COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus Situation in Singapore

Little Day Out’s COVID-19 Resources

With the COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) outbreak taking place rapidly and affecting many countries and lives worldwide, many of us have been trying to make sense of the situation. Here, we compile the latest news in Singapore that would be relevant for parents and families, the precautions to take, resources you can share with children, as well as inspiring stories we’ve discovered along the way.

Stay Safe, Stay Home, Stay Together

A Message From Little Day Out: Stay Safe, Stay Home, Stay Together

Hi everyone, like many of you, our office is closed and the team at Little Day Out is now working from home.It is a difficult time for everyone in Singapore (and around the world)...
COVID-19 Journal: Keeping Track Of Unprecedented Times

COVID-19 Journal: Keeping Track Of Historic Times

To say that we are living in unusual times would be an understatement. Even for those of us who have lived through SARS, the current coronavirus situation is many times more serious. These times...

Stay-at-Home Resources for Kids and Families

Six Tips For Planning A Timetable Or Schedule With Your Kids

Six Tips For Planning A Timetable Or Schedule With Your Kids

Our school-going children often face a multitude of things to do. Homework, revision, music practice and training sessions – many of these activities can turn into a chore, unless you have super disciplined kids....
Work From Home Survival Guide

The Work From Home Survival Guide: A WFH Mum Shares Some Tips

I have been a work-from-home (WFH) mum ever since the identity as “mum/mother/mummy/mama/milk source” came along. I brought work home when it was overwhelming, I worked at home to run a health food business...
Local Art Studio Artify Comes Up With Some Easy, Fun Hands-On Art Ideas

Local Art Studio Artify Comes Up With Some Easy, Fun Hands-On Art Ideas

Need some ideas for hands-on activities with the kids that encourage them to use their creativity at the same time? Singapore art studio Artify has come up with some fun and easy ideas that...
Stay Home and Colour with STABILIO

Stay At Home And Enjoy Free Colouring Templates, Drawing Tutorials For Both Kids And...

We all know STABILO for its wonderful art materials like colouring pencils, pens and markers. Now, it is offering free creative resources that can be downloaded for free to encourage everyone to stay at...
13 “A Minute to Win it” Challenges For Kids: Party & Indoor Games For Kids For Whether it’s Hazy, Rainy Or Germy

13 “A Minute to Win it” Challenges For Kids: Party & Indoor Games For...

You must have watched or heard of the game show “A Minute to Win it” by now. Watching the participants complete hair-raising challenges under a minute got us laughing, screaming with excitement and just...
Jacinth From Our Little Playnest Tells Us About Positive Parenting, Managing Tantrums & Life As A SAHM

Jacinth From Our Little Playnest Tells Us About Positive Parenting, Managing Tantrums & Life...

If you have recently yelled at your child, you are not alone. Work from home or stay home notices might mean more tension when your child wants your constant attention. We speak to Jacinth...
Amazon’s Audible Is Streaming A Collection Of Books For Children For Free

Amazon’s Audible Is Streaming A Collection Of Books For Children For Free

Audio books are a great way to enjoy great stories. And now, kids can listen to them for free over Audible, Amazon’s audio book streaming service.In response to the COVID-19 situation, with many schools...
Happy Tot Shelf’s Home Explorer Camp Activity Pack: Themed Stay-At-Home Learning Activities For Kids

Happy Tot Shelf’s Home Explorer Camp Activity Pack: Themed Stay-At-Home Learning Activities For Kids

Wondering what to do with the kids while they are at home for the holidays? Mummy Fynn from Happy Tot Shelf has put together a package of learning activities for children between the ages...
An Old New World Online

Enjoy An Old New World Virtually: National Museum of Singapore’s Exhibition Goes Digital

If you did not visit “An Old New World” exhibition at National Museum of Singapore, now is your chance to see it from the comforts of your couch. An Old New World exhibition has...
3 Tips For Home-Based Learning

3 Home-Based Learning Tips

Singapore is hitting a new milestone with students at primary, secondary and junior college levels switching over to home-based learning from 8 April until 4 May 2020.After the trial run of home-based learning last...
COVID-19 Journal: Keeping Track Of Unprecedented Times

COVID-19 Journal: Keeping Track Of Historic Times

To say that we are living in unusual times would be an understatement. Even for those of us who have lived through SARS, the current coronavirus situation is many times more serious. These times...
14 Helpful Coronavirus Resources That Parents And Caregivers Can Share With Kids

15+ Helpful Coronavirus Resources That Parents And Caregivers Can Share With Kids

Covid-19 has stricken the world in anxiety and fear, which quite honestly hs initially been blown out of proportion. Given the deluge of information and fake news, adults need to be especially discerning so...
8 Picture Books On Resilience To Encourage Kids In Tough Times

8 Picture Books On Resilience To Encourage Kids In Tough Times

If ever there was a time our kids need to be resilient, it’s now. As COVID-19 dominates our headlines, disruptions, restrictions, inconveniences and loss are, unfortunately, becoming all too familiar for many.The good news...
Sesame Street's Free Resources For Young Children And Families During the COVID-19 Situation: Caring For Each Other

Sesame Street’s Free Resources For Young Children And Families During COVID-19: Caring For Each...

The Sesame Street theme song, with its lyrics of “Sunny day, Sweeping the clouds away”, has always brought joy to the faces of young children (and many grown-ups too). Now, Sesame Workshop, the non-profit...
FREE Courses & Skills To Learn While Staying Home

FREE Courses & Skills To Learn While Staying Home

Almost the entire world is home keeping a safe distance from the rest of society if possible to flatten the curve. With a slowdown of schedules, zero social events, no play dates, there is...

Ideas & Activities To Explore

Local Hawkers You Can Support During The Circuit Breaker Period And Get Your Comfort Food Fix

Local Hawkers You Can Support During The Circuit Breaker Period And Get Your Comfort...

It’s heartening to see how Singaporeans are still coming together during this time to support our community. We should all know that hawker culture is an integral part of Singapore’s national identity and that...
Easy Three Ingredient Brown Sugar Pearls From Scratch

How To Make Bubble Tea At Home: Easy Three-Ingredient Brown Sugar Pearls From Scratch

A minute of silence for all bubble tea lovers as we deal with the news that bubble tea is no longer an essential service… However, not all hope is gone. It is possible to...
SRT’s The Little Company’s TLC Play House To Offer An Activity Of The Week Every Tuesday

SRT’s The Little Company’s TLC Play House To Offer An Activity Of The Week...

With the current COVID-19 situation, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company has had to postpone it show Fly High to October. However, that’s not stopping it from helping parents who are looking for things...
How Can Parents Partner Preschool Teachers during HBL

How Can Parents Partner Their Child’s Teachers During Circuit Breaker? We Ask A Preschool...

With the circuit breaker period in full swing, we asked a preschool teacher, Janelle Ng, about how parents can better partner with their child’s preschool teachers during this time. How Parents Can Partner with Teachers...
Catch Cirque du Soleil Shows Online With 60-Minute Streaming Specials And Explore More On CirqueConnect Content Hub

Catch Cirque du Soleil Shows Online With 60-Minute Streaming Specials And Explore More On...

Escape from the ordinary with Cirque du Soleil. With many staying home, Cirque du Soleil has made content available through its CirqueConnect Content Hub, including a 60-minute special of its show Zed available for...
A Revisit To Club Penguin: A Virtual World For Kids

Revisiting Club Penguin: A Virtual World For Kids

Just like how all generations have their own memories of after-school activities, being part of the millennial generation means that Club Penguin along with other games such as Neopets and Habbo Hotel were what...
3 Minute Montessori: Mummy Jasmine On The Montessori Approach And Importance Of Talking About Coronavirus With Your Kids

3 Minute Montessori: Mummy Jasmine On The Montessori Approach And Importance Of Talking About...

Merely three minutes to teach your kids? Jasmine from 3 Minute Montessori (3MM) is all about sharing “three-minute” ways to help your child learn and grow. Little Day Out asked some questions on what...
Day In Life of Preschool Teacher

Day In A Life Of A Preschool Teacher Working From Home

After more than a week of home-based learning during circuit breaker, everyone has been making major adjustments in their daily routine and schedule – with the kids around.As someone familiar with handling dozens of...
Ways to Encourage & Support Our Healthcare Workers Battling Covid-19

Ways to Encourage & Support Our Healthcare Workers Battling Covid-19

While we might be panicking and worrying about instant noodles, toilet rolls or whether we’d be the next victim to the virus, there is a group of forgotten and almost invisible team working at...
Home Delivery Food Services

Home Delivery Food Services For Healthier Stay-at-Home Meals

Having time to cook might be a luxury for some of us, especially when it means having to juggle work, family and self-care. There are many fast-food delivery options available but these might not...
Teacher Creates A Visualiser Using Toy Bricks For Online Lesson

Teacher Creates A Visualiser Using Toy Bricks For Online Lesson

Home-based learning seems to be a topic dominating the headspace of many parents nowadays. Many are trying to help their children adapt to new ways of learning at home. However, we often forget that...
Lessons From Co-Founders Of Preschool Market & Homeschooling Parents Of Four

Lessons From Preschool Market’s Co-Founder & Homeschooling Parent Of Four

It’s rare to see a family that does it all - homeschools, starts a social enterprise, has FOUR kids, and still finds time to reach out to others and encourage the rest of us....
Our Favourite Creative Videos Emerging From The COVID-19 Lockdown Around the Globe

Videos Emerging From The COVID-19 Situation Around the Globe That Demonstrate The Creativity Of...

COVID-19 has brought upon a new normal – staying home, frequent handwashing, store closures, disrupted enrichment classes and home-based learning once a week (for now). Singapore is not in “total lockdown” mode but many...
Superhero Me Puts Together COVID-19 Educational Resource Package For Those With Disabilities

Superhero Me’s COVID-19 Educational Resource Package For Those With Disabilities: Everyone Can Play A...

Superhero Me, the ground-up inclusive movement, has developed a learning resource package for children and people with disabilities. It is intended to help caregivers teach their children and charges how to protect themselves in...
Engage Kids With Ideas From The Community-Sourced “O’Kay Let’s Play” Initiative

Engage Kids With Ideas From The Community-Sourced “O’Kay Let’s Play” Initiative

Wondering how you are going to get through 27 days of the “circuit breaker” with the children at home? Aside from our big list of stay-at-home resources, you may also find Preschool Market’s O’Kay...

Inspiring Stories

Sayang Sayang Fund Appeals For Donations To Support Community Needs

Sayang Sayang Fund Appeals For Donations To Support Community Needs

After relaunching its fund raising efforts last Tuesday, 7 April, the Community Foundation of Singapore is continuing to appeal for donations for the Sayang Sayang Fund to support community efforts during the circuit breaker...
Volunteers Start Initiative To Offer Needy Students Tuition Online During HBL Period

Volunteers Start Initiative To Offer Needy Students Tuition Online During HBL Period

A group of undergraduate students have come together to start an initiative to match needy students with volunteers who have stepped forward to offer tuition during the home-based learning period. Tuition Academic Assistance The Tuition Academic...
Stronger Together: Beneficiaries And Groups To Help During COVID-19

Stronger Together: Beneficiaries And Groups To Help During COVID-19

It’s been a trying period, to say the least. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our lives and turned the basic freedom to head out to an impossibility, nearly. While it has affected a lot...
“Sing Together, Singapore” To “Home” This Saturday, 25 April, Because This Is Where We Belong

“Sing Together, Singapore” To “Home” This Saturday, 25 April, Because This Is Where We...

How does a mass karaoke session as one nation sound to you? You can do so at the upcoming event “Sing Together, Singapore!” which is happening on Saturday, April 25 at exactly 7.55 pm....
Things To Be Grateful For During This COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Time

Things To Be Grateful For During This COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Time

It’s a trying time now, no doubt. Everyone is adjusting to this new life, where we stay home during this COVID-19 Circuit Breaker (CB) period.Globally, the number of new cases is still rising and...
A Little Can Go A Long Way: How To Help During The COVID-19 Outbreak

A Little Can Go A Long Way: How To Help During The COVID-19 Outbreak

As an ordinary Singaporean, you might be wondering what you can do to help in these times with the COVID-19 outbreak? Besides practising good hygiene habits, that is.Plenty. Ways to Offer Help During the COVID-19...
Man Voluntarily Cleans Playground To Help Protect Children

Man Voluntarily Cleans Playground To Help Protect Children From Coronavirus

With the outbreak of the coronavirus, one man decided that he would help play his part by cleaning up a playground in a local park in Malaysia.On Saturday, 8 February 2020, Mr Mustaqim Kumar...
Mr Brown & Mr Miyagi Singing “10 People 1 Metre” Is Just What We Need To Hear Right Now

Mr Brown & Mr Miyagi Singing “10 People 1 Metre” Is Just What We...

With the gloom of the COVID-19 news, Mr Brown, Singapore’s Blogfather, and Mr Benjamin “Miyagi” Lee have brought some levity to the situation with a rendition of “10 People 1 Metre”, a parody of...
Share-The-Care: Families For Life Council Calls On Families To Support The Community’s Unsung Heroes

Share-The-Care: Families For Life Council Calls On Families To Support The Community’s Unsung Heroes

Families For Life Council has launched a new Share-the-Care movement as part of the #SGUnited efforts. This movement encourages family members to bond with each other and also show support for others in the...
Use Your Blain! Singapore’s Favourite Contractor, Phua Chu Kang, Is Back To Help In The Fight Against COVID-19

Phua Chu Kang, Singapore’s Favourite Contractor, Returns To Help In The Fight Against COVID-19

In his trademark style, Singapore’s most well-known contractor says, “Hello, I’m Phua Chu Kang. Today, I’m not here to tell you jokes or make you laugh…” but you know he is going to. Phua Chu...
Fairfield Primary Teachers Remind Everyone With A Cheery Song, “Wednesday Is HBL, Don’t Go Out, Do Your Part”

Fairfield Primary Teachers Remind Everyone With A Cheery Song, “Wednesday Is HBL, Don’t Go...

With Singapore primary schools trying out home-based learning on Wednesday, 1 April 2020, the teachers from Fairfield Methodist School (Primary) have put together a song to help bring a smile to those trying to...
What I Learnt From Volunteering At The FoodBank Singapore

What I Learnt From Volunteering At The FoodBank Singapore

763 million kg of food waste was generated in 2018 in Singapore. That is equivalent to the weight of 54,000 double decker buses, which means one bus full of waste every week. Rice, noodles,...
#Braveheart: Pen A Handwritten Note To Say Thank You To Healthcare Professionals

#BraveheartSG: Pen A Handwritten Note To Say Thank You To Healthcare Professionals

With so many ordinary Singaporeans on edge about the Covid-19 outbreak, it is hard to let out a cough in public nowadays without turning heads – for the wrong reasons. However, nothing compares with...
Lessons From Two Girls’ Acts Of Kindness In Time Of Crisis

Lessons From Two Girls’ Act Of Kindness In Time Of Crisis

On Saturday morning, Rui’en and Ruirui woke up their dad Tong Yee at 6.40 am in the morning. After facing a long and emotionally tiring week resulting from the novel coronavirus, now called Covid-19,...
2Mamas4Kids: Home Learning And Living In The Midst Of The nCoV Outbreak

2Mamas4Kids: Home Learning And Living In The Midst Of The nCoV Outbreak

Ever wonder how mums do it all? Kids, chores, work, plus home learning – and more! We believe that having a “tribe” that shares the same beliefs helps - especially if they are good...

News for Families

Students from Graduating Cohorts to Return to School From 19 May 2020

Students from Graduating Cohorts to Return to School From 19 May 2020

Students from graduating cohorts will return to school “in a careful and calibrated manner” starting 19 May 2020, said Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung.Whilst the four-week mid-year holidays will carry on as planned...
00 List Of Online Hari Raya Bazaars 2020

List of Online Hari Raya Bazaars 2020

With the extension of the circuit breaker, major celebrations such as Ramadan and Hari Raya will look different this year without the usual sights, sounds, and smells. One of the highlights that brings the...
The Struggle Is Real. Things Teachers Only Say When Teaching Remotely

The Struggle Is Real. Things Teachers Only Say When Teaching Remotely

Teachers are awesome. So many are adapting to new ways of doing things during this period of remote learning. Ever wondered what it is like to try to keep control and connect with a...
Stay Home: Closures In Parks And Gardens

Stay Home: Closures In Parks And Gardens

With additional measures having been announced by the Multi Ministry Taskforce to combat the spread of COVID-19, NParks has announced that some parks, gardens and nature reserves will be closed. Closures in Parks, Gardens and...
Revised Academic Calendar Dates For Singapore Schools 2020

Revised Academic Calendar Dates For Singapore Schools 2020

The Ministry of Education has announced that the mid-year holidays will be brought forward to start on 5 May 2020. This means that the kids will be having their school holidays during the extended...

Precautions to Take

Precautions To Take With The Wuhan Virus Situation In Singapore

Precautions To Take With The Wuhan Virus Situation In Singapore

The evolving Wuhan Coronavirus situation is a cause of concern for many, especially for those who remember the days of SARS back in 2003. As of 28 Jan 2020, 4 pm, there have been...
Wash Your Hands With Baby Shark, Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo

Wash Your Hands With Baby Shark, Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo

Baby Shark is here to help spread the message of handwashing to kids with a new rendition of the infectious ditty.The new Baby Shark song, released by the South Korean brand Pinkfong, covers some...
Cleaning Agents To Help Battle Novel Coronavirus Plus Other Non-Toxic Cleaning Agents

Cleaning Agents To Help Battle Novel Coronavirus Plus Other Non-Toxic Cleaning Agents

NEA has published a recommended list of cleaning agents to combat novel coronavirus, by keeping surfaces and commonly contacted objects clean and free of the nCoV virus. Cleanliness of our homes, offices, cars, other...
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[Video] Wash Your Hands #SafeHands

Keep your hands safe and clean by washing them for at least 20 seconds. A fun way to do so is by singing the song "The Wheels On The Bus Twice". Watch our video!...
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