Kassandra Cher is a ECDA Training Award recipient and Early Childhood educator from NTUC First Campus Pre-school.
"Never underestimate the impact an early childhood educator can have on children.
My work is important because it moulds our children who will shape the success of Singapore."
~ Kassandra Cher
Like many new early childhood educators out there, I faced challenges in my transition from a student to a full-time working adult. I realised that there were additional skillsets that I needed to acquire in order to adapt and excel in my new role as an early childhood educator. Besides the adjustment, I also felt the pressure of the sudden responsibility in taking care of the young children under my charge.
Instead of crumbling under the pressure, I turned my struggles into motivation. I persevered and learnt how to manage my challenges by striking a balance between work and personal life. My supportive parents were also my source of strength. They lent me a listening ear and gave me invaluable advice on work and life. When times got rough, they encouraged and reminded me of the reason I joined the early childhood sector and took up the ECDA Training Award. Such gentle reminders and pats on the back never failed to reignite my passion and purpose in the profession and kept me charging forward.
Since young, I have always enjoyed being around children. I cherish their genuineness and simple love and trust in people. The interest and passion to inspire and bring out the best in them motivated me to take up the Diploma in Early Childhood Studies in Temasek Polytechnic and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Training Award. The course equipped me with the knowledge to guide and connect with children. During my studies, I participated actively in various community events, such as Blood Donation Drives and the Poly Open House. I also benefitted from the many features of the ECDA Training Award, including the Job Emplacement Programme. It provided me with support and information to assimilate smoothly into the sector. As a fervent believer that each child is a unique individual with different needs, I see patience as one of the utmost important traits that an excellent early childhood educator should possess. Some children will adapt well in new surroundings while others may take a longer time to warm up. Hence, it is vital that an educator patiently puts in the extra effort to understand and meet the diverse needs of every child.
One challenge I encountered as a beginning early childhood educator is gaining the trust of parents. Owing to my young age, some doubted my ability. However, through regular communication and interaction, they gradually got to know me better and placed their trust and confidence in me. Now, we share strong teacher-parent rapport.
Seeing the children's growth and achievement gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I hope that my resilience and positivity will inspire and motivate many young minds, both children and aspiring early childhood educators alike!
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