Tuesday, July 10, 2012
NEW MODULE: Childcare workers and pre-school teachers to undergo a series of Train-the-Trainer courses
KUALA LUMPUR: PRIVATE nurseries and pre-school employees will be required to attend the Permata (Early Childhood Care and Education) course from next year onwards.
The course will replace the current Basic Course for Nurseries and pre-schools.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said to this end Permata and the Welfare Department were in the process of drawing up the transition plan to enable the Permata course and Permata curriculum to be adopted by all private nurseries throughout the country.
She said in line with the move, childcare workers and pre-school teachers would undergo a series of Train-the-Trainer courses with Permata. The move is to enable facilitators conduct the Permata Course for the teaching staff at their centres.
“Besides this, Permata will also organise refresher courses on Permata to the existing teaching staff (at the nurseries) so that they can familiarise themselves with the curriculum,” she said at the opening of the Kerinchi Permata Negara Centre at PPR Kerinchi here yesterday.
The PPR Kerinchi centre is the 55th Permata Negara Centre to be set up. The Kerinchi centre started operating on May 27, and to date has 35 children below the age of four.
Present were Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.
Rosmah, who is also Permata Negara patron said so far the Permata curriculum was only being used at nurseries which came under the purview of the government after it was implemented as the guideline for early childhood education since 2009.
Permata Negara was established in 2007, with the aim to provide a platform for children, where their creativity and talents can be honed from an early age. It has five programmes — Permata Negara, Permata Pintar, Permata Seni, Permata Insan and Perkasa Remaja.