“The memories that a child makes when he or she is young, are memories that will remain with them for the rest of their lives,” said Tan Wei Yee, 21. Tan who had recently enrolled in the Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Dika College already has a Diploma in Montessori and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. So why another Diploma?
“The more time I spend with children, the more I realize that there is so much more I can do for them; if I have a deeper understanding of what makes them tick,” shared Tan who has been a teacher since she was 18. “Children have their own personalities. They feel sad. They feel happy,” shared Tan who laments that children are not given the due recognition they deserve.
“Just because they are young, it does not mean that they do not have an insight on life. Very often children are intuitive and they relate to persons who are invested in them, “added Tan.
“I have seen parents who are surprised at how well-behaved and cooperative their child is in school; unlike the little “devils” their parents claim them to be at home,” said Tan adding that her take on this is that the child may feel better understood in school.
“My grandma used to pick me up from school, and I stayed with her until my parents came to get me at the end of the day. Every child wants their parents to spend time with them but the challenges of providing for a family necessitates long hours at work,” said Tan the youngest and only girl of four siblings.
“Therefore, when I am with children, I gain back my childhood memories,” said Tan who jests that she has had children asking if they could follow her home.
“When I decided that I wanted to deepen my knowledge in child development, I launch a thorough search into probable institutions that offered the ECE programme.”
“At the end of the day, I surmised that Dika College would offer me the in-depth knowledge that I was looking for, “ said Tan explaining that Dika’s niche 15-year expertise in ECE was the reason behind her signing up with the college.
“The lecturers at Dika are really friendly. I guess, it’s their way of walking the talk. Educators must be people that you can relate to,” enthused Tan.
“In my opinion, patience is crucial if one is to be a good ECE educator.”
“Children are not little cute toys that you play with and forget about at the end of the day. They are our responsibility and we are their role models,” added Tan who emphasised that an educator must want to take on the accountability of this duty.
“I am really looking forward to the next two and a half years. I am confident that what I will learn will make me a more competent educator who will help young children discover their full potential,” said Tan.
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