Learning doesn’t stop for teachers and staff at Skool4kidz Preschool.
On 19 July 2019, some 400 teaching, administrative and support staff from Skool4Kidz attended the annual Professional Development Day 2019 organised by the Crestar Education Group to learn more skills and insights necessary to develop lifelong learners and nurture critical thinkers.
This was just one of many continuing professional development learning sessions the staff undergo every year. The theme for this year’s annual mass learning exercise was “Sustainable Learning for the Early Years”. It was specially designed to align with Skool4kidz’s vision of transforming lives and families by bringing success to every child through quality care and education.
All the Skool4kidz centres were closed for one day for the principals, teachers and staff to join others from three of the Group’s preschools and an international school for the day-long professional development programme held at five different locations. The training workshops were held at the KLC International Institute’s Serangoon Campus, Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability, Singapore Human Resource Institute, Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Management Development Institute of Singapore.
The programme included evergreen foundational topics designed to help them sustain the highest possible level of delivery in the classroom, as well interesting and creative ways to foster bilingual learning. There were also learning programmes for customer service and kitchen staff.
The workshops were designed by KLC International Institute and delivered by professional lecturers from its faculty. Topics include “Creating a Self-directed Learning Environment”, “Empowering Preschool Educators with Effective Communication Skills”, and “Integrating Stories & Music for Preschoolers”. Chinese language teachers had the opportunity to update themselves in the workshop on “Exploring Creativity in Natural Science through Chinese Language”.
Another important workshop was the one on “Nutrition and Food Safety” where some 40 kitchen staff had a three-hour refresher on nutrition for young children, understanding food labels, healthy food preparation, food safety & hygiene and food presentation. It was conducted by nutritionists who have extensive experience working with preschools, as well as cooks and chefs.