Singapore University of Social Sciences

Assessing Quality of Early Childhood Programmes

Applications Open: To be confirmed

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Schemes: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: To be confirmed


Synopsis

Quality programmes in early childhood build on the basic framework of developmentally appropriate practice with intentional teaching, challenging and interesting curriculum, and evidence-based effective practices. Assessing quality of programmes relates to criteria and benchmarks that contribute towards the desired outcomes of care and education of young children. This course examines quality in early childhood care and education which comprises frameworks that guide developmentally appropriate programmes for young children. Course participants will examine and compare evaluation tools and processes for quality assessment in early childhood care and education. They will also engage in reviewing and analyzing the SPARK Accreditation that is currently used in the local context. Comparison of other quality evaluation tools and processes will serve to inform practices and inspire educators and stakeholders with innovative ideas to plan quality programmes for the care and education of young children.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • Criteria of quality programmes in early childhood care and education
  • Frameworks of developmentally appropriate programmes
  • Continuity and change in the focus of early childhood education: Local and international contexts
  • Quality programme development and administration: meaning and practice
  • Evidence-based quality programmes: Children’s learning and development
  • Programme evaluation: Tools and processes
  • Assessment strategies to assess quality of programmes
  • Quality standards in the local context: Who are the stakeholders?
  • SPARK Accreditation: Review and analysis
  • Comparing local with international quality assessment models (e.gs. ECERS, NAEYC)
  • Role of effective partnerships with families in early childhood programmes
  • Role of the community in building quality programmes

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise guidelines that determine quality programmes
  • Compare the similarities and differences between quality programmes
  • Discuss the application of quality assessment
  • Analyse frameworks that support effective programmes
  • Formulate assessment strategies to assess quality of programmes
  • Evaluate quality assessment tools for programme development and administration
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