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21 March 2015

[Borneo Post] Worthwhile to pursue childcare course – SEGI College

KUCHING: Segi College Sarawak is inviting school leavers and students to explore education in early childhood care, which is one of the most important industries in Malaysia and one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.

Learn more about ‘Nurturing & Learning for the 21st Century’ with coordinator for Faculty of Education and Social Science (Early Childhood Education) Dr Wendy Hii at Borneo Convention Centre (BCCK) today.

SEGi College Sarawak is offering a 3-year Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE) programme intended for early childhood professionals or parents who wish to tap into their children’s potential and maximise it.

The programme is managed by experienced and dedicated lecturers who are passionate about teaching and imparting their knowledge to all who are eager to learn.

The modes and medium of delivery are by examinations, coursework and internships arranged by the college with local childcare centres.

Past graduates from the DECE programme have gone on to further their studies with Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degrees as well as have fulfilling and successful careers in the ECCE field, either as managers of their own centres for children or as teachers in countries such as Singapore.

SEGi College Sarawak will also be holding an open day at its main and branch campuses this weekend as well as on March 28 and 29 and April 10 to 11. Both campuses will be open from 9am to 5pm.

In conjunction with SEGi’s 38th Anniversary this year, new students may enjoy a wide range of scholarships and rebates, such as the High Achiever’s Scholarship, Promising Minds Fund and Earn As You Learn Fund.

In Malaysia, early childhood care and education is divided into two groups: 0-4 years and 4-6 years old.

The first group (0-4 years) is under the care of Ministry Of Women, Family and Community Development which keeps a register of all childcare centres (as Tasa) in the country.

Pre-school education for the second group (4 to 6 years old) comes under three ministries and agencies including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Rural and Regional Development and the National Unity Department.

The government’s involvement in ECCE is evident from its numerous initiatives to make early childhood care and education programmes more accessible to all, especially for the less fortunate and those in the rural areas.

One such initiative is by the year 2017, all the preschools centres need to have at least 30 per cent of their staff qualified with a diploma in ECCE to ensure there is a professional standard for childcare centres and pre-schools in Malaysia.

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