The Home Traditions Programme

Home Traditions in Singapore: Bringing Professionalism into Home Management


Home Traditions is a cohesive modular-based course in home management affiliated to Kenvale College in Sydney, Australia, to which Homskil is an independent collaborator and the sole provider in Singapore. The full programme consists of seven modules. 


Home Traditions is currently being phased in into Singapore in two stages, with three modules being made available sequentially from May 2016. Participants have great flexibility in choosing which module to begin with, and which they are interested in undertaking, although it is strongly recommended that all participants, in time, do undertake all the modules in order to get a cohesive and comprehensive grasp of the many different skills needed to be an excellent home manager. 


The philosophy behind Home Traditions

At Home Traditions, we believe that home-making is an attitude, a life choice, a long term vision and a profession that is centred on the family. It is the craft, the art and the profession of turning a house into a loving home where the family is nurtured and feels grounded in, where each family member learns his or her own worth and is loved and accepted.


A home is much more than just a house. Similarly, home-making is much more than just housekeeping. 


The home is the place where a person first learns, as a young child, an awareness of himself or herself as a unique human being, of his value as a person, about love, self-giving, respect, boundaries, social awareness, self-mastery, and the other human virtues and qualities.


Home-making is an attitude which centres around the desire and the effort directed towards creating a home for the family. It is not defined by the number of hours one spends in the home. Therefore, a woman who has a paid full-time job outside the home is as fully a home-maker as one who has chosen to focus all her time within the home.


Home-making is a life choice. It is a conscious choice that a woman makes because she wants it. She sees the importance of creating a home where her children can grow and mature with the  right values. She undertakes it because she understands the importance of being there for them so that they see how love, generosity and service make a difference. It’s not a matter of “Poor me– I have to do this because nobody else will.” It’s about the woman choosing to do it freely


Home-making is a long term vision. It includes the tangibles such as the creation of the physical and material setting of the home, but also the intangibles – the nurturing of human persons from childhood to adulthood, the creation of a place where all family members feel anchored to, and where they can grow in their own time and at their own pace. There is no other setting that contributes in such a deep and far-reaching way to the development of individual human beings and ultimately to society. 


Home-making is a profession. Like any other profession, there are skill sets, best practice methods, standards of excellence in home-making which facilitate the creation of a nurturing environment. Acquiring these skill sets helps the home-maker to create the kind of home she wants for her family. 


Why do the Home Traditions course?

As human persons, we are both body and soul, material and spiritual. A home that nurtures the human person needs to cater for both material and spiritual needs. The material care we require – nutrition, clothing, shelter, a home environment, security, health – is essential to our overall well-being. It has repercussions on the interior dimensions of the individual.


Home Traditions is designed to help the home-maker hone her skills in the different areas of home management so as to be able to provide this material care efficiently, effectively and at a professional standard using best practice methods. The ultimate aim is to empower the home-maker to create the kind of home she wants for her family.


Home Traditions Program comprises 7 modules


Modules for 2017: (click here to register)


May 6, 13, 20 & 27 ; 9.30a.m to 12.30pm

  • Self and Time Management            Price: S$180

This module focuses on fostering some key self-management skills which facilitate the development of time-management skills. It is a foundational module as its focus is to help students develop a greater sense of order in their lives. It addresses order in two dimensions - order in the planning of one’s life, and order in the physical spaces of the home. Students will learn how to assess time needed for tasks more accurately and realistically, and how, by being proactive, working with goals, and learning to prioritize correctly and to develop personalized planners for themselves, they can attain greater order in their lives and in their homes. They will also be taught strategies on how to de-clutter the home spaces so as to create a more orderly and harmonious setting for the family.


July 8, 22 & 29 ; 9.30a.m to 12.30pm

  • Home Finances       Price: S$135

This essential module addresses important financial considerations in the running of the home. Content of this module includes basic financial principles, basic financial literacy and mobile apps that can be used to assist in home budgeting and cash flow, understanding and managing debt, managing home utilities economically, and fundamentals in financial planning such as looking at CPF and insurance policies.


Aug 12, 19, 26, Sep 16 & 23 ; 9.30a.m to 12.30pm

  • Home Maintenance and Care       Price: S$225

This practical module will focus on a range of knowledge and skills which are important to master in the care of the home. Content of this module ranges from home maintenance fundamentals, speed cleaning, storage and organization ideas, to home safety and injury prevention and practical information about maintaining your car well. There will also be two sessions where employers with home helpers can attend jointly with their helpers.


Modules for 2017:

  • Textile Science and Technology

  • Beauty Design and Tradition

  • Dining and Entertainment

  • Kitchen Theory and Practice


Jill Savage

Professionalising Motherhood

“… As you know already, [housekeeping and homemaking] are not always exactly the same. Housekeeping consists of the laundry, the dishes, the toilets, and floors that need to be scrubbed, but homemaking is something else…

Homemaking is the deliberate cultivation of beauty and productivity in family relationships. Homemaking is about helping your family feel loved and comforted. Homemaking is about celebrating each other, and about caring for each other, as well as for your friends and extended families and even the occasional stranger. ANYONE CAN KEEP HOUSE. NOT EVERYONE BOTHERS TO MAKE A HOME.”

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