Educational Support Unit

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The YWCA Educational Support Unit (ESU) is a non-profit department set up by the YWCA to:

  • Provide educational intervention and occupational therapy to children with developmental and learning needs;
  • Facilitate the integration and transition of these children into the mainstream education system.

Our Vision:

A trans-disciplinary team nested within the preschool environment to initiate, develop and create a conducive culture for children with mild special needs.

Our Mission:

Children with mild learning, social, and developmental needs are given a chance to maximise their learning potential through a systematic process of integration towards inclusion.

Our Belief:

Families and communities benefit from integrated child care. Families of children with special needs are able to learn about typical child development and may feel more accepted in their community. Furthermore, families of children with typical development may develop relationships with parents of children with special needs and possibly provide a support system to them and their communities.

All children benefit from integrated child care. The integration of children with mild special needs promotes respect, tolerance and a celebration of diversity among all children.

Our Programmes:

Integrated Child Care Programme (ICCP)

Integrated Child Care Programme is to provide learning opportunities for children from 18 months to 6 years old who are diagnosed with mild learning challenges in a mainstream setup.  This programme is provided in 3 YWCA Child Development Centres; Outram CDC, Marine Drive CDC and West Coast CDC with the support from the learning support educators as well as the classroom teachers.

Individual Cognitive and Behavior Intervention (ICBI)

This is an 1- 1 cognitive and behavior intervention programme for children from 3 to 12 years old who have learning disabilities.  A learning support educator will be assigned to work on child’s academic, and processing skills as well as work behaviors.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy assists children from 18 months to 12 years old in solving problems that interfere with their abilities perform functional activities. Occupational therapists believe that the ability to perform activities dictate one’s feelings. Thus, if one is unable to do the things that they want and need to do, they cannot enjoy life, which in turn ultimately affects one’s general health and well-being.

ESU Brochure Oct 2014-page-001ESU Brochure Oct 2014-page-002

Contact Details

254 Outram Rd
Singapore 169051

Tel: +65 6221 4335
Fax: +65 6222 3356