As Malaysia moves towards quality preschool education, concerted effort is required by all in the industry. The SKPK has now become our measure of quality. To find out more about this instrument and how you can use it to improve quality in your setting, join the ECCE Council for the SKPK roadshows. The first Forum is on 26 March 2016 at Cititel Hotel, Mid Valley KL. This day long event will have EC experts take you through the 5 dimensions of the SKPK. The Forum ends with a panel discussion featuring representatives from the ECCE Council, Bahagian Pendidikan Swasta, Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri, Jemaah Nazir & Jaminan Kualiti and Bahagian Pendidikan Seharian. The first forum will be launched by Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Learning Mr P. Kamalanathan.

Following the Forum, ECCE Council members are to join us for the ECCE Council AGM at 5pm where Council activities and financial position will be presented.

Do contact the ECCE Council to register for the Forum and the AGM.

See you on Saturday 26 March 2016.

On 21 Feb, the STAR carried an article emphasizing the importance of quality in early childhood. We are reminded again of the need for qualified educators.

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When SCSJ together with Subang Parade organised the CSR and Community Engagement Activities in January 2016, the Faculty of Education saw it as an excellent early childhood advocacy project. On 21 January, the students from our three early childhood programmes – Certificate in Early Childhood (DECE), Diploma in Early Childhood (DECE) and BA (Hons) Early Years (University of Greenwich) – were at the neighbourhood mall from mid morning to 2pm.

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The 2nd year DECE students, presently studying the course “Becoming an Early Childhood Professional” impressed members of the public with their passion and understanding as they spoke on why and how we should respect the rights of young children, reminding parents and grandparents, both local and international, to allow young children to play. Visitors were also given student made bookmarks and other tokens with messages on children’s right to play.

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The Certificate and Degree students engaged young learners through a series of play activities. Toddlers enjoyed heuristic play with the treasure baskets provided and preschoolers explored maths concepts through the various open-ended Maths resources provided by our degree students.

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On 21 November, two of our students were missing from our IMD Saturday class. They were busy hosting the visit of President Obama at their centre, Dignity for Children Foundation.

We are pleased that Dignity has continually supported the IMD programme. We currently have 4 students studying with us on this programme.

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IMD student Heng Huey Lin gets a chance to speak with President Obama, and is featured in photos shared worldwide.

 

When US President Barack Obama visited Malaysia, he asked to stop by at Dignity for Children Foundation, and he was pleased with the work they do.

Dignity for Children Foundation was started by SCSJ graduate Petrina Shee and her husband Rev. Elisha Satvinder to serve the underprivileged communities in Sentul. Petrina completed her Montessori diploma with us in 2003 and started their first Montessori preschool in 2004, with 30 children. Today Dignity for Children Foundation  is a learning centre for over 1,000 vulnerable children, aged two to seventeen.

We are proud of the work that Petrina has done for her community.

President Obama’s visit received international coverage.

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets students during a tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation, an education program for refugee and low-income children, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 21, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

On 3 October 2015, more than 100 participants packed the SEGi 2nd Floor Auditorium to listen attentively to Barbara Isaacs, the Director of National Strategies, MCI UK, talk on independence in the early years. She reminded the audience – SEGI Montessori graduates and current students, as well as Montessori practitioners and parents – on why we needed to nurture independence in the early years, and gave us practical tips on how we could do so. Ng Sze Pei, one of our Montessori graduates, who now runs her own centre, appreciated the talk. She found it motivating, reminding her of what she should focus on in her practice.

Barbara reminding us that Montessori is education for life

Barbara reminding us that Montessori is education for life

The talk was just too important to miss - Queenie brought her young infant.

The talk was just too important to miss – Queenie brought her young infant.

The talk ended with a short and simple photo story presentation that showcased what some of our graduates were doing. These were mainly the alumni who could not make it for the talk. Those who were present shared their present experiences. As Barbara concluded aptly, it was great to see the diversity of the group. Our alumni have in their own way made a difference to the early childhood scene in Malaysia.

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The event was an excellent opportunity for old friends to get together, and for new friendships to be made.

July 14 cohort - they did a great job transforming the 6 floor dance lab into a wonderful potluck lunch venue

July 14 cohort – they did a great job transforming the 6 floor dance lab into a wonderful potluck lunch venue

SEGi College Subang Jaya took in our first cohort of Montessori students back in 1999. It was then known as Summit International College, and we offered the St NIcholas Montessori Diploma. We had one thick manual and had to write up the presentation on the various materials.

In 2004, we offered the MCI international Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. Students received a series of manuals, one each for the various subjects. Along the way, these could be assessed through pendrives and CD roms. Our last cohort in July 2014 were given a weblink for their study materials.

On 2 October, MCI Director of Studies, Ms Penny Johns shared with us the new MCI virtual learning environment. It was wonderfully interactive. The flipped classroom can easily be implemented using these materials.

SEGi is presently offering the 88 hour Montessori Apparatus Workshop with MCI, and will look into offering the MCI Integrated Montessori Practice programme, IMP for short. This will allow our DECE or BA EYE students, or any other graduate from an Early Childhood programme, to get specialised training in the Montessori approach.

Barabara Isaacs and Penny Johns at SEGi College Subang Jaya, updating the SEGi team on the new MCI programmes and the updated MCI VLE.

Barabara Isaacs and Penny Johns at SEGi College Subang Jaya, updating the SEGi team on the new MCI programmes and the updated MCI VLE.

The SEGi team at the MCI training session, 2 October 2015

The SEGi team at the MCI training session, 2 October 2015

Barbara and Penny at the SEGi Early Childhood Showcase Centre

Barbara and Penny at the SEGi Early Childhood Showcase Centre

Barbara and Penny confirming that SEGi is fully equipped as  MCI apparatus workshop centre.

Barbara and Penny confirming that SEGi is fully equipped as an MCI apparatus workshop centre.