Overseas Conference & Study Trips

These provide professionals with opportunities where they can gather knowledge on a real time basis.  They will also be able to learn and to exchange best practices and to network with their peers.  Professionals will gain exposure to global perspectives and up-to-date approaches.


Finland and Italy Study Trip 

           AECES will be organizing a study trip to Finland and San Miniato, Italy.  This year, AECES is providing you with the special opportunity to deepen your understanding of San Miniato’s approach to early childhood education*.  On top of that, we will visit centres in Helsinki, Finland to gain insights on the Finnish Early Childhood Education system.  Limited to 25 participants only! Please register early to avoid disappointment!

 *  San Miniato’s Approach to Early Childhood Education

In the heart of Tuscany, less than one hour away from Florence, Pisa and Siena, the Municipality of San Miniato represents a local experience that was able to conciliate its own history with a level of social, economic and cultural development that make it one of the many active and vivacious realities of north-central Italy.

The development of policies and the diffusion of services support the rooting of experiences inside the community, to educate becomes a social trade, education of children is defining as a community project.

A project with a centre, made by children recognized as active and constructive subjects, protagonists of their own growing and of the development of their knowledge through the relation with a context of opportunities organized and opened to the possible.

Trust – in competences and in children’s constructive potentiality – opportunity – as an investment for building an ecology that generates possible experiences – and time – as the ability to synchronize our time with children’s time without invading it- represent the three key concepts for an adult who expresses his/her intentions starting from the recognition of children’s protagonism.

These three words also support the idea of an ecologically-based curriculum, where the conditions in which the meeting of adults with children takes place, are able to keep the relationship in the proper balance, so that both children and adults may feel protagonists in the educational process.

Tentative itinerary

13 Oct (Sat) Depart Singapore
14 Oct (Sun) Arrive Helsinki, Finland
15 Oct (Mon)Breakfast & Lunch Centre Visits (2)
16 Oct (Tues)Breakfast Depart from Helsinki to Rome Airport, Italy. Land transfer to San Miniato
17 Oct (Wed)Breakfast Introduction to San Miniato’s approach to children education and San Miniato system of ECEC services

Centre Visit (1)

18 Oct (Thurs)Breakfast Centre visit (1)


19 Oct (Fri)Breakfast Review of the visit and conclusionFree & Easy
20 Oct (Sat)Breakfast Depart from San Miniato, land transfer to Rome Airport; transit at Helsinki to Singapore
21 Oct (Sun) Arrive Singapore


Estimated cost per person:

Member:  S$3,950 (subject to changes in air fare)

Non Member:  S$4,250 (subject to changes in air fare)

Cost includes airfare & airport transfer, land transfer to/fro Rome Airport to San Miniato; professional visits in Helsinki & San Miniato; seminar and 6 nights accommodation (twin sharing, for single additional $700).  However, the cost does not include unspecified meals, travel insurance, excess baggage charge and visa cost if any.

If you are interested, please click HERE to register online and send us a non-refundable deposit of S$1000/- payable to AECES for each participant by 31 May 2018 to One Commonwealth, 1 Commonwealth Lane, #03-28 Singapore 149544.   For enquiries, please contact us at tel:  6472 2768 or email to janet@aeces.org


We look forward to receiving your registration!


Click here to register your interest for the study trips. Programme will only proceed if we have good response.

For enquiries, please contact Janet at 6472 2768 or email janet@aeces.org

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