Play Library

Learning through having fun

Our Play Library offers a range of thoughtfully curated educational toys to encourage learning through play and quality bonding.

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WHY PLAY LIBRARY

Children learn best through play

Play isn’t just fun and games–it’s also a practical teaching tool.

Through play with educational toys, children learn to think creatively and interact socially.

A safe and nurturing library space also encourages children to congregate and communicate.

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WHO WE IMPACT

Creating play environments for children

Designed for children aged 18 months to 6 years, the Play Library offers a wide range of fun and educational toys and books.

Through joyful and meaningful learning experiences, children can improve their communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

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PROGRAMME DETAILS

Keeping it fun for children

Situated at Henderson WeLL Centre, the Play Library is a conducive space specially set up to foster learning through having fun, and bonding between children and parents.

Play Library is not just a regular library

The space offers children fun and educational toys and books to facilitate learning through play

Each session will cover:

  • Interactive gamesThe volunteers at Henderson WeLL Centre will encourage children to enjoy learning with a wide range of interactive games and toys.
  • Educational booksChildren can also assess a myriad of educational books that encourage them to be curious and explore.
  • Bonding activitiesThe library also provides an engaging and supportive environment for children to connect with their families.
  • Special programmesWe also engage our volunteer teachers from the Teacher Everywhere™ programme to interact with the children.
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Respectful Parenting

Connecting with children in a respectful and responsible manner

A parent-involvement programme that equips parents with Respectful Parenting strategies to build a positive relationship with their children.

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WHY RESPECTFUL PARENTING?

Parents play a role in raising respectful children

Respectful parenting empowers parents to enhance their relationship with their children, one that is based on love and mutual-respect.

What does it translate into for parents and what does it look like when it comes to parenting and real-life interactions with children?

Discover the life-changing approach in our new book: Respectful Parenting that features real-life examples from parents, and easy-to-implement strategies that you can apply. Pre-order your copy here.

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WHO WE IMPACT

Helping families develop respectful relationships

The Respectful Parenting campaign is designed for both parents and children, to help them feel mutually supported, respected and loved as individuals.

Apart from educating parents about the philosophy of Respectful Parenting and the harmful consequences of authoritarian parenting, we also empower children to break away from the cycle of abuse and realise their true potential.

A digital film we released across SingHealth institutions
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PROGRAMME DETAILS

Providing parents with strategies to support children

Through this programme, we hope to provide parents with effective Respectful Parenting strategies that enable children to become secure, confident and happy individuals.

Respectful Parenting

An approach in which children are treated with mutual respect in all situations.

  • Treating children like individuals We encourage parents to treat children as individuals with important emotional, social and physical needs.
  • Cultivating cooperation and responsibility
    When parents learn to involve children in decision making, it helps children grow and become more confident.
  • Nurturing empathy in interactions By learning how to listen and respond, parents can help children feel respected and loved as individuals.
  • Real-life stories from parents Our new book: Respectful Parenting supports parents in connecting with their children in positive and life-changing ways. Pre-order your copy here.
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OUR FUTURE PLANS

Supporting families on their parenting journeys

We will continue to provide resources that parents can use to learn more about raising respectful children.

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KidSTART

Kickstarting the holistic development of children

KidSTART helps children from low-income families be better prepared for school with essential educational materials and sponsored learning experiences.

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WHY KIDSTART?

An early head start helps

The early years are crucial for the knowledge, experiences and development that help children succeed later in life.

Children from low-income families may face more challenges compared to their peers, and need additional support to promote their healthy growth and reach their development milestones.

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WHO WE IMPACT

Providing support for vulnerable children

Over the years, ECF has pledged a total of S$150,000 to support children from KidSTART families.

The funds will assist the educational and experiential development of these vulnerable children to promote later success in their school and life.

Any unutilised funds to date will be transferred to the Growing together Fund to continue supporting these families.

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Pledged funds
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PROGRAMME DETAILS

Equipping children with development resources

Led by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), KidSTART enables vulnerable children to have a greater start in life.

The KidSTART initiative has sponsored

• Learning Resource Kits

• Learning Journey excursions

  • KidSTART learning sitesSet up by the ECDA, these sites offer online resources for children to enhance their overall learning experience.
  • Resource KitsWe have sponsored 900 kits with educational materials for KidSTART Supported Playgroups and Home Visitation Programme to encourage learning at home.
  • Learning JourneysA great way to learn together–we also sponsor family trips to Singapore Science Centre’s KidSTOP, the S.E.A. Aquarium, and the Singapore Zoo.
  • Joyful LearningConducted by volunteers equipped with storytelling techniques, Joyful Learning helps children embrace joy in learning through books.
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Box of Joy

   

Spreading the joy of the festive season

The annual Christmas gift drive allows us to deliver the joy of the festive season to vulnerable children in the community.

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WHY BOX OF JOY?

Gifts could transform lives

During the festive season, your gifts can bring joy to children who may otherwise have nothing under their tree.

Giving and sharing, especially during the holiday, can also help children through their troubled times, and make them feel seen and cared for by the bigger community.

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WHO WE IMPACT

Extending love to vulnerable children

The gifts you donate are distributed to disadvantaged children in the community, in an effort to celebrate the holiday together and make each child a happier one. In 2020, we reached out to 13 organisations to distribute donated gifts to infants and children up to age 13.

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The little elves behind Box of Joy.
Happy children receiving their presents!
Happy children receiving their presents!
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PROGRAMME DETAILS

Making meaningful contributions to children

We help put a smile on the faces of thousands of children by giving them “boxes of joy”. Because after all, every child should experience the joy of receiving.

An annual tradition since 2016

One that children and families look forward to during the year-end festive season.

  • Gift driveWe encourage donors to pack, wrap and deliver useful items, necessities and educational toys in these boxes.
  • Volunteer as a familyIt's an activity everyone can enjoy while learning the value of doing good things for the people we care about.
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OUR FUTURE PLANS

Creating a difference in the lives of children

Box of Joy has become an annual event that children and families–both donors and beneficiaries–look forward to during the Christmas holiday.

We hope to reach out to more than 2,000 beneficiaries in 2021 and make a real, lasting difference in the lives of children.

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Mindfulness

Building resilience in vulnerable youth

Mindfulness is incorporated into our programme to help vulnerable youth develop self-awareness, emotional intelligence and resilience to cope with stressful events in life.

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WHY MINDFULNESS?

The joy of just being mindful

More youth are anxious, depressed and stressed than ever before. They need all the help and opportunities they can get to cope and flourish.

Mindfulness offers this break and helps them function more effectively and clearly.

The simple act of practising mindfulness–how to relax, focus and just breathe–could be one of the greatest gifts and lifelong skills they receive.

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WHO WE IMPACT

Empowering youth with a lifelong skill

Mindfulness has the power to increase focus and, at the same time, reduce issues with anxiety among at-risk youth.

We conducted a successful pilot in the Singapore Girls Home in 2018, where we engaged trainers to deliver mindfulness-based programmes that help to reduce stress and improve behavioural regulation.

With its success, we expanded the initiative to other youth and children’s Homes and Shelters in 2019, including Pertapis Centre for Women & Girls, and Singapore Girls' Home.

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A Mindfulness Movement Programme for the youth at Singapore Girls’ Home
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PROGRAMME DETAILS

Cultivating mind-body awareness with youth

Developing a strong connection between mind and body is an invaluable skill for youth. It can be taught and strengthened through mindfulness-based meditation, movement, and other activities.

Mindfulness in Positive Psychology

One of the tools used to increase positive feelings and improve quality of life.

  • Positive PsychologyBased on research rooted in Positive Psychology, we collaborate with trainers to develop a mindfulness programme.
  • MindfulnessMeditation and breathing exercises are staples of practising mindfulness to improve emotional regulation and cognitive well-being.
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OUR FUTURE PLANS

Introducing mindfulness to a younger audience

When we teach mindfulness to children, we equip them with tools to build self-esteem, focus better, and manage stress. That is why we plan to extend the programme to a younger audience, that will include primary and secondary school children.

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Get your organisation on board

If you would like to bring our Mindfulness programme to your beneficiaries, let us know.

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