Ms Sarasvathy D/O Ravee is an ECDA Training Award Recipient. The 20-year-old award recipient completed her Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Technical Education. Ms Sarasvathy is currently pursuing her Diploma in Early Childhood Education in Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
My preschool teachers inspired me to serve in the Early Childhood sector. I did not know much about what an early childhood educator does then but I set my mind on joining the sector regardless and aspired to be a centre principal. When I took up the Early Childhood course at ITE, my lecturers shared the career prospects I can look forward to. With my lecturers’ encouragement and guidance, I know I can realise my dreams if I work hard. It is indeed an exciting time to join the Early Childhood sector today!
At ITE, the 6-month Enhanced Internship was a golden opportunity to gain real work experiences. I got to teach children aged 18 months to 4 years old, and even work closely with my amazingly dedicated colleagues to shape the children’s learning environment. My greatest takeaway was realising the difference I can make - to be able to impart the same knowledge, skills or value to every child, regardless of his or her background.
During my studies, I was fortunate to be able to participate in several sector-wide activities, where I met other educators from the Early Childhood family. At Start Small Dream Big 2016, I helped to guide young children through station activities. At the Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Fair 2017, I shared my experience with secondary school students, and hopefully, inspired them to join me on this Early Childhood journey too.
I am now pursuing a Diploma in Early Childhood Education with the support from the ECDA Training Award. School work can be quite tough. When I feel tired at the end of the school day, I just have to remind myself why I’m working so hard. To be able to support the learning of young children, now that’s priceless!