Nur­tur­ing qual­i­fied teach­ers

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRIGHT KIDS -

IF you are cur­rently em­ployed in a preschool, pub­lic school, child­care cen­tre or other child­hood care fa­cil­ity, it is good to keep in mind that un­der the 10th Malaysia Plan, early child­hood care and education ( ECCE) teach­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to meet a min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tion stan­dard set by the Govern­ment.

The stan­dard of ECCE teach­ers plays a cru­cial role in de­ter­min­ing the qual­ity of Malaysia’s fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

In re­sponse to the num­ber of teach­ers in this seg­ment who do not pos­sess any for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tion ( 93%), this plan fo­cuses on rais­ing the stan­dards of ECCE teach­ers through cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and train­ing.

Sub­se­quently, the Malaysian Govern­ment for­mu­lated the Na­tional Pol­icy for ECCE. Un­der this pol­icy, pro­grammes have been in­tro­duced to meet the di­verse needs of the cru­cial early years ( new­borns till the age of six).

The pol­icy was ini­ti­ated to:

Pro­vide chil­dren with a foun­da­tion for healthy growth and de­vel­op­ment, ex­pos­ing them to ac­tiv­i­ties in na­tion- build­ing

En­hance their readi­ness for pri­mary school education

En­cour­age ini­tia­tives that will make early child­hood pro­grammes more ac­ces­si­ble, es­pe­cially to ur­ban dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren, through al­lo­ca­tion of funds.

The Bach­e­lor of Early Child­hood with Hon­ours ( BECHE) pro­gramme at Open Univer­sity Malaysia ( OUM) is de­signed to meet this need and the needs of any­one in the field of ECCE.

It is aimed at fur­ther de­vel­op­ing the spe­cial­ist skills and knowl­edge gained through the com­ple­tion of Diploma in Early Child­hood Education ( DECE).

This is in line with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mis­sion to widen ac­cess to qual­ity education as well as pro­vide life­long learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties by adopt­ing an en­gag­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment at a com­pet­i­tive and af­ford­able cost.

The ECCE for­mula at OUM was built on the Govern­ment’s ini­tia­tive to give the pri­vate sec­tor the lead in de­vel­op­ing high- qual­ity ECCE pro­grammes.

All pro­grammes at OUM, in­clud­ing its ECCE pro­grammes, are fully ac­cred­ited by the MQA.

The sub­jects en­com­passed in the BECHE pro­gramme cover a wide ar­ray of ar­eas, in­clud­ing child psy­chol­ogy, play and phys­i­cal ther­apy, health and nutri­tion, cre­ative move­ment, and moral de­vel­op­ment.

In ad­di­tion, OUM of­fers BECHE learn­ers two elec­tives: mu­sic and spe­cial needs education.

Learn­ers who have ful­filled all course re­quire­ments are qual­i­fied to un­dergo in­dus­trial train­ing.

One of the great things about tak­ing up BECHE at OUM is that learn­ers can per­form their in­dus­trial train­ing at their own re­spec­tive cen­tres.

They do not need to travel out of their lo­ca­tion or move to a dif­fer­ent child­care cen­tre for it.

Dr Azhar Md Ad­nan, early child­hood care and education ex­pert at OUM, says “Learn­ers can un­dergo train­ing at their own preschools or child­care cen­tres or sug­gest any rel­e­vant cen­tres that are es­tab­lished or reg­is­tered un­der the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

If the need arises, we ar­range place­ments for our learn­ers in col­lab­o­ra­tion with cer­tain agen­cies and cen­tres.”

The May 2016 in­take is now open for reg­is­tra­tion.

To reg­is­ter, visit fas­trac. oum. edu. my or walk into any of OUM’s 37 learn­ing cen­tres na­tion­wide.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03- 2773 2121, e- mail en­quiries@ oum. edu. my or What­sApp 012- 303 9934/ 35.

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