Reflective Teaching Workshop | Singapore

The Learning Caravan is hosting this workshop in March 2018. This is suitable for early childhood educators and centre leaders.

Reflective teaching is about more than just summarizing what happened in the classroom.

Join us at this workshop to get a deeper understanding of reflective teaching.

[ Workshop Objective ]
To provide a learning experience through which participants are able to appreciate and apply becoming a Reflective Practitioner through understanding the what, how and why of Reflective Practice

[ Target Audience ]
Early Childhood Educators
Centre Leaders

[ Approach ]
Through a series of activities, debrief, short lectures and discussions, providing not only intellectual stimulation but also first-hand experience to deepen learning, conversation and creativity about Reflective Practice.

[ Facilitator: Moses Sia ]
Moses describes himself as an educator at large and a learner at heart, he has nearly 25 years of experience in the education field having spent his initial 15 years with the Singapore Education Ministry as a secondary school teacher, then a educational technology officer and finally as a school leader in primary school. Most recently, he headed Stamford School, a K-12 private school in Bandung, Indonesia.

As an independent consultant, he has worked with pre-service teachers, in-service teachers from kindergarten to tertiary institutions, as well as facilitated workshops for the young to the old in creativity, art, pedagogy and the use of educational technology, including working with in-service teacher on selective practice. He is also the author and illustrator of Creative Cool Cat - A Guide to TIM-BUG-Tool, a book about creativity which is based on the Torrance Incubation Model. Moses is also an Associate with Emergenetics, a psychometric tool.

The workshop will be held at The Tinker Yard. Places are limited for this workshop. To sign up, just email names, job titles, and contact numbers of the participants. Pre-payment will be required to confirm the spots.

Video | Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning

This is a great video produced by Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. It provides information on executive function skills that is a huge part of what The Tinker Yard promotes through our programmes.

Video Credit: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Early years education is not just about "learning language or numbers or colours". Structured learning does not equip children with skills that are important for life and learning. Children at learning programmes/schools that are structured, prescribed and teacher-directed are not likely to develop these much UNLIKE what children at The Tinker Yard experience.

At The Tinker Yard, we aim to do what is right for children of the 21st Century. Through intentional teaching and planning & programming that is built upon big ideas that children have, allowance for children to be co-constructor of the curriculum, an environment that encourages exploration, collaboration, creation and invention and flexible facilitation by our play leaders, we help children develop executive function skills that they can fall back upon for life.

We take pride in knowing that we are doing what is right not what is popular.

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Workshop | Introduction to Loose Parts Play

This is an interactive workshop for early childhood educators who are curious about loose parts play. Our play leader will share about the theory of loose parts play, what loose parts are, learning that happens when children engage in loose parts play, how to start a collection of loose parts and how you can manage loose parts play in the early years classroom.

Please contact us to purchase a ticket to attend. Each ticket costs $50 and covers hands-on play with our diverse selection of loose parts, workshop statonery, faciltitation and our drink bar that includes water, juice, coffee & tea.

This is a limited space workshop. Send us an email ( today to book a spot.

2018 Study Tours | Sweden | Australia

Registration for study tours in 2018 is now open.

The Learning Caravan has been organizing international study tours since 2011. Our study tours were well attended by educators from Taiwan, Greece, Norway, USA, UK, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.

These study groups are professional learning circles for early childhood educators motivated to gain deeper understanding of the emergent curriculum and the Reggio Emilia approach, engage in valuable discussions with global early childhood colleagues and generate fresh ideas that will transform their teaching practice. Please drop us an email if you have any questions regarding the study tours.

Study Tours in 2018

Stockholm, Sweden
May 17th & 18th, 2018, 9am to 4pm
SGD800 per person
This rate is inclusive of a welcome reception on May 16th, 2018

Melbourne, Australia
October 18th & 19th, 2018, 9am to 4pm
SGD600 per person
This rate is inclusive of a welcome reception on October 17th, 2018

Minimum 5 participants
Maximum 10 participants

Programme Overview

  • briefing of study tour programme
  • introduction to local early childhood education landscape
  • visits to progressive early years centres
  • presentations on early childhood topics
  • reflective sharing
  • group discussions

The programme will include discussion of topics that challenge us to develop new strategies and ideas for improving our practice as well as interactive activities, visits to progressive early childhood centres and sharing by early childhood practitioners from different countries.

Group Leader
The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd will assign a study group leader to take charge of learning activities and school visits. The study group leader will meet participants at a city area venue for group travel arrangements to the centres. Registered participants will receive further details before the start of the study tour.

Travelling and Accommodation
Participants will make their own travel arrangements from their own home country to the host country, accommodation choice and leisure activities during their stay in the host country.  The participants are responsible for their own travel to the host country and during their leisure time, leisure activities, meals, well as their accommodation. Please make accommodation arrangements within the CBD/city.

Local Travel Arrangements
The Learning Caravan will arrange for the group to travel together to the host centres. The group leader will meet with the participants at a location in the city area. Mode of transport for previous study groups had been via public transport - tram, train or bus. Participants need to purchase a local travel card for group travel to the host centres.

The choice of transport mode is dependent on the travel route to the host centres. Some walking is required. Participants should have comfortable footwear for walking. Alternatively you may choose to meet us at the host centres. Participants wishing to hire private transport are free to do so at their own cost.

Indemnity and Insurance
The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd is not legally liable for losses, damages, injuries or deaths suffered by anyone resulting from this learning journey.  All participants are responsible to make sure that they equip themselves with comprehensive travel insurance that cover medical expenses, repatriation, personal accident and liability, theft and cancellations for the entire travel period.


  • International airfare & domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transport
  • Leisure activities
  • Meals & Tips
  • Accommodation
  • Photography and camera expense
  • Travel visas
  • Communication expenses
  • Personal travel insurance

PDPA (Please read.)

Payments, Refunds & Cancellations

Each study group will proceed based on participant registration.  Full payment is required upon registration. No refunds will be given for cancellation of booking by participants unless this space is filled by another person.  The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd will refund study tour fees paid (less bank charges) if the company cancels the study tour.


How to Register

Please send us an email ( to request for a registration form. A Paypal invoice will be issued for payment following submission of registration. 

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Update: The Learning Caravan Reading Club

Inspire | Empower | Connect

We now run the reading club sessions on the first & third Saturday each month. Each reading club session will last for 1.5 hours. 

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The meeting venue for the reading club sessions is The Tinker Yard, located at 261 Waterloo Street, #02-27B Waterloo Centre, Singapore 180261.

Please send us an email if you have any questions or require any assistance.

Pre-registration and payment is required as we only have space for 12 participants at each reading club session.

First Saturday of Each Month
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June 3rd, 2017
July 1st, 2017 *July 8th, 2017
August 5th, 2017
September 2nd, 2017
October 7th, 2017

Time: 6pm to 7.30pm

The session in July 2017 will be held on July 8th, 2017.

Third Saturday of Each Month
Image may contain: 1 person, sittingMay 20th, 2017
June 17th, 2017
July 15th, 2017
August 19th, 2017
September 16th, 2017
October 21st, 2017

Time: 6pm to 7.30pm

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Mariana Silahuddin, adjunct lecturer

Invitation: Conversations on Play & Learning (For Parents)

Join us for conversations on play & learning in the early years.

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We are hosting a series of chats on the topic of play in the early years.

These cozy sessions are for parents of young children under the age of seven. The conversations will be centred around big ideas on play in the early years.

Meet with our play advocates and fellow parents to learn from one another.

Limited spaces available. Pre-registration with payment is required.

Studio Pass Holders: $5 per person
Non Studio Pass Holders: $10 per person

Please send us an email to book a spot.

Organizer: The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd

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