1. What is UCSI CDC?

UCSI CDC is the UCSI Child Development Centre which started its operations in 2008. Our preschool centre operates at Taman Taynton View, Cheras. It is an extension of the education arm under UCSI Education Group.

2. What are the teaching staff qualifications?

Our teachers are qualified with at least a Diploma in Montessori, Diploma in Early Childhood Education or have been trained in-house with an Intensive Montessori Certificate or PERMATA programme. Some of our academic team members also hold qualifications such as Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology of Child Development). Few of them possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Music.

3. How do you ensure your team operates according to the highest standards?

Staff training and development are always a top priority for us here. We conduct teacher refreshers and training programmes on an annual basis. Our teachers are exposed to opportunities to learn new teaching skills in order for them to catch up with the fast changing macro environment.

4. Do you accept infants below 18 months?

We do accept occasionally, subject to the child’s condition. You may make an appointment with our centre manager to discuss this arrangement

5. What is CDC’s teaching and learning curriculum?

We adhere to Malaysia KSBK and PERMATA curriculum for our preschoolers.

As for the teaching approach, we adopt play-based learning for children between the ages of 2 to 4. We guide children using the highly-regarded Montessori Method for this age range as well. For those aged 4 to 5, we prepare the children for the next education level, which is primary school, be it international, private, or government. The lesson plan is designed and delivered accordingly.

Our curriculum is always up-to-date - 10%– 15% of the content will be revised every year to reflect the rapid changes that are taking place in our world. The children always receive the latest knowledge to ensure they have a smooth transition into primary school.

We also support the children in terms of emotional, social, aesthetic, spiritual and intellectual development, promoting healthy self-esteem and fostering respect for self, others and the environment.

We also encourage children to learn at their own pace, and cultivate enthusiasm to attend the daily lessons at the centre.

6. What type of teaching approach is undertaken?

Our centre started with learning through play and the integrated learning approach since 2008. We added in the thematic approach and multiple intelligence in year 2010 to made our teaching strategy more efficient.

Our teaching approach keeps on changing according to changes in children’s learning behaviour and their life style. In 2018, we introduced contextual learning and the inquiry based teaching approach.

The way forward for 2020 - our centre is introducing the design thinking approach for our teachers and project based learning for our children.

7. What benefits would my child acquire?

The components of our curriculum are designed to help child development in two key areas: holistic development and academic development.

Holistic development focuses on building the child's confidence, social skills, physical fitness, motor skills, cognitive thinking and language development.

Academic development focuses on phonics, reading, writing and mathematics

Our curriculum aims to develop a confident and loving child who is ready for school and demonstrates a strong passion for lifelong learning.

8. What makes UCSI CDC a different learning place?

Our preschool includes an aquatic-ready centre. We build water confidence in children at a young age, and start giving training in basic water skills to the older children.

A resident psychologist is available at our centre. We put in tremendous effort into promoting positive mental well-being among our young generation living in a highly demanding and competitive society. Our children are constantly under the observation of our child psychologist and well-trained teachers in the various developmental aspects communication and interpersonal skills, moral development and values, physical development and cognitive development.

Hands-on, Minds-on is a contextualised learning approach in our centre; we carry out a contextualisation lab session that has a different weekly theme every Friday.

We strive for child self-sufficient ideation. We train children to be able to do basic routines by themselves such as tying shoelaces, wearing school uniforms and buttoning up shirts by themselves.

We do not provide outside food for our children. One full time chef is on duty to prepare all the meals for our children.

Child safety is our utmost concern. We have own in-house security guard to ensure the safety of the centre.

9. I see pianos in your classrooms; how are they used?

The piano is used as one of the teaching tools in our lessons, particularly during circle times, music and movement lessons, also singing songs for other subjects. We have a piano teacher in our team providing basic training for other teachers to play simple nursery rhymes to make lessons more interesting

10. What happens if my kid is not toilet trained?
  • We incorporate conditioning strategy by deploying schedule toilet time routines; our teachers are well aware of the child’s readiness.
11. What if my kid is a picky eater; if he or she doesn’t like greens?

Positive reinforcement will be our strategy to encourage children to eat greens.

12. My kid can be rough sometimes, what is your method in dealing with this?

Positive discipline will be the method that our teachers will use.

13. What if my kid is uses Mandarin at home? She hardly understands English.

For a start, our teachers will use English followed by a Mandarin translation. In time, the language immersion approach in which English is used not only as object but medium of instruction will help in children in acquiring the language. From our experience, most children are able to pick up language skills better than adults given the right motivation.

14. My kid joined the school in the middle of the term, will he or she be able to catch up with your syllabus?

Teachers will first identify your child's level. If there is a gap between the child's level and the current lessons, teachers may provide small group or personal coaching. In addition, parents may enroll their children in our enrichment programme to further strengthen the mastery for each subject.

15. If I am busy, can I send someone to pick up my kid?

Yes, you may send an advanced notification to our centre manager for further arrangements.

16. What should I do if I find my child experiencing sick symptoms?

The parents are advised not to bring their child to the centre if the child is not feeling well in the morning. Home rest allows the children to recover faster. Staying away from the school protects other children too.

17. What will the centre do when a child falls sick?

Teachers will attend to the child's needs. We will isolate the child to allow rest. Parents will be contacted to take the child home or see a doctor. While waiting for parents to come, the child's condition will be monitored.

If parents or relatives are not able to come and the child's condition is serious, we will seek medical attention on the parent's behalf, at Laurent Bleu Medical Clinic under UCSI Group. The clinic is sharing the same campus compound with UCSI CDC.

Cost of medical treatment will be borne by parents

18. What measures does the school take to ensure the children's safety and well-being?
  •  Health checks upon arrival each morning to detect signs of sickness by checking the body temperature.
  • Pickup: Only authorised persons are allowed to pick up children.
  • Medication: The school does not administer any form of oral medication that may at any time be prescribed to the child.
  • Entrance / exit doors: Closed at all times and locked from 9:30 am to 12 pm.
  • Fire drill: Conducted every six months to train children and staff on what do in case of a fire.
  • Teachers: At least one teacher is present in the classroom at all times.
  • Visitors strictly not allow during school time.
  • Cleaning: Toilets are cleaned at least once a day.
  • Toys and materials are cleaned daily and mattresses are cleaned at least once a week
19. How does the centre communicate with the parents?
  •  Parents’ WhatsApp group
  • Parent Teacher Meet Day (held twice a year or more), for parents and teachers to share ideas and information about the child's overall development
  • Children's progress report and work folders
  • Parent online portal (upcoming)
20. What are the kids doing during daycare time?

Our daycare activities include singing, learning nursery rhymes, storytelling, manipulatives (blocks, puzzles), pretend play toys
movie time, writing and reading. All these activities are scheduled on weekly rotation basis.

21. If I want to opt for the trial class, do I need to pay anything?

Our 2 day trial lesson is free of charge.

22. It is mid of the month now, when can I enroll?

You may enroll your child in the middle of the month; we can pro rate the fee for you.

23. Any rebate, early bird discount or promotion given by UCSI CDC?

Kindly contact our centre manager for more details.