05 October 2019
Lifelong learning is an indispensable tool and an integral part of growing on a professional level. Just like how food nourishes our bodies, information and continued learning nourishes our minds.
In 2017, with the support from PCF, I decided to pursue a Master in Education in Early Childhood to broaden my horizons and to develop innovative teaching programmes for young children. It also helps me to stay relevant by keeping up to date with industry’s trends and enhances my skills in providing quality care and education for children. The support I have received inspires me to strive for excellence and make my professional journey a fulfilling one.
During my two years education journey, I have learnt so much from the professors from NIE. In Dr. Hanin Hussain’s curriculum class, we explored what drives a living curriculum. I transferred what I learnt to the team of teachers under my care so that we can all learn together, and further enrich our classes to make learning interactive and authentic for the children.
(Picture taken during the Convocation for Masters of Education)
(A game session with my team)
In Dr. Mercy Karuniah Michael’s class, we participated in discussions relating to teachers professional development, collaborative practices and research methodology. With the knowledge I am equipped with, I spearheaded the Early Years Community of Practice (COP) at PCF Sparkletots @ Kebun Baru Blk 172. During the COP, fellow educarers learnt how to apply the 3Rs (Respectful, Responsive and Reciprocal) when interacting with infants and toddlers to meet their needs, and shared tips on how to prepare an environment that is intentional, purposeful and engaging for every child.
During the subject of issues and trends taught by Dr. Joanna Teh, we learnt about early childhood practices in several countries. We researched, brainstormed and discussed challenges and impacts faced by various stakeholders. I was also introduced to the Abecedarian Approach, an effective learning approach that integrates basic principles of human learning and development into fun and playful interactions. PCF Sparkletots @ Kebun Baru Blk 172 is the first centre in PCF Sparkletots to adopt this approach, benefitting our little ones.
(Conducting a sharing session with the teachers)
It has been an uplifting journey to be able to learn and share the knowledge I have gained with my fellow educators. I am grateful for the opportunity to develop and broaden my leadership capacity as well. In the years to come, I will ensure continuous professional development so as to provide the best for our future generation.
Written by: Noor Hayati Binte Amid (Senior Centre Principal) | PCF Sparkletots @ Kebun Baru Blk 172
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