Vision and Philosophy
Goodtime International Kindergartens and Nurseries are owned and managed by DEIE (Dramatic English International Education). Its our vision to develop children into leaders of the future who excel in Communication, Creativity, and Care both locally and globally by ensuring students gain mastery in the following domains: Multi-lingual abilities, Socio-Cultural Relationships, Cognitive Development, Emotional Intelligence, Performing and Visual Arts, and Kinesthetic Skills.
DEIE acknowledges the role of English as the lingua franca of the modern world, and also recognizes the growing importance of achieving competency in written and spoken Chinese. Therefore, DEIE has designed a unique curriculum in which pupils communicate and achieve proficient literacy skills in English, and achieve similar communicative and literacy skills in both Cantonese and Putonghua. DEIE also strives to facilitate a multi-cultural approach to engaging with the changing world through incorporating blended learning techniques into our instruction.
At the core of our curriculum is the use of drama and other performing arts to facilitate learning and encourage pupils to develop their creativity, expressiveness and self-confidence. Incorporating process drama techniques is at the core of our ethos; we believe that every child has the capacity to solve problems in a creative and engaging way, and we seek to empower our pupils to consider a multitude of viewpoints.
All International Programs shall be taught by experienced Native English speaking early childhood teachers supported by experienced local early childhood teachers. Our teachers are positioned to give every child the most intimate care and love as they grow with us. We will also cater for each child’s cognitive, physical and emotional development and allow each child to discover their own learning curve.
DEIE adopts the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the UK Curriculum, and then enriched it to suit this fast changing world, paying specific attention to the concept of the Unique Child.
DEIE believes a number of factors contribute to facilitating the development of the Unique Child, among them: a conducive school and home environment, strengthened connection to community, a developed awareness of self, a dynamic of incorporation and attention to core values that undergird holistic development of the Unique Child.
There are 3 prime areas of learning and development:
- Communication and Language
- Physical development
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
5 specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- English and Chinese Literacy
- Understanding the World through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Drama and Performing Arts
The 3 Prime Areas
Communication and Language
- Listening and attention: children are able to follow directions, join in with repeated refrains and anticipate key events and phrases in rhymes and stories, they are able to maintain attention and sit quietly during appropriate activity. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
- Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions, they answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.
- English: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives by connecting ideas or events. Cantonese will be used
- Chinese: Cantonese will mainly be used as the language of communication during our dedicated Chinese days (one day per week), while Putonghua will be associated more with reading and writing.
- Moving and handling: children begin to move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, experiment with different ways of moving, handle tools and other objects safely and with increasing control, and generally show more physical coordination.
- Health and self-care: children know the importance of good health, of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and are able to talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Making relationships: children seek out others to share experiences, demonstrate friendly behaviour, initiate conversations and form good relationships with peers and familiar adults. As children age, they become able to take steps to resolve conflicts with other children, typically by finding a compromise.
- Self-confidence and self-awareness: children welcome and value praise for what they have done, enjoy responsibility in carrying out small tasks, express their own preferences and interests, and can describe themselves in positive terms and talk about their abilities.
- Managing feelings and behaviour: children can stop themselves from doing something they shouldn’t do, develop the ability to distract themselves when upset, become more aware of other people’s feelings and can adapt their behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.
THE 5 SPECIFIC AREAS
English and Chinese Literacy
- English: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
- Chinese: Putonghua will mainly be associated with the learning of Chinese characters..
- English: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways that match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences that can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
- Chinese: We will basically choose books that are written in traditional Chinese characters. We may also occasionally teach students some common simplified characters.
- Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
- Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Understanding the World through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
- People and Communities: children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of their family members. They know other children don’t always enjoy the same things or have their own strengths and weaknesses, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
- Science and The World: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. They appreciate the wonders of some common natural phenomenon, of their bodies and of living things.
- Technology and Engineering: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes and they know how to use these technologies in healthy way. Children can think logically and can code simple computer programs and present their work to an audience. They also appreciate some common engineering designs and applications.
Expressive Arts and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of adapting them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
- Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
Drama and Performing Arts
- Drama and Performing Arts help children build their self-confidence through regularly performing in front of an audience. Children also learn to appreciate team work and develop better emotional quotient (EQ).
- Finally, as children engage more deeply with materials and concepts through dramatic play, the effects of active learning can be heightened, thereby facilitating critical thinking skills that allow them to develop leadership skills within varying multiple intelligence abilities.
DEIE is committed to observing the developing skills in each child, and facilitating their development through a consistent and open communiqué between teachers and parents.
Presentations and Assessments
We strive to organize presentations and/or performances by the students on a monthly basis. These events are part of the learning processes which aim at building the confidence for every student. Parents will be invited to participate in such events. Besides being the audience, we would like parents to encourage every student to go on stage to perform.
DEIE conducts bi-annual formal assessments and reports in both January and July. The July assessment functions as the formal annual report and is meant to provide an accurate representation to parents of their child’s development in all developmental areas, including: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, and Mathematics.
Playgroups and Extra-Curricular Programmes
Playgroups are for children between the ages of 12 months to 22 months. Children attending playgroups should be accompanied by an adult.
DEIE offers extra-curricular programmes to cater for other developmental needs of our children. Below is a list of potential programmes in which your child may participate. Please contact the School to determine which programme may be right for your child.
English & Chinese Literacy
· Cambridge English
· Primary Preparation Class
· Learning English through
· Learning Putonghua through
Picture Books (繪本普通話課程)
· Learning Chinese Poems
Drama & Performing Arts
· Dramatic English Little Actors
· Trinity Young Performers
· Blessing Voices Singing Group
· Children Dance Group/Parent-
· Join the Beat (Djembe) Group*
· Ukulele Group*
· Music & Me*
· Chinese Martial Art & Lion Dance
· Kids Fit Sports Class
· Writing Preparation Class*
· Grasshopper Group*
· Road Safety Patrol*
Expressive Arts & Design
· Arts & Crafts Workshop*
· Painting Workshop*
Understanding the World Through STEM
· Abacus & Mental Arithmetic Class
· Little Photographer & Director*
· Math + Coding For Young Learners
· Little Scientists*
- Applications for the school year 2020 – 2021 shall open from September 1, 2019, and shall be closed by September 15, 2019.
- Application forms are available from our Shatin campuses or can be downloaded from the web site: goodtime.edu.hk. All forms in hard copies shall be submitted in person to the Shatin campus on or before September 15, 2019. An application fee of $40 shall be paid when the form is submitted.
- The schools also accept online applications. Parents may access the online application link on the web site: goodtime.edu.hk, fill in the online application form and pay the application fee online. Online application will also be opened by September 1, 2019 and closed by September 15, 2019.
- Group and/or individual interviews for every applicant will be held from October 2019.
- Parents will be informed by phone, whatsapp, wechat or email if their application is successful.
- Parents may fill in the online ENQUIRY forms all year round on the web sites:
These enquiries will be put onto the waiting list. The schools will contact the parents for interview when seats are available.
Hours and Fees
Please check with the school office for the school fees of the current year. All fees are fully inclusive and do not have any hidden or extra charges. All fees are payable in advance. School fees will be charged based on 12 installments of a year. Extended-hours service is provided for children ages 2 to 6.
School bus service is available for the Fanling Campus.
DEIE is closed for all government-listed public holidays and school holidays as well as the Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter holiday seasons. Please see the School Calendar for a detailed description of all school holidays.
At each session, DEIE provides snacks for children. Please notify the school of any food allergies or intolerances your child may have.
Parent engagement is highly encouraged at DEIE. We have 4 Parents’ Day during 1 school year. Parents who wish to actively engage in school activities are given plenty of opportunity to do so. Parents can join our special events, and other various activities. Parents who desire to meet with the Head of School may make an appointment at any time to discuss their child’s progress or ways to contribute to the life of the school.
Daily and weekly communication between parents and teachers is facilitated by phone, Whatsapp before/after school, Each student will be issued with a Handbook during the term, This book serves as one of communication channels between parents and teachers/school as well as a record of your child’s behavior in school. We ask that this book be maintained in good condition during the term. Handbooks will be dispatched to the children every Friday and they will be collected on the following Monday. Should a holiday or birthday party fall on Friday, handbooks will be dispatched on Thursday.
Student Handbooks and Weekly reports will be handed to parents every week. Parents will be informed of what their children have learned in that week.
There will be birthday celebrations and special events held alternatively every month. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate if they so choose. DEIE will hold annual Halloween, Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter celebrations as well. In addition, the Graduation Ceremony will highlight the efforts pupils have made in preparing dramas, musicals, dances and other performing arts for some of the students.
Debentures & Nomination Rights
There will be plans to issue debentures to improve the conditions of both the Shatin and Fanling campuses. Details will be announced in due course. Debenture holders will be granted nomination rights for students for every school year.
Nomination Right Certificates are available for VIPs of the schools or for corporations that would like a place in our schools for their senior or expatriate employees. A Nomination Right Certificate entitles the holder to nominate one child per year to attend interviews with first priority. Interested parties may contact the Head of School for details of the Nomination Rights.