The challenges of setting up a Holistic Kindergarten that will serve all children has not been easy. Promoting an inclusive program for all children and advocating for the children with exceptional needs, has on many occasions met walls that do not bulge. What the 'walls' have failed to accept is that they are 'children first before their disabilities/disorders'.
The desire to do more for our children with exceptional needs pushes us on. Single-handedly with and by the Grace of God and a dynamic teaching/therapy team, we hope and pray each day that more doors will be open to all children regardless of their Learning differences or disorders and for children with physical disabilities. Many will argue that children with exceptional needs are provided for but we ask, are they included?
We have come a long way and yet the road is never ending. More and more children find themselves displaced out of a mainstream Childcare and/or Kindergarten. To the authority, the numbers may not be alarming but to God every soul matters to Him. I quote ‘The Parable of the Lost Sheep from the Gospel of Matthew (18:12–14) and Luke (15:3–7), a shepherd leaves his flock of ninety-nine sheep in order to find the one which is lost' when he finds it, I tell you, he feels far happier over this one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost' unquote. This is the same joy we too feel each time a child walks, speaks or makes the transition to mainstream primary school. This joy is eternal!
Divinity has undergone many registration and changes of names to satisfy legislative requirements required by the various Registration bodies. We were first an Intervention centre, then a Special school and now we operate as a Kindergarten. No matter what name we bear behind the word Divinity, one thing is for sure, it is a Divine place for all children to be molded and transformed.
The most important lesson for all of us is Children with exceptional needs are Teachable & Trainable. Parents are key collaborators and partners with us in this journey to nurture, teach and train these children intellectually, physically and developmentally. After all,they are children first before their disabilities/disorders.
Divinity has integrated mainstream kindergarten curriculum into our pre-school services but will makenecessary modifications if necessary to cater to the needs of individuals so that all children can learn according to their own learning styles. With adequate reinforcement and different forms of therapy and teaching methodologies, many of our children have moved on to primary mainstream academics.
We hope and we pray that one day, persons who can make changes beyond their standard policies and legislations will review their current practices to accommodate and provide equal opportunities for all children and persons with exceptional needs in our Society.