Insights on Early Childhood Development

Discovery+ is a series of online industry panels which give students the chance to interact with working professionals and learn about the careers they aspire to enter. These panels provide youths and working professionals with the opportunity to better understand industry trends, hear first-hand perspectives from industry professionals, and gain valuable advice on entering or navigating these industries.
On 4 May 2022, Advisory hosted Discover+: Early Childhood Development, the 57th edition of the Discovery+ series. Speakers on the panel included: Sum Chee Wah (Moderator), Associate Professor, Singapore University of Social Sciences and Advisor, Pre-school Education, Early Childhood Development Agency; Cynthia Leow, Director, Policy & Sector Funding 1 and Corporate Development & Services, Early Childhood Development Agency; Dianne Swee-Seet, ECDA Fellow; Pillar Head, Early Childhood Development Centres, Anglican Preschool Services and Principal, The Ascension Kindergarten; Kartini Bte Sudirman, Lead Mentor Teacher, PCF Sparkletots Preschool; Mohammad Aizat Bin Hashim, Principal, Mosaic Preschool. Below are some key points shared during the session:

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