Continuous safety measurements in Singapore mean that schools need to be able to adapt to the way they teach their students. That’s why the Australian International School (AIS) takes a collaborative approach to facilitate learning for international preschool students. Here you will meet Ernst & Young’s EROMIE DASSANAYAKE. She shares how the AIS Early Years program works for students, teachers and families.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m from Sri Lanka. I grew up in a tea plantation with my mother, father and two brothers. My professional journey began there and continued across countries, enriching my educational practices and highlighting the importance of being a global citizen.
I have been passionate about teaching since I was a child. He holds an associate degree from Montessori (AMI) and a degree in early childhood education guidance and counseling from the University of Northern Bria. He also holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Education from Monash University. I have been with AIS for 7 and a half years.
How did COVID-19 affect the lives of AIS students and teachers? What challenges did you overcome at International Preschool?
It influenced how we build and maintain relationships and the involvement of the community. We are still a culturally diverse community, going to the playground and keeping in touch with each other on a regular basis. We have become creative about how to do it!
Collaboration is still very advanced between teachers, families, other stakeholders in the school and neighboring schools. Our educators employ technologies and strategies to provide students with an international experience. This also creates a sense of connection in these times. This is a great testament to how positive and flexible we are all.
How do you realize the philosophy of the school’s Early Learning Village?
EY’s philosophy is love, compassion, and respect. We support this when building relationships of trust with learners, educators, parents and communities.
We recognize children as unique individuals by celebrating their voices and interests. At the same time, it makes learning visibly meaningful through collaboration with genuine documentation and the community.
Children are central to the learning process of our early programs. Teachers create an interactive and exciting environment that encourages children to take risks and explore while managing their learning.
How do you prepare your early students for the “Big School”?
During the transition period, EY’s children will be involved in decision making. P3 and P4 children will carry out a mini-question unit for questions and questions.
There will also be three pre-planned new classroom visits and time allotted for teacher visits. Annual level teachers have a hand-over meeting to get to know their children better. You can then prepare classrooms and educational resources to meet your children’s needs.
The physical environment itself supports transitions with pod layouts that children are familiar with. There may be new teachers in the classroom, but many friends and surroundings remain the same!
What does it mean to be a member of an international school?
It means access to a diverse group of students, each with their own background and culture. The people we interact with on a daily basis are the inspiration and source of cultural immersion. How wonderful it is that we can continue to grow with an international mindset, even in times of restricted travel and restricted contact.
Being part of the AIS community also means that children are treated as unique and mysterious individuals who contribute to unique thoughts, strategies and experiences.
Teachers have a personalized mindset of practice and each year provide a curriculum that does not look the same for each class.
What can EY parents expect from the Early Years Program in the near future?
We find new and exciting ways to make up for what global situations are currently robbing children of, such as social interactions, cultural diversity experiences, collaboration, community involvement, and global thinking. I am.
Our teachers are also currently trained in self-regulatory techniques. This helps children tackle and overcome their challenges. Beyond this, we look forward to resuming great community involvement, events and celebrations.
Learn about the AIS International Preschool Early Years Program:
To talk to the EY team about the curriculum or schedule a visit to Early Years Village, please contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian International School Singapore
1 Lorong Chuan
6883 8127 | ais.edu.sg
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