Student performers performing a skit at the ECE Annual End of Term Gathering
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Department recently held its annual End of Term Gathering, which is a time for the students from the Diploma and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education programmes to showcase their talents and handiworks. The End of Term Gathering held annually is meant as an educational showcase for everyone who is interested to know more about what early childhood educators do. This event has been held yearly without fail and this year was the programme’s fifth year organizing this “gathering”
The event was a wonderful display of dance performances, arts-and-crafts displays as well as teaching aids tools promoting the lessons and activities synonymous with early childhood educators.
This year’s them for the End of Term Gathering was “Buds, Bloom, Blossom’, which was chosen to resemble how children are like little seeds that require tender loving care for them to fully ‘blossom’ into healthy and successful individuals. The evening’s performances featured dances such as shadow dance, modern dance, traditional dance, choir, an angklung performance, a puppet show and four different flannel board dramatizations to teach the importance of movement and visuals incorporated with a good moral ending to each story.
This year’s End of the Term Gathering event was different compared to the past years’ event as the organizing committee had decided to invite three children homes over for the event – namely Trinity Community Center, Lighthouse Children’s Home, and Yayasan Chow Kit. In addition to providing an opportunity for them to join in the festivities, the ECE students and department also managed to raise funds for the homes with the aim of wanting to give back to the community, in lieu with the Christmas season.
The fund raising drive was spearheaded by the Student Council over a span of two weeks. The council members raised money from the various departments in the university and the total amount was divided equally amongst the three homes. In addition to the donations, all thirty-seven children were given goodie bags containing second-hand storybooks, exercise books, pencils, a packet of sand art, face masks and bookmarks.
The Early Childhood Education Programme is an academically qualified course for those keen on pursuing a career in early childhood education. The HELP Bachelor of ECE (Hons) degree and Diploma in ECE enables qualified pre-school educators to develop and organize nursery and kindergarten programmes focusing primarily on child development. Graduates will also play several roles including care-provider and partnering parents for the care of young children. ECE graduates can also find career opportunities as designers and promotors of child-centric learning materials and recourses, toys and games and facilitators of museums, galleries, science centres, zoos, hospitals and welfare homes. Programme intakes are in January, May, August/September.