Dr Jacqueline Chung sharing about St James’ Church Kindergartens with Catholic preschool educators.

One hundred educators from various Catholic preschools went on a learning journey during the March school holidays to St James’ Church Kindergartens (Leedon, Harding and Gilstead) and The Caterpillar’s Cove Child Development and Study Centre.

The Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools (ACCS) organised the visits, the first time such visits were conducted outside the 19 Catholic preschools in the archdiocese.

St James’ Church Kindergartens are reputable Anglican preschools known for their child-centred hands-on activities. Dr Jacqueline Chung, director of the three preschools, shared with the visitors the schools’ best practices.

One feature of their programme is the use of raw materials such as leaves, twigs, branches, logs, pebbles, and recycled materials as learning resources and classroom decorations.

The visitors also visited Caterpillar’s Cove Child Development and Study Centre at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and at Devan Nair Institute under the leadership of the Centre Director, Dr Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte.

The visitors learnt of the special partnership between the school and parents. One example is the opportunity for parents to have daily breakfasts with their children at the school.

ACCS also organised review and sharing sessions after the visits to the five preschools.

According to participants, the visits were an informative experience for them and provided them with new ideas on how to further expand their explorative and child-directed activities.

Submitted by the ARCHDIOCESAN COMMISSION FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

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