SINCE she started working, Miss Goh Yan Ling, 30, has been a prison officer, private investigator, personal assistant and business administrator.
Finally, last year, she made the switch to the early childhood education sector as she wanted to impact young lives.
She joined Learning Kidz as a trainee teacher and enrolled in the WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Childcare) at SEED Institute for training.
The 13-month place-and-train programme comprises 640 classroom hours and 300 centre attachment hours. It provides students with knowledge and understanding of recent developments in learning, education, and training.
They participate in critical discussions, reflect on professional practices and develop skills to be effective teachers and mentors in their pre-school centres.
The programme is recognized by the Early Childhood Development Agency and accredited by the SkillsFuture SG under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications framework.
SEED Institute’s large, multidisciplinary team of full-time trainers hold master’s or PhD degrees, with years of professional early childhood experience spanning teaching and supervision in early childhood programmes, including specialized areas such as special needs education, parent education and social work.
Before Miss Goh graduated from the programme in April and started teaching at Learning Kidz, she typically spent 9am to 1pm working at the centre and attended lessons from 2pm to 6pm at SEED Institute on weekdays. She worked four hours at the centre on Saturdays if she was on duty.
On days that she was not required to go to the institute, she would work a full day at the centre.
She feels that the skills she picked up from the programme are applicable to her work now.
Her favourite modules focus on human growth and development, inclusionary practices for educating exceptional children, mathematics for young children and motor skills development.
“These modules helped me understand how children develop, changed my perspective of them and the way I manage them, and helped me to plan interesting lessons that were suitable for my students,” she says.
The programme also taught her how to use design and technology as teaching and learning tools. She now uses simple software programmes such as Windows Movie Maker and Microsoft PowerPoint to create games and stories that she incorporates into her lessons to engage her young charges better.
Over the past year with Learning Kidz, Miss Goh has attended several internal and external workshops to upgrade her skills and knowledge.
She was also involved in committee discussions on the centre’s annual events such as Sports Day and other festive celebrations, and given the role of emcee for the school’s upcoming concert in December.
She feels that there is an abundance of opportunities at Learning Kidz as long as one is willing to learn new things and have a positive attitude to take on challenges.
“I hope to help as many children as possible in their developmental journey, so that they can achieve the milestones appropriate for their age and ultimately become a lifelong learner and have positive influence on society,” she says.