“Elementi is grateful for 40 years; inheriting the vision and enjoying the quality education!”
Hong Kong’s preschool education service is renowned worldwide these days. From August 2017 preschool education is included in The Scheme of Free Quality Kindergarten education and all half-day kindergarten classes are eligible for full school fee remission scheme. In the implementation of 15 years of free education, the Hong Kong Government has attached great importance to the development of education. Relevant funding has become an important part of the Hong Kong Budget. Stakeholders who benefited from the above funding include preschool aged children, parents, preschool teaching staff, non-profit-making preschool education institutes, teacher training groups and some trainees under pre-employment training. It is a period filled with grace which should be delighted and praised for. Looking back at the history of Hong Kong's pre-school education development and policy changes, the founder of Elementi Education Institute and president of school council, Mrs. To Chan Wai Yee, has served in the Hong Kong education sector for over 50 years. She is a veteran educator and pioneer in preschool education. She works with many preschool education peers and forerunners in the industry. With the dedication and years of silent endeavour, they have been advancing with the times. With concerted efforts, together with the Hong Kong government, they constantly strive for preschool education policies and welfare and prepare a thoroughfare for the development of preschool education.
In year 2008 Hong Kong government facilitated great changes in education policy in order to interface with the Pre-primary Education Voucher Scheme which was launched by Hong Kong government to subsidize Kindergarten’s school fee. Such scheme helps to alleviate the burden of families with preschool aged children and enhance the qualifications and quality of preschool teachers. All teachers are required to attend in-service training courses and attain Certificate in Early Childhood Education Courses (2 years or above). Elementi therefore received the support from school committee, Supervisors and successive school managers, having them making the vital decision of converting from private independent schools to non-profit making school sponsoring body. Whether within financial operation, administrative structure, personnel arrangement or service indicator, there were huge reforms and in faith we keep moving forward. Within the decade from 2008 to 2018, we were grateful to all co-workers, the curriculum was integrated with our concerted efforts. Besides, the Rainbow Parent Volunteer Team was established; meanwhile we hosted various diversified family activities through partnership with parents. The life education curriculum was fully implemented; it adopted the life education programme of “7 Seeds” and Bible subject “Seed of Life” to host various activities which nurture the spiritual growth of children. The school also launched the “School with Good Characters Programme” which aimed to foster children’s good characters and help them to develop positive values, directions and lifestyles, in order to become proactive and joyful children. In the meantime, we received recognitions from the Education Bureau and the industry; we also passed two separate quality reviews and received compliments as well as positive reviews in all school reports. From beginning till now, we are indeed proud of everyone in the Family of Elementi.