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Kids news in Singapore: Hiring a maid, schools, meet mums and things to do with kids

Find the latest updates for families, parents and children in Singapore – from schools and volunteering to hiring a helper and meeting mums – all right here!


About to employ a foreign domestic worker? Now available on the British Chamber of Commerce website, An Expat’s Guide to Employing a Domestic Worker in Singapore is an excellent resource that includes useful best-practice suggestions. To find it, go to the britcham.org.sg homepage, click on Knowledge Bank and scroll through the articles.

All mums need a bit of help from time to time, and the new MumRadar app is designed to do just that. From making friends with other mothers nearby or searching for the closest baby changing-room or kid-friendly café, to selling and buying pre-loved goods or finding work, inspiration or support, this app has it all. Download from the App Store. mumradar.com


It may not be quite as sexy as the pottery scene in Ghost, but things will get hot and steamy when the dragon kiln fires up at Thow Kwang Jungle Pottery in September. Built in the 1940s, it was named for its shape (40 metres long and five metres wide) and the rumbling sound it emits. Don’t miss it: the dragon kiln in operation is a piece of Singapore’s heritage that is rarely seen. Ahead of that, on 9, 10 and 23 August, get creative with a 90-minute pottery workshop (adults, $35; kids, $28, including materials and firing). Located in the new Jurong Eco Garden, a nice spot for some green time-out. Email thowkwang@gmail.com for more details or to book. facebook.com/tkpotteryjungle


“Voluntourism” is the buzzword describing a combination of travel and volunteering to provide assistance to communities around the globe. If you’re looking for an experience with a difference, Habitat for Humanity’s “Big Builds”, when hundreds of volunteers come together for a week to build houses, are scheduled for Borneo in September and Nepal in November (the “Everest Build”). By living and working with the host community, volunteers have a first-hand opportunity to contribute to Habitat’s efforts to eliminate substandard housing throughout the world. It offers trips to over 70 countries, including India, or closer to home at Batam, Indonesia. habitat.org.sg


Meet the principals and teachers, observe classes and speak to current students at a series of Open Days at United World College of South East Asia. The Dover campus is open for tours of the Primary, Middle and High Schools on 22, 24 and 23 September respectively, while tours of the Primary, Middle and High Schools of the East Campus are available on 15, 17 and 18 September. Applications for entry to the various schools in August 2015 will be opening in September. For more information and to register, visit uwcsea.edu.sg. Call 6775 5344.


Experienced educator and policy advisor, Helena Sobulis, will relocate from Australia to head up Avondale Grammar School from October. Avondale is the only international school in Singapore that concentrates solely on the Australian curriculum. The new head joins Avondale after nine years as vice-principal at Walford Anglican School for Girls, a leading independent school in South Australia. Since its opening in 2007, Avondale has grown from 50 to 350 students and offers schooling for students aged three to 14 at a campus in Phoenix Park. avondale.edu.sg


M2 Academy, a new private education institution offering full-time undergraduate University of South Australia degree courses, has opened at Orchard Gateway. m2-academy.edu.sg


Korea’s insanely popular illusionary museum has now reached selfie-mad Singapore. If you love taking and posing in photos, check out the Alive Museum’s 70 backgrounds, which use clever techniques including trick art and 3D painting that deceive eyes and minds into seeing illusion and reality at the same time. There’s also technologically advanced digital art, and object art with sculptures and unusual installations. Wi-Fi is free, but make sure your phone is 100-percent charged! Suntec City Mall, #03-372 (Between Towers 3 and 4). alivemuseum.sg