Find out how Kinderland Preschool & Infant Care cultivates compassion in preschoolers.
Ever wondered why some of your childhood memories are so vivid? That is because a child’s brain develops more from birth to age five than at any other time. As such, during this crucial stage, children’s brains are like sponges soaking up everything around them. At Kinderland Singapore, the team uses these crucial years to build empathy in its pre-schoolers, a big part of the curriculum.
Caring for the community
With more than 40 years of experience, Kinderland aims to teach children to care for themselves and those around. “Through community initiatives and collaborations, we cultivate the habit of giving, through everyday acts of care and empathy,” shares Dr. Carol Loy, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development.
Younger children (Pre-Nursery and Nursery levels) partake in short community service projects. These projects include designing and preparing greeting cards for the elderly in the neighbourhood, making art collages for frontliners, and practising reducing, reusing and recycling in school and at home.
In fact, Kinderland’s curriculum has six developmental domains, including one called EQland. It focuses on the development of character by refining social and emotional skills. (The other domains include Kineticland, Intelliland, Natureland, Digiland and cReativeland, all of which are based on learning areas identified by the Ministry of Education’s Nurturing Early Learners framework.)
Empathy through entrepreneurship
In Kindergarten 2, pupils take part in a “Little Entrepreneur” charity project, in which they raise funds for the less fortunate. This programme offers a fun and engaging way to nurture their character, while instilling a spirit of entrepreneurship.
Through this programme, the children acquire first-hand knowledge and experience in planning, operating and managing a business. They also learn how their efforts would make an impact on the beneficiaries for whom they are helping, such as Kinderland-partnered charity organisations Lions Befrienders and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
At the end of the day, Kinderland’s vision is to develop a foundation and mindset of global citizenship with a heart, in every child. “By imbuing values and developing character at this age, individuals have a solid reference point to make important decisions in life,” says Dr. Loy.
If you’re looking for a preschool that cares about imparting values alongside providing meaningful and engaging learning, contact the team at Kinderland.
By Kinderland Preschool & Infant Care for The Finder Issue 307, June 2021
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