Milestones in a life of education
Dr Florence Lee was an influential pioneer in raising the standard and professionalism in Singapore’s early childhood (EC) education landscape. A veteran early childhood specialist, Dr Lee, provided vital transformational contributions to Kinderland group. Between 1985 – 2014, Dr Lee was Head of Kinderland Curriculum & Training, and a founding member and the First Academic Director of Kinderland Learning Centre (KLC), now known as KLC International Institute (KLCII).
In 1985, Ms Kwan Peck Leng, founder of Kinderland International Education, roped in Dr Lee to spearhead Kinderland’s Curriculum & Training Department. Located in Thomson Plaza, KLC was set up to bolster Dr Lee’s vision and Kinderland’s commitment to training quality EC teachers. Under her stewardship, KLC supported the government’s needs and call for expansion of quality child care teacher training as more mothers return to the workforce.
More than 30 years on, this training arm has grown to become an independent school, KLCII. The School continues to offer early years training and professional development to educarers and preschool teachers in the region.
In 1987, Dr Lee and Ms Jane Ching-Kwan, Kinderland Curriculum Co-ordinator, reviewed and reset the Kinderland kindergarten curriculum approach. This set pace for Singapore’s EC landscape. Kinderland moved from a worksheets-based approach to an exploratory learning approach, pushing Kinderland to be on par with international preschool standards.
Dr Lee played a pivotal role in the development of Singapore’s EC teachers’ training. She connected foreign universities to accreditation with the Ministry of Education and training scholarship with the then Ministry of Community Development. She has left a great legacy that has touched the lives of many preschool educators.
Today, we celebrate the spirit of an education pioneer who has made it her life’s work to contribute to early childhood education. Kinderland holds firm to Dr Lee’s belief that every child is unique, with the potential to stretched to their fullest under the guidance of a quality teacher. We will always remember her for her inextinguishable passion for early childhood education and her values embodied through those lives she has touched and inspired.
We mourn the loss of Dr Florence Lee, who passed away peacefully on 5th September 2021. We thank her for her immense contributions to the education fraternity.
A colleague held in high regard, an inspiration to many