LittleLives, which currently provides a custom-built preschool technology app to over 1,000 schools in seven countries, recently launched an app in Malaysia, which helps parents stay updated on their children’s activities at school and day-care. This technology assists teachers and caregivers in providing timely updates to parents.
Said Arjuna Raj, Chief Strategy Officer for Asia, LittleLives: “Parents, teachers and early childhood caregivers play a critical role in ensuring a more integrated development of children, particularly in their early formative years. LittleLives Two-Way Communications app, was launched in Singapore and Malaysia in Jan 2019, and has gained the confidence of both parents and teachers. Parents feel reassured about their children’s safety and progress, while teachers save time on paperwork, which then allows them to pay more attention to supporting the child’s development. By providing a central location for all information establishes reliability for leaders, educators and families. Accountability is increased and maintaining high standards become easier for small schools and big chains, alike.
This is exceptionally important in recent times, especially in Singapore, as private and independent preschools have been affected by the rise of the Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens since they entered the scene in 2014. MOE aims to run 50 kindergartens by 2023, more than three times its current 15. This is an effort by the ministry to raise quality standards on a greater scale.
The early childhood education sector is fast growing, and over the next 3 to 5 years, the Government will double its annual spending on the pre-school sector to $1.7 billion in 2022. A heavy investment that is deemed worthwhile and necessary. From curriculum development to the establishment of early childhood education and day-care centres, the industry is shifting amid the rising demand for childcare places as more parents see the importance of pre-school education in a child’s development
This EduTech company has optimistic plans for the future. “Our future expansion plans include launching in Indonesia and Thailand this year. We have also just rolled out a mobile payment platform that aims to allow parents in Singapore to purchase uniforms, pay for field trips and sign up for extra-curricular classes for their pre-school children together with Singapore Bank, DBS. DBS and LittleLives has plans to roll out this payment gateway to other markets such as Brunei, Cambodia, China, Malaysia and Vietnam. This is made possible with DBS IDEAL RAPID, an API-enabled solution, that allows the bank and its partners to scale their services quickly and seamlessly.