HONG KONG, July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE), an upgrade of Yew Chung Community College (YCCC), will start to offer Bachelor Degree programmes in ECE disciplines in 2018/2019 academic year. This is amid the efforts by Hong Kong SAR to continue to expand its higher education credentials on the world stage.
Yew Chung College teachers and students attended the Joint Scholarship Presentation Ceremony for HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund and Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund.
YCCECE will continue to build on the strengths of YCCC, which has blazed a trail in developing and advancing ECE and become the first of its kind in Hong Kong as not only a dedicated early education institute, but the first self-financing institute that has received government approval to run a full-time pre-service kindergarten teacher-training programme — a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (HDECE).
YCCECE offers programmes of Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Early Childhood Education (BEdECE), Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (HDECE) and Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (DECS). The College uses English as the medium of instruction for all its programmes. The great emphasis on English language proficiency helps students to be well prepared for their future career in a global society. It will be easier for Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities to become teachers so that they can receive better education and integrate better into society.
Becoming the first specialist institute entrusted by the Government to offer formal teacher training and certification in ECE, YCCECE will help realise the vision of its sponsoring body, Yew Chung Education Foundation (YCEF), to provide "B to B" (Baby to Bachelor) through-train education. Commenting on the establishment of YCCECE, Dr Betty Chan, Director of YCEF, said, "We hope to democratise quality early childhood education, to make a big, lasting impact on society, and position the College as the ECE centre of excellence in Asia." As both YCEF and YCCECE are non-profit making, they welcome all kinds of funding support.
Modern campus to facilitate interactive teaching and learning
YCCECE’s new campus, will host a number of modern learning facilities. The campus design will facilitate collaboration and interaction of students and teachers. The piece de resistance is its "Discovery Space" in which children aged 0 to 8 years old can learn through play with caregivers and engage with the College students. From such experiences, the College students will have more hands-on practice to consolidate their skills in a real setting. Some of the facilities will open to the local families and ECE professionals.
What Does YCCECE Offer?
The BEdECE will allow its cohort to attain the following professional ECE qualifications:
- Registered Kindergarten Teacher
- Child Care Worker
- Child Care Supervisor
- Special Child Care Worker
The course is unique in that it allows students to experience eight weeks of practical experience in a cross-section of local and international kindergartens, and special educational needs (SEN) settings, along with an additional eight weeks in which students can consolidate their experience in their chosen ECE stream. At the end of their 16 weeks of practical hands-on experience, students can partake in a research project and collaborate with their chosen school/organisation to contribute to its ongoing development.
In keeping with Yew Chung’s lifelong commitment to equal opportunities, diversity, and such, the College has offered over HK$7 million for its current and prospective students, provided students meet the requirement.
Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE) was established in June 2018. It is an upgrade of the Yew Chung Community College (YCCC) which was started by Yew Chung Education Foundation (YCEF) in 2008. The success of the upgrade is grounded on the impressive track record of YCCC and Yew Chung’s 85 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education (ECE).
YCCECE aims to nurture passionate and innovative early childhood education professionals who can advocate and bring about improvement in the field and seeks to be recognised in Hong Kong and in the Asia-Pacific region as an ECE hub for its excellence. YCCECE offers Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education (BEdECE), Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme (HDECE) and Diploma in Early Childhood Studies programme (DECS).