Hi All I am new to this forum..I hope I am posting at the right space... I am a mom of a 3 yo gal staying at Teluk Kurau. I have been keeping her at home and was hoping to send her to school only after she turns 5. But things change as I am expecting my no. 2 currently and find that it becomes very hard to occupy or teach her. I used to teach her alphabets, basic phonic sounds, counting...all the preschooler stuff. She has learnt most of her first sounds, and can trace some abcs. We sing a lot and do some simple crafts. Also going out to differnt places to play. But lately, i get tired very easily and has been neglecting her. After talking to hubby, we decided to look for a kindy for her next year. As I never think about school so far, I have no idea where to start. And some friends told us that good kindergartens would have all been fully booked and have long waitlist..what more with my stringent requirements....Then, another friend told me about this forum and so here I am. My requirements: 1. Near home (I will need to send her and pick her up so must be near) 2. Small teacher/student ratio (I am not sure what is the requirement for 4 yo? Is it 16 in a class? I am hoping to see if there is one that take in max 10 in a class? I understand that the fees can be a bit more but I would love to know if there is such a kindy within my vicinity) 3. teaches beyond moe requirement - as in beyond the basic requirements of abcs and 123s. I have heard from friends that their chidlren are asked to play if they are more advanced than other classmates so that teacher can focus on the weaker ones. I hope that is not the case. Also, i believe learning is beyond that, I hope to see something more theme based for eg. a term on farm animals with activities surrounding the theme.. 4. good hygeine - heard that children get sick easily from school....I hope at least the school is vigilent in this area. 5. teaches social emotion sides..and maybe character building - this will be a plus to me since gal will be having a younger sibling 6. teachers are firm yet caring - I have quite a strong 3 yo so hopefully teachers are firm enough to handle her but yet not the kind that shouts at children... Sigh...I know I am askign for a lot..but if anyone knows any such kindy, please let me know. Btw, I am not considering cc as I have no intention to send her away for full day especially with no. 2 coming. I dón't wnat her to think that I am sending her away because of no. 2.... Please reply asap so that at least I can shortlist some places to visit soon...And I believe in power of word of mouth...so who else is best to hear from but mothers. Thank you in advance!