Curriculum Development In Early Childhood Education

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Giving choices and allowing children to choose their daily activities helps to build autonomy. Hedrick (1996) suggest that providing choices for children is a fundamental aspect of high-quality early childhood curriculum. It is also cited in as one of the principles of developmentally appropriate practice which states, “Following their own interests, children choose among various activities…” (Bredekamp & Copple, 1996). As we provide children with choices in their daily activity, educators need to understand the importance of the choices given to children in their class. Such classroom set up reflects a child - centered approach rather than teacher - centered. Erikson (1950) believed that at the second level of psychosocial development,…show more content…
How does your curriculum in association with the global trend of curriculum development in ECE? Around the world, early childhood education has significantly changed and evolved. This reflects how countries are focusing on the needs for a quality early childhood education. Measures such as policy change, planning, regulation are all seen to raise the quality of early childhood education. It is clear that the demand for quality early childhood education is clearly rising. With the increase of knowledge and inclusion of technology, educators, policy makers need to view and develop to keep pace with the need of the society and trends of curriculum planning. In the past where traditional teaching method are seen as the only way to teach is now questionable as the need to advocate of individual children abilities is put forward. As I created the curriculum framework, I had in mind the inclusion of children’s need to inquire, explore and learn through their own discovery. These approached are also in line with the trend to ensure a child develops in the social emotional skills. As such activities which allow children to learn to work and play with others or making choices in their daily life helps build their confidence, self-esteem and…show more content…
The theme revolves around the method to help children develop “The Six C's" i.e. Competence, Cognitive Strength, Complex relationships, Collaborative capacities, Creativity & Communication Skills. One of the topic shared was on how to build quality programmes through high quality program. Quality was referred to a rich educational setting that allows for children to enquire, play and bond joyfully and naturally. While the concept were ideal in the early childhood development, the need for community to embrace the change is critical. From educator to policy maker and parent, these stakeholders play an important role to ensure quality early childhood takes place in Singapore. Quantitative assessment is one method which needs to d relinquished in early childhood programme to ensure children does not learn through rote methods. Joyful leaning refers to children having fun learning experiences base on the choice given and decision they make in the activity provided to them. Creativity comes from children exploration and their own creation and not from a teacher lead
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