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"Arts Education in Early Childhood” is an interview series that features 8 interviews collected between Feb-Apr 2018. Early childhood arts education specialists and practitioners in Singapore offer their views on pedagogies, practices, knowledge and experiences within the early childhood sector.

Four key questions were asked:

i) Why is the arts/arts education important in the early years? 

ii) What are your impressions on the current state of arts education in the early childhood sector in Singapore? 

iii) What are the pedagogies and practices that you advocate for in the arts for the early years?

iv) What are your views of ways forward for arts education in the early years?


You can now watch the video interviews here:

RQ1: Why is the arts/arts education important in the early years?  


RQ2: What are your impressions on the current state of arts education in the early childhood sector in Singapore?  


RQ3: What are the pedagogies and practices that you advocate for in the arts for the early years?  



RQ4: What are your views of ways forward for arts education in the early years? 



You can also watch the individual interview of the 8 specialists here:

ELAINE NG - Early Childhood Drama Specialist

Elaine holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia and a Diploma in Speech and Drama from London Teacher Training College. She has more than 25 years of experience working with young children, families and early childhood educators. A passionate early childhood leader and educator, she consults with preschool organizations and lectures at SEED Institute, Wheelock College, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She is also a research advisor, particularly in the area of early childhood curriculum planning, leadership and arts education for professional educators studying at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She is currently a PhD candidate at Griffith University.



WONG SEET FUN - Early Childhood Visual Art Specialist

Wong Seet Fun is the founder and owner of Art Loft and has been teaching art to young children and adults for 10 years. She is an Adjunct Lecturer with SEED Institute, Nanyang Management, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and UniSIM where she co-teaches “The Creative Arts” module. She has also taught a module on “Children’s use of Organization of Semiotic System” at NTU, NIE. Ms Wong is an advocate for active parental participation in young children’s Art development and learning. She has been conducting parenting talks/workshops for families, hoping to motivate eager parents to work with their children and to empower them with the requisite knowledge.



DR REBECCA CHAN - Early Chilhood Education and Art Education (Visual Art) Researcher and Specialist

Dr Rebecca Chan is a part-time lecturer in the psychology of art with the Visual and Performing Arts department, National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University (NIE/NTU), Singapore. She teaches trainee teachers ranging from Diploma to Master programmes at primary and secondary levels. She is also a curriculum and professional development trainer / consultant in early childhood education. She is an art practitioner with more than 15 years of teaching, leadership, and research experiences.  She possesses a deep understanding of educational psychology and pedagogy.  She is very passionate in inspiring adult learners in continual professional development with the aim of enhancing children’s learning outcomes. DrRebecca Chan obtained her Doctor of Education at University of Durham and Master of Arts in Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in England.



LUANNE POH - Director, The Artgound

Luanne is the brainchild behind The Artground. She is also the Director of The Ground Co Limited. Her belief is  “that all children are intrinsically curious, and at The Artground, we hope to provide opportunities for them to remain so. With the space and the myriad of programming possibilities, we aim to facilitate learning through play and empower children to express themselves in multiple ways. We are driven by our vision ‘to let art do, what art does’ – to provide experiences that keep our children thinking, questioning, exploring, appreciating and discovering through art.”




VINCENT TWARDZIK CHING - Visual Artist, Art Educator and Early Childhood Art Specialist

Vincent Twardzik Ching is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Visual Arts and an adjunct lecturer for NTUC Seed Institute, teaching the Visual Arts component of their Early Childhood Development programmes. Born in the prairie town of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada, Vincent Twardzik Ching completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts specialising in Drawing from the University of Regina, Canada in 1998. A recipient of the Lakehead University Academic Achievement Award, Vincent has exhibited in Canada and in Singapore at Plum Blossoms Gallery, Sculpture Square and Wetterling Teo Gallery through which he was included in the AGA New Finds Exhibition 2003. His paintings and drawings are included in private collections in Canada, Taiwan and Singapore. Vincent's work received Honourable Mention in the prestigious Phillip Morris Asean Art Awards in Singapore 2001/2002. He is currently a full-time artist and permanent resident of Singapore.





LAVINA CHONG - Early Childhood Music and Movement Specialist

Lavina Chong is the Founder of Wigglepods Pte Ltd that provides creative music and movement programs to local and international schools in Singapore.   Her work in the field of Early Childhood Education dates back to 1990 and she has since worked in several preschools in Singapore before starting her very own Playschool between 2003-2010. She has attained a Masters in Science (Early Childhood Education) from Wheelock College and has professional qualifications in Music (Orff-Schulwerk & Kodaly), Yogakids, Speech and Drama, and Storytelling.  She is presently an Associate Professor with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and an Adjunct Lecturer with NIEC, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Her specialization includes Creative Arts, Language & Literacy and Infant/Toddler Development.






NATALIE TSE - Musician, Music Educator and Researcher

Natalie Alexandra is a Guzheng performer, and a current PhD scholar at the National Institute of Education Singapore, where she is investigating the creative agencies of babies and their relationships with the adults in a performance setting. She believes that the Arts has the ability to develop children's empathy for diverse cultures. She is also the creator of Little Creatures - an initiative dedicated to the creation of a space for children in the early years to play and learn through sounds, sonic objects and ideas. With the firm belief that children derive meaningful experiences, construct interpersonal relationships, and manifest their creativity through play, Little Creatures produces performances and workshops that involve the young and the young at heart in immersive manners. To date, Little Creatures has presented free-form music jam sessions for children such as “Bitesize Lil’ Creatures” - a musical exploration of dynamics, tempo and articulation for babies 36 months and under; and “Music Jamboree” - a sing and jam-a-long session for the entire family. Currently, the team is working on a performance for infants 18 months and under that would engage the children as co-performers in creating sounds.






BELINDA SEET - Early Childhood Arts Specialist

Belinda, an associate lecturer with SEED Institute, has been actively engaged in the early childhood field for over 30 years, first as a teacher then rising to the role of a principal in a kindergarten.  In her work as a music and movement specialist, storyteller and a drama teacher in both Singapore and Australia, she has gained much knowledge and skills in the creative arts which she shares in the modules that she teaches. As a teacher trainer, she teaches Creative Arts, Language Arts, Research, Professional and Leadership modules to teachers. She has also taught Drama and Stress Management to undergraduates who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree from Wheelock College, Boston. Belinda is also involved in the development of WSQ modules for early childhood training institutions.

1 March 2019 - 11 March 2019

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