At NTUC First Campus (NFC), we recognise the importance of our teachers and staff and their development and growth is a priority. We value our people and provide opportunities for them to build their capabilities through training and career development. We ensure that our staff can thrive in a culture of empowerment and openness. Through this strong learning culture, they can be their best in shaping the lives of our children.
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Learning and Sharing Festival 2019
NFC held the annual Learning and Sharing Festival 2019 (LSF), a three-day learning and sharing event for its early childhood and student care professionals, as part of its commitment to staff development and growth. The LSF is a platform for them to share knowledge and resources on enhancing the quality of childhood care and education for children from birth to 12 years of age. At the LSF, participants had the opportunity to visit and attend Showcase Booths, Mini-Workshops and Pecha-Kucha Sessions that cover topics such as STEM-based learning, Mother Tongue Language learning, social-emotional and holistic arts learning.
2019 was also the first year where this platform of peer learning was open to parents and members of the public. This was part of NFC’s efforts to drive greater parent engagement.
My First Skool’s (MFS) publication, “Recipes with Love” was also launched at the LSF. The first-of-its-kind in the early childhood sector, the publication features the chef and cooks in MFS’ childcare centres as well as 21 nutritious and healthy recipes for children. These recipes are part of the menu that they prepare for the children on a daily basis in the MFS centres. The publication serves to create and provide a platform to recognise the efforts of the chef and cooks as well as share culinary expertise and best practices. As part of the festival, the chef and cooks who were featured in the publication also conducted cooking demonstrations for visitors.
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The launch of the “Recipes with Love” publication in recognition of our cooking staff
Strengthening our Training Capabilities
In 2019, the training needs of NFC staff were centralised under the Learning Delivery Unit (LDU). The LDU’s primary focus is to deliver quality learning to all NFC staff by partnering Business Units and Departments to address learning and job performance needs. This helps to support the evolving nature of work spanning across various functional, corporate and leadership domains. The NFC Mobile Learning App was launched in July 2019 to enable bite-sized learning for staff at any time and place.
Uplifting Leadership and Quality Standards
NFC and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) co-developed a Minor/ Certificate in Early Childhood Educational Leadership (ECEL) to build educational leadership capabilities and strengthen centre leadership teams. Designed for NFC deputy centre leads, vice-principals, lead teachers and senior teachers, this collaboration signifies NFC’s commitment to nurture educational leaders in deepening sector-relevant competencies. With this, NFC also plays a key role in uplifting early childhood leadership and quality standards in the sector.
The collaboration also supports the Ministry of Education’s call for closer partnership between industry and Higher Education institution, advocating Work Study Programme to enhance knowledge and skills of experienced adult learners.
The ECEL programme is designed based on leading thought practices in early childhood pedagogy and curriculum, positive education, quality assurance, support for children with diverse needs and leadership development. It includes a 12-month Work-Study module focusing on developing the pedagogical leadership practices and disposition based on principles of adult learning. The Work-Study module is supported by mentors. With successful completion of four courses and Work-Study module, SUSS will grant credit recognition to NFC staff who wish to pursue an early childhood degree with SUSS.
The Minor/ Certificate in ECEL programme will commence with its first cohort of NFC staff in July 2020.
NFC staff regularly upgrade their quality and skills to be better educators for our children
Following its launch in 2018, NFC has continued to build on Happy@NFC – its vision of “Happy Staff, Happy Child and Happy Parents”.
The 2019 HappyYay! event for all NFC staff was held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, where the Happy elements of ‘Purpose’, ‘Empowerment’, ‘Mastery’, ‘Trust’ and ‘Respect’, were meaningfully conveyed through engaging activities. NFC also recognises the efforts and dedication of staff. 562 Long Service Awards were given out to staff that have been with NFC for over five years. Six individuals and six teams also received the CEO Awards for their commendable efforts in advancing the “Happy Movement” which entails strengthening parent partnerships and developing positive dispositions in young children.
The NFC family having a good time at HappyYay!