Early Years Centre (Age 2-6)

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Early Years Centre, Sekolah Sri UCSI Springhill Campus is now a provider of the Kide Science lessons! We provide a unique STEAM education using Finnish pedagogical approach with play-based learning concept.

What is Kide Science?

The Kide Science method takes kids on an exciting scientific adventure to Supraland, where they can discover and learn about scientific concepts through play, creativity and stories. The approach boosts kids’ natural inquisitiveness – and has a positive effect that carries far into adulthood. Kide Science develops young children’s scientific thinking skills through imagination and engaging hands-on experiments that solve real science problems.

We aim for the children to experience joy and success, because these positive emotions support learning and the child’s self-image as a learner – also for the years to come!

Finland is known for its playful pedagogy and great learning results.

A proven pedagogical method predicts better learning outcomes in school and is based on years of rigorous academic research conducted by the founder Jenni Vartiainen, PhD at University of Helsinki, Finland.

Jump into an enlightening adventure in a fantasy world and learn about scientific phenomena at Early Years Centre, Sekolah Sri UCSI Springhill today!

     

About Us

As an Early Years Centre, we understand how the right start can take a child further in life. Our early childhood education focuses on making learning fun so that our students look forward to learning. We carefully designed our syllabus to balance classroom learning with life skills through games, outdoor activities and teamwork. Daily, our students engage in exploratory learning that blends both teacher-directed approach and child-directed approach.

We aim to not only deliver a balanced academic experience but also to create a learning environment that shapes children into well-rounded global citizens. We ensure that character development themes – such as cultural diversity, acceptance and cooperation, to name a few – are woven into our daily lessons and are ever-present. And in doing so, we create a cohesive classroom environment as well as promote healthy social and emotional development in children.

 

Nursery

We designed the Nursery Programme for children aged between 3 to 4 years old based on the understanding that the early formative years are the most critical in a child’s development. We built indoor classrooms and outdoor spaces to promote active learning as well as encourage different types of play. Our Early Years Centre provides various activities and stimulating environment which offers a range of safety equipment allowing the children to explore, discover, stimulate and experiment through sensory play.

We conduct our Nursery programme from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm (Monday – Friday). The programme is handled by fully-trained staff that are experienced in early years teaching as well as provide structured and fun activities for the children. When the children are ready to step forward into the next stage in their development, they will join the Reception.

   

Reception

Reception is suitable for children aged 4 – 5 years old. The children’s’ independent behaviour will start at this age of their life. Here at the Early Years Centre, we encourage and support the child’s self-help skills. Children will learn about routines, which will foster their language skills. Additionally, they will be able to concentrate more and through a diverse range of structured and unstructured learning activities, our teachers promote learning that is purposeful and enjoyable for children.

Our programme focuses on the primary areas of development. These include language, arts, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, gross and fine motor development, as well as character building. These are all part of the life skills your child will learn and build upon at the UCSI Early Years Centre, Bandar Springhill.

Our developmentally appropriate learning activities exemplifies our commitment to holistic education through a stimulating, challenging and creative environment. The classes are kept small (maximum 15 students) to facilitate individualised, classes and group teaching methods.

 

Foundation

Foundation is suitable for children aged 5-6 years old. It is a fun, play-based environment that encourages learning through experimenting, trial and error, watching, listening and participating. As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they feel ready to take on the world. Our Foundation curriculum enhances that confidence by providing activities to guide 4-year old children to become problem-solvers and develop a love of lifelong learning.

Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children develop a variety of skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy, mathematics, science, Mandarin and social skills.

UCSI Early Years Centre provides stimulating, challenging and accessible materials that are inviting and aesthetically pleasing to a child. This specially created environment entices the child to explore, discover, manipulate and learn. The resources and materials offered covers a broad curriculum, including literacy, numeracy, science, computer studies, music, arts and crafts, gardening, and physical activities.

A predictable yet flexible daily routine encourages children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. It provides consistency and helps them gain a sense of security and confidence to participate in different parts of the programme.

Children are encouraged to develop their planning, implementing, decision-making, problem-solving and reflecting skills through the daily plan-do-review cycle of the programme. They also have the opportunity for individual, small and large group interactions through adult-initiated activities.

UCSI Early Years Centre offers a safe and secure environment for your child. In our programme, each child is appreciated and accepted at the level of their maturity and ability. The child is allowed to learn to grow and develop in a climate of genuine affection and warmth.

Office Opening Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Meal Times
Children will be served a healthy lunch (12:45pm) and snacks (9:45am). All foods served is halal. Beef is not served due to cultural and religious reasons. Please inform the Centre if your child has any food allergies.


Why study at Sri UCSI Early Years Centre

Sri UCSI Early Years curriculum supports essential learning areas through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.

Our Eight Learning Principles at Sri UCSI Early Years:

  1. The early years of life are important in their own right 
  2. Children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace
  3. Playing is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development
  4. Learning happens when teachers nurture child-initiated experiences to harness their natural curiosity in an enabling environment.
  5. Independent and interdependent learning experiences create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international-mindedness
  6. Knowledge and skills development lead to an increasing sense of understanding when children are provided with opportunities to explore and express their ideas in multiple ways
  7. Ongoing assessments, in the form of evaluation and reflection, are effective when it involves a learning-link with the home
  8. Learning should be motivating, engaging and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish

At Sri UCSI Early Years Centre, we focus on three key areas of development:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • To develop a positive sense of themselves and others
  • To form positive relationships and developing respect for others
  • To develop social skills and learning how to manage their feelings
  • To understand appropriate behaviour in groups
  • To develop confidence in their abilities.

Physical Development

  • To develop coordination, control, and movement
  • To understand the importance of physical activity
  • To make healthy choices about food
  • To be independent and manage their hygiene

Communication and Language

  • To develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves
  • To learn to speak and listen in a range of situations
  • To interact collaboratively with peers and familiar adults 
  • To learn how to negotiate plans and develop talk through play, using language to recreate and imagine experiences

Our Early Years programme has clearly defined learning areas and objectives apart from personal, social and emotional development. The four specific areas include:

English – The child starts to link letters and sounds, explore texts and poetry, and begin their reading, writing and literacy journey. They develop reading and writing skills as they explore, enjoy, learn about, use words and texts in a broad range of contexts. They are also expected to able to read and understand sentences, use phonic knowledge to decode regular words, as well as read-aloud accurately. Using their phonic knowledge, they can write words in ways that match their spoken words.

Mathematics – The child starts to develop skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, as well as describing shapes, spaces and measures. Activities and hands-on experiences facilitate children to explore the real-life of Mathematics and enable them to apply their mathematical thinking in a relevant way, equipping them with a solid mathematical foundation upon which all subsequent learning will be built.

Understanding the World – The child starts to make sense of the physical world and their community. We guide children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and environment. They can observe and compare, talk about changes they see and begin to develop creative and critical thinking skills.

Expressive Arts and Design – The child starts to express and explore a wide range of media and materials. They can share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in arts, movement, dance, role-play, as well as design and technology.

At Sri UCSI Early Years Centre, we go further than the prescribed curriculum by offering additional elements in learning such as phonics lessons to encourage independent reading and writing. We also offer Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu and basic ICT Literacy lessons in the Early Years.

Thematic Integrated Approach – We would like to make the child’s learning to be more meaningful. Therefore, we connect all learning process that takes place via a unit of learning or theme. All the activities and lessons in the class will be centred around themes that they find interesting and relevant. Examples of these themes include About Myself, Living Things, Physical Science, Transportations, Animals and Occupations.

Teaching thematically helps children to make sense of what they are being taught, since content areas are integrated and not made to stand alone. Students can retain more information when it is not presented as isolated facts, but rather as part of a whole. Thematic units encourage the involvement of all students through topics relevant to them. Children can relate to real-world experiences and build on prior knowledge of a topic.