In today’s rapidly changing world, integrating exploratory learning into early childhood education through children’s lived experiences and play is essential. Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE) and the Vocational Training Council (VTC) co-organized this three-year Jockey Club ‘CoolPlay‘ Project with the aim of igniting young children’s interests in exploratory learning. The project’s goal is to lead the industry in implementing exploratory learning in Early Childhood Education by offering partner schools and parents the best-possible teaching and learning resource kits – JumpStarter, as well as establishing a Home-School-Community supporting network to set benchmarks for quality early childhood exploratory learning education. Through this project, early childhood educators and parents will be trained to assist young minds in exploring and learning through an exploratory approach.
Jockey Club ‘CoolPlay’ Project will develop children’s curiosity and talent about exploratory learning by ‘learning through play’, and making innovation and technology a part of their development journey. By stimulating their exploratory mindset, children will be equipped with the strength to face adversity and develop innovativeness in future pursuits.
Launching Ceremony & Sharing Session
Six pilot schools of Jockey Club ‘CoolPlay’ Project shared their learnings at the launch. The schools implemented the Project in November 2020 with guidance from YCCECE and VTC to present various exploratory activities. Through child-centred and play-based approaches, young children are encouraged to observe and explore in their daily life from the exploratory perspective, developing their interest in learning.