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Does having one teacher help babies learn better?

Study to look at impact of curriculum that emphasises relationship building

Published on Mar 31, 2014 8:12 AM

A study has been launched to find out if babies and toddlers develop better when they are cared for or taught by just one teacher instead of a few.

Conducted by the Seed Institute, the study aims to determine if a curriculum that emphasises relationship building makes an impact on a young child's physical, emotional and social well-being.

The institute is a unit of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and runs diploma and degree courses on early childhood education.

It said that if the findings from its latest research show that young children become more confident and learn better under the watch of one main teacher, parents can expect NTUC First Campus to implement the curriculum from next year. NTUC First Campus is the biggest childcare centre operator here, with 105 centres.

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He was crying every day, his language skills worsened and he became violent towards his brother when he came home... (The transfer is) worth it because the teacher there bothered to build rapport with him one on one. From then on, he didn't cry any more.

- Housewife Carolyn Quah, on her son experiencing five teacher changes at his old childcare centre. She then transferred him to another centre.