The implementation of what children should learn in their early years of education has been a constant debate among the stakeholders; namely the parents and the ministry of education. Hence, the boundaries in the teachers’ profession have changed rather dramatically. As the community today turning to be more diverse and developed, the content of the curriculum planned for preschoolers must also be at the same pace. This also related to the role of the teachers to fulfill the implementation of the newly developed policies by the ministry and the demanded “needs” of the parents for their children.
One thing for sure, there is surely a gap between the policy-making and programme implementation and this is one of the challenges faced by the teachers in developing and planning the curriculum for the preschoolers. As we all may know, commonly, the lesson planned by the teacher can be different from the actual situation in the classrooms. The teachers can develop a well-planned lesson plan but when the lesson takes place, it might need to be changed to be appropriate to the students’ capability to learn and their willingness to participate in the lesson. Other than that, early childhood educators certainly are aware that education and care in the early years of a child are two sides of the same coin. It is crucial that the curriculum planned for the students are able to assist them in order to obtain the educational aspects as well as to improve the students’ social competence skills.
In this new era of globalization, preschool teachers play a role of not just teaching the students, but they also need to be the curriculum specialists, child development experts, programme managers and many more as to cater the needs of the students. Therefore, teachers today are positioning themselves not just for the students’ needs, but also towards their parents, and not forgetting to implement the requirements from the educational ministry. In developing a suitable curriculum planning for preschoolers, it is crucial that the pedagogy planned is something that the teachers do ‘with’ the children instead of ‘to’ the children. With all kind of new teaching methodologies and learning approaches for our children, the teachers need to face with the challenges on what to teach, when to teach, how to teach them and the importance of teaching the respective/suggested aspect of a lesson to the children.
All things considered, early childhood educators must embrace the challenges that they are currently facing and find suitable alternatives and provide the right learning and teaching approaches for the preschoolers. Early childhood education requires the educators to be passionate and definitely not for the faint of heart. The curriculum designed for the children is the foundation in teaching the young generations. The positive impact made in the early years of the students will bring a better and brighter future for them in the future and the next generations to come.
Education Consultant at ALFA and Friends