Welcome to The Caterpillar’s Cove Child Development and Study Centre!
The Caterpillar’s Cove Child Development and Study Centre at both Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Jurong East focuses on growing children’s potential and connecting a learning community through research and teacher education and strives to exemplify educational practice at its best.
The first centre at Ngee Ann Polytechnic began its operations in 2007. It was conceptualized and designed by a team of early childhood specialists of NTUC First Campus, led by SEED Institute and was constructed with a grant from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic at a cost of nearly $1 million. Parents and others were initially sceptical of the role of the child study centre. They were not sure how research would be carried out and how industry partnerships would affect the learning and development of their children. After numerous engagement and ‘check-in’ sessions with the enrolled families, we are proud to have families today who see themselves as partners in our learning journey with their children.
One of the many outcomes that have resulted in the centre at Ngee Ann Polytechnic striving to be an authentic child study centre is the confidence and professional development of the teachers at The Caterpillar’s Cove. Almost all staff have made presentations at conferences locally and overseas, and most are either leading research projects or very much involved in collaborative research with industry partners.
Our second centre located in Jurong East was constructed with a grant from Lien Foundation at a cost of nearly $1.2 million. It was licensed for operations in May 2014.
The Caterpillar’s Cove is a dynamic setting. It brings together teachers of young children, researchers, and students who are training to work with children. The importance of teaching and integration of teaching and research is emphasized and are at the heart of the mission.
The Cove provides a site for faculty research and teacher training in early childhood education and also serves as a model and demonstration facility. It serves as a training and observation site for students in early childhood education programmes, as well as for experienced early childhood educators who are interested to work in collaboration with The Cove to promote Best Teaching Practices in early childhood care and education.
The programme at the Child Study Centre is designed to demonstrate and disseminate information about quality childcare and innovative practices related to the early learning and development of young children. It encompasses an approach to curriculum that is open and innovative. Teachers think about how children learn and how to make sure children are thinking and solving problems as they are playing and exploring. It is exciting to be involved in a child study setting as there are many opportunities for discussions, inquiry and piloting models of teaching and learning to promote best practices in early childhood education.
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Relationships: The Caterpillar’s Cove centres on relationships, how each part of our school creates and supports every other part: child, teacher, parent, staff, environment, and community.
Children, the focus of the programme: Children are the focus of the preschool programme. Each child is viewed as a valuable human being and a contributing member to the community, bringing along with him a rich fabric of individual, social and cultural experience which will enrich other children and teachers. We believe that we need to celebrate each child’s potential and respect that children learn through play.
Learning is a balance of process and product: We teach through a balance of direct and mediated learning experiences in order to support children’s cultivation of “good habits of mind”.
Teachers are an important part of the centre: At The Caterpillar’s Cove, we value the teachers and teaching. The centre is committed to keeping the joy of learning alive for both teachers and children. With a joy in teaching, the teachers’ passion has a lasting and profound influence on the children’s positive attitudes towards learning.
Parents are a vital part of the centre: We believe in cultivating effective partnerships with parents through consultation, collaboration and negotiation.
Advocates for children: We have a responsibility to be advocates for children to the larger community by respecting and empowering children and their rights.
|1||1.5 years||7 years||Child Care (Fullday)||$909.50 (staff rate)||$909.50 (staff rate)||$909.50 (staff rate)|
|2||1.5 years||7 years||Child Care (Fullday)||$1498 (public rate)||$1498 (public rate)||$1498 (public rate)|
|3||1.5 years||7 years||Child Care (AM)||$609.90 (staff rate)||$609.90 (staff rate)||$609.90 (staff rate)|
|4||1.5 years||7 years||Child Care (AM)||$1016.50 (public rate)||$1016.50 (public rate)||$1016.50 (public rate)|
|5||1.5 years||7 years||Child Care (PM)||$609.90 (staff rate)||$609.90 (staff rate)||$609.90 (staff rate)|
|6||1.5 years||7 years||Child Care (PM)||$1016.50 (public rate)||$1016.50 (public rate)||$1016.50 (public rate)|