Pat's Schoolhouse and Learning Vision conferred three Child Care Awards

01 Oct 2010

Singapore, 1 October, 2010 – Long-established pre-school centres in Singapore – Patʼs Schoolhouse and Learning Vision – have won three prestigious Child Care Awards between them in this yearʼs award programme organised by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS). The two pre-schools were the only two winners in the Outstanding Programme Award category. In addition, the Outstanding Infant Educarer Award went to Ms Jessica Marie, an infantcare teacher and assistant nurse at Patʼs Schoolhouse – Baby Haven.

The annual Child Care Awards presented by MCYS in partnership with the Workforce Development Authority and other supporting organisations honour excellence and professionalism in early childhood education.k

Patʼs Schoolhouse and Learning Vision are part of the Busy Bees Southeast Asia (formerly known as Knowledge Universe) family, one of the worldʼs leading education organisations which provides provide early childhood to tertiary education and Teacher Education. Busy Bees was also conferred the inaugural Outstanding Employer Award this year by MCYS for the child care industry.

The largest private provider of quality early childhood education serving more than 5,000 families, Busy Bees comprises three groups of pre-schools brands - Patʼs Schoolhouse, Learning Vision and Odyssey – The Global Preschool, as well as and Learning Horizon, which offers enrichment programmes, and Learning Capital College, which offers accredited teacher education programmes.

Ms June Rusdon, Chief Executive Officer of Busy Bees, said the group is elated over winning a total of four awards this year. In reference to receiving the Outstanding Employer Award, she said that developing and retaining the best talent is key to providing quality childcare and pre-school education. “Recruiting and retaining best-in-class professionals with the aptitude, skill sets and learning qualifications are critical in early childhood education,” said Ms Rusdon. “We focus on continual professional development among our 1,000-strong teaching staff in order to provide the highest quality education. The pre-school years are critical to building the foundation to life-long learning.

“Many of our teachers have been with us for many years or more, and our staff tenure is well above industry standards.”

Learning Vision, which has a 21-year history in Singapore, was recognised for its outstanding education programmes. Its curriculum, which is steeped in well-founded global research, prides itself on ensuring its students are school-ready with both academic and life skills. In fact, Learning Visionʼs teaching approach such as their Primary One Project and EQ curriculum has been adopted by some primary schools. “Our innovative curriculum equips our children with life-long learning skills to become successful global citizens,” said Ms Rabiatul Adawiah, Managing Director of Learning Vision.

Patʼs Schoolhouse was also awarded the Outstanding Programme Award in recognition of its creative education approach and ʻhorizontalʼ or all-round development of the child. Founded 22 years ago by Mrs. Patricia Koh, the school is highly regarded for its bilingual immersion which hassimilates the learning of two languages concurrently. “Itʼs an honour to be recognised for our teaching approach,” said Mrs. Koh. “We will continue to celebrate childrenʼs curiosity, creativity and confidence so they will enjoy their childhood and be empowered to shape their understanding of the world.”

Moving forward, Busy Bees S.E.Asia plans to continue strengthening its curriculum approach and teaching quality. “We are indeed thrilled to be recognised for our achievements and this has spurred us on to do even better. Being part of one of the largest education providers in the world has allowed us to provide new opportunities for our educators to continually learn on the global stage, and to bring new innovations to benefit the young ones in Singapore,” said Ms Rusdon.

Busy Bees Southeast Asia

Busy Bees Southeast Asia is a leading private provider of early childhood and teacher education in Singapore. It has close to 40 wholly owned early childhood education centres educating over 5,000 children, making it the largest private pre-school educator in Singapore.

Busy Bees's companies in Singapore include some of most respected names in Singaporeʼs early childhood education industry: Patʼs Schoolhouse (www.patschoolhouse.com), Learning Vision (www.learningvision.com) and Odyssey, The Global Preschool (www.theodyssey.sg), as well as Learning Horizon (www.learninghorizon.com.sg) and Learning Capital College (www.learningcapital.edu.sg).

Pat's Schoolhouse

Patʼs Schoolhouse has one of the best reputations for excellence in Singapore, and is renowned for its highly successful English-Mandarin bilingual immersion programme.

One of the hallmarks of the Patʼs Schoolhouse model is its horizontal learning philosophy. Children are encouraged to be creative and pursue their curiosity. This celebration of difference instills confidence and ensures there is a focus on the whole child. Since its establishment more than 21 years ago, Patʼs Schoolhouse has touched the lives of thousands of children. A comprehensive and innovative curriculum has been specifically designed to build a strong foundation for future learning. Patʼs Schoolhouse also has a dedicated group of teachers with an unwavering commitment to give their best.

Learning Vision

Established in 1989, Learning Vision is the preferred preschool choice of quality early childhood education for more than 2,500 children in Singapore from 2 months to 6 years of age. Through their qualified educators, holistic curriculum, well-designed learning environments and the passion to nurture the young, Learning Vision has generated a strong community of lifelong learners over the years. It not only provides ECE services serving families, but also indirectly supporting them as the largest corporate childcare partner to government agencies, tertiary learning institutions, hospitals, and private corporations.

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