Courses for Your Domestic Helper To Pick Up Some New Nifty Skills
Domestic helpers don’t have it easy, especially working in Singapore with young families that comes with keeping on top of the kids’ demands and employer’s busy work schedules. Many domestic helpers are sometimes expected to have a set of skills that covers all areas of domestic life and beyond, be an expert nanny, first aid provider, nutritionist, and all-around fixer-upper, and always carry a smile as a cherry on top. In reality, this is hardly possible for one person to deliver on – without your help and support, that is!
This is where enrichment classes and courses come in handy, and Singapore has a huge variety to choose from, from cooking and baking, to sewing and first aid, we’ve rounded up some fun and practical domestic helper courses around Singapore that’ll enrich your helper’s skills and help her embrace and enhance her personal and professional skill-sets. And not only for life with your family either. These courses will help her build a future for life beyond her role as a helper. Read on below!
1. Foreign Domestic Workers Association for Skills Training (FAST)
With various locations all over Singapore and a heap of great subsidised domestic helper courses to choose from, this charity-funded association ensures your helper will not only pick up some fab new accomplishments, but also some FAST new friends. Classes that are currently available include cooking, infant care, English language, stress management, baking and computer literacy. FAST also conducts a two-day Onboarding and Integration Programme to help new MDW arrivals adjust and adapt to work life in Singapore, learning life essentials such as how to use public transport and road safety. Oh, and a beauty-preneurship course too!
FAST, 3 Chin Cheng Avenue, Singapore 429401. Helpline Support: 1800 339 4357.
2. Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME)
The HOME Academy was set up in order to provide training and support to domestic workers of all nationalities. Weekly Sunday classes offer programs in English, Mandarin, computer skills, cooking, dressmaking and financial education. Your helper will love the HOMEly feel of this place. It makes it a great place to make some new connections for your helper too!
HOME, 495 Geylang Road, #02-01, Singapore 389453. Helpline Support: +65 6344 0224 / 6344 0232 / 6345 6441.
3. Bayanihan Singapore
Filipino helpers who fancy bagging some new skills can join courses ranging from martial arts to dressmaking at the Bayanihan Centre. Programs typically start in March until October. Classes include cool choices such as cosmetology and aromatherapy too!
Bayanihan Centre, 43 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118503. Contact No.: 6474 3700.
4. Bunda Network – Communication Domestic Helper Courses In Singapore
Established by a group of Indonesian professionals in Singapore, the support group runs classes on conversational English for Indonesian domestic workers. Looking to up your helper’s computer literacy skills? Bunda Network also has basic computer lessons that they can enrol in. Best of all, the courses offered are wallet-friendly.
5. Mujahidah Learning Centre – Variety Of Domestic Helper Courses In Singapore
Set up in 2005, and now running a range of different domestic helper courses, the Mujahidah Learning Centre offers all sorts of fun classes. Think international cookery courses, sewing skills, English lessons and computer literacy programs too.
Mujahidah Learning Centre, Mujahidin Mosque, 590 Stirling Road, Singapore 148952. Contact No.: 6473 7400.
6. Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI)
The ACMI (thankfully, this one has an acronym) has courses open to any nationality that starts from just $100 for 10 lessons. Your helper can try out fun courses from baking, computers and hairdressing, to caregiving, speaking everyday English, small business enterprise classes and even guitar lessons. This centre is popular, and enrolment happens twice yearly, so we advise booking as early as possible.
ACMI, Agape Village, 7A Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #04-01, Singapore 319264. Contact No.: 6801 7400.
7. Mother & Child – First Aid + Childcare Domestic Helper Courses In Singapore
For those of us who leave our tots in the care of our helpers, it certainly helps to know they are in capable hands. The Mother & Child First Aid for Helpers class covers infant and child care essentials such as CPR, accident prevention, first aid and emergency procedures. Not only will your helper be learning worthwhile skills, but this course will also give parents peace of mind.
Mother & Child, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, #03-11, Singapore 247933. Contact No.: 6836 0063.
8. Parentlink: First Aid + Childcare Domestic Helper Courses In Singapore
It’s no overstatement to say that this is one life-saving course! Parentlink offers an invaluable four-hour Child First Aid + CPR class for helpers to learn how to react in emergencies such as fractures, bleeding, burns, or other unforeseen injuries where timely and informed intervention is of paramount importance. The course also covers CPR and developing an emergency plan, skills that can save the lives of your children and may prove life-saving in countless other situations, to countless other people!
Parentlink, 18 Hougang Avenue 3, Singapore 530018. Contact No.: 9012 0071.
9. First Aid Tuition
These private domestic helper courses are run by founder Anne Greetham, a fully qualified American Red Cross Instructor and a Registered General Nurse from St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. The Concise First Aid and CPR course, designed for parents, helpers and babysitters, teach infant, child and adult CPR with the use of a mannequin. You’ll get a manual to keep, and the course can take place in your home. Additionally, if you want to qualify for American Red Cross certification, you can sign up for the Full CPR and First Aid course.
First Aid Tuition, Contact No.: 81611247.
10. Dementia Singapore – Dementia Specific Training For Domestic Helper Courses In Singapore
Many helpers are employed for the purpose of taking care of persons with dementia, which can prove especially challenging, both emotionally and logistically. This is why training in this area is vital for the well-being of all parties involved! This social service agency provides a one-day training workshop that offers core info and useful techniques for dementia care, conducted in English, Malay and Burmese.
Dementia Singapore, BS Bendemeer Centre, 20 Bendemeer Road #01-02, Singapore 339914. Helpline Support: 6377 0700.
11. Discover Everton – Cooking Classes For Domestic Helpers In Singapore
For health-conscious families, whipping up nutritious yet tasty meals is important. Discover Everton has a course designed specifically for domestic helpers that covers healthy whole food and gluten free diets, keto and intermittent fasting, healthy breakfasts, fermented foods, even sauces, dressings and dips (healthy never has to mean boring and bland!), and so much more. All ingredients necessary to get cookin’ are included in the fee!
Discover Everton, 17A Everton Road, Singapore 089373.
12. Aquaducks – Swimming Classes For Domestic Helpers In Singapore
If your kiddo loves splish-splashing but your schedule’s too packed to bring them to the pool often, your domestic helper might take on the role of your little swimmer’s pool companion. Pools are as potentially dangerous as they are fun, though, so aquaDucks offers basic swimming lessons boosted with expert water safety pointers, notes on supervision over kids and rescue techniques.
AquaDucks, various locations. Contact No. 6463 5554.
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