Ms.Alison Euler Interview - Founder of Baby Buddies and Alison's Letterland (Part1of4)
The background and history behind Alison’s Letterland and Baby Buddies.
A = founder, Alison Euler
J = host, Justine
J: Hello everyone and welcome to today’s segment of MamiTV. Next to me here is the founder of Alison’s Letterland and Baby Buddies, Ms. Alison Euler. Hello!
J: Thank you so much for being here with us today.
A: Thank you so much for inviting me.
J: How about we start off with a bit of an introduction of yourself as well as the background and history behind Alison’s Letterland and Baby Buddies.
A: Yes, for sure. I am an early childhood educator, I have been for the last 25 years. My dream here in Hong Kong was to create a fun, happy learning environment for children and their families and to build up our own sense of community here in Hong Kong and for the children to remember their preschool days as happy ones. We first opened our doors here 18 years ago, with just 5 students. Now we successfully our passion of education within our 4 schools on Hong Kong island and the one that we’re here now (J: Yes) in Jordan (J: Right). My dreams came true! I work with an amazing team of teachers here within our schools and a real passion for education and a lot of hard work.
J: When it comes to education and children, there are many different kinds of teaching styles and philosophies. So how about you talk about, you know, the philosophy here at Alison’s Letterland and Baby Buddies?
A: Yes, for sure. We follow a very child centered approach to learning which engages children & their families in their learning experiences. This is based on the British National curriculum, which is called the Early Years Foundation Stage and this curriculum we follow through in all of our classes, in all of our schools. All of our teachers are employed from the UK and they are highly qualified within the Early Years Foundation Stage. So all our classes are delivered to a very high standard here at Baby Buddies and Letterland. Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2 years ago, we incorporated our own learning system, which is called the Learning Tree of Life, which you can see just behind you there. This we engage families and their children to take part in the planning. The children will take a leaf home with them, related to our topic. For example, if it’s transportation, they’ll stick, obviously pictures of some transports and for our planning of the day, if we take down their leaf and it’s got a boat on it, then our topic for that day will be all about boats. This gives the children some control and some say about what they’re actually learning with us, which is so important for the children and also encourages them families to join in with their child’s learning journey, while is also very important.
J: Yes, thank you.
J：大家好，歡迎收看今天的MamiTV，我身邊這一位是Alison’s Letterland及Baby Buddies的創辦人Alison Euler！你好！
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