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2016-17 Parenting Programme for Kindergarten Children and their Parents

 

One of the MPFA’s goals is to help Hong Kong’s young people develop proper attitudes towards money management as early as possible. This is in line with the policy advocated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  Prospective MPF scheme members are one of the target groups of the educational programmes.

To encourage kindergarten children to develop proper attitudes towards money management, as well as to equip their parents who are also existing MPF scheme members with knowledge and skills for family budgeting and MPF investment, the MPFA continues to organize its Kindergarten Programme in this academic year.  The programme, consists of online multimedia parenting educational materials on money management and parenting workshops, with the following salient features:


1. Online multimedia parenting educational materials on money management “MPF Time Machine Travel”

In view of the growing popularity of online learning platforms, the MPFA produced for the current academic year its first animated story “MPF Time Machine Travel”, together with a multimedia teaching manual, which has been publicized via an online platform. The materials educate kindergarten students about money management and help them develop a proper attitude towards it. Apart from in-class teaching, children can learn about the related money management concepts at home through parenting activities using the online platform.  The materials are available in Cantonese, Putonghua and English versions.
 

Children will be able to learn proper money-management concepts through an interesting animated story complemented by a series of multimedia education materials.



In addition, a supplementary money-management reward worksheet is provided to participating children to encourage them to put the money-management knowledge acquired into action with the guidance of their parents.  Participating children who successfully complete the tasks specified in the worksheet are awarded a certificate of recognition.
   
 

     
Kindergarten children are encouraged to put money-management concepts into action by carrying out the tasks set out in the reward worksheet.


To encourage parents who are also MPF scheme members to better manage their MPF investments and to equip them with skills in coaching their children on proper attitudes towards money management in daily life, the MPFA has set up a “Parents Section” on the online platform. This section provides parents with information on the MPF System and MPF investment, and experts share tips with parents on how to teach their children about money management.


2. Parenting Workshops

With the Education Bureau as the co-organizer, the MPFA continues to join hands with the Po Leung Kuk to stage a series of parenting workshops on money management for kindergarten children and their parents.  The aim of the workshop is to encourage kindergarten children to form good habits of saving for the future, equip their parents with practical skills in coaching their children on proper attitudes towards money management, and disseminate helpful messages on the MPF System and MPF investment to the parents, many of whom are also MPF scheme members.

The workshop comprises three sessions – a children’s session, a parents’ session, and a joint session.  Through different simulated scenes, the children will learn about key messages on money management, while the parents will learn basic concepts of family budgeting and retirement planning, including MPF investment.  Parents are also encouraged to start financial planning early, especially in preparing for their retirement life, so as to act as a role model for their children.  During the joint session, the parents will then accompany their children to complete a simulated shopping task, in which their children have to make decisions on their own.  The workshop will end with a debriefing session by experienced social workers.
 

Children's session
     
Children go through different simulated scenes related to money management, including working, spending, saving and offering.


 

Parents' session
     
Parents learn about family budgeting and retirement planning, including MPF investment, through case studies and group discussions.


 

Joint session
      
Children carry out a shopping task with the help of their parents.

 
(Photos were taken at St. James’ Settlement Belcher Kindergarten Child Care Centre and The Neighbourhood Advice-action Council Yuen Long Day Nursery.)



 

Last Revision Date: 02/05/2017