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Among the topics for this year’s seminar will be a special focus on the early years, critical inquiry and reflective practices, leadership and good employment practices, professional development and community partnerships and more.

MCYS CHILD CARE SEMINAR 2012 :  CREATING COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITIES FOR EXCELLENCE

TIME SCHEDULE
7.45 am - 8.30 am Registration and Viewing of Exhibits
Seated by 8.30am

8.45 am - 8.50 am Arrival of Host

8.50 am - 9.15 am Opening

9.15 am - 10.00 am Recognition Ceremony

10.00 am - 10.45 am Morning Tea

10.45 am - 12.15pm Keynote Address

12.15 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch

1.45 pm - 3.15 pm Concurrent Series (A)

3.15 pm - 3.45 pm Afternoon Tea

4.00 pm - 5.30 pm Concurrent Series (B)

5.30 pm END


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Concurrent Sessions A Concurrent Sessions B

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Concurrent Sessions A
No. Title Presenter
1 Curriculum in Infant/Toddler Programmes: The Key Elements of Quality Dr Peter Mangione
Program for Infant and Toddler Care,
WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies
2 Talking to Infants: The EYDF in Practice
(Mandarin)
Dr Ellen Chen Shi
KLC School of Education
3 Current Research Briefs on Infant and Toddler Development Dr Lily Wong
Advent-Links - SAUC
Partnering Parents for the Wellbeing of Infants Ms Joy Marie Anand
KLC School of Education
Ms Ling Chai Joo
Bonding Time Resources Pte Ltd
4 Early Childhood Research Fund Projects

Improving the Theory of Mind in Preschoolers via Group-Based Role-Play Intervention


Chee Yu Yan, Shen Pinxiu,
Koey Xiu Min, Chen Lu Xi
& Dr Qu Li
National Technological University
Bilingual Children’s Domain Specific Lexical Development Wang Haoshu &
Helena Gao
National Technological University
5 Organisational response to Early Identification and Referral of Preschoolers with Special Needs: A Social Work Inspired Approach Ms Patricia Koh Ai Leng,
Ms Elsie Cheong Zeland &
Ms Sheryl Lee
PAP Community Foundation
Identifying, Understanding and Teaching Preschool Children with Specific Language Impairment Dr Noel Chia Kok Hwee
National Institute of Education
6 Weaving the Visual Arts into the Pre-school Curriculum Ms Wong Seet Fun
Art Loft
7 FUN Start, MOVE Smart! Learning Through Physical Movement Mr Michael Chee Meng Lim,
Ms Rainbow Ng & Ms Joanne Gao
Singapore Sports Council
8 The ‘C’ in Professional Development: A Continuing Journey Dr Jane Ching-Kwan
KLC School of Education
&
Ms Lynn Heng
NTUC First Campus
9 When Pedagogy meets Leadership in the Early Years Mrs Nancy Lee-Wong
Asian International College
Communicating for Success, Leading with Success Mrs Patricia Koh
Pat’s Schoolhouse
10 When Productivity and Innovation Grants Come Knocking at your Door Mr Francis Chu, IDA;
Ms Loo Ya Lee, SPRING;
Ms Karen Lim, Kidz Kulture Schoolhouse Pte Ltd (MMI);
Ms Fatima Mustafa, MCYS;
Wan Bin, Protégé Pte Ltd
Nurture Our Talents, Let Them Bloom: Reaping Benefits of Funding Support for Our Manpower Needs Ms Selena Huynh
Singapore Workforce Development Agency


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Curriculum in Infant/Toddler Programmes: The Key Elements of Quality

Dr Peter Mangione
Program for Infant and Toddler Care, WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies

This presentation will begin with an exploration of the meaning of curriculum for infants and toddlers. I will discuss principles to consider in planning curriculum, followed by an overview of learning in each major developmental domain during the birth to three years. The presentation will then focus on major elements that contribute to a high-quality curriculum for infants and toddlers and a reflective curriculum planning cycle. In providing a high-quality curriculum, teachers need to be thoughtful about the learning environment they create, the care routines they provide, and the relationships and interactions they have with children. Examples of planning each of these elements will be discussed. In the second part of the session, a reflective curriculum planning cycle will be explored. The ongoing planning cycle includes observation, documentation and assessment, reflection and planning, and implementation. Through using a reflective planning cycle, teachers can become more attuned and responsive to the learning interests and needs of the infants and toddlers in their care. Video clips and stories will illustrate the concepts that will be presented.

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Talking to Infants: The EYDF in Practice (Mandarin)

Dr Ellen Chen Shi
KLC School of Education

This session will attempt to present the EYDF framework against an international backdrop using 2 countries as reference. Common issues in infant caregiver training will be raised with concrete suggestions for possible solutions. Three topics will be addressed:
  1. Introduction of the EYDF and international development for early years initiatives
  2. Unique characteristics of the infant caregiver’s roles
  3. Knowledge base for Infant Caregiving:
    1. 0-3 developmental characteristics
    2. Infant curriculum: caregiving and the environment
    3. Importance of infant social skills development

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Current Research Briefs on Infant and Toddler Development

Dr Lily Wong
Advent-Links - SAUC

The purpose of the workshop is to present several recent research studies on how the state of mothers’ psychological health influences the development of infants and toddlers, as well as the impact of these influences on children with special needs. It also looks at the effects that early physical deprivation have on infants and toddlers and how this is predictive of the development of special needs and well being in later trajectories. This workshop aims to create awareness about possible preventive measures.

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Partnering Parents for the Wellbeing of Infants

Ms Joy Marie Anand
KLC School of Education
Ms Ling Chai Joo
Bonding Time Resources Pte Ltd

Parents assess the value of time in economic terms and would rather spend it working to support the high cost of living. They tend to view the needs of infants to be basic needs and that their development should be left to the professionals. The assumptions are that parents may not have the resources or knowledge on stimulate their infants. The study is intended to raise parents’ awareness on the various developmental stages and suitable activities to engage infants. It also aims to equip parents with resources to stimulate and bond with their infants appropriately and impress upon parents that wholesome Infant development is their responsibility.

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Improving the Theory of Mind in Preschoolers via Group-Based Role-Play Intervention

Chee Yu Yan, Shen Pinxiu, Koey Xiu Min, Chen Lu Xi & Dr Qu Li
National Technological University

The proposed study aims to investigate whether a group-based role-play intervention program would improve Singaporean preschoolers’ social understanding, specifically, Theory of Mind (ToM). Recently, we have developed a group-based role-play intervention program to improve the development of ToM in preschoolers. Results of two studies have indicated that this program can improve Singaporean preschoolers’ understanding of mental states. It is hypothesized that the role-play intervention program would improve children’s ToM as well as other cognitive abilities. The findings should provide references on the inclusion of role-play activities in preschool curriculum.

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Bilingual Children’s Domain Specific Lexical Development

Wang Haoshu & Helena Gao
National Technological University

In this presentation, we are going to report our preliminary findings of 3-to-5-year old bilingual children’s acquisition of physical action verbs in English and Chinese with a focus on the detailed discussion of throw verbs. Parental report of vocabulary size and follow-up vocabulary tests are the methods of data collection. Statistical modeling is applied to analyze both linguistic and non-linguistic factors that are found to influence the bilingual children’s lexical development in Singapore.

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Organisational response to Early Identification and Referral of Preschoolers with Special Needs: A Social Work Inspired Approach

Ms Patricia Koh Ai Leng, Ms Elsie Cheong Zeland & Ms Sheryl Lee
PAP Community Foundation

Providing early identification and intervention services for preschoolers presenting developmental, learning or behavioral needs is an important socio-educational service. This becomes more pressing with Singapore’s declining birth rates. There is a need to invest early in every life. PCF HQ recognized this and responded by inviting Social Workers to take the lead in developing a system of information, referral and interim support services for PCF preschoolers. After 8 years of working with PCF ECE, SEN Social Workers wish to share their experience to enable other ECE professionals to play a part in early identification and refer preschoolers with additional needs.

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Identifying, Understanding and Teaching Preschool Children with Specific Language Impairment

Dr Noel Chia Kok Hwee
National Institute of Education

The presentation introduces Specific Language Impairment (SLI), the Triple-D framework which encompasses Diagnostics (screening), Dialogics (consultation) and Didactics (teaching/coaching). This workshop will focus on the ‘How’ of implementing the Triple-D framework in your work with young children. It will show you how to apply it in identifying preschool children with SLI, how to establish a better understanding of these children through interaction with them, their parents, and significant others, and how to go about planning an appropriate lesson to work with such children. It will demonstrate how the Triple-D framework will be covered within the Lesson Study approach, which is currently used in more than 50% of our mainstream schools. Simple strategies will be introduced to participants to work with such children.

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Weaving the Visual Arts into the Pre-school Curriculum

Ms Wong Seet Fun
Art Loft

This workshop aims to present to educators the value of Visual Arts and how it can be used to link to learning of academic subjects. Participants will explore, experience and examine how materials and environment can encourage the learning of art concepts like art elements. There will be art appreciation by looking at portraits done by different artists, learn and appreciate unique local architectures, discover shapes and patterns and create print using art elements. Participants can sketch and draw through careful observation and documentation of flora. Participants will be Author and Illustrator and create books.

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FUN Start, MOVE Smart! Learning Through Physical Movement

Mr Michael Chee Meng Lim, Ms Rainbow Ng & Ms Joanne Gao
Singapore Sports Council

This workshop gives participants basic insights into Fundamental movement skills and introduces participants to the “FUN Start, MOVE Smart! FUNdamental MOVEment Skills for Growing Active Learners” resource guide. In the resource guide, Fundamental movement skills are grouped into three broad categories; Locomotor, Object-control and Stability skills. Educators will get to experience the activities recommended and get hands-on trial with the teacher’s resources, like the verbal cue cards and observational tools, all available in the FUN Start, MOVE Smart! resource guide. Be sure to bring back new ideas and strategies that can infuse greater fun and enjoyment in your movement lessons for the children!

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The ‘C’ in Professional Development: A Continuing Journey

Dr Jane Ching-Kwan, KLC School of Education
Ms Lynn Heng, NTUC First Campus

The field of early childhood education is undergoing rapid developments, as evidenced by international recognition of the importance of early childhood education, the implementation of curriculum frameworks, funding to improve the provision and services in Singapore and professional development of Early Childhood leaders and educators. Continuing professional development is a life-long process of learning, developing and growing as an effective Early Childhood (EC) leader and educator. To maintain a high standard of professional competence, it is vital to keep up-to-date with developments and research in the early childhood field to remain current and relevant. This session will discuss the newly launched Continuing Professional Development Framework by MCYS. The Framework presents continuing professional development as an organized continuation, improvement and broadening of knowledge, understanding and skills, as well as the development of personal qualities to carry out your roles and responsibilities effectively throughout your career in EC. As leaders and educators, your knowledge, skills, and practices determine the quality of educational experiences you provide for the children in your child care settings. The quality of your programmes, pedagogy and practices hinges on your commitment towards continuing your professional development journey. This framework provides you with the necessary strategies and tools to help you in this professional journey.

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When Pedagogy meets Leadership in the Early Years

Mrs Nancy Lee-Wong
Asian International College

To provide quality ECCE services, leaders need to ensure that valuable learning experiences occur daily in their facilities. They have to examine their own pedagogical beliefs and keep themselves current with the trends and issues. This session aims to explore the processes that support quality pedagogy and sustained pedagogical leadership. Among the issues discussed will be understanding pedagogy and leadership in ECCE, emerging trends in this area as well as the role of pedagogical leaders. This workshop will also explore the current systems and processes to monitor the quality of teaching and learning and the challenges and opportunities in embracing pedagogical leadership.

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Communicating for Success, Leading with Success

Mrs Patricia Koh
Pat’s Schoolhouse

This presentation is aimed at helping you develop effective communication skills in order to achieve greater success in leading your team and impacting your business. Many of us know that we relate to others not only through speech but also through non-verbal means such as body language. Gain a better understanding from this session on how we can tailor communications to suit our needs. Recognising the importance of communication in the workplace, we will explore the art of communicating professionally. Master the art of communicating effectively and aspire to be a great leader by taking time to master your communication skills.

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When Productivity and Innovation Grants Come Knocking at your Door

Mr Francis Chu, IDA; Ms Loo Ya Lee, SPRING;
Ms Karen Lim, Kidz Kulture Montessori; Ms Fatima Mustafa, MCYS; Wan Bin, Protégé Pte Ltd

The session gives an overview of the funding support and schemes available for child care centre operators. From IDA’s iSPRINT to SPRING’s Innovation and Productivity schemes and even Ministry’s Innovation Grant. Come and be enlightened how child care centres have tapped on these various schemes to fuel productivity and enhance efficiency in their centres daily operations. Listen to what both the teachers and operators from these centres have to say about their journey with innovation and productivity enhancements.

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Nurture Our Talents, Let Them Bloom: Reaping Benefits of Funding Support for Our Manpower Needs

Ms Selena Huynh, Deputy Director, Creative & Professional Services Division, Singapore Workforce Development Agency
Cherry Huang, Principal, Educa Pte Ltd, Winner of Child Care Exemplary Employer Award 2011
Anita Kumari, Principal, KinderCare Centre
Lydia Komathi d/o Balakrishnan, Director & Centre Supervisor, Raising Champions Learning Cove Pte Ltd

WDA’s flexible training and development schemes provide both employers and individuals different pathways and opportunities to achieve their professional goals and aspirations. Come listen to 3 small child care operators share their insights on how such programmes have helped them to achieve their recruitment, professional, team and leadership development objectives.

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Concurrent Sessions B
No. Title Presenter
1 Language Learning through Stories: The Lens on a Second Language Classroom Dr Connie Lum &
Dr Jennifer Tsai
Singapore Centre for Chinese Language
2 Growing up with books: Good choices matter for the developing child Ms Stephanie Tan &
Ms Panna d/o Kantilal
National Library Board
Making Stories Come Alive Ms Patricia Koh
Pat’s Schoolhouse/ Knowledge Universe
3 Socio-constructivist approach: What does it mean in practice? Ms Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte &
Ms Cynthia Tan
Caterpillar’s Cove Child Development and Study Centre
I AM, I HAVE, I CAN: A Singaporean study on promoting well-being and developing resilience in preschool children Ms Yvonne Chan
University of Sydney / SEED Institute
4 Early childhood teachers’ beliefs on preschooler’s independent learning Ms Millicent Nargis Bawany &
Ms R. Vathsala Naidu
SEED Institute
Enhancing Children’s Communication in English Ms Anita Sharmily
KLC School of Education
5 Early Childhood Research Fund Projects

Examining children’s transition to primary school: Voices of teachers, parents and children



Ms Suraya Saidon &
Mrs Gunathilakan @ Rajalachime
SEED Institute
The Impact of Reflective Teaching on Professional Development Ms Weelai Suwanarat
Asian International College
6 Weaving the Visual Arts into the Pre-school Curriculum Ms Wong Seet Fun
Art Loft
7 FUN Start, MOVE Smart! Learning Through Physical Movement Mr Micheal Chee Meng Lim, Ms Rainbow Ng,
Ms Joanne Gao
Singapore Sports Council
8 Song Stretchers: A creative approach to music & movement in the early childhood classroom Ms Lavina Chong
Our Music Classroom Pte Ltd
Movement ABCs for the Little Ones: Fundamental Motor Skills for Young Children Ms Kang Hui Li
Babyplanet Montessori & Planet Montessori
9 The Empowered Reflective Practitioner Ms Ms Komala Pannirselvam, Ms D K Gowri,
Ms Krishnapriya d/o Shamnugu Nathan,
Ms Zhao Hong Xu &
Ms Kamarunisa Mohamed
Asian International College
Towards a Personal Rationale: Reflective Dialogue as Professional Development Ms Emelia Prayogo
Etonhouse Pre-School
10 Innovation Grant Projects

Young Gardeners of Gaia



Ms Alicia Ho & 
Ms Indira Devi Thamiselvam
Pitter Patter Child Care &
Development Centre Pte Ltd
Recycling Starts from Young! Ms Jennie Koh
Sunflower Kinderhub LLP
Educating for a Green Mindset Ms Nyo Cheng Cheng
PCF Fengshan Sparkletots Child Care Centre
Interactive parent’s engagement – An iBook Concept Ms Diana Chang
My First Skool


No. Concurrent Sessions B Synopses
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Language Learning through Stories: The Lens on a Second Language Classroom

Dr Connie Lum & Dr Jennifer Tsai
Singapore Centre for Chinese Language

Singaporean preschoolers who speak Mandarin as a second language often do not use it and tend to be passive learners in language classes. The implementation of a new specially designed Chinese language curriculum requires teachers to adopt a teaching practice in accordance to second language instruction. Using classroom observations, this paper will illustrate how scaffolding can be used to provide tailored assistance to support preschoolers’ oral development. This may be done through a Scaffolding Procedure (Construct, Fade & Internalisation), knowing the Types of Scaffolds (Language, Materials, Student Participation, Environment) and the different Techniques (Modelling, Questioning, Recall, Recast) which may be employed.

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Growing up with books: Good choices matter for the developing child

Ms Stephanie Tan & Ms Panna d/o Kantilal
National Library Board

Join NLB librarians on a journey into the world of children’s literature. Discover the wide range of children’s books and resources, and learn about the selection policy and guidelines. The presenters will share about publishers who produce quality children’s book and current publishing trends and recommend age-appropriate titles in the areas of picture book classics and children’s books that touch on developmental needs and values. Participants will gain a better understanding of children’s developmental needs with regards to reading, view print and electronic samples of these resources and be introduced to the range of services available for preschoolers.

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Making Stories Come Alive

Ms Patricia Koh
Pat’s Schoolhouse/ Knowledge Universe

This workshop is aimed at developing 5 simple skills in making your stories come alive by learning to choose good stories and learning the techniques of storytelling using the following tips: 1) ACTION – Learn how to include action in your story by involving and engaging children; 2) LAUGHTER – Learn how to include laughter using simple strategies; 3) IMAGINATION – Find ways to inject joy and surprise by changing endings or creating new stories; 4) VOICE – Learn to change your voice to suit different characters; 5) EXPRESSION – Find ways to make full use of your personality.

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Socio-constructivist approach: What does it mean in practice?

Ms Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte & Ms Cynthia Tan
Caterpillar’s Cove Child Development and Study Centre

The presentation aims to share elements of a socio-constructivist approach with examples of classroom teaching and learning that support best practices in early childhood care and education. Using the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework (SACSA), the study sought to identify evidenced-based outcomes and make judgments as whether these outcomes were achieved. The use of learning stories was examined as a form of documentation, with teachers involved in a planning cycle of intentional observations and evaluations of children’s learning.

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I AM, I HAVE, I CAN: A Singaporean study on promoting well-being and developing resilience in preschool children

Ms Yvonne Chan
University of Sydney / SEED Institute

The study, conducted in Singapore, utilizes a mixed mode methodology to investigate the development of resilience in children using pre-post test approaches with teachers and children 5-6 year old. It investigates children’s ‘well-being’ and ‘resilience’ using an internationally validated tool (Laevers), as well as interviews with children, parents and teachers. Child well-being profiles generated from the well-being scale and interviews are used to develop a ‘well-being program’. This well-being program implemented in 2012 is now conducted in selected Singaporean kindergartens with 5 and 6 year old children. The paper will report on progress achieved to date.

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Early childhood teachers’ beliefs on preschooler’s independent learning

Ms Millicent Nargis Bawany & Ms R. Vathsala Naidu
SEED Institute

This paper presents the results of a qualitative action research project, conducted in a childcare setting in Singapore, which examined the work of five early childhood (EC) teachers and 30 4-6 year old children. Teachers’ beliefs and practices in supporting preschooler’s independent learning within their childcare context were investigated. Using a mixed method research paradigm, findings suggested that while there were interest and commitment in fostering independent learning by governmental agencies, education policymakers and teachers, transforming these intentions and aspirations into action in everyday classroom could be challenging. The paper will present how expectations and assumption have posed challenges and reflections.

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Enhancing Children’s Communication in English

Ms Anita Sharmily
KLC School of Education

This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a specially designed program that enhances children’s communication in English, and highlights the importance of oral language component in language arts curriculum. It attempts to eliminate social barriers that arise among children because of their chosen language of communication and identify reasons for their preferences. Using an action research study design, the success of a program involving 16 kindergarten one children aged 5 years (Kumar, 2005) will be evaluated. Data collected using anecdotes, interviews and observational checklist adapted and devised using Tough’s categories of speech (1976, p.84) were analysed.

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Examining children’s transition to primary school: Voices of teachers, parents and children

Suraya Saidon & Mrs Gunathilakan @ Rajalachime
SEED Institute

This research study investigates the transition process of P1 children and find out how this occurs for children in the sample. Outcomes from this study provide feedback for future planning of strategies to ensure a positive transition experience. Transition to primary one (P1) is a significant event for children and their families. Self-help and social skills should also be learnt in order to ensure a smooth transition. Thus, the roles of families, early childhood professionals and support given by primary schools are important in making sure that children feel confident and capable before entering P1.

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The Impact of Reflective Teaching on Professional Development

Ms Weelai Suwanarat
Asian International College

This study aims to discover if there are new understandings and processes of reflective practice emerging from the teachers’ experiences with reflective practice. Interactions among teachers and preschool children and the use of method(s) or tools are observed to determine how teachers reflect on their classroom practices, use those reflections to inform their practice and the influences that affect the teachers’ processes of reflective practice. Qualitative Interpretive research methodology is used with 6 participants representing 3 centres. Participants were selected through maximum variation sampling. Data, in the form of questionnaires, interviews and classroom observation are collected and will be discussed.

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Weaving the Visual Arts into the Pre-school Curriculum

Ms Wong Seet Fun
Art Loft

This workshop aims to present to educators the value of Visual Arts and how it can be used to link to learning of academic subjects. Participants will explore, experience and examine how materials and environment can encourage the learning of art concepts like art elements. There will be art appreciation by looking at portraits done by different artists, learn and appreciate unique local architectures, discover shapes and patterns and create print using art elements. Participants can sketch and draw through careful observation and documentation of flora. Participants will be Author and Illustrator and create books.

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FUN Start, MOVE Smart! Learning Through Physical Movement

Mr Micheal Chee Meng Lim, Ms Rainbow Ng & Ms Joanne Gao
Singapore Sports Council

This workshop gives participants basic insights into Fundamental movement skills and introduces participants to the “FUN Start, MOVE Smart! FUNdamental MOVEment Skills for Growing Active Learners” resource guide. In the resource guide, Fundamental movement skills are grouped into three broad categories; Locomotor, Object-control and Stability skills. Educators will get to experience the activities recommended and get hands-on trial with the teacher’s resources, like the verbal cue cards and observational tools, all available in the FUN Start, MOVE Smart! resource guide. Be sure to bring back new ideas and strategies that can infuse greater fun and enjoyment in your movement lessons for the children!


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Song Stretchers: A creative approach to music & movement in the early childhood classroom

Ms Lavina Chong
Our Music Classroom Pte Ltd

This short introductory workshop session aims to showcase a New Creative Approach to Music and Movement in a preschool classroom. This exploratory methodology engages children and helps them experience the musical process. Songs/ Chants/ Rhymes will be ‘s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d’ to allow children to internalize musical concepts and make learning fun and meaningful. Participants will have opportunities to look at patterns in music, learn new ways to extend songs/ rhymes/ chants and use this kinesthetic approach to extend children’s learning. This unique process, called ‘Song Stretchers’, aims to help children internalize musical concepts and builds on individual’s creative expression.

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Movement ABCs for the Little Ones: Fundamental Motor Skills for Young Children

Ms Kang Hui Li
Babyplanet Montessori & Planet Montessori

Often, teachers resort to bringing children out to the playground for outdoor play. Once there, their role is that of a child-minder, keeping the children safe from harm. This physical hands-on workshop, with a focus on fundamental movement skills, aims to equip pre-school teachers with tools and ideas to make outdoor play more engaging and meaningful for young children. Participants will learn about the logical progression of movement skills and non-locomotor, locomotor and manipulative skills. They will also have opportunities to engage in simple activities targeted at developing motor skills and manipulative skills and learn about relays and mini-games for young children

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The Empowered Reflective Practitioner

Ms Komala Pannirselvam, Ms D K Gowri, Ms Krishnapriya d/o Shamnugu Nathan, Ms Zhao Hong Xu & Ms Kamarunisa Mohamed
Asian International College

This workshop will endeavor to ignite in practitioners many practical possibilities of bringing practice and reflection together, with focus on daily, candid observations that practitioners typically experience. Participants will engage in interactive activities and discourses that allow them to view reflection as an enabling and empowering tool in their professional practice. Fundamentally, the workshop will bring to awareness that reflection enables personal connection to be established with children through listening and thinking about various moment-by-moment observations made in everyday practice. Reflection techniques serve to empower practitioners in the light of the contemporary methods of authentic assessment such as the portfolio.

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Towards a Personal Rationale: Reflective Dialogue as Professional Development

Ms Emelia Prayogo
Etonhouse Pre-School

This essay identifies the significance of educators, as professionals, building a simultaneous practice of reflecting through regular reflective dialogue with colleagues. The reflective practice implies the need for educators to reflect-in-action to reach a stage of competence where one can think consciously about what is taking place and modify actions instantaneously. Schon (1983) had argued that the model of professional training that relied upon filling up educators with knowledge then sending them out into the world of practice was inappropriate in a fast-changing world. A reflective dialogue with colleagues enables educators to exchange understanding of own disparities in practice.

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Young Gardeners of Gaia

Ms Alicia Ho & Ms Indira Devi Thamiselvam
Pitter Patter Child Care & Development Centre Pte Ltd

By developing available space around the centre into a garden, teachers can use this stimulating learning environment to translate experiences and observations for young children. Children’s experience of the outdoor can be further enhanced when they can engage in multi-sensorial opportunities as they dig, weed, touch, smell and notice shapes, colours, scents and texture. A garden centre role play area will be set up within the centre and equipped with real garden tools to provide children with opportunities to plant, grow, buy and sell. A counter with cash register, order book, chalkboard for special offers, bags and telephone will add realism and further opportunities for writing and maths experiences.

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Recycling Starts from Young!

Ms Jennie Koh
Sunflower Kinderhub LLP

The project aims to cultivate children’s awareness and interest in recycling and to promote good habit at a young age through the actual recycling process of food waste generated from the centre’s daily consumption. Recycling bins are set up for collection of reusable/recyclable materials. Compost, learnt through research, discussion and field trips, is generated by the K1 and K2 children and used for the vegetable garden. Together with the project team and consultants from NEA, children learn the procedure of composting, materials/equipment required, schedules and duties.

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Educating for a Green Mindset 

Ms Nyo Cheng Cheng
PCF Fengshan Sparkletots Child Care Centre

This project introduces ‘Technology’ to the children. They will choose pictures of objects from newspapers and magazines that represent their understanding and share the technological aspects of these objects. Real objects that represent technology in the classroom will be identified and photographed before being uploaded to a computer and printed using the colour printer. Children will create a Story-Kit by writing and illustrating their own picture books and record their narrations. Photographs taken will be inserted into Powerpoint slides and accompanying words and voice recordings will be added.

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Interactive parent’s engagement – An iBook Concept

Ms Diana Chang
My First Skool

An iBook application used on an iPad has been developed and presently being piloted. The aim is to enhance parents’ experiences when visiting the child care centre. This application will allow parents to view ‘on demand’ graphical/video demonstrations of activities that take place happen in different learning spaces by centre staff who carry iPads during the walk-through. The intention is also to incorporate lesson teasers for parents for them to experience a child’s learning process. Other extensive information which is easily retrievable is also made available in the application and updates can also be done easily without the need for reprinting. Preliminary findings from the pilot will be shared at this session.

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DATE PUBLISHED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
LAST REVIEWED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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