Chatta: International launch at the BETT show in Malaysia
My visit to Malaysia is fast approaching. I’m really looking forward to an event I am involved in: ‘Assuring Quality in Early Childhood Care and Education’ which features speakers representing the Malaysian education charity, Permata, and the Malaysian government. It is an honour to be invited to speak at this conference. I have been asked to speak on the success and challenges presented in developing a sustainable Early Years model in the United Kingdom, the Curriculum for Early Years in the UK and issues surrounding CPD for teachers in the UK and improving staff retention in Early Years. I have been grateful for help and additional insight from several local authority advisors, representatives of the National Day Nurseries and a number of nursery business owners and EYFS teachers. I am looking forward to taking part in a panel discussion with Norsheila Abdullah – President of Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia, Andrew Dalton – Principal & Director of Education, at the International School of Kuala Lumpur and Vipul Bhargava – U.K. Department for International Trade.
The Malaysian Education system promotes knowledge, critical thinking and leadership skills, with a big emphasis placed on communication. Malaysia is a very good fit for the Chatta approach and ethos, so I am very excited that I will be able to demonstrate the approach with children during a visit to some of Kuala Lumpur’s early years settings.
I will also have the opportunity to present a masterclass on Chatta. During this masterclass, as well as presenting the powerful Chatta approach to teaching (which links learning, language and memory) I am especially looking forward to sharing the Chatta training model. Over the past two years Chatta has moved towards a “bite-sized” training model to meet the needs of the modern practitioner. Chatta’s training is focused, clear, concise and always linked to practical activities and reflection. Any school or nursery joining “Chatta” has access to training and resources for all staff which can be accessed anytime/anywhere in short focused elements.
The Chatta team are available to guide and support and have expertise based on years of classroom experience and a strong reputation for ensuring high quality training for thousands of educators across the world. Above all, Chatta continues to works closely with a ‘Chatta Champion’ who completes certified training and is guided and mentored as they introduce the approach to their colleagues, children and families. Very often we are asked about the “stick-ability” of Chatta – how we ensure people use the approach and see value. It is Chatta’s model of training and support which really demonstrates the strength of the approach and resource, and in terms of training and resources provides sustained impact and value for investment.
The Malaysian Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring that all children entering school have already participated in early childhood education, regardless of socio-economic status. The government is increasing the number and diversity of preschools to make them broadly accessible, while raising the quality of early childhood education services across the board.
Chatta is effective in all languages including Malay, Arabic, Portuguese, Indonesian, Chinese, Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, Filipino and Vietnamese.
I am really looking forward to introducing “Chatta” to schools and early years settings in Malaysia and The Far East, and am excited about the impact on progress and standards Chatta will bring.
Chris Willams – Director of Education and Innovation at Chatta