MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) presents Preschool Seminar 2018

DAS announces expansion of partnership with PAP Community Foundation (PCF) to support

preschool children with literacy delay

SINGAPORE, 9 March 2018 – The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) warmly invites you to the DAS Preschool Seminar 2018 at the Lifelong Learning Institute on Friday, 16 March 2018 and learn about new developments in pre-primary level education for children with special learning needs.

About 3,200 preschoolers in Singapore require support to overcome their learning challenges, based on the estimate that 10% of a population is likely to have dyslexia of varying degrees and 4% severe enough to warrant intervention.

In response to the surge in demand for specialist support for such children, DAS will be organising the DAS Preschool Seminar for the sixth time. This is the only seminar in Singapore dedicated to providing parents and educators in preschool education with advice on ways to identify a child’s learning differences, information on early intervention support and effective learning strategies for preschoolers.

This year’s seminar records the largest number of participants since its commencement in 2013, a strong indication that many more parents and educators are aware of the importance of early identification and intervention in enhancing both academic and life outcomes of preschoolers.

Expansion of partnership between DAS and PAP Community Foundation (PCF)

In line with the Government’s emphasis on preschool education and children with special needs, DAS has also expanded its partnership with PCF to support children with slower literacy development and at risk of dyslexia. Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2017, DAS has implemented its Preschool Programmes in five PCF kindergartens. Since the pilot programme started in 2014, a total of 55 children have completed the programme.

In conjunction with the seminar, DAS will also unveil plans to launch its Preschool Programmes for the first time at a mega preschool centre - the PCF Marsiling Large Childcare Centre in Term 2 of 2018.

The collaboration started with a pilot at the PCF Ulu Pandan branch in 2014. Its success led to the MoU between DAS and PCF, targeting to implement the DAS Preschool Programme in one new PCF branch every year for five years from 2017. A key aim of the MoU is to make such programmes accessible on-site at the kindergartens for children from low-income families, whose working parents may face difficulties in ferrying their children to DAS learning centres.

Historical high in preschool enrolment at DAS

DAS also saw a notable increase in enrolment to the Specialised Educational Services Preschool Programme offered at its learning centres. In 2017, the enrolment grew by 16% from 2016 to reach a historical high of 319. As of December 2017, this programme has benefited 1,748 preschool children.

To cater to continued increase in demand, DAS will announce at the seminar, the start of preschool classes in their new Serangoon Learning Centre in Term 3, 2018 and their existing Parkway Parade Learning Centre in Term 1, 2019.

In addition, DAS has also seen a sharp rise in the number of requests to conduct dyslexia awareness talks in preschools, with 19 conducted in 2016, 25 in 2017 and 16 requests received in the first two months of 2018 alone.

“Although dyslexia can only be diagnosed in children at the age of six, early intervention to strengthen the reading and spelling skills of preschool children with literacy delay is pivotal in helping them build confidence in their learning ability. It will make a big difference in their transition to primary school,” said Mr. Lee Siang, CEO of DAS.

DAS Preschool Seminar 2018

Ms. Clara Lim, Associate Lecturer from SEED Institute will deliver the first keynote on the landscape of inclusive practices within the preschool sector; while Ms. Liu Yimei, DAS Assistant Director of SpLD Assessment Services will focus on the process of assessments and its impact on children and the curriculum in the second keynote.

Participants can also attend two of the following four workshops:

  • Early Literacy
  • Writing in the Early Years
  • Managing Social and Emotional Difficulties
  • Nurturing Social Skills in the Early Years

DAS invites you to join us to learn from field experts about the latest strategies to support the diverse learning needs of preschoolers and to find out key milestones and plans in preschool education for children with special needs.

 

Date: Friday, 16 March 2018
Time:

9:00am to 1:00pm

(Media registration starts at 8.45am; please refer to https://www.das.org.sg/news-events/das-conference/preschool-seminar-2018.html for more information)

Venue:

Lifelong Learning Institute (Lecture Theatre, Level 2)

11 Eunos Road 8, Singapore 408601