Preschoolers May Suffer Permanent Damage from the Pandemic

By Chan Xin Ying

August 2021 FEATURE
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COVID-19 HAS PERFORMED quite a time heist on everyone, and on preschoolers especially. Schools were once again forced to close last May as cases steadily rose. Devoid of social interactions and playtime with peers, these children’s parents worry about what this will do to their children’s early development and education.Pause the Growing Up?The first six years of a child’s life is the most crucial for brain development. Social and language skills are acquired through interaction, observation and the normalisation of...

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Chan Xin Ying

is advocate for family inclusiveness. She is currently working at the Family and Children’s Affairs Department of the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC).