Capability Development for EC Educators
ECDA’s Innovation Guidance Project
Since 2019, Sport Singapore has been a community partner of the Early Childhood Development Agency Innovation Guidance Project (IGP). It is an initiative to improve the quality of pre-school programmes and practices through fostering a culture of innovation. This initiative encourages pre-schools to explore less conventional ideas and approaches in order to:
- Enhance learning experiences for children
- Promote community engagement and home-centre partnerships
- Continue with improvement or modify beyond the first year of implementation
Our 2022 IGP was themed ‘FUN Teachers for Active Kids’.
The aim of this project is to:
- Equip participants with the knowledge of importance of FMS for preschoolers
- Introduce a repertoire of approaches in teaching FMS to enhance learning experiences forchildren
- Instil confidence in the participants to integrate practical and fun gross motor activities into daily inter-disciplinary lesson plans
- Inspire participants’ creativity in transforming the child’s environment to encourage movement
Some key activities conducted include learning how to incorporate FMS across learning domains to provide a holistic learning approach, and to practise flexibility and adaptability within learning environment for both indoors and outdoors to meet the physical activity needs of preschoolers.
PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Bukit Panjang 226
Participating in the ECDA – SportSG IGP has provided my fellow educators and I with new insights on how to incorporate fun and engaging features in our preschool curriculum. Making use of the indoor space helps to infuse playful learning opportunities to help our children stay active and have fun in each activity. The engagement sessions also provided us with many ideas on how to help children become more focused and engaged after a quick energising brain break.
MOE Kindergarten Educator
MOE Kindergarten @ Fernvale
My team and I are glad to be part of ECDA-SportSG IGP as it has enriched our centre’s learning experiences, guiding us to plan different types of movement activities both indoor and outdoor.
Through the programme, we have built our repertoire in designing meaningful movement activities which support the children’s overall development. For instance, the use of Active Navigation Route along the pathways has promoted the children to be self-directed learners as they enjoy moving and learning at the same time.
We have observed the positive impact of integrating movement in our planned activities, as the children are able to stay engaged in class and regulate their behaviour and emotions.
E-Bridge Pre-School 178A Rivervale Crescent
ECDA-SportSG IGP is a wonderful programme that equips the teachers with innovative and creative ways to conduct movement activities in the classroom and outdoors. The teachers were able to engage the children creatively. It is wonderful to see children moving actively and meaningfully. The children are not seated for prolonged time and it was visible from their engagement that the experiences planned from the programme are fun!