prolonged screen time can be minimized. The daily screen time should be kept to less than an hour and the room lighting should be adequate.

 

Why not all live lessons?

  • On the 1st week, to let children watch the videos first helps them become accustomed to seeing VPP teachers on screen, thereby preparing them for the live lessons.
  • Live lessons allow teachers to have real-time interaction with students, and be consistently updated and aware of their progress, development and needs.
  • Live lessons allow students to have aspects of social interaction with their classmates, and continue to practise turn-taking, conversing with peers, and developing their sharing skills and confidence.
  • Live lessons also enable our teachers to continue to implement the curriculum and make informed decisions when planning for learning.

 

Tips for participating in our live lessons at home

  • Download the relevant APP or computer program.
  • We recommend using a speaker, or ensure the sound from your device or computer is adequate. We found using the internal microphone from the computer, often made it hard to hear the person speaking.
  • Whilst you can participate in the meeting without your video turned on, it is a much more interactive experience with a camera on your device. Also ensure the screen size you are using is not too small (for example a mobile phone screen).
  • Ensure there is not a lot of distracting noise, such as the TV, people taking calls, etc. in the background.
  • Make sure your child is comfortable.
  • Take a break in between sessions.

 

Role of parents in live lessons (1) 
Before the live lessons

  • Make sure that the child is accompanied by an adult.
  • Allow the child 5 to 10 minutes to get ready (e.g. wear the name badge, take out the required learning materials) for the lesson.
  • Provide a suitable learning environment
  • – A suitable distance between the seat and the screen.
  • – Adjust the height of the chair to make sure that the teacher and the child can see each other.
  • – Remove items that might distract the child.

Role of parents in live lessons (2) 
During the live lessons

  • Accompany your child.
  • If needed, support your child in her/his communication with the teachers/peers.

Role of parents in live lessons (3) 
After the live lessons

  • Parent and child can revise what has been introduced in the lessons.
  • We encourage parents to share with us pictures or videos that feature the learning outcomes of their children.

How does VPP divide between Chinese and English lessons?
Our learning videos and live lessons conducted in Cantonese, English, and Putonghua ensure that the children receive high quality language exposure.

If face-to-face classes are suspended, how does VPP support our new students?
We have two important goals for our new students:

  1. support them to acquire knowledge and skills conducive to smooth and effective interaction with adults and peers other than immediate family members;
  2. support their fine motor development.

On the 1st week of the online learning programme, children will view some videos that we have prepared, in their own time and at their own pace. Our aim is to familiarize the children with the faces and voices of our teachers, and to help them become accustomed to seeing VPP teachers on screen, thereby preparing them for the live lessons. Then the live lessons let our students experience what learning with teachers and other children is like. Please ensure that the children will be wearing their name tags during the live lessons.

We will also provide themed activities teaching pack materials to support children’s fine motor development.

 

How does VPP support children and their families?

  • Stories, songs and play are instrumental to the whole-person development of young
  • The theme-based learning videos and live lessons in English, Cantonese and Putonghua respectively will focus on three main learning goals for our young learners: I CAN SPEAK (communication skills); I CAN FEEL, AND I CARE (socio-emotional skills); I CAN EXPLORE (physical development and exposure to sensory experiences). The parent-child activities in the videos feature our unique learning stations, such as art, music, sensory, cookery, etc., which aim to promote the holistic development of young children.
  • The live lessons to further enhance the interaction between our teachers and the children.
  • Our teachers monitor the learning progress of the children and adjust the learning pace if needed.
  • Our teachers will share parenting tips in the live lessons.

 

Are all learning activities compulsory?
There is no stipulation that states children must complete or attend a certain number of online lessons, or adhere to submitting a certain amount of work. Our online learning programme is flexible, so parents and children can attend and participate in the elements that suit them and their schedules. We welome parents to set their own weekly targets with their children, which may include fewer live lessons, to begin with, and gradually build up to attending more or all live lessons at a later date.

 

How will the children be able to meet and get to know their teachers?
On the 1st week of online learning programme, we will use learning videos to familiarize children with the faces and voices of our teachers, and help them become accustomed to seeing VPP teachers on screen. Once the familiarization process is complete, we will use live lessons where children can interact with their teachers and their peers. This will allow the children to experience learning together with their teachers and their peers.

 

What arrangements will be put in place to support non-Chinese speaking children in Putonghua and Cantonese who have no exposure at home?

  • Videos and Live lessons: Our teachers are experienced in working with second language learners. They will use their videos to introduce important vocabulary. During the live lessons, our teachers will provide more personalised learning and focus on key words and sentence patterns that your child should learn.
  • Peer Learning: The children also pick up a new language by interacting with their peers in the live lessons.
  • Monitoring: Our teachers will be able to monitor the language learning progress of your child and adjust the learning content accordingly.

When will the centre reopen for face to face teaching (expected date)?

  • During the school closure period VPP will switch to the online learning mode in order to foster children to keep learning from home.
  • Our online learning programme will commence on 20 January 2022, featuring a series of short theme-based learning videos and live lessons in English, Cantonese and Putonghua respectively, which focuses on three main learning goals for our young learners: I CAN SPEAK (communication skills); I CAN FEEL, AND I CARE (socio-emotional skills); I CAN EXPLORE (physical development and exposure to sensory experiences).

Children would be too young for online learning. How would VPP provide assistance in learning and teaching?

  • We will motivate young children to learn by setting up incentive plans, building relationships, encouraging the children to express ideas, etc.
  • We have designed a step by step programme to assimilate the children into the curriculum.
    • Step 1: We will use learning videos to familiarize children with the faces and voices of our teachers.
    • Step 2: Our teachers will promote adult-child interactions and monitor the learning progress of the children in the live lessons.
    • Step 3: We will create a learning community by encouraging the children to experience learning together with their teachers and their peers.

When will be the support to engage my child with other children and teachers?
In the live lessons:

  • Our teachers will facilitate your child to develop a positive relationship with both teachers and peers.
  • Our teachers will encourage your child to express ideas and feelings (using gestures, music and language) with teachers and peers (to help build their self-confidence).
  • We will use show-and-tell and other group building activities to promote children’s voice. These activities will motivate the children to learn about one another.

 

My child has a very short attention span. Can she really participate in online learning activities?

  • It is very important to acknowledge that in general children have a short attention span. Because of this, it is important to ensure:
  • 1) There are not many distractors (sounds from TV or phone) nearby;
  • 2) The lighting in the room is bright;
  • 3) You acknowledge the child’s effort;
  • 4) The learning time is interspersed with free play time.
  • Gradually the child will get more used to our activities and become more attentive.

Is screen time bad for young children?

As a working parent, I don’t have much time. Can my child participate in the activities unsupervised?
Learning videos

  • Useful to have a caretaker to watch the videos with your child.
  • You can watch the videos with your child in your own time and at your own pace.

Live lessons

  • Each week parents can read our overview for learning for the following week to get an idea of what is coming next in their children’s lessons. Our teachers monitor the learning progress of the children.

 

What flexibility do parents have?

  • If the VPPs are not allowed to open, we will switch to the online learning mode in order to foster children to keep learning from home.
  • Our online learning programme will commence on 20 January 2022, featuring a series of short theme-based learning videos and live lessons in English, Cantonese and Putonghua respectively. It focuses on three main learning goals for our young learners: I CAN SPEAK (communication skills); I CAN FEEL, AND I CARE (socio-emotional skills); I CAN EXPLORE (physical development and exposure to sensory experiences).
  • If you wish to enrol in the online learning programme, the outstanding course fees that you have paid previously will be covered in the online learning courses. If you choose not to enrol in the online learning programme, your outstanding credits will be brought forward to cover future in-centre learning lessons.

 

How do I motivate my child to watch the videos or participate in the live lessons?

  • A reward system: Once your child has completed a task (e.g. having participated in the live lesson), you can praise her/him.
  • Children enjoy discovering something new together with their teachers.
  • The live lessons encourage the children to experience the joy of learning together with their peers.
  • In the live lessons, we will use show-and-tell and other strategies that will serve to promote the children’s voice. When children see that their ideas are acknowledged and become part of the extension activities, the children become more motivated.

 

Does VPP provide additional learning support for children?
If parents are concerned about their children’s learning and their overall development, please contact our centre by email. Our teachers will then work with you to better support the needs of your children.

 

During school suspension periods, how do the teachers communicate with parents?
Parents can contact teachers by phone or by email.

 

Play time

 

Types of Physical Activities

 

Useful PE activities at home
VPPs will use learning videos or live lessons to demonstrate to children a good range of PE activities that involves a combination of gross and fine motor movements, such as standing, walking, jumping, balancing, moving objects around, and manipulating small objects. Parents and caretakers can encourage children to practise these activities during breaks or free play time. In this way, online activities will not be consecutive, and there will be ample opportunities for fostering the children’s physical development and for allowing them to let off steam.

 

What materials can I use to support my child’s fine motor development?
Here are some ideas for fine motor activities at home:
1) Unscrewing the cap of a bottle
2) Using tongs to pick up objects
3) Folding towels or a handkerchief
4) Tearing paper

Infant & Toddler Playgroup Programmes

Children of what age can attend Victoria Playpark Playgroup?
Children aged 8-36 months.

 

How do I enrol my child?
Please click “Enrol Now” to complete an online application form.

 

What is the average playgroup class size?
Each class has 6 to 8 children.

 

Are Victoria Playpark teachers experienced professionals?
All of our teachers are native speakers of English, Putonghua or Cantonese and are experienced early childhood educators.

 

Do parents need to accompany their children?
Every child must be accompanied by an adult.

 

What does Victoria Playpark offer?
Victoria Playpark (VPP) is a professional early childhood development centre affiliated with Victoria Educational Organisation that offers playgroup programmes which immerse your child in the English, Putonghua and Cantonese languages.  Our play-based environment and curriculum and expert parenting approach support children to become curious, confident and well-balanced.

 

What is the infant and toddler playgroup programme schedule?
Infant classes (8-12 months), 1 session per week, 75 mins per session (Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19)  
Toddler classes (12-24 months), 2 sessions per week, 90 mins per session
Big Kid classes (24-36 months), 2 sessions per week, 90 mins per session
Harcourt House Centre opening hours: 8:45 AM – 5 PM (Monday to Saturday)
K11 MUSEA Centre opening hours:  9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Monday to Saturday),
10:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Sundays & public holidays)

 

What are the playgroup programme fees?
Infant classes: 75 mins, HK$600 per session (Temporarily suspended due to COVID 19) 
Toddler classes: 90 mins, HK$570 / HK$620 per session
Big Kid classes: 90 mins, HK$570 / HK$620 per session

A monthly fee will be charged according to the number of sessions available each month.

For fees associated with your selected sessions, please click on Schedule.

 

Will Victoria Playpark students be afforded priority admission to Victoria Educational Organisation (VEO) Pre-Nursery or Kindergartens?
All applicants must follow the same required admission procedures. We do not guarantee admission into VEO kindergartens. This said, Victoria Playpark follows the same inquiry-based, trilingual learning philosophy that forms the core of Victoria Educational Organisation. Children enrolled in classes at Victoria Playpark will feel comfortable with the VEO kindergarten learning experience.

 

Is there any difference between Victoria Playpark and Victoria Educational Organisation’s playgroups?
Both Victoria Playpark and VEO playgroups are members of Victoria Educational Organisation and share the same educational mission and philosophy. Our trilingual playgroup programmes are led by experienced, professional educators. While all centres provide a comfortable, engaging and safe environment for children, Victoria Playpark strives to merge the boundary between indoor play area and outdoor natural play areas. Please refer to the following table for further details about our different playgroups.

Can my child transfer to a different Victoria Playpark centre?
If your child is currently enrolled in a VEO playgroup and wishes to transfer to Victoria Playpark, please fill in an online application form. If your child is studying at Victoria Playpark Harcourt House centre, and wishes to transfer to K11 MUSEA centre or vice versa, please call the respective centres to speak to one of our staff members about transferring.

PlayTime

How do I book a PlayTime session at K11 MUSEA Centre?
Please click “Enroll Now” to complete an online booking. You can book a session up to three weeks in advance. We recommend you peruse PlayTime’s terms and conditions prior to booking.

 

Is PlayTime open to children of all ages?
PlayTime welcomes children aged 1-5 years old.

 

What is the PlayTime schedule?
PlayTime sessions are held on Sundays and public holidays at K11 MUSEA centre.
Each session lasts 40 minutes and are held in the following time slots:

11:00 – 13:00

14:00 – 17:00

 

How much does a PlayTime session cost?
A single PlayTime ticket costs $180, which covers the entrance of one child and one parent/caregiver. The cost for one child and 2 parents/caregivers is $220.

 

Do parents need to accompany their children?
Every child must be accompanied by an adult.