Kinderland bagged the ECDA Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Development 2018: Early Childhood Innovation Award – Distinction! The project that won the award, S.T.R.E.A.M. Project: S.T.R.E.A.M. Through Discoveries, is put together by the teachers of Kinderland Preschool. . During the project, children created a water wheel using loose parts such as plastic bowls, bicycle wheel and wooden planks. The centre principal, Ms Pramadevi received the award from Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development at the Early Childhood Conference on behalf of the preschool.

Ms Pramadevi receiving the award from Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development.

The STREAM project is inspired by the STEM approach in USA that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in children’s education. Kinderland introduced STREAM which includes Reading, wRiting and Arts. STREAM promotes intellectual ability by encouraging children to explore and inquire.

During the planning stage, children did a mini version of their water wheel to test.

The water wheel is done! Time to test it!

In line with this year’s theme ‘Nurturing Young Minds: Building Strong Foundations’, Kinderland was one of the 18 awardees shortlisted from over 300 nominations for its commitment to the holistic development of children through exemplary practices in curriculum, pedagogy and innovation. All of which aims to give children a good start in life.

Launched in 2013, the ECDA awards recognises the critical role educators play in shaping the future of our nation. The awards inspire early childhood educators to strive towards professional excellence in early childhood care and education, which has a lasting impact on children’s cognitive, language and socio-emotional outcomes.

Dr Carol Loy, Director of Curriculum & Professional Development shared: “Kinderland has come a long way since 1978 and today, we’ve has grown to become a leading regional player in early childhood education. This award recognizes our development through the years and is a testament to our innovative programmes at Kinderland.“

Dr Loy also expressed her appreciation to Kinderland’s team of early childhood educators who made every effort to develop the full potential of young children with their high level of professional expertise.