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Frequently Asked Questions

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Age related questions

Q: My child is X years old, what classes do you have for him/her?

You can refer to our class recommendations by ages on our website - https://www.littleforest.sg/programmes-by-ages

Q: If my child is more than 18 months, can we still join Mini Troopers and Mini Mandarin?

Children up to 24 months are welcome to continue joining the Mini Programmes.

Q: Can you arrange for a class that is closer to my baby’s age group? I would like my 8 months old to attend classes with children who are closer in age gap ie. with other 8 to 10 months old.

Our curriculum is curated for 6 months - 18 months and their developmental skills will still require adult-guidance. It is good for this age to be exposed to children of varied ages to help them build social and emotional skills. Children learn best from peers observation. Our classes welcome children of mixed ages across the age group hence, it will not be possible for us to advise on specific ages across various time slots.

 
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Classes related questions

Q: My child is X years old, what classes do you have for him/her?

You can refer to our class recommendations by ages on our website - https://www.littleforest.sg/programmes-by-ages

Q: What is the difference between Mini Troopers & Mini Mandarin?

Mini Troopers is conducted in English with focus on Letterland phonics.

Mini Mandarin is conducted in Mandarin with focus on Chinese character recognition.

Both classes have different activities over the week and we have many parents who comes for twice weekly classes - one Mini Troopers and one Mini Mandarin class each week.

Q: Can you share with me the lesson plan?

We are unable to share with you our curriculum or lesson plan. However, for our playgroup classes we have themes every term and letter & word of the week. With the topic in mind, your little one will do various activities like Music & Movement, Arts & Crafts or Sensory. 

Q: Can both parents accompany the child in class?

For 1.5h adult-accompanied programmes, only 1 adult can accompany the child in the class at all times. Invitation of both parents into class will be up to the Educator's discretion. 

Switchovers will be allowed only from snack time onwards. Up to 2 accompanying adults are welcome to enter and wait around our premises *as long as they have socks on and is vaccinated*.

Q: Why are switchovers only allowed from snack time onwards?

Opening of classroom doors as and when parents pleases, disrupts the class, distracts the children and may cause accidents.

Q: Week 10 of the Term includes waterplay and potluck picnic as part of the class - is this compulsory?

Our picnic time (held indoors) replaces snack time, waterplay (held outdoors) replaces sensory activity of regular classes. 

Week 10 potluck picnic is to encourage a healthy parenting community and a fun experience for the little ones held in a safe indoor environment. Although it is not compulsory to attend, these activities are still incorporated as part of our 10-weeks term programme.

Q: Can I skip the class on Week 10?

If you are holding a term package, cancellation of a class will be counted towards your 2 make-up sessions. Late cancellation policy applies. 

If you are holding a flexible package, you will still need to utilise all available credits before your package end date. Strictly no extension allowed.

Q: Why do I have to bring socks?

We have a cosy play area where our little troopers love to crawl and play. Having socks on keeps the place hygienic for all children, even if you are just waiting around.  

Q: What if I forgot my socks?

We do sell them at Little Forest but they may not always necessarily be enough. Without any socks, adults/children alike will be asked to leave the premises and wait outside. 

 
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Class Bookings 

Q: Can I book a class this afternoon at 3pm?

Class bookings closes 12 hours before the class. This is to allow enough time for teachers to prepare for the class. 

Q: Can I walk-in for class today?

Please don’t do this. We need advance notice to prep class materials and we will be sad to have to turn you away should the class be full or we are unable to accommodate your child for the class. You might have just made a wasted trip.

Q: I tried calling but nobody is picking up.

Do understand that we don’t have a 24/7 hotline. We are a small team and our priority is to make sure all children and adults are safe at our centre. Our staff may be away tending to other children or other matters at the centre and will be unable to attend to your calls.

Q: Can I just drop you a WhatsApp text at night and come for class tomorrow morning?

Unless you have received a confirmation reply from our staff, your request will not be accepted. Turning up without our confirmation will be considered a walk-in and you may be turned away for reasons stated above.

Hence, always book your classes in advance.

Take note that we are also closed on Fridays and public holidays. We may not reply to your messages or requests to book for a class on the days we are closed.

 
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Trial Bookings 

Q: When are your trial sessions?

You can refer to our playgroup trial schedule here.

Parents can choose a 1.5h class as your trial. Schedule of 1.5h classes can be found on our term schedule here.

Q: Can both parents accompany?

For Thursday 3pm trial classes, 2 adults can accompany the child in the class *as long as they have socks on and is vaccinated*.

For all other 1.5h adult-accompanied programmes, only 1 adult can accompany the child in the class at all times. Invitation of both parents into class will be up to the Educator's discretion and dependent on class capacity.

Switchovers will be allowed only from snack time onwards. Up to 2 accompanying adults are welcome to enter and wait around our premises *as long as they have socks on and is vaccinated*.

Q: Why do I have to bring socks?

We have a cosy play area where our little troopers love to crawl and play. Having socks on keeps the place hygienic for all children, even if you are just waiting around.  

Q: What if I forgot my socks?

We do sell them at Little Forest but they may not always necessarily be enough. Without any socks, adults/children alike will be asked to leave the premises and wait outside. 

 
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Class Packs

Q: What is a term package?

Term packages commits you to a fixed schedule for the term - once a week or twice a week, for 10 consecutive weeks. Eg. Every Monday 9am to 10.30am throughout the term. Spaces are automatically reserved for your child each week.

Q: What is a flexible package?

Flexible packages as the name suggests, allows more flexibility in terms of your schedule planning. You can choose a Monday class this week, and a Saturday class next week for example. Spaces are not reserved for your child until a booking is made. All class credits are only valid for the duration of the term (10 weeks).

Q: Can I mix Mini Mandarin and Mini Troopers using the Term Package?

Yes - only for twice weekly term package. 2 classes (1 Mini Mandarin and 1 Mini Troopers) will be fixed for 10 consecutive weeks.

No - not for once weekly term package.

Q: Can I enroll mid-way through the term?

Yes. Term packages will be prorated for the remaining of the term. Minimum purchase for prorated term package is 5 weeks.

If you are enrolling for less than 5 weeks of the term, you can purchase our flexible 2 or 4 class pack.

Q: What if I miss a class?

Please refer to our Cancellation Policy.

For a full term package (of 10 weeks), up to 2 make-up credits will issued for up to 2 cancelled classes. (Please refer to our cancellation policy.)

Late cancellation fees apply (less than 12h before class). Non receipt of late cancellation fees will result in forfeit of class credit.

Q: Can I extend my class pack due to medical or travel reasons?

For term packages, we have already included an extra week of lessons (our make-up week) in addition to your 10-weeks package. Bringing forward of credits (limited to 2 credits) will be allowed on condition that a new class pack (of equivalent or higher value as your last class pack) purchased for the upcoming term.

 

For Flexible packages, strictly no extension as we have offered various options valid for 10 weeks which is more than enough time to use up your credits. Little Forest will not be liable for any mis-planning of your schedule.

Q: Can I bring forward my remaining flexible credits to the next term?

As mentioned, there will strictly be no extension of flexible class pack validity. Hence, any remaining credits not used by the end date will be forfeited.

Please read through our terms and conditions carefully and consider your schedule and commitments before purchasing the right package.

We regret to inform that this includes any medical reasons you may encounter throughout the term - including but not limited to covid, HFMD and other infectious illnesses. 

Q: Can Little Forest be more flexible in the validity of your class packs?

There is a need to standardise our operations.

Q: My plans have changed, can I refund the rest of my package?

Class packs purchased are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 
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Forest Troopers Programme

Q: What is Forest Troopers Programme

A 2.5h drop-off, independent programme for 18 to 36 months. Monday to Thursday, 9am to 11.30am.

More info can be found here - https://www.littleforest.sg/forest-troopers

Q: What are the costs?

You can choose from 2 or 4 days a week.

2 days a week: $580/month (Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday)

4 days a week: $980/month 

Q: Can I use the term or flexible packages for Forest Troopers?

No. Fees for Forest Troopers is payable monthly. 

Q: Can I enroll mid-way through the month?

Yes. Enrolment is only allowed on the 1st or the 15th of the month. Fees will be prorated for 0.5 months if commencement is from the 15th of the month.

Q: For 2-days a week, can I choose which days to attend?

No. Sessions are fixed as Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. You will not be able to choose any other combination. 

Q: What if I miss a class?

No make-up classes will be given.

Q: Can I suspend my child's enrolment due to medical or travel reasons?

No. We don't allow suspension of enrolment. Fees are payable on a monthly recurring basis regardless of attendance. 

You can choose to withdraw (one month notice period given) and enrol with us again when your child is ready to return, spaces will be subjected to prevailing availability as the space will not be reserved for your child.

Q: My plans have changed, can I refund the rest of my package?

All purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 
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Cancellation Policy

Q: My child is sick - can I cancel my class?

You can cancel up to 2 classes (per term pack) in advance to be entitled to up to 2 replacement classes.

 Do make any cancellations 12 hours before class time. Late cancellation fee of $10 apply.

 If this fee is not received, the make-up credit or flexible credit (where applicable) will not be returned and the class will be deemed as attended.

 

For Term Packages, replacement classes have to be completed within the same validity of the term pack, or can be used to offset the next class pack purchase of equivalent or higher value, otherwise it will be forfeited.

Q: I need to cancel my class on the same day.

Do make any cancellations 12 hours before class time. Late cancellation fee of $10 apply.

 If this fee is not received, the make-up credit or flexible credit (where applicable) will not be returned and the class will be deemed as attended.

 

For Term Packages, replacement classes have to be completed within the same validity of the term pack, or can be used to offset the next class pack purchase of equivalent or higher value, otherwise it will be forfeited.

Q: Children fall sick last minute, why are we being penalised for it?

Cancellation policies are put in place to standardise our operations and to prevent abuse by parents.

MC was previously required as proof that child is sick but getting a MC involves time and more money. There are many circumstances that classes have to be cancelled last minute but some parents argue they can't produce an MC - they self medicate at home, they don't need to spend the money to see the doctor, their child woke up late from their nap, their child is throwing a tantrum, it is raining heavily and they can't get a transport etc. 

 

As much as we understand that last minute situations may arise, parents need to understand that the space was reserved for their child till the last minute and the class materials has been prepped. 

If we allow parents to cancel at the last minute without any penalty, wouldn't many take advantage of the situation? If you have any suggestions on how we can further streamline this, do send us an email :)

Q: We are travelling - can I cancel my class?

You can cancel up to 2 classes (per term pack) in advance to be entitled to up to 2 replacement classes (per term pack).

 

For Term Packages, replacement classes have to be completed within the same validity of the term pack, or can be used to offset the next class pack purchase of equivalent or higher value, otherwise it will be forfeited.

Q: The community cases are rising - can I suspend my class pack?

Only in the event of mandatory centre closures as mandated by the government will we allow suspensions of class packs in accordance to the period of suspension as mandated by the government.

 

In all other cases, the centre will remain operational and class packs will not be suspended.

Q: What is the cancellation policy for term packages?

You can cancel up to 2 classes (per term pack) in advance to be entitled to up to 2 replacement classes.

 Do make any cancellations 12 hours before class time. Late cancellation fee of $10 apply.

 If this fee is not received, the make-up credit or flexible credit (where applicable) will not be returned and the class will be deemed as attended.

 

For Term Packages, replacement classes have to be completed within the same validity of the term pack, or can be used to offset the next class pack purchase of equivalent or higher value, otherwise it will be forfeited.

Q: What if I need to cancel more than 2 classes?

Please consider your own schedule and plans before committing to a term package. If you are unable to accept our cancellation policy for term packages, do opt for our flexible packages instead.

 

Flexible packages allows you to plan our own time each week and allows multiple cancellations (12h in advance) over the duration of your class pack. All credits must be utilised within the validity of the class pack. Same-day cancellation policy applies.

Q: What happens if I don't agree with your terms and conditions.

Our terms and conditions are easily accessible to all parents via our website, mobile app, whatsapp messages and have been reiterated multiple times before purchases. Little Forest is not liable if parents have failed to read or understand the terms and conditions. Any dispute may result in a ban from attending Little Forest classes and any classes associated with Little Forest. 

 
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Payment Terms

Q: Can I pay when I am there?

All payment would need to be made in advance before coming for lesson.

 Confirmation of payment would need to be made *before 5PM the previous working day*.

 Since our payment are all digital (via our Little Forest mobile app), you can confirm the bookings and make payment at home without being on-site :)

Q: Why must I pay in advance?

Making a payment for a class commits you to the class.We need your commitment to turn up for the class you book just as our Teachers have made a commitment to prepare for your child’s space in class.

We respect your time, so respect the teacher’s time as well.

 

We do allow rescheduling. Please refer to our cancellation policy. 

Q: Can you reserve a space for me first?

Spaces are not reserved without receipt of payment. Do make your payment on time to avoid cancellations of your bookings.

Q: Can I pay by cash?

We do not accept cash payment. Payment methods accepted are Paynow via the Little Forest mobile app.

 
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Location - How to find us

Q: Is their parking on site?

Yes there is a public carpark located within the Yards. Kindly refer to the map sent over. Parking are indicated by “P” on the map. You can refer to a copy on our website as well - https://www.littleforest.sg/contact

Q: Is there an elevator? Where do I park my stroller/pram?

Access to Little Forest is via staircase at the sides of the building. Feel free to park your strollers at level one right next to the staircase.

Q: We are at level 1, how do we get to Little Forest?

Little Forest is located on level 2, access by staircase at the sides of the building. There is no connection from “All Hands Together” located at level 1.

Q: What is the nearest MRT or what bus should I take?

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Q: Why do I have to bring socks?

We have a cosy play area where our little troopers love to crawl and play. Having socks on keeps the place hygienic for all children, even if you are just waiting around. 

Q: What if I forgot my socks?

We do sell them at Little Forest but they may not always necessarily be enough. Without any socks, adults/children alike will be asked to leave the premises and wait outside. 

 
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Photography and Videography

Q: Why are the Educators taking photos of my child?

By entering Little Forest premises or attending a class at Little Forest, you consent to the use of your child’s and your photograph, voice, likeness, and image in any broadcasts or promotional purposes of this space of event and in subsequent productions or promotional purposes drawn from video or audio recordings of this space or event.

 

Parents are welcome to opt-out of photography by dropping us a text via WhatsApp (91914259) or email (info@littleforest.sg)

Q: Can I take photos and videos of my child in class?

Yes you may. However, please be advised that photography and videography of other children, by parents, will not be allowed. We strongly advise all parents to practise discretion when taking photos/videos of your child and your child only, as phones can be a huge distraction to children. Most importantly, be involved in your child’s learning process and live in the moment.

Q: Can Little Forest send over photos of my child taken in class?

Photos and videos taken by our Educator are for internal use only. Due to PDPA, we do not send them over to parents as many different children are being photographed.