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BREAKOUT SESSIONS SPEAKERS

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Session 1

Session 1 Speakers

Geetha
Zoeleen
Tashka
Norizan

[1A] Building a Circle of Care:

An Inter-Disciplinary Approach

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Ms. Tashka Anne Shalini Hodge

Centre Principal
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Tashka has always wanted to be an early childhood educator. She was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship in 2014 to pursue her bachelor's degree at the Institute of Early Childhood of Macquarie University in Sydney. Since then, she has served in various Early Childhood settings, including a children’s home. Her experience extends internationally through her stints at the Little Folks Community Day Care Center in Boston, United States, and the Velammal Schools in Chennai, India. Tashka believes that every child deserves a strong start in life and is determined to create thriving preschool environments, especially for children from vulnerable backgrounds. She hopes to do so through mobilising the village surrounding the child.

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Ms. Geetha D/O V Segar

Centre Head
MOE Kindergarten @ North View

 

Geetha has served 13 years in the Early Childhood Sector, working at different pre-schools. She joined MOE Kindergarten in 2015 and has a Master of Education (Early Childhood) at the National Institute of Education. Geetha hopes to continue to grow as a leader and be a role model to fellow educators who would nurture children for lifelong learning. With significant changes to children's learning and development and family dynamics over the recent years, Geetha aspires to cater to the varying needs of children and their families in her role as an educator and Centre Head.

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Ms. Norizan Rahmat

Senior Preschool Educator
7Oaks Preschool

 

Norizan Rahmat is a senior preschool educator at 7oaks Oaks Preschool with 12 years of experience in the sector. She holds an Early Childhood Education Diploma in Teaching and is currently pursuing her Early Childhood Education Diploma in Leadership. Her belief in supporting young children grow is in working in partnership with all stakeholders, making a difference in every child’s childhood journey.

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Ms. Zoeleen Leow

Senior Social Worker
Circle of Care, Care Corner Singapore

 

Zoeleen deeply believes in the potential of young children and is a strong advocate in building up the capacities of significant individuals and communities surrounding a child’s life to bring about positive and lifelong impact. In her 8 years with Circle of Care, she has contributed to its preventive developmental model through taking on various roles involving direct social work practice, supervision, overseeing implementation across various sites, training and service planning. She hopes that through the cross-sectoral interdisciplinary work of Circle of Care, the vision of seeing children thrive and life course trajectories being altered will be fulfilled. 

[1B] Walking the Talk:

Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice

Mr. Daniel Lin

Senior Researcher
Research for Impact Singapore

 

Daniel is Senior Researcher at Research For Impact (RFI), a Singapore-based think-and-do-tank applying behavioural and social science approaches to research, evaluation, and capacity-building for the social sector. Daniel is currently managing the comprehensive evaluation of Circle of Care, a preschool-based early prevention and intervention programme for children from low-income families. 

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Mr. Vital Tan

Assistant Director 
Circle of Care, Care Corner Singapore

 

Vital oversees the implementation of the Circle of Care (CoC) model in multiple preschool clusters, using key principles from implementation science and design thinking to facilitate continuous quality improvements in service delivery. He is also spearheading the evaluation study on CoC’s Phase 3 programme outcomes and the implementation design of a social-health programme for preschoolers in partnership with NUHS. He is passionate about preventive and developmental work to empower families from under-privileged backgrounds, and has a special interest in rapid cycle service innovations that are client-centric and practical for service professionals to apply in their daily practice. 

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[1C] Whose Role is it?

Promoting Executive Function in Children

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Ms. Puspa Namasivayam

Early Childhood Consultant
KidSTART Singapore

 

Puspa Namasivayam is a veteran in the field of early childhood, with more than 40 years of experience training and working with parents and young children in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the region. As an early childhood consultant with KidSTART Singapore, she has played a significant role in developing and pioneering the work of KidSTART. She is very passionate about children and their early years development. 

Ms. Athalia Choo

Senior Social Worker
Circle of Care, Care Corner Singapore

 

Athalia has been on the Circle of Care team since its early days in 2016. Over the years, she has worked with preschool operators, principals, educators, families and other social service agencies to build positive and strong parent-child relationships, and to promote executive function-based life skills in children. She is passionate about coaching and training social work professionals in working with the child’s ecosystem, equipping and empowering them to effect positive change in a child’s life. Athalia believes that all of us can be advocates for children’s rights, needs and interests.   

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Joan
Session 2

Session 2 Speakers

[2A] Opening Doors:

Conversations on Supporting Inclusion in Early Childhood Settings

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Ms. A. Susila  

Manager, Development and Care

Presbyterian Preschool Services

Susila is a lifelong advocator for typically and atypically developing children, working closely with their families. With more than 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and Special Needs, she heads the Educational Support Programme in Presbyterian Preschool Services. In 2021, Susila won the ECDA Inaugural Outstanding Early Intervention Award. 

Susila holds a degree in Psychology with Counselling and has worked in numerous capacities as a preschool teacher, learning support educator, mentor, and trainer. 

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Ms. Precious Gioketo

Early Childhood Educator
Presbyterian Preschool Services 

 

Precious graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Preschool Education in 2019, ranking among the top students in her batch. While working as a preschool educator in the Philippines, she also pursued units towards a Master’s Degree. She believes that being in this field requires more than just skills - it requires compassion and love. Over a year ago, she joined Presbyterian Preschool Services as a preschool teacher, where she continues to learn and strive to provide children with meaningful experiences and learning which they will treasure as they grow up. 

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Ms. Joan Foo

Programme Manager
Circle of Care, Care Corner Singapore

 

Joan started her career as a Psychologist with the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled Singapore (MINDS) and later worked with children from slums in the Philippines through educational and human development programmes. Currently, Joan leads the implementation of CoC’s programmes for preschools and provides professional development training on supporting children’s development. Joan believes that every child has the right to learn and develop, and that it is our collective responsibility to work together in ensuring that they have equitable access to the resources to support this.

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[2B] Early Enough?

Integrating Health, Education and

Social Work Support for Low-Income Families

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Dr. Seo Woon Li

Head & Consultant
Children's Emergency, Department of Paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat -
National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital

 

Dr Seo Woon Li is the Head & Consultant of the Division of Children’s Emergency, and the Associate Programme Director of the Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Health. Her area of clinical expertise is in emergency and urgent paediatric care. She advocates for primary and community paediatric health and is one of the key paediatricians who partner with CoC in a preschool-based Health and Development Support in Preschool Partnerships (HEADS-UPP), a holistic care model for children and their caregivers in childcare and preschool, particularly those from disadvantaged families.

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Ms. Cherlynn Ang

Manager
Circle of Care, 
Care Corner Singapore

 

Cherlynn is a manager with Circle of Care, overseeing the planning and governance of Early Childhood Social Work practice and the implementation of the Circle of Care programme. As a practising social worker for the past 10 years, Cherlynn is passionate about supporting the holistic development of young children from low-income families through the equipping of parents and the communities around the child. She believes that everyone in society has a part to play in supporting our young to reach their fullest potential. 

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[2C] Designing a Better Future: 

Exploring the Intersection of

Design Thinking, Innovation and Social Work

Mr. Jerald Lam

Transformation Coach
PebbleRoad Pte Ltd

Jerald is a Design Thinking facilitator and practitioner at PebbleRoad. In the last 7 years, he created innovative solutions and strategies for various industries, such as furniture, landscape architecture, airport, agriculture, military, family justice, home affairs, healthcare and social service. 

When we bring a good mix of people and disciplines into the room, Design Thinking springs to life. Jerald advocates for deep listening between different disciplines to surface interesting tensions. With the right tensions, you can create innovative solutions for your work. These can be both high-tech and high-touch!

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Ms. Laura Tan

Manager
Circle of Care, Care Corner Singapore

 

Laura is a leader in the social work field who is committed to delivering relevant, effective and user-centric programmes and services to meet the needs of the community. Having had the opportunity to learn about design thinking, Laura has experienced the value of using such an approach to tackle problems and create solutions. As a manager overseeing the Circle of Care team, she has led the team to adopt innovative practices, such as designing content on a digital learning platform to enhance service delivery to parents of young children from low-income families.   

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