Philosophy & Approach
Children are born innocent and pure. We believe in protecting the innate innocence that every child carries and promoting positive development in early childhood. Tzu Chi’s preschool education focuses on developing independent living skills in children and includes character building lessons and activities that guide children to do good and to practise filial piety. Our teachers seek to nurture in children an empathetic and loving heart, and teach them to live in harmony with Mother Nature, with a love and respect for all life.
In their early formative years, children engage all their senses while learning, and develop their cognitive, motor, communication, and social skills through observation and imitation. Hence, an environment with role models whom they can emulate is crucial to their growth and development. Our teachers guide children through role-modelling, building close bonds with them with love and patience, which enhances their learning. Besides self-help skills, such as cleaning and tidying up, folding clothes, etc., the children also learn to exercise self-discipline and to develop good manners and etiquette in daily life. This helps them to better express and control their emotions and to behave appropriately in the public.
Our curriculum includes emotional management skills and values education that help children to cultivate love and gratitude in their hearts. For example, under the patient guidance of our teachers, children learn to serve their parents tea to show their appreciation. Instead of holding a rousing birthday party for a child, we invite the parents to the class to share stories of their child’s growth and development. We also organise an annual “Fruit and Vegetable Planet” activity where the kids learn to love and cherish animals, and are gradually inspired to choose a plant-based over a meat-based diet. They are further guided to extend their love and care to the environment by doing recycling and conserving resources.
Apart from inculcating humanistic values in the children and guiding them to serve for the common good, our teachers work closely with the parents, to pass on wholesome values and healthy habits that will bring lifelong benefits to their little ones.