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Our Experts & Contributors
Aminah Abdul Latif
Aminah Abdul Latif worked in the preschool industry for ten amazing, enriching and emotional years - seven years as a preschool teacher, two as a principal and one as a supervisor. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Leadership. Aminah is thankful that she has been given the opportunity to spend her days (and nights) with her two lovely boys aged 3 years old and 3 months old. She is homeschooling her elder son, Umar. It keeps her passion burning and helps her stay in touch with her knowledge and experiences in Early Childhood.
Ermita Soenarto is a PhD student and a stay at home mom to four toddlers, three of whom are triplets. She has been looking forward to 2016 because it is the first time in her married life where she is not pregnant or having babies and hopes to finally make progress on her dissertation on the history of family and childhood in the Dutch East Indies. She blogs about parenting multiples and teaching herself to sew at craftyacademic.com.
Yong Caiwen is a qualified 3-6 AMI directress and a trained teacher of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). She was educated at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) and the Maria Montessori Institute in London. Caiwen has been teaching for 10 years and has taught at DAS, Katong School APSN, Manchester Grammar School, Montessori Children's Houses in London, and currently at Limespring School in Finchley, also in London. She is a mother of a 2 month old Violet, and is enthusiastic about human development and parental role / involvement in education. She is a practising RIE and Montessori mum.
Rowena (known to most as Ro) is mum to two beautiful boys (sometimes three), who are her greatest teachers in life. In her free time, she never says no to a good book or a zombie flick. Some days, she goes to bed without cleaning up the mess that the boys leave behind in their wake. She blogs about her parenting journey at mumming-it.blogspot.sg.
Shwu Huey’s former job as a Communications Specialist would put her in good stead when she became a mum, or so she had hoped. Her job remained the same but her role (and waistline) drastically changed. At first, motherhood was a journey of perpetual guilt trips, self-doubt and chaos, filled with much crying and late-night chocolate binges. Only when she realised the need to mother with kindness, respect, and loving connection did she become a happier mum to happier kids. When she is not busy un-learning and re-learning the art of parenting, she takes a breather to watch TED talks, sew toy unicorns, and practise ignoring pesky chocolate bars who have learnt her name (she is mostly unsuccessful at the last).
Jackie is a pediatric speech language therapist who works with children with special needs in the community setting. She is passionate about helping her young clients to communicate meaningfully to the best of their strengths and abilities. In her free time, she enjoys power lifting, testing out paleo/gluten-free recipes, and reading articles about respective parenting. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Leher Singh
Dr Leher Singh is an Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is the Director of the NUS Infant and Child Language Centre. Her teaching and research interests have been concerned primarily with early language and cognitive development. Her research on language development has been published in internationally renowned scientific journals such as Cognition, Child Development and Developmental Science.
Stephanie is the co-founder of Treebubs, an outdoor Mandarin playgroup that nurtures young children’s inborn fascination with nature into a love for Chinese culture and language. Trained in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Western Australia and University College London, she worked in Singapore’s foreign service before becoming a mother and co-founding Batch.sg. Stephanie now works from home while unschooling her two young children, who often accompany her to business meetings. Her work has appeared in Encounters and Wine & Dine Magazine.
Dr Setoh Peipei
Dr Setoh Peipei is an Assistant Professor of the Division of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University. She is the Director of the NTU Early Cognition Laboratory. Her research explores how infants and toddlers make sense of the world around them. Her research has been published in internationally renowned scientific journals such as Proceedings of National Academy of Science, Developmental Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
V.H. Yap has been a stay-at-home father since 2005 when his children, two biological sons and an adopted daughter, were adoringly aged four, five and six. He and his wife are now parents to three teenagers.
Dr Penny Tok
Penny obtained her PhD from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). She had previously obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from National University of Singapore (NUS) and her Master’s degree (Applied Psychology) at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). She also holds a Certificate in Autism and is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society.
She runs her own practice, Dr Penny Tok Psychology Practice, where she works with children and their families with various needs, conducting diagnostic assessments, counselling and behavioural intervention. She also conducts regular talks for parents, schools, private companies, and other professionals.
Married to a fellow psychologist, they have a young son, who is the centre of their lives.
Red is a midwife, registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and hypnobirthing practitioner. She brings 10 years of experience working with families all over the globe, the last 8 years spent in Asia. She co-founded a water birth center in Kerala, India in 2010. Birthvillage Natural Birthing Center is run by midwives and Red serves as a Director and Consultant to the center.
Her passion is easy to feel and she loves to focus on strengthening parents understanding of family centered care and how to become advocates for themselves. She teaches group, private and refresher hypnobirthing classes in Singapore.
Rochelle has been an early childhood educator for 14 years and holds an Advanced Diploma in Children's Services. Before coming to Singapore, she was the Director of the brand new Kew Kids Early Learning Centre in New Zealand for which she developed a Reggio-inspired curriculum.
She moved to Singapore in 2011 and worked at the Blue House Nursery & International Preschool, one of the few truly Reggio-inspired schools in Singapore. She is now a mum to a beautiful 20 month old Ava and has recently moved to Papua New Guniea. She is enjoying introducing Ava to Reggio philosophy at home and continues to be inspired by her every day.
Tina George is a clinical psychologist, with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tasmania, Australia. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various clinical settings. She is particularly interested in paediatric psychology, neuropsychology, mindfulness-based therapies, and eating disorders. In her spare time, she also volunteers as admin for a few Facebook parenting groups.
Jani Combrink is a South African registered nurse/midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant living and working in Singapore. She is currently working at the Mother & Child Centre and is the mother of three boys. She founded the Stork’s Nest Singapore network of support groups in Singapore (including Breastfeeding Support Singapore), and her passion is in working with families and providing resources, information and support.
Kasia is a Polish girl who has lived all over the world. Married to a Brazilian journalist, she took a break from her corporate job to respond to the calling of being a full-time mother to her son. She is an avid diver and also a capoeira aficionado. Four years ago, she hung up her boots and made Singapore her home. She finds joy in teaching capoeira to young children and runs Chapter Zero playgroups out of her home. Kasia holds certificates in Early Childhood Education and Playwork Perspectives. She also co-founded the Respectful/Mindful Parenting Singapore group on Facebook.
Winnie holds two full-time jobs - a communications specialist in the day, and a mother to her 3.5-year-old twin boys at night and on weekends. When she is not crafting messages or editing articles in the office, she finds herself fending off the incessant 'whys' and 'whats' from her two toddlers who at times can be more difficult to deal with than journalists. So while she loves her boys to bits, she chooses not to be a full-time SAHM to retain her sanity. When she has some me-time, she loves ploughing through social media for parenting tips or simply to catch up on the news. These days, she often day-dreams about becoming a famous blogger and getting invited to travel the world, try the best food or check out the latest family-friendly places...
Shumei is a local girl of Sri Lankan-Chinese heritage. Married to a British architect, she is a working mum by day and a serial multi-tasker by night. She is known in her local neighbourhood as the mother whose kid is always dirty from running around. She believes that she was born to be a mama, and loves being one! She has a heart for pregnant ladies and new parents and wants to support them as they start on their parenting journey, remembering how overwhelmed she felt as a new parent.
Shumei holds certificates in Early Childhood Education and Playwork Perspectives. She also co-founded the Respectful/Mindful Parenting Singapore group on Facebook.
Claire Seabrook is a mum to two young (and sometimes wild) children and enjoyed a very outdoorsy childhood collecting acorns, making daisy chains and sifting dirt to get the perfect pile. Once upon a time Claire was an enthusiastic ultimate frisbee player and recently taught pre-school sports classes. Claire is on a mission to help City kids experience a wilder childhood through the Forest School approach to learning and recently founded Wildlings offering Forest School and environmental education in Singapore. Claire has a Masters of Environmental Science degree and Forest School qualification.
Zahra Bowden Thioune
Zahra Bowden Thioune is a Mother of two curious and energetic boys born in Singapore but currently living in Jakarta, Indonesia. A graduate of African Studies with Development and an MA in International Studies with Diplomacy. Has lived in London, Douala, Libreville and Nairobi working on a range of projects from conflict-prevention and prevention of child trafficking to capacity-building with local NGOs. She loves to write poetry (maybe one day she’ll find the time again), is a follower of respectful parenting and loves to explore the world with her family. She’s currently growing her own children’s clothing brand Kiduchu @kiduchustyle which supports refugee seamstresses who are awaiting their status and therefore unable to enter the workforce conventionally. Basically, she’s a good egg.