Mother's Touch


MOTHER’S TOUCH opens the whole world of children’s services to Sri Lanka. Founded in 2006 by an Australian trained and qualified early childhood educator, upon her return to her motherland the academy and daycare meets international standards while incorporating Sri Lankan culture. The company’s vision is to create early childhood educators and child care centres that understand that educating and caring for a child are not two different jobs. It should be two in one!

The two subsidiaries of MOTHER’S TOUCH, the MOTHER’S TOUCH INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY and MOTHER’S TOUCH PRESCHOOL AND DAYCARE work hand-in-hand towards creating a community that provides both education and care to children. The INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY provides diploma and certificate programmes that are comprehensive and in-depth to assist aspiring and existing early childhood teachers and caregivers. The PRESCHOOL AND DAYCARE understands that each child is unique, possessing their own strengths and we are committed to recognising and building on them. Our centre caters to children from 6 months to 8 years of age. We take into consideration their developmental age and ability from which individual programs ensure that your child is catered for and challenged.


Our Mission


Mother’s Touch mission is to empower individuals responsible for children to develop knowledge on how to build foundation skills for lifelong learning and wellbeing in children. They could be teachers, caregivers and parents. We strive to produce well-balanced, empathetic and passionate individuals. We accomplish this by providing and delivering non-discriminatory child-centred early educator training programs and centres.


Our Vision


Our Vision is to advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children to promote high-quality early learning and care for all children.


Our Values and Beliefs


Our core values are expressed in the Mother’s Touch Code of Ethical Conduct and are deeply rooted in the early childhood profession. In addition, we seek to be a high–performing, inclusive organisation that is enriched by and continually grows from our commitment to diversity.


  • Recognise that childhood is a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle.
  • Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn.
  • Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family.
  • Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague).
  • Respect diversity in children, families, students and colleagues.
  • Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect.

Core Beliefs


  • Transparency — We act with openness and clarity.
  • Reflection — We consider multiple sources of evidence and diverse perspectives to review past performance, note progress and successes, and engage in continuous quality improvement.
  • Collaborative Relationships — We share leadership and responsibility in our work with others. We commit time and effort to ensure diverse participation and more effective outcomes. We act with integrity, empathy, respect, and trust.

Our Objectives


  • To teach and meet the requirements of professional childcare givers, to work at Centre Based Day Care Centres overseas or their own Day Care Facilities.
  • To teach and meet the requirements of professional Early Childhood Educators, for local ,international and schools overseas.
  • To teach and raise awareness in parents about child development, psychology and appropriate practices.
  • To provide the best possible education and care to the children in our centres.
  • To meet all the standards set by our affiliated Institutions.


MOTHER’S TOUCH OPENS THE WHOLE WORLD OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES TO YOU!


MOTHER’S TOUCH INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY is a pioneer in offering training in the areas of Early Childhood Education and Care in Sri Lanka. The Academy was established in the year 2006 as the Founder felt that children and families in Sri Lanka would be better served by a system that blends Early Childhood Education and Children’s Care. Therefore, the company’s strivesto create a community where every child can attend a program that blends both aspects. Mother’s Touch plans to achieve this through training caring, dedicated and innovative individuals to educate and take care of the children of our communities.


We focus on igniting the passion and deepening the knowledge and skills of early childhood education professionals. Our diploma and certificate programmes extend beyond conventional approaches and combine theory and practical experiences in a truly global setting, allowing our students to be immersed in best practices from around the world.


Mother’s Touch in collaboration with University Preparation College, Sydney, Australia, offers Australian qualification in Sri Lanka. We offer two of their prestigious early childhood programs in Children’s Care and Education. We ensure that the courses offered maintain the same standards as our counter-part College in Australia. These courses offer a pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and permanent jobs overseas.


Our unique and innovative method of delivering education and training to childcare professionals and early educators is very effective, efficient and flexible as witnessed through our growing numbers in enrolment and students who have successfully gone overseas and gained admission for further studies, employment and skilled migration. We have the combined experience and expertise of our lecturer panel to offer a progressive and comprehensive training program that will uplift our country’s children.


We endeavour to teach our students through lectures, workshops, multi-media support and hands on experience. We also teach them the ground reality of caring for children is not just teaching them the alphabet or numbers but actually caring for them. It is about developing their personalities and giving them the support to be independent, self-confident and progressive. We also understand that to successfully care for children we have to work together and assist their primary caregivers - their parents. Therefore, we share the necessary communication skills and parenting education as part of the program. We equip our learners with the necessary skills to become lifelong, independent learners who will in turn be loving, nurturing and successful caregivers and early childhood educators.


At Mother’s Touch, we are continually expanding our knowledge and services to assist our students so they are up-to-date in international legislation, rules and regulations as well as all current research results and new information. Exceptional and in-depth course content and teaching methods make MOTHER’S TOUCH the ideal choice for Students, Parents and Caregivers to enhance their knowledge in caring and educating children.



Words from our founder


Welcome to the exciting world of Mother’s Touch. As the Founder Director, I recognise the importance of offering a high quality, affordable education that provides a substantial foundation for students who can work or progress with their higher studies in Early Childhood Education and Care. The preschool and daycare centre puts all the theory into practice by meeting best practice standards and blending in Sri Lankan culture and values.


MOTHER’S TOUCH INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY delivers Australian qualifications along with courses especially designed for Sri Lanka. We are a leading international provider of education with career pathway to degree programs in Early Childhood. Our qualifications are recognised internationally. Our courses offer a pathway to 2nd year entry to degree programs in Australia and New Zealand. Graduates of Mother’s Touch are eligible to apply for second year entry for Bachelors in Early Childhood Education at Wairaki Institute in New Zealand. We have a good reputation around the world for being practical, relevant and modern. We are widely recognized by educational institutions and employers worldwide.


Our programs are upgraded, reviewed and assessed on a regular basis, to keep abreast with norms and trends in early childhood education and care around the world. Mother’s Touch places great importance in adapting new developments in the field of early childhood education and care to suit our culture. We ensure that our students have the most conducive studying environment serving of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for Community Services. Mother’s Touch has equipped classrooms in Colombo and its branches.


Some of our students have gained skilled migration to Australia. Many of our students have gained employment in Australia, Singapore, The United States of America, New Zealand, Middle East, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, as well as many other countries throughout Asia due the quality education programs and services, Mother’s Touch has offered.


Mother’s Touch is headed by a Master’s holder in Education specialising in Early Childhood Education from the University of Monash and employs a professional pool of registered Lecturers. They specialise in delivering a complete spectrum of children’s care, development and education subjects, ensuring that teaching and learning takes place at its optimum. Our processes and redress policies are both clear and structured, ensuring that our professional program Consultants promptly addresses any queries in a timely manner.


I strongly believe childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle. This importance and significance of the childhood period, must be understood by parents, caregivers and teachers. Children are to be nurtured and supported, as they are the future citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. The secret to independent, capable, knowledgeable children is exposing them to a better environment, with the guidance of qualified and trained Caregivers and Early Childhood Educators, that MOTHER’S TOUCH PRESCHOOL AND DAYCARE provides.


I found Mother’s Touch with a dream! That was,


“To train Professional Early Childhood Educators and Caregivers”


I can see that this dream is becoming a reality through the work our graduates are performing and the smiling faces at our preschool and daycare. I hope one day that we will be a proud nation with responsible citizens and parents. We are working towards this by helping children, parents, caregivers and early childhood educators across the country, by providing the necessary education and care services.


Geetha Kaduwela
Founder Director



Australia


  • Our collaboration with University Preparation College, Sydney Australia has allowed Mother’s Touch to conduct Australian courses.
  • Australian Certificate and Diploma Levels in Children’s Care and Education are available.
  • Transfer to Australia is possible at any time.
  • Students can gain Australian qualification, right here in Sri Lanka while only paying half the fee!

www.upc.edu.au

New Zealand


Mother’s Touch Graduates of the International Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Diploma in Childcare Management receive 1 year exemption and are eligible for 2nd year entry to the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education at Waiariki Institute of Technology, New Zealand.

www.waiariki.ac.nz

Australia
University Preparation College, Sydney


UNIVERSITY PREPARATION COLLEGE (UPC) is a high quality education provider accredited by the Australian Government to deliver English and Vocational Education and Training programs to Australian and international students. They work in association with a number of universities and their pathways lead directly to those universities. The vocational education program is broad, offering courses in Accounting and Childcare with others to follow. “The education and welfare of UPC students is our primary concern” - Dr Thuy Mai-Viet, President of UPC.


UPC College is one of the few private international colleges in Australia which has been awarded contracts with the NSW Department of Education & Community to deliver programs to job seekers and existing workers through the Strategic Skills Program (SSP) and the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Training Program (ATTP). UPC College also actively supports the childcare profession through two new government-funded programs: The RPL Initiative and the Investing In Experience (IIE) Program.


UPC history goes back to early 2002 when a private college was established to provide coaching to local students. By early 2004, a group of graduates and academics from three of the top Australian universities: University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney conceived the idea of a high quality private college. UPC College was established in late 2004.


UPC Courses offered in Sri Lanka through Mother’s Touch


UPC and Mother’s Touch had embarked upon an educational and cultural exchange co-operation in an effort to extend the friendship between Sri Lanka and Australia, to develop educational, cultural and technical interchanges between the two Colleges, and to commit to the highest quality in higher education.


UPC and Mother’s Touch had embarked upon an educational and cultural exchange co-operation in an effort to extend the friendship between Sri Lanka and Australia, to develop educational, cultural and technical interchanges between the two Colleges, and to commit to the highest quality in higher education.


Mother’s Touch in collaboration with UPC offers


  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC30113
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC50113


Visit UPC : www.upc.edu.au


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  First Aid Workshops conducted by Australian trainers

  First batch of Certificate lll in Children's Services graduates 2013


NEW ZEALAND
WAIARIKI INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY


Waiariki is the key tertiary education provider in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, centrally located on the North Island of New Zealand. Between 6,000 and 10,000 New Zealand and approximately 800 international students come to Waiariki each year for diplomas, degrees, graduate and postgraduate qualifications. They graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to become successful and start their careers.


Waiariki has shown outstanding success in recent years in growing the institution and increasing the achievement levels of students. Waiariki prides itself on providing high levels of student support they recognise that many first-time tertiary students, or even adults, are returning to study after a long time away. Some may need additional support to get started or to keep studying throughout each term in order to achieve their goals. The atmosphere of vibrancy, caring and kindness at Waiariki touches everyone, from the staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the institute functioning, to the exceptional lecturers and school personnel whose dedication to improving the students' lives is unwavering.


Graduates of the Mother’s Touch Diplomas of Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Diploma in Childcare Management receive one year exemption from the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education. They are eligible to apply for second year entry directly. This results in the students being able to save up to Rs. 1.9 m (SLR) from their foreign education. Completion of the degree may lead to permanent jobs and visa.

Mother’s Touch Courses


Foundation Certificate in Children’s Services


This course offers an introduction to the field of Children’s services. The syllabus covers the necessary knowledge to provide the student with essential knowledge in teaching and caring for children. This is the perfect qualification for newcomers to this field.


The Foundation Certificate in Children’s Services also acts as the gap qualification for students who do not have their Advanced Level and upon completion are eligible to entry to the Mother’s Touch Diploma programs.



Diploma in Early Childhood Development and Education


This Diploma course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching in preschools and other early education settings. This course teaches you to carefully observe and teach the early, unprejudiced minds of children and to gauge a child’s unique talents and capabilities.


Students will acquire a broad-based knowledge of theories and application in key areas such as:


  • Child Development
  • Play and Creative Experience
  • Professional Skill Development
  • Language and Numeracy Development
  • Integrated Approach and Curriculum Planning
  • Child protection

Future Prospects: Upon successful completion of this course of study, you will be qualified as a teacher in an early childhood setting in Sri Lanka and Overseas. Graduates of Diploma in Early Childhood Development and Education and Diploma in Childcare Management can gain direct entry to the second year of the degree program inWaiariki Institute of Technology, New Zealand to complete their Degree program. Admission to other universities for Degree programs is also possible.



       Art and Craft Workshops for Diploma students


Diploma in Childcare Management


This course will provide the starting point to setting up your own business in Children’s services. It provides you with insight into understanding, caring for and supporting the development of young children along with a management component that will direct you to starting a successful business.


Students will gain overall wide knowledge about the child care including areas such as:


  • Child Psychology
  • Safety and Nutrition
  • Family and Culture
  • Caring for Children ( 0 to 8)
  • Guidelines to Starting a Childcare
  • Legislation regarding Early Childhood Education and Care

Future Prospects: You can look forward to being an entrepreneur or a rewarding career as a caregiver, in a Centre based day care, Family daycare, children’s hospital, NGO or a community centre. This is the pathway for higher education in Children’s services.Graduates of Diploma in Early Childhood Development and Education and Diploma in Childcare Management can gain direct entry to the second year of the degree. program inWaiariki Institute of Technology, New Zealand to complete their Degree program. Admission to other universities for Degree programs are also possible.



Diploma in Montessori Method of Education


This method of teaching was created by Dr. Maria Montessori based on her understanding of children and how they learn in prepared environments. This comprehensive course allows students to understand how to apply this method that is characterised by self-directed activity on the part of the child and observations on the part of the teacher.


The Mother’s Touch Diploma in Montessori Method of Education covers the areas of:


  • Montessori Philosophy
  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial Education
  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Cultural Studies.

Future Prospects: Graduates will be qualified to work as a Montessori teacher in a Montessori School. They will also be able to work in the field of children’s services in a number of positions including, NGO’s, Community Centres and Government agencies.



Certificate in Diverse Learning Abilities


In recent years, due to research in the field of learning, brain function and school failure, we have been able to develop approaches to the understanding of children’s minds. In earlier years when the child struggled to learn in school or at home, parents and teachers assumed that the child is uninterested, not really trying, he is lazy, unmotivated and not just bright and intelligent. Some may be discovered daydreaming, fidgety. No one realized that their fragile concentration is a kind of mental fatigue or burnout. These are innocent victims of their own brain wiring. So, this course will enable teachers, parents and all people associated with children, to understand how children learn and the best approaches to be used.


Career Prospects: Starting point for a career as a Special Education teacher. This qualification will also serve as a significant contribution to your continuous professional development and allow you to be a well-rounded early childhood educator and caregiver.



University Preparation College qualifications offered at Mother’s Touch – Direct Australian Qualifications


1. Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)


This is a six month course is a pathway to an international career as an early childhood educator. The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care addresses the skills and knowledge required to provide care for individuals and groups of children, and to plan activities facilitating their leisure and play, enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes.


Students who are enrolling in this course can transfer to University Preparation College in Australia at any time. On completion you may go on to study the Diploma of Early Childhood education and Care offered at Mothers Touch and in many Australian colleges.


Future Prospects: Certificate III graduates can find employment as an early childhood educator, playgroup supervisor, family day care educator, etc. Upon completion students are eligible to enter the Diploma of Early Childhood education and care.


The Certificate III in Children’s Services is in high demand as from January 2014 the Australian regulations require all childcare educators to possess (or be studying) at least this basic qualification. More information about this qualification can be found at the following websites:


- University Preparation College course information
- Qualification details by the Australian Government
- Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority


2. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care ( CHC50113)


This eighteen-month course covers the areas of early childhood education and care along with centre management. Students may enter this qualification directly or upon completion of their Certificate IIIEarly Childhood Education and Care. Graduates will be able to plan, implement and manage early childhood services. You could be responsible for supervision of other staff and can be eligible to be a Director or Supervisor at a Child Care Centre.


Students who are enrolling in this course can transfer to University Preparation College in Australia at anytime. On completion, you can enroll into the second year of a bachelor degree of early childhood education offered by many Australian universities.


Alternatively, you are eligible for entry into the UPC Occupational Training Program in Australia which allows you to gain the training necessary to become a Childcare Centre Manager. During the training program, you will work full time while receiving a full salary.


Career Prospects: Diploma graduates may secure such jobs as Children’s Services Supervisor, Director of Children’s Services, Family Day Care Scheme leader, Team/Group Coordinator, Program Leader or as Children’s Development Officer.


The Diploma of Children’s Services is in high demand as from January 2014, Australian regulations require at least 50% of their childcare educators to have (or be studying towards) this qualification. More information about this qualification can be found at the following websites:


- University Preparation College course information
- Qualification details by the Australian Government
- Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority



Testimonial


Iromie Perera


I completed my course and received my diploma in 2012 from Mother’s Touch Academy. The training provides practical guidance for conducting Montessori teaching as a scientific approach that leads to true natural development in children. The program has really opened my eyes and has helped me to understand and respect each child’s needs.


I am currently teaching at a Preschool, in Ja-Ela and I can only tell you that this course has been a great asset to me. This program provided me with an enriched experience that I will always carry with me throughout my teaching career. In every way, this Diploma has met and exceeded my expectations – in its professionalism, its commitment to its students.


I’d strongly recommend this program to anyone interested in working with Children.


Mother’s Touch Preschool and Daycare


We strive to cater to your child’s holistic development and overall wellbeing!


The wellbeing of children is at the centre of everything we do. We want to inspire a love of learning and contribute to their holistic development to give your child a strong foundation for the years ahead. We understand that each child is unique, possessing their own strengths and we are committed to recognising and building on them.


Our centre caters to children from 6 months to 8 years. When placing your child into groups we take into consideration their developmental age and ability from which individual programs ensure that your child is catered for and challenged.


The centre is open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Preschool, Full day care, part time care, afterschool care and occasional care services are available at the centre.


For more information please visit the webslte at www.motherstouchlk.com or visit the centre by appoinment at Mother’s Touch (Pvt) Ltd, No: 06, Walter Gunesekara Mawatha, Nawala, Sri Lanka.



Our Philosophy


At Mother’s Touch Australian Preschool and Daycare we believe that:

  • Every child is unique
  • Every child has the right to be cared for in a safe, stimulating environment that fosters all aspects of their social, physical, cognitive, emotional and aesthetic development at a pace that is developmentally appropriate and meets their needs
  • The interests and needs of children – rather than the convenience of adults and staff members – should be the overriding principal influencing programming
  • Race, culture, age, gender, level of ability, religion are important determinants of personality and self esteem and should be valued, respected, celebrated and acknowledged
  • Team- work within the service and partnerships with parents, family members and community groups and organizations is essential for success
  • Communication is the cornerstone of effective relationships



Curriculum


We are committed to helping your child achieve their highest potential through our education and care plans based on the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The Framework recognises that early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development. EYLF embodies the idea of ‘belonging, being and becoming’.


The centre adopts a play based approach to children’s learning. Our daily routines include circle time, singing, exercise, outdoor play, free play, art and craft, science experiments, sit down work time, nap time and meal times. We strive to make each of these experiences positive and happy times that will instill a love learning in the child.



Mother’s Touch Educators


The centre is headed by a Masters holder in Early Childhood Education from Monash University Australia. All staff at Mother’s Touch Preschool and Daycare are minimum Australian Certificate lll in Children’s Services graduates or actively working towards completion of the qualification, including a valid First Aid Certificate which includes Anaphylaxis and Asthma management.


We adhere to Australian educator to child ratios, which is our distinguishing feature. This ensures that our staff members are able to provide the best possible care for your child. The educators seek to assist children to become independent. Being able to help themselves and complete everyday tasks on their own allows self-esteem development in children.



Parents as Partners


Every family is unique! We recognise families as our primary partner in ensuring your child’s holistic well being. We believe that we should work together to identify your child’s individual needs, as no one knows your child better than you!


We embrace different cultures and explore opportunities with families to integrate language, dancing and cultural traditions at our centers and offer programs to ensure children of all backgrounds and interests can interact and engage in play-based learning. We’re here to work with you to provide a nurturing and stimulating early learning environment for your child.



Enrollment


The first step in the enrollment process at Mother’s Touch Preschool and Daycare is to arrange a visit to take a look around. This will allow the family to look at the place, talk to the educators and obtain all the necessary information.


For more information please contact us on 0777572358 to arrange a visit to the centre at No: 06, Walter Gunesekara Mawatha, Nawala, Sri Lanka.



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