On 14 September 2018, 66 preschool teachers from Kinderland childcare centres in Jakarta attended a one-day course on “Creating a Self-Directed Learning Environment”.
The course was conducted by KLC International Institute (KLCII), a private education institute in Singapore with over 30 years of experience in teachers training. KLCII is also a member of the Crestar Education Group.
The one-day course on “Creating a Self-Directed Learning Environment” was another collaboration with Mrs Seemum Suprano, Board Advisor, P.T. Kinderland Pendidikan Raya. Mrs Suprano is also the long-standing Kinderland partner in Jakarta. She has setup 6 Kinderland centres in Jakarta since 1995. The course was held at the Kinderland Caringin Auditorium at Caringin Pondok Indah in South Jakarta.
Jakarta Kinderland teachers could benefit from KLCII 30 years of experience in helping preschool teachers create effective environments. The course was geared to help participants learn how to design environments to help children sustain intrinsic interest in learning, in order to provide them with myriad ways to practise and refine their skills. The teachers were equipped to design and introduce quality learning environments that are developmentally appropriate for children 4 – 6 years.
At the end of the day, teachers could login using their mobile phones to complete an online assessment (MCQ). Two weeks after the session, additional reading materials were provided to the teachers and a second self-assessment was done as a follow-up to the one-day course.
The course was conducted by two highly-experienced KLCII lecturers. They were Mdm Anizah Bte Mohd Saleh, Med (EC), BS (Child & Family), who has been with the early childhood industry for the last 35 years, and Ms Irene Ho who has a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Studies from University of South Australia and a MEd from Singapore’s National Institute of Education and has been with the early childhood industry for the last 25 years.
Generally, all the participants were satisfied with the course and felt it was very well conducted.
“We learned how to plan and set up learning zones and organise the necessary materials to provide for effective learning,” said Ms Nuraini Jafar.