NOW that kindergartens across Malaysia are finally allowed to reopen, Whytehouse Education Group’s centres in Penang will definitely be ready.
Many measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and well-being of its young preschool age students once they return to physical classrooms and play areas.
This will include temperature screening and spraying of disinfectant at entrances, followed by the wiping of feet and then a quick shower.
Founder and executive director Jery Yeoh said the disinfectant spray was sourced from a certified supplier and safe for use on children.
“At this age, it is impossible for children to totally not touch each other, so a shower helps maintain hygiene. We’ve special children-sized and custom-made masks to save parents the hassle of sourcing for masks every day.
“And throughout each day, we’ll have the whole place disinfected, ” Yeoh said of the preparations that are done during the recovery movement control order (MCO).
With social distancing set to be the norm for the foreseeable future, Whytehouse has also custom made transparent screen dividers to give children an added layer of protection, without blocking them off from their friends.
“They’ll still be able to see each other and have interactions. These dividers are portable and can be moved around to wherever the kids are, ” Yeoh pointed out.
He said they also have no choice but to send home children who are feeling unwell. But with their e-learning activities, parents can be rest assured that their children would not be missing out.
“We won’t be stopping our Whytehouse Global Classroom e-learning post-MCO. We will continue to use it as an additional platform as society adapts to the new normal.
“Parents would also have the option of keeping their children at home for full-time e-learning, or to only come to classes on certain days of the week, for example only on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
“This is to keep classroom numbers to a safe minimum.
“The post-MCO period will be a challenging time for the education industry. We’ll have to plan wisely and do what we can to keep every child safe, ” Yeoh said.
He said they also hope to bring in psychologists to help parents and children alike cope with the many challenges caused by Covid-19 and its disruption to the normalities of life, as well as the different world that is likely to emerge after the dust has settled.
“We’ll also try to do classes for children who aren’t with Whytehouse. As a homegrown brand, we want to help our community and be a school that Penangites can be proud of, ” Yeoh added.
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