Pastoral Care is an important aspect of early childhood education as it aims to create a safe and secure environment for children to develop their strength and recognise their weaknesses; where teachers guide and comforts every child and make them more confident in dealing with emotional issues.
In Presbyterian Preschool Services, we provide a safe environment that provides guidance and counselling for children and their families on issues relating to the physical and emotional wellbeing of children.
Who is this service made available to?
All young children like to listen to fairy tales, but do they really understand them? Or are they just responding to the adult reading or telling the tale? Sometimes what we read is interesting but incomprehensible for the children. We need to be sure that the children are, in fact, following the story. If you tell stories often enough then gradually understanding will come. But is it possible to speed up this process? Let’s see!
Joyce Chia, Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling
Joyce has worked in the public and private sectors for more than 30 years. As part of her work, she had been posted overseas to Vancouver and Beijing for nearly 10 years. She took a break from work and returned to studies in 2015 and completed her Masters degree in Counselling from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). She subsequently volunteered her counselling services with a mental health clinic for 4 years until COVID struck. She joined PCS in July 2021 as the Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling unit and has been supporting staff through in-house care notes and counselling sessions at the respective centres.