Learn more about our keynote presentations and the hands-on workshops!

 


 

Keynote 1: Assessment in the Early Childhood 


Children progress differently through their developmental years. During these years, some may take a longer time  than their peers to attain age-appropriate academic skills, while some may exhibit behavioural difficulties or slower development in other aspects. Just when is it serious enough for concerns to be raised and for assessments to take place? Understanding a child’s development and how it affects the assessment process gives a wider appreciation of the process of assessment and evaluation in early childhood. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the use of standardized assessments in early childhood, as well as the impact on children and curriculum. 

Keynote 2: The Landscape of Inclusive Practices within the Preschool Sector


The preschool sector is embracing Inclusion in the classrooms. Are our teachers confident and prepared to embrace inclusive practices? What are inclusive practices and are the teachers ready for diversity amongst their students? We will examine the Enabling Masterplan policies and updates, the special needs support that is required and the proposed support by the government. We will explore good practices for inclusive classrooms; strengthen teachers’ understanding of various disabilities, identify good behaviours which would foster teachers’ confidence and respect for learning differences and an inclusive education.

 

Workshop 1: Early Literacy


Do you know how to use everyday items as a tool to support your children’s literacy? Let us show you some ways to incorporate oracy and vocabulary building into your daily life! You can improvise objects around you and turn them into manipulatives and resources.

Join us now and unlock your creativity!

Workshop 2: Writing in the Early Years


Do you have a child who is reluctant to do writing and every attempt to get him to do his writing assignments can be extremely frustrating? When is a child ready to write? Is there a developmental issue or a learning disability that interferes with his writing process? Are there fun and interesting ways to get your child to love writing? Find out how you can give your child the ‘write’ stuff.

Workshop 3: Managing Social and Emotional Difficulties


Recent research indicates that Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) affects academic achievements. EBD is a condition whereby the emotional or behavioural responses of individuals are atypical, and it hinders their learning performances. This workshop aims to share how executive functions skills, mindfulness and other research-based strategies help to manage EBD and improve children's literacy skills.

 

Workshop 4: Nurturing Social Skills in the Early Years


Teaching children social skills is as important as teaching academic skills in preschool, given the important role social skills play in children's emotional health and well-being. Children need to develop flexible thinking and social competencies rather than be limited to learning specific sets of social skills for specific situations.

It is thus important to help preschoolers gradually develop self and social awareness by thinking about how people’s thoughts, intentions and emotions affect their actions within the context of a situation. This workshop will highlight the importance of nurturing social thinking in young children to help them develop self-awareness and social awareness through social observation, and provide useful tips on how this can be facilitated in the context of children's day-to-day experiences.

Participants will learn :

Ø some basic vocabulary for talking to young children to encourage them to think more deeply about their behaviours and thoughts, and the behaviours and thoughts of others they interact with in their social environment.

Ø how to incorporate this vocabulary into children's play activities and other teachable moments.