*Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Key Features

  • Equipping students with professional knowledge and skills in early childhood education (including teaching students with diverse educational needs)

  • Providing a 18-hour practical skills workshop and 10-week supervised practice and field experience in kindergartens, nurseries, special child care centres, and early education and training centres

  • Nurturing students’ insight with professional seminars by early childhood educators including professors, principals, educational psychologists and therapists

  • Preparing students to become registered early childhood education workers in Hong Kong

  • Providing opportunities for students to establish industrial connections in local early childhood education sector

Programme Objectives

  • To provide students with the academic and professional training in early childhood education and special education

  • To prepare students to develop their future career in education related industries

  • To equip students with child development knowledge and skills in planning and implementing early childhood curricula and programmes

  • To assist students to perform competently as reflective early childhood educators

  • To train students with the intervention strategies and techniques for supporting students with special educational needs

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:​
  • communicate effectively in both spoken and written English and Chinese languages required for further studies and career pursuit;

  • integrate and apply theories, skills and practical experience effectively to the workplace;

  • demonstrate the understanding of cultural, social, economic, political, ethical, behavioral, environmental, scientific, technology and international issues and factors affecting the development of early childhood education;

  • apply the knowledge and skills in designing, planning, implementing and evaluating early childhood education curriculum;

  • apply the knowledge and skills for engaging parents and caregivers in children's early education;

  • demonstrate a mastery of practical skills and knowledge to identify and solve problems associated with children with diverse needs and to work with their families; and

  • update themselves with knowledge and skills in early childhood education through continuous and autonomous learning, and reflective practice.

Curriculum

General Education (12 Credits)

  • General English

  • English for Oral Academic Communication

  • Chinese Language (Putonghua) for Communication I

  • Chinese Language (Putonghua) for Communication II

 

Programme Specific Courses (60 Credits)

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education

  • Child Development

  • Social and Emotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood

  • Children’s Health and Safety

  • Parent-School Partnership

  • Introduction to Guidance and Counselling

  • Curriculum Design for Early Childhood Education I (General)

  • Curriculum Design for Early Childhood Education II (Curriculum contents, learning areas and objectives)

  • Curriculum Design for Early Childhood Education III (Children’s generic skills and global perspectives)

  • Evaluation of Early Childhood Curriculum

  • Implementation of Early Childhood Curriculum

  • Methodology in Educational Research and Assessment

  • Introduction to Students with Special Educational Needs

  • Development of Rehabilitation Services for Children with Diverse Needs

  • Education for Children with Diverse Needs

  • Observation, Assessment and Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Children with Diverse Needs

  • Skills and Practice for Teaching Children with Diverse Needs

  • Educational Management in Early Childhood Settings

  • Fieldwork Practice I

  • Fieldwork Practice II

 

Programme Specific Workshop

  • Skills Enhancement Workshop for Early Childhood Education

 

Apart from Chinese courses and courses which require students to have working knowledge of Chinese, all courses are normally taught in English.
 

Articulation Prospects

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the local or overseas Bachelor’s Degree programmes, such as:

  • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education, The Open University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Education with Honours in Early Childhood Education (Leadership and Special Educational Needs), The Open University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology, City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Education, The University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology, The Education University of Hong Kong

Career Prospects

  • Teacher at Local/International Kindergartens

  • Child Care Workers

  • Child Care Supervisors

  • Special Child Care Workers

  • Playgroup Tutors at Private Enterprises

Professional Recognitions

  • Graduates are eligible for registration as a qualified kindergarten teacher with a Certificate in Early Childhood Education [C(ECE)] under Education Bureau (EDB), and Child Care Worker (CCW), Special Child Care Worker (SCCW) and Child Care Supervisor (CCS) qualifications under Social Welfare Department (SWD).

Teaching and Learning Support

Free Play Seminar

A professional seminar by Prof. Nina Sajaniemi of University of Helsinki was arranged for students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education on 11 and 12 June 2018.  She shared the free play concept for Early Childhood Education in Helsinki. 
 
A fruitful discussion was conducted among Prof. Nina Sajaniemi and our lecturers about the brain development in early childhood stage and special education in Hong Kong and Helsinki.
 
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Sharing by Principal of Lok Sin Tong Tang Tak Lim Kindergarten

Ms. Ngai Lai Mui, Principal of Lok Sin Tong Tang Tak Lim Kindergarten, was invited to share the successful and meaningful Social and Emotional development curriculum with students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education on 17 May 2018.  Practical examples were also shared by Principal Ngai to lead our students to associate the theory with practical teaching activities.
 
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Early Childhood Advocacy in Korea and Singapore Seminar

Dr. Hye Won Kim, Former Assistant Professor from Hosan University, South Korea, was invited to share her teaching experiences in Korea and Singapore kindergartens in “Implementation in Early Childhood Curriculum” course with students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education on 2 May 2018.  She also shared her insights about early childhood education system in Korea and Singapore.  
 
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Visiting Infinity Children School

A visit to Infinity Children School was arranged for students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education on 27 April and 4 May 2018.  Students could experience the authentic Montessori classroom setting.  They had fruitful discussions with teachers and manipulate teaching materials such as Motor Education, Sensory Education, Language and Intellectual Education accordingly.
 
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Early Childhood Education Setting Seminar

A professional seminar by Ms. Jasmina Wadhwani, Head of British Council International Pre-school, was arranged for students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education on 25 April 2018.
 
Jasmina shared her experiences and professional knowledge in preparing quality learning environment to young children with our students.  Children’s health and safety issues were discussed through practical cases.
 
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Learning Community Collaborations with Kindergartens and Nurseries

Learning community collaborations with different kindergartens and nurseries were successfully delivered in Term 2 of 2017/18 academic year.  Activities included science games, social and emotional story-telling, English and Putonghua drama and visiting Reggio Emilia Arts learning centres.  9 kindergartens and nurseries were invited to visit our ECE Teaching Room.  They provided treasurable opportunities for the students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education to experience the cycle of planning, implementation and evaluation of ECE activities.

23 April 2018
The Salvation Army Ping Tin Kindergarten and Nursery School

 
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Circle Painting Workshop

Students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education explored and enjoyed the skills in circle painting on 11 April 2018.  It was a fruitful experience as self-cultivation in Arts.
 
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Visit to Central Resources Centre of Education Bureau

A visit to Central Resources Centre of Education Bureau was arranged for students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education on 28 March 2018.  Students could better understand the teaching and learning support to teachers by Education Bureau.  They also joined the workshop to practice how to search relative resources for their further teaching career.
 
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Language Development Seminar

A professional seminar by Prof. Cheng Pui Wan, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, was arranged for students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education on 14 March 2018.
 
Prof. Cheng shared effective teaching skills in children language development with our students.
 
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STEAM Education Activity

Our students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education organized a sound-measuring game to kindergarten children to promote STEAM Education on 13 November 2017.
 
Children learned how to measure and record the sound level and understood the difference between harmonic sound and noise.  They also designed a device to protect their hearing.
 
Through this game, children can achieve the following targets.
 
Science: Understand the technique of sound transmission
Technology: Make use of software to measure noise
Engineering: Make devices to protect hearing by materials
Art: Draw and record unit of sound
Mathematics: Measure the sound decibel
 
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Montessori Education Seminar

A professional seminar by Mr. Ralph Yau, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association, was arranged for students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education on 9 November 2017 to construct a basic concept and knowledge about Montessori Education.
 
Ms. Clara Ma, Former Inspector from Education Bureau and Ms. Hye Won Kim, Former Assistant Professor from Hosan University, South Korea were our honoured guest of this seminar as well.
 
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Montessori Approach - Sensory Games

Students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education experienced how to learn through senses at LIFE's newly established ECE Teaching Room on 26 October 2017.  Students walked into boxes with different sensory stimulations.  They also played shaving foam to experience special touch feelings when exploring Montessori approach.
 
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Library workshop from Lingnan University

Ms. Ivy Kan, librarian from Lingnan University, was invited to deliver a library workshop to students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education about plagiarism and facilitate their study with library resources on 19 October 2017.
 
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Applying Developmentally Appropriate Practice Concepts

Students of Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education experienced how to learn through play at LIFE’s newly established ECE Teaching Room on 21 September 2017.  Students discussed the benefits of different toys and games with applying Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) concepts.
 
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