Singapore University of Social Sciences

Understanding Quality Assurance for Early Childhood Education Leaders

Understanding Quality Assurance for Early Childhood Education Leaders (CET244)

Applications Open: 01 October 2020

Applications Close: 16 December 2020

Next Available Intake: January 2021

Course Types: Certificate Course, Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: General Studies

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education


Synopsis

This course CET244 Understanding Quality Assurance for Early Childhood Education Leaders aims to provide learners with the fundamental understanding of how Quality Assurance guides and support cycles of improvement through systems thinking and innovation.The course covers exploration of the principles, concepts and practices related to overall centre quality, spanning from Strategic Planning, Staff Planning and Engagement to Curriculum and Pedagogies. It provides learners with the framework to understand the components that make up a quality childcare centre, and the ability to construct and test ideas, review and evaluate current systems and approaches that are practised in centres. The content of the course is conducted with reference to the Singapore Preschool Accreditation Framework (SPARK) and the accompanying Quality Rating Scale (QRS).

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January

Topics

  • Understanding Quality Assurance in Early Childhood Education
  • Stock-Taking: A Reflection of the Past for the Future
  • Strategic Planning & Strategic Thinking
  • Visioning and Goal Setting
  • Action Planning
  • Resource Management
  • Monitoring Progress
  • Collecting Data in the Classrooms
  • Using Data to Improve Quality in the Classrooms
  • Plan-Implement-Evaluate (PIE) Approach
  • Observing and Documenting Children’s Learning and Development
  • Communicating Children’s Learning and Development to Parents

Learning Outcome

  • Use SWOT Analysis to perform internal and external scans
  • Identify the key strengths and areas of improvement according to SPARK criteria
  • Interpret the Quality Rating Scale (QRS) and relate this to teaching practices in the classroom
  • Apply and adapt the company’s directions into actionable leadership, teaching and learning plans
  • Develop effective action plans and targets to address key challenges identified in the centre’s strategic plan
  • Apply the Plan-Implement-Evaluate (PIE) approach to appraise and monitor centres’ quality
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