Experts Come Together
Top experts in childcare met this month at the first Knowledge Universe Global Programme Summit, held in Singapore. 22 Knowledge Universe professionals from the US, UK, Malaysia and Singapore attended the Summit, including Busy Bees Director and founder, Marg Randles. The aim of the Summit was to share information on the childcare sector, as well as discuss best practice and the challenges within it.
Knowledge Universe is the parent company of Busy Bees, and operates more than 3,700 preschools globally employing over 40,000 passionate educators and staff supported by world-class educational resources and well-researched curricula.
The Summit gave childcare experts the chance to visit to several Knowledge Universe settings in Singapore, allowing them to spend quality time observing the classrooms and talking with the Early Years Educators.
The experts made a formal agreement to define goals and guide the on-going work of Knowledge Universe, prioritising projects such as the development of a global infant and toddler programme, wellness initiatives and a global programme accreditation process. It was also agreed that best practice would be shared to support selection, induction and professional development for educators. Longer term projects included the development of a global teacher exchange, giving Early Years Professionals at Knowledge Universe settings the chance to travel around the world to expand their knowledge and experience in childcare.
Marg Randles commented on why the meeting in Singapore was important, “As leaders in childcare and education, it is essential that we continue to create time to reflect and share experiences. It is important that we have a perspective on the service offered to children and families across all brands within Knowledge Universe.”
The event was summed up by Dr Elanna Yalow, Knowledge Universe Executive Vice President, “It was a remarkable week to share, learn, and build relationships that will make all of us better at what we do in support of our programmes. It was equally wonderful to have a chance for all to build the personal bonds that make what we do together that much more special.”