NTUC First Campus (NFC) prides itself as a pioneer and thought leader in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector. We seize opportunities, push boundaries and venture into new areas so that we can continuously provide the best for our children and families. We also play a leading role in sharing our knowledge with others to support the uplifting of the sector.
Sharing our ECCE expertise
In recognition of SEED Institute’s sectoral expertise in training early childhood educators, the Seychelles Ministry of Education engaged SEED’s expertise to drive development of Seychelles’ day-care and pre-school centres.
Professionals from SEED went to Seychelles to observe and assess the local early childhood environment. They visited 27 family day-care centres, provided detailed summary reports on the current practices and proposed suggestions for improvement. SEED also proposed indicators for quality assessments of family day-care centres.
SEED also conducted a 10-day “Professional Certificate for Early Childhood Care and Education” workshop for 99 Seychelles Teacher Assistants, after which they received their qualifications at the Certificate Ceremony.
The Seychelles Institute of Teacher Education (SITE) and SEED are also exploring co-developing additional programmes for teacher assistants in 2020. The project will involve co-development of a training programme – training the Seychelles trainers to have the capability to offer Seychelles’ very own professional certification, as well as capacity building of the SITE team.
Seychelles teacher assistants who had undergone SEED’s Professional Certificate for Early Childhood Care and Education
Bringing Learning Outdoors
Outdoor School Singapore (OSS), a SEED Institute initiative, was conceived in 2019 to bring children closer to nature. Its programmes combine concepts-based outdoor learning and skills-based outdoor adventure elements inspired by best practices from other educational institutions such as “Forest School” and “Green School International”, adapted to benefit children growing up in urban Singapore. The OSS programmes serve to build responsibility, resilience, a risk-taking spirit and a love for the outdoors in young children. In the specially-designed outdoor lessons, children get to interact with nature, appreciate the natural environment and engage in adventurous experiences.
The Caterpillar’s Cove (TCC) also has a partnership with Claire Warden, an acclaimed thought leader in nature pedagogy, to enhance children’s holistic education and development by integrating nature into all aspects of learning, whether they are inside, outside or beyond the classroom setting.
At the Early Childhood Conference 2019 by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) which had the theme “Take Learning Outdoors”, NFC exemplified its thought leadership stance through conducting relevant workshops for participants.
Outdoor learning programme with Outdoor School Singapore
HR Asia Awards – Best Companies to Work for in Asia
NFC was a winner of “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” at the HR Asia Awards 2019. NFC surpassed national benchmarks in areas such as “highly recommended organisation to work in”, “organisation that creates purposeful job opportunities”, “organisation that encourages continuous learning by acquiring new skills and knowledge”. NFC was the only pre-school operator to have achieved this accolade. The award is a recognition of NFC’s high levels of employee engagement and excellent workplace cultures, as well as a testament to our continuous commitment to adopting a growth mindset and constant innovation.
NFC was recognised as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” at the HR Asia Awards 2019
HR Excellence Award – Bronze for Excellence in Recruitment
NFC was accorded the bronze for “Excellence in Recruitment” at the HR Excellence Awards 2019, the only pre-school operator to win one of Asia’s most renowned and respected HR awards. The award recognises employers that consider talent acquisition strategies in achieving manpower needs and also focuses on long-term human resources planning.
NFC was awarded the Bronze for Excellence in Recruitment
SkillsFuture Fellowships Award 2019
Suhana Binte Salleh, Cluster Quality Manager of My First Skool (MFS) and ECDA Fellow, was conferred the “SkillsFuture Fellowships Award 2019”. The award recognises individuals’ deep professional expertise, skills mastery, commitment to lifelong learning and the skills development of others. The SkillsFuture Fellowships are the highest skills awards for individuals in Singapore. To be eligible, individuals have to have at least 10 years’ of experience in the same industry.
Cluster Quality Manager Suhana Binte Salleh was conferred the SkillsFuture Fellowships Award
ECDA Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Development 2019
A recognition of NFC’s commitment to excellence in early childhood care, education, innovation and professionalism, NFC was accorded four awards at the 2019 ECDA Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Development. The winners were from all three NFC pre-school brands and were selected from over 300 nominees.
Early Childhood Leader Award (Outstanding Award)
Ms Poh Jia Yi, My First Skool at Kampung Admiralty
Early Childhood Teacher Award (Outstanding Award)
Ms Amanda Yap, The Little Skool-House at-Tampines-Junction
Early Childhood Innovation Award (Merit)
The Caterpillar’s Cove Child Development and Study Centre, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Project: Making Children’s Voices Visible: Empowering Children as Active Agents of Pedagogical Documentation)
Early Childhood Educarer Award (Promising Award)
Ms Heng Hui Noi, Jenny, My First Skool at Waterway Point
NFC recipients of the ECDA Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Development, from left: Poh Jia Yi, Sheena Ang from The Caterpillar’s Cove, Heng Hui Noi, Jenny, Amanda Yap
In addition, two MFS centres were awarded the Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework (SPARK) Commendation certification while 10 MFS centres were awarded the SPARK certification.
Outstanding Pre-school Mother Tongue Language Teacher Awards 2019
Three Chinese teachers from MFS received Outstanding and Merit awards at the Outstanding Pre-school Mother Tongue Language Teacher Awards 2019.
Co-organised by the various committees to promote the Mother Tongue Languages and supported by ECDA and National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC), the awards recognise pre-school teachers for nurturing a passion for languages in their pre-school children and making the learning engaging.
The awards presentation was part of the annual Mother Tongue Language Symposium.
Ni Xue Jing, My First Skool at 51 Fernvale Link
Zhou Shao Juan, My First Skool at Blk 742 Woodlands Circle
Zhao Yan Dong, My First Skool at Blk 63 Jurong West Central 3
NFC’s recipients of the Outstanding Pre-school Mother Tongue Language Teacher Awards, from left: Zhao Yan Dong, Ni Xue Jing, Zhou Shao Juan
Pre-school Chinese Language Storytelling Aids Competition Awards 2019
Chinese teachers from MFS and The Little Skool-House clinched five out of ten awards at the Pre-school Chinese Language Storytelling Aids Competition Awards 2019. The awards recognise Chinese teachers that tell Chinese-languages stories in a creative manner using teaching tools.
Teachers: Wang Zhaoting 王兆婷, Lim Wen Zhi 林妏芝
Centre: My First School at Blk 209 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Teachers: Su Zhewei 苏哲维
Centre: NTUC First Campus’ My First Skool at Blk 269 Compassvale Link
Teachers: Chuang Wan Ting 莊琬婷, Hsieh Ya Kuei 谢雅贵, Rao Hui Min 饶慧敏
Centre: NTUC First Campus’ My First Skool at Blk 343 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Teachers: Yang Nidan 杨怩丹, Chang Yu Jung 张瑜容
Centre: The Little Skool-House International On-The-Green
Teachers: Chen Heng Hong 郑馨红, Shao Ming Feng 邵明凤, Cong Ri Ji 丛日杰
Project: 看！声音在跳舞 – 《森林里的演唱会》
Centre: The Little Skool-House At-Kent-Vale
NFC’s Chinese teachers were recognised for their creative methods in telling Chinese-languages stories
ECDA Training Awards 2019
In recognition of exemplary achievements in their studies and passion in nurturing their children, MFS Teachers Andrea Lim and Han Yuluan received the ECDA Training Awards (Commendation Award) at the ECDA Scholarships and Training Awards Ceremony 2019.
Andrea Lim from MFS at Blk 997 Buangkok Crescent (Photo: ECDA)
Han Yuluan from MFS at 248 Kim Keat Link (Photo: ECDA)