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Frequently Asked Questions

Infant & Toddler Playgroup Programmes

Children of what age can attend Victoria Playpark?
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 qualified professionals?
All of our teachers are native speakers of English, Putonghua or Cantonese and are qualified and 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 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 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 highly qualified, 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.

 

Home Learning During the Face-to-face Class Suspension Period (Toddler to Big Kid)

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 during the period from 4 January to 10 January, 2021. We are excited to launch our online learning programme from the 4th of January 2021 onwards in lieu of in-centre classes, in order to foster children to keep learning from home even during school closure period.

Our online learning programme featuring educational videos will commence on January 4, 2021. Each lesson offers 3 videos in English, Cantonese and Putonghua respectively. The videos 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. The specially curated videos aim to promote the holistic development of children.

From February onwards, we plan to introduce live sessions to further enhance the interaction between our teachers and the children.

 

What are the fees for the online programme (in January, 2021)?

The online learning programme details are as follows:

  • Teaching Format: Videos (these videos can be repeatedly watched until 28 February, 2021)
  • Lesson Duration: Videos in English, Cantonese and Putonghua that are approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length (approximately 5 minutes per language)
  • Fee: HK$285 per lesson
  • Early Bird Discount: HK$190 per lesson during January, 2021

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 plan to use both learning videos and live sessions to promote the holistic development of young children.
  • Our theme-based learning videos: our teachers introduce important concepts relevant to the life experience of young children using a range of activities, including arts, PE, story-telling, cookery, etc. Parents can let their children rewatch the videos in their own time and at their own pace.
  • Live interactive sessions: we have live interactive sessions starting from February, 2021 (Tentative).
  • Our live interactive sessions serve to
  1. reinforce what the children have seen from the educational videos;
  2. enable the children to interact with the teachers and to learn with their peers; and
  • allow the teachers to monitor the learning progress of the children.
  • Our theme-based learning videos and live sessions are inter-connected.

 

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

  • Our learning activities are based on our new 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.
  • Our theme-based learning videos: with reference to the needs of our learners, our three language teachers (Cantonese, English and Putonghua) will make learning videos that serve to promote children’s communication skills, socio-emotional skills and physical development.
  • Live sessions: We will have live interactive sessions (from February, 2021 onwards) to
    • 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?

  • Our learning videos in English, Cantonese and Putonghua are approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length (approximately 5 minutes per language).
  • 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 within a 4-week 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 live sessions?

  • Live sessions 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 sessions also enable our teachers to continue to implement the curriculum and make informed decisions when planning for learning.

 

Tips for participating in our live sessions 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 sessions (1)

Before the live sessions

  • 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 sessions (2)

During the live session

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

 

Role of parents in live sessions (3)

After the live session

  • Parent and child can revise what has been introduced in the sessions.
  • 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?

We will provide learning videos in Cantonese, English, and Putonghua to ensure that the children receive high quality language exposure. We will announce our language arrangements relating to the live sessions at a later date.

 

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.

In January 2021 the 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. From February onwards there will be short live interactive sessions to 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 sessions.

We will also provide 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
  • Every month our students will partake in various home learning activities. Each lesson offers 3 educational videos in English, Cantonese and Putonghua respectively. These videos 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. The specially curated videos aim to promote the holistic development of young children.
  • From February, 2021 onwards, we plan to introduce live sessions 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 communicate with the parents regularly to forge better parent-teacher relationships.

 

What support will be offered to families to assist with home learning?

  • Home-school partnerships are important. In addition to supporting children to learn using a combination of online and offline activities, we will use various strategies to support families.
  • We will provide regular consultation sessions in which our teachers will discuss with the parents the learning progress of their children. This can be done by phone or internet.
  • We will continue to provide a series of activities for parents, including seminars that aim to inform parents about strategies relating to supporting whole child development.
  • We will invite experts to contribute bilingual articles that inform parents about parenting techniques or early childhood education.

 

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 home learning programme is flexible, so parents and children can attend and participate in the elements that suit them and their schedules. We welcome parents to set their own weekly targets with their children, which may include fewer live sessions, to begin with, and gradually build up to attending more or all live sessions at a later date.

 

How will the children be able to meet and get to know their teachers?

Initially (in January, 2021) we will use learning videos to familiarize children with the faces and voices of their teachers. Once the familiarization process is complete, we will use short live interactive sessions (tentatively from February, 2021 onwards) 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 Mandarin and Cantonese who have no exposure at home?

  • Videos and Live Interactive Sessions: Our teachers are experienced in working with second language learners. They will use their videos to introduce important vocabulary. During the live interactive sessions (tentatively from February, 2021 onwards), 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 interactive sessions.
  • 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 home learning mode in order to foster children to keep learning from home.
  • The home learning programme featuring educational videos will commence on January 4, 2021. Each lesson offers 3 videos in English, Cantonese and Putonghua respectively. Our videos 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).

 

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

  • 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 their teachers.
    • Step 2: Our teachers will promote adult-child interactions and monitor the learning progress of the children in the live sessions.
    • Step 3: We will create a learning community by encouraging the children to experience learning together with their teachers and their peers.

 

What will be the support to engage my child with other children and teachers?

In the live sessions:

  • 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?

  • Digital literacy is important for your child.
  • Strike a balance: daily unstructured playtime for children is important.
  • Amount of screen time: limited to one hour per day.
  • Be wise about the types of screen time that you choose for your child:
    • Non-interactive: educational; supervised viewing
    • Interactive: video chatting is acceptable (The American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Tips to maximize the benefits from screen time
    • Useful to have a caretaker to watch the videos with your child.
    • Do not let the child watch the same videos again and again on the same day.
    • Try your best to discuss the content with the child. We provide suggested discussion questions for you.

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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 sessions (tentatively from February, 2021 onwards)

  • 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 and they will communicate with the parents regularly.

 

What flexibility do parents have?

  • If the VPPs are not allowed to open, we will switch to the home learning mode in order to foster children to keep learning from home.
  • The home learning programme featuring educational videos will commence on January 4, 2021. Each lesson offers 3 videos in English, Cantonese and Putonghua respectively. Our videos 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).
  • 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 sessions?

  • A reward system: Once your child has completed a task (e.g. having participated in the live session), you can praise her/him.
  • The live sessions (from February, 2021 onwards) serve to encourage the children to reflect on what they have seen in the recorded videos and to discover the “wonders” in the videos.
  • In the live sessions (tentatively from February, 2021 onwards), 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.
  • Children enjoy discovering something new together with their teachers.

 

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?

Teachers will contact parents on a regular basis. Also, parents can contact teachers by phone or by email.

 

Play time

  • At least 180 minutes (3 hours);
  • Spread throughout the day;
  • Include at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity;
  • Watching TV, travelling by car, bus or train, or being strapped into a buggy for long periods are not good for a child’s health and development.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/physical-activity-guidelines-children-under-five-years/

 

Types of Physical Activities

  • Playing with blocks and other objects
  • Messy play
  • Walking, jumping, dancing, climbing
  • Swimming
  • Throwing and catching
  • Active play, like hide and seek
  • Playground and other outdoor activities (Not possible when there is a lock-down)

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/physical-activity-guidelines-children-under-five-years/

 

Useful PE activities at home

VPPs will use learning videos or live interactive sessions 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

 

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.