A child’s first five years are crucial for lifelong health, physical, cognitive and social emotional development. As a child’s first teacher, parents play a critical role in early childhood education (ECE), and are spending more time with their children while they work from home. The only tertiary institute focused on ECE in Asia, Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE) offers learnings from their team of professionals that share insights on nurturing a new generation of passionate and inspired ECE professionals.
Today, YCCECE professionals are sharing guidelines, tips and videos for parents to continue fostering their children’s learning and development at home through ‘Play to Learn’. YCCECE launched its most innovative platform, the Pamela Peck Discovery Space – an interactive play space specifically designed for children aged 0 to 8 years old – based on this notion.
Play can happen anywhere, but attitude and style when working with young children are what parents should be paying attention to. YCCECE experts have highlighted five tips for parents to practise how to be an ECE educator at home and lead the growth of their children:
YCCECE has created a series of short videos, demonstrated by the Centre Teachers on some simple activities such as making space rocket, fruit puppets and toasties, for parents to mimic. This will give families an idea on how they can interact with their children at home, and further elaborates how children can learn through these activities. These videos are now available on YCCECE’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
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