In view of the development trend of kindergartens, early childhood education must continue to improve and strive for the best. Our kindergarten provides premium education service and establishes key development principles based on the school’s situation as well as the abilities, interests and needs of children to enhance teaching and learning effectiveness continuously. This academic year, the kindergarten adheres to two key development principles – “the full implementation of learning through play and the promotion of children’s whole-person development”, and “nurturing children’s creativity through diverse music and creative activities”. The details are as follows:
(1) The full implementation of learning through play and the promotion of children’s whole-person development
Children love playing and games are effective means to promote their healthy development. The Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide (2017) emphasises the importance for children to learn through play and advises that kindergarten curriculum should focus on whole-person development. In response to this, the kindergarten participated in the Education Bureau’s Quality Education Fund Thematic Networks – Tertiary Institute Play-Learn-Grow in Hong Kong Kindergartens programme last year. We worked with support personnel to conduct teaching research to strengthen learning through play strategies and skills designed and led by teachers, enhancing learning effectiveness and promote children’s whole-person development. Due to the good results of piloting in Kindergarten Three last year, the programme will be implemented throughout Kindergarten One, Two and Three this year to drive children’s whole-person development.
(2) Nurturing children’s creativity through diverse music and creative activities
The kindergarten participated in the Education Bureau’s Mainland-Hong Kong Teachers Exchange and Collaboration Programme – Implementing Diversified Arts Activities the year before. We worked with support personnel to conduct teaching research to nurture children’s creativity through rhythmic activities. Favourable results were seen after one year of implementation. Our teaching staff had mastered relevant skills and decided to continue to optimise music activities this year, so that children can develop their creativity through music. The programme did not meet the goals set forth because of school suspension over pandemic. We will therefore continue with the programme this year to nurture children’s creativity through a variety of music activities.